MEMBERSHIP: Full Member
The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) was founded by a 20 year old student named Frederic Ozanam in 1833. It was established by like minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action.
Vinnes has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. This is through providing services to asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, and by advocating to government on their behalf. Its services includes providing financial and information support to migrants and refugees, for example through home visitation, food and financial help, visits to detention centres, and homework centres. There are also dedicated Vinnies migrant and refugee centres and committees in some states, which coordinate these activities and also offer information services.
Vinnies’ advocacy is led by the National Office, and the Vincentian Refugee Network. Advocacy includes spreading the true stories of migrants and refugees, writing submissions to various bodies, media work, and some events. Its main areas of concern are the negative outcomes of detention centres, which we absolutely oppose, and inadequate financial support for refugees and asylum seekers living in the community.
Contact VINNIES NSW:
Suite 2/1 Duke Street Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
p: 02 9568 0262