Vinnies and Loui’s Vans

The volunteers who give their time to our Vinnies and Loui’s Van programs, are feeding the homeless and hungry; and offering hope and advice across northern Tasmania

Who can access Vinnies and Loui’s Vans?
Our Soup Vans are an anonymous service and available for anyone, particularly people who are in need, isolated, homeless, or at risk.

What do we offer?

  • A warm, nutritious meal, fresh fruits and hot and cold drinks
  • Information and referrals to other community services and government agencies
  • Support, compassion, and friendly face

Loui’s Vans

Loui’s Van is an after-hours mobile service providing food, information and support to those in need. It is a two-van, six-night operation with over 280 volunteers on the roster that operates in the Greater Hobart area and some surrounding rural suburbs.

To donate, volunteer, or to find out more information, please call Vinnies on (03) 6234 4244 or email hobart@vinniestas.org.au

Vinnies Vans

Operating from sites across the north of Tasmania, this emergency service is delivered by volunteers providing meals and support to those in need.

To donate, volunteer, or to find out more information, please call Vinnies on (03) 6326 5551 or email north@vinniestas.org.au

How can you help?

You can make a positive difference to the lives of those in need by joining the team or donating funds. It costs as little as $25 to ‘adopt’ a Soup Van for the day. This amount will feed around 15 people per night.

You can also donate goods. We are always looking for non-perishable food and/or blankets as well as the right business partnerships.

Finally, if you are keen to volunteer, we are always looking for compassionate people who want to make a contribution to their community.

Where is the service located?

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – Launceston

Ravenswood IGA Carpark, 2 Prossers Forest Rd, Ravenwood
6:00pm-6:30pm

Brisbane Street Mall, St John Street, Outside Myer
6:45pm-7:15pm

Who benefits from the services?
Those who come to Vinnies Van are people experiencing considerable difficulty, including homelessness, mental health issues, isolation, drug and alcohol issues and poor self-esteem. For many, Vinnies Van is a reminder of the dignity, concerns and worth of people in need.

Ultimately the service provides a tangible benefit to the whole community by ameliorating the impact of major disadvantage on people.

How is the volunteering experience?
Our volunteers are involved in all aspects of the Van’s operation. People do not require any particular experience to become a volunteer. What is important is the acceptance of others, a sense of humour and a commitment to a just and compassionate community. Induction, support and training are provided to volunteers and at all times their safety and well-being is of the upmost importance. We want Vinnies Van to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for you volunteering.

How can I find out more information?
For more information please call (03) 6326 5551 or email north@vinniestas.org.au

Where is the service located?

Monday – Burnie

Burnie Community House, Wiseman Street, Shorewell Park
6:00pm-6:25pm

Parkside Park, South Burnie
6:30pm-7:00pm

Tuesday – Wynyard

St Brigid’s Church Carpark
6:00pm-6:25pm

Saunders Street Carpark
6:30pm-6:55pm

Wednesday – Wynyard

St Brigid’s Church Carpark
6:00pm-6:25pm

Beamish Avenue
6:30pm-6:55pm

Thursday – Burnie

Acton Street Chapel, Madden Street
6:00pm-6:25pm

Marine Terrace, Behind Safe Space
6:30pm-7:00pm

Who benefits from the services?
Those who come to Vinnies Van are people experiencing considerable difficulty, including homelessness, mental health issues, isolation, drug and alcohol issues and poor self-esteem. For many, Vinnies Van is a reminder of the dignity, concerns and worth of people in need.

Ultimately the service provides a tangible benefit to the whole community by ameliorating the impact of major disadvantage on people.

How is the volunteering experience?
Our volunteers are involved in all aspects of the Van’s operation. People do not require any particular experience to become a volunteer. What is important is the acceptance of others, a sense of humour and a commitment to a just and compassionate community. Induction, support and training are provided to volunteers and at all times their safety and well-being is of the upmost importance. We want Vinnies Van to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for you volunteering.

How can I find out more information?
For more information please call (03) 6435 2323 or email burnie@vinniestas.org.au

Where is the service located?

Monday

Hobart: Elizabeth Street Mall
8:20pm to 8:40pm

Glenorchy: Barry Street (Council Car park)
7:45pm to 8:05pm

Gagebrook: Gagebrook Community Centre, Lamprill Circle
7:00pm to 7:20pm

Bridgewater: Bridgewater Community Centre, Bowden Drive
7:25pm to 7:45pm

Tuesday

Hobart: Elizabeth Street Mall
8:20pm to 8:40pm

Glenorchy: Barry Street (Council Car park)
7:45pm to 8:05pm

Clarendon Vale: Neighbourhood Centre, Mockridge Road
5.45pm to 6.00pm

Warrane: Neighbourhood Centre
6.10pm to 6.30pm

Huonville: Back of Huon Valley Council car park
6:00pm to 6:20pm

Cygnet: Cygnet Library Car Park
6:40pm to 7:00pm

Wednesday

Hobart: Elizabeth Street Mall
8:20pm to 8:40pm

Glenorchy: Barry Street (Council Car park)
7:45pm to 8:05pm

Bridgewater: Work Skills car park, 25 Hurst Street
Except for the 1st Wednesday of the month as Dining with Friends operates
7:00pm to 7:20pm

Bridgewater: Albion Street Apartments
7:25pm to 7:45pm

Thursday

Hobart: Elizabeth Street Mall
8:20pm to 8:40pm

Glenorchy: Barry Street (Council Car park)
7:45pm to 8:05pm

Kingston: Kingborough Council car park, Hutchins St
7:00pm to 7:25pm

Kingston: Maranoa Heights Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive
7:25pm to 7:50pm

Sunday

Hobart: Elizabeth Street Mall
8:20pm to 8:40pm

Glenorchy: Barry Street (Council Car park)
7:45pm to 8:15pm

Who benefits from the services?
Loui’s Van currently encounters an average of 50 people each evening that it operates. Those who come to Loui’s Van range from children to aged people and reflect a broad cross section of the community. In the last year we assisted over 17,000 times. Many are experiencing considerable difficulty, including homelessness, mental health issues, isolation, drug and alcohol issues and poor self-esteem. For many, Loui’s Van is a reminder of the dignity, concerns and worth of people in need.

Can I volunteer with Loui’s Van?
Yes. Our volunteers are involved in all aspects of the Van’s operation – from making the soup to preparing sandwiches and operating the service out on the streets. People do not require any particular experience to become a volunteer. What is important is the acceptance of others, a sense of humour and a commitment to a just and compassionate community. Induction, support and training are provided to volunteers and at all times their safety and well-being is of the upmost importance. The vast majority of volunteers find Loui’s Van a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Can I donate to Loui’s Van?
Yes. $25 is all it takes to Adopt Loui for a Day. This will feed up to 50 people who can approach the van on any one night. Your name will be publicly acknowledged where possible and you can even choose the date! Dates could be chosen for special reasons such as birthdays or perhaps in memory of a loved one.

How can I find out more information?
For more information please contact the Loui’s Van and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator on (03) 6234 4244