The St Vincent de Paul Society offers numerous programs and services designed to help those who are socially excluded and marginalised. We do this by respecting people’s dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny. We also work closely with government departments, the private sector, and other charitable organisations to ensure everyone who seeks our advice or assistance is given the best ‘hand up’ to help them in their time of need. Below is a summary of just a few of the ways the Society can help people in need. If you don’t see a specific service below, please call us anyway. Vinnies is always ready to help and offer support and advice to anyone in genuine need.
North and North East Tasmania
Application for emergency assistance
Vinnies provides accommodation and a variety of services for single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children, and young men and women who have become homeless or are at risk of homelessness.
Vinnies provides all kinds of nourishment. We provide food and friendship to people in their homes and also deliver soup, coffee and light meals across the State via our Vinnies Loui’s Vans and Vinnies Vans. We do so with the generous support of our many volunteers, sponsors, donors and suppliers. If you require clothing or blankets, we can help here too. We have everything you need for the whole family.
While not a core service, Vinnies recognises that addiction can lead to other health and social issues. Therefore, we offer services for people experiencing multiple types of disadvantage, that is contributing to or is a result of addiction. Addiction refers to a range of behaviours, from substance misuse to gambling.
The Society has a strong commitment to supporting people who are lonely or as they grow older. We have a range of services for seniors and people who are alone or lonely.
Across Tasmania, Vinnies works with its partners and associated entities to provide opportunities for people living with a disability to integrate and socialise with the broader community.
Financial counselling and related services are offered by the Society across Tasmania. Anyone experiencing financial stress can contact the Society regardless of where they live in Tasmania and one of our local financial counsellors will be there with support and advice to help.
The Society offers services such as family and children’s activities. For more information about Vinnies friendship programme, for children and young adults, please click this link.
As part of our general support services to the most vulnerable among us, Vinnies has a number of programs that we call our Special Works. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might involve providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.
The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council is responsible for co-ordinating the response for the Society in helping people affected by major disasters, whether in Australia or elsewhere. In Tasmania, the local office is the first point of contact for anyone suffering as a result of a natural disaster, such as floods, bushfires or drought. Where a disaster occurs within Australia, the local State or Regional Council provides as much assistance as possible, as soon as possible, from its own resources. The National role is to harness the resources of the other States and Territories to bring assistance to where it is needed most.