Want to help?
We know there are many generous and concerned members of our local community who want to help in some way. This may be through a donation of goods, volunteering your time or services, or a financial donation. While the Interagency is not a standalone incorporated organisation and cannot accept donations, many of our members are always looking for assistance. Below you will find links to services that you can contact directly to discuss how you can get involved in addressing homelessness and supporting those experiencing homelessness.
Support services are always trying to do a lot with very little, and decreasing funding. If you would like to donate money, please see the list of our members with links to their websites to find out more about them and how to donate. Members accepting donations are marked ($) to help you.
Donating Household Items:
Many services assist people in setting-up a home, often for the first time in many years. As you know, it takes more than a roof over your head to create a home, and there are many things you need when setting-up a home – white goods, furniture, cutlery, linen etc. If you wish to donate household items, please see the list of our members with links to their websites to find out more about them and their contact details. Members assisting people to set-up a home are marked (house symbol) to help you.
Donating Time (volunteering):
Volunteering your time is a rewarding activity, and many services do need volunteers to operate their services for people experiencing homelessness. If you would like to volunteer, please see the list of our members with links to their website to find out more about them and their contact details. Members that take volunteers are marked (person symbol) to help you.
There are a number of services and groups providing free food services in Parramatta to people experiencing homelessness.
If you are considering establishing or volunteering at a food service, we recommend that you read the document collated by Anglicare and Parramatta Mission (link below) that provides information on free and low cost services in Parramatta, including food services. As there are a number of food services operating across Parramatta, it is important to ensure that new services complement existing services. Furthermore, if you are not experienced in this area, it is advised to seek the advice of homeless service experts who can provide information on appropriate contact with people experiencing homelessness (a list of services in the area is provided on the Current Members page).
Mobile Food Vending Permit – City of Parramatta Council has introduced a permit system for community-based food providers, in accordance with City of Parramatta Council’s Street Activity Policy.
It is compulsory for free and low cost food service providers to apply for and hold a valid Council permit in order to deliver their services on Council land, such as parks. There is no fee associated with the permit application process for community-based providers.
Safe Food Handling – You will also need to make sure you comply with relevant safe food-preparation and handling laws. You can visit the NSW Food Authority’s website for information further information: http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/foodsafetyandyou/keeping-food-safe/charities-groups-and-volunteers
An online table with food services available is being developed on this website. Food services are invited to register and then submit their food service details for entry into the table. Registration is via the Food Services page on this site, click here to access this page. Food services are then responsible for ensuring that their food service details are up to date, and can change their details any time.
While this table is being populated, you can continue to refer to The Free and Low Cost Services document is available for the General Resources page of this website: Go to General Resources