Our February Community Champion is the St Vinnies Night Patrol.
St Vinnies Night Patrol are heading into their 22nd year providing valuable services to those in Canberra sleeping rough. They provide food, hot drinks, warm clothing, sleeping bags and hygiene equipment to people in need and those experiencing homelessness through their mobile van service.
Night Patrol provides a non-judgmental space for anyone in need and the team of compassionate volunteers show their commitment to community-building. If you’re ever in need of their help, you can find them at:
- Dickson Library - 7pm
- Veteran's Park, Corner of Bunda and Mort Street - 8pm
- Old Queanbeyan Visitor’s Information Centre - 7pm
- Canberra Centre/Illumincube - 8pm
I’ve often chatted with Night Patrol volunteers at the local shops, and was pleased when they won the Volunteering ACT Manager of the Year Award in 2021. They continue to remain as important as they were when they began in 2001.
A great way to support is to donate a spare sleeping bag. You can drop them off to my electorate office and we’ll get it to Vinnies. You can also donate or sign up to volunteer at a Night Patrol on the St Vinnies website here.