The Wayside Chapel has provided unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Kings Cross since 1964.
Each year, thousands of people visit Wayside for assistance in gaining equitable access to essential health, welfare and related services. In the past year alone Wayside has provided, amongst other services, 8275 meals (either for free or a handful of change), 4370 changes of clothing, 2120 counseling sessions and over 1790 referrals to services and agencies.
A further 50,000 visits were made by people just stopping by for a chat, a coffee or a quiet place where they can find company and acceptance.
For younger visitors Wayside has a youth specific safe space ? Wayside Youth ? which offers a supportive environment for young people 25 and under, with a specific focus on those at risk in the Kings Cross area.
The Wayside federally funded Day to Day Living Program offers support for people with long term mental health issues to participate in social, recreational and educational activities.
Wayside also runs a series of clinics in partnership with other agencies and services. These include the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic every Monday with lawyers from Norton Rose (formerly Deacons) and weekly primary health care clinics.