10 August 2020
(Community Recognition Statement, 04 August 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I wish to put on record thanks for the vital work of The Wayside Chapel, whose motto 'Love over Hate' summarises their approach to supporting the community since 1964.
There are services and groups for just about anyone at Wayside, a café, community lunches, Junior Jivers under 5s, toastmasters, op shop, space for self-help groups and Kings Cross walking tours. There is help with crisis accommodation and housing, clinics for legal, health, and counselling. The Wingspan Project takes young people from "at-risk to at-promise", Aboriginal workers support Aboriginal visitors, the Wellness Program provides activities focussed on individual's recovery plans and Pathways links people into training and jobs. The Twilight Program runs late into the night. Wayside has expanded to Bondi with new services to suit that area. While COVID has meant many changes, Wayside continues to provide vital support to the Kings Cross community. I congratulate and thank the passionate and committed team of workers, donors and volunteers who provide comprehensive programs and opportunities that "see everyone as a person to be met, not a problem to be solved".