Your list to finding Vans and Kitchens offering food, drink and contact for the homeless and disadvantaged members of our community.
VAKS is a voluntary network of community organisations and groups who offer sustenance via Vans and Kitchens. VAKS in itself, does not have its own van or kitchen. The VAKS website has been set up to support Vans and Kitchens that are already operating, each of which are autonomous and independent organisations.
Most kitchen services and street vans are operated by volunteers and source the food and beverages through their own support facilities. They provide this either by a nominal charge or for free.
CHRISTMAS 2017 / NEW YEAR 2018:
Below is a list of providers who have indicated their Christmas / New Year operating hours:
Fishers of Men: Logan / Rochedale South
Valley Outreach: Fortitude Valley
St Vinnies: Sandgate
Agape Outreach: Coolangatta
Havafeed Community Relief: Mermaid Beach
The Rock Family & Community Support: Capalaba
Hope Within Reach: Logan / Caboolture / Sunshine Coast
The Breakfast Club: Redcliffe
Paddies Van: Sandgate
Community Friends: West End
Jimmies Van: Fortitude Valley
Brisbane City Council: Christmas Period Services and Support (community workers) – List of services providing invaluable support to community members, including Christmas meals, hampers, gifts and free activities; and shutdown period of various agencies. Eligibility criteria is also included where possible.
Useful Contacts for Community over Festive Season 2017/2018 – double sided handout for community members outlining relevant information from the previous word document.
Please be advised that this information is subject to change.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER:
DO NOT email VAKS - please follow these steps:
If you would like to volunteer with any of these organisations, please feel free to contact any of the particular organisation on the VAKS website directly to find out their needs. I'm sure they would love to hear from you.
1. Choose an organisation from the VAKS provider list
2. Click on their page to see if they are right for you
3. Contact them directly by using their contact details
VAKS seeks to ensure that the information published on its website is up to date and accurate, however this information may change without notice.
PROVIDER LOCATION MAP: To find specific VAKS provider locations on the map below, please use the zoom function and directional arrows. Clicking on a pin will show the specific details of the provider.
Swags for Homeless provides emergency relief Backpack Beds to street sleeping homeless people without shelter. They work in partnership with welfare agencies across Australia to reach homeless people who do not have any other form of accommodation. The Backpack Bed is study proven to improve health, dignity, sleep, warmth, comfort and safety.
Awarded a 2011 Australian Human rights award by the Australian Human Rights Commission.