The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is inspired by its work with people in need to seek justice for them in our communities.

We provide immediate support and build trusting relationships with the people we serve. This trust helps us to uncover the causes of disadvantage and offer a hand up to people in need.

Building on the legacy of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s founder, Frederic Ozanam, we also speak out against social injustice. A leading thinker and social activist, Frederic fought for social rights such as the right for a natural wage covering all necessities of life, and for a just distribution of wealth amongst citizens.

Today, we continue to raise our voice, with the people we assist, to challenge the circumstances that stop people from enjoying the full life they, with us, should enjoy.

Currently, Vinnies NSW social justice work focuses on:

We also support our First Nations Peoples’ Uluru Statement from the Heart, and work towards equity under the guidance of our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Within these focus areas, our current major campaign, Build Homes, Build Hope, calls on the NSW Government to build 5,000 additional social housing dwellings every year for the next ten years, so that everyone in our community has a place to call home.

No matter your experience, location or availability, we have meaningful ways for you to get involved in social justice advocacy:

  1. Join our Statewide Social Justice Network – Our network is a community of people committed to building a more just and compassionate NSW. Together, we take actions like collecting signatures for petitions, visiting our MPs, and hosting community events.
  2. Join your local social justice network – Local networks are opportunities for Society people to connect with others in their area, support the local implementation of campaigns, and to identify, discuss and respond to social justice issues locally. We currently have social justice networks in Broken Bay and Parramatta diocese. Email us for more information about an existing network, or if you are interested in being part of a new network in your area.
  3. Become a Social Justice Representative – Social Justice Representatives at the Conference, Regional and Central Council levels work together to build empowered communities who speak up and advocate for change. If you are interested in becoming a representative, read the role description, and email us to connect with existing representatives in your area.
  4. Attend an event – Our regular social justice events provide opportunities for our members, volunteers, employees and supporters to come together to engage on key social justice issues. While physical distancing restrictions are in place, our events will take place online.

 

Social Justice Newsletters

To receive regular, current updates and opportunities to take action, as well as upcoming Social Justice dates and events, subscribe to the Social Justice newsletter .

Social Justice Diary 2020 – resources for Members

This content is available for members who would like to raise awareness of a particular Social Justice day, and share with their Parish and community the actions taken by Vinnies members in addressing Social Justice issues.

World Migrant and Refugee Day 27/09/2020
  • Summary for inclusion in Parish newsletters (short and longer version)
  • A 3 minute talk for anyone wanting to talk after Mass
  • A fact sheet
  • A link to 2 webinars being held on Migrant and Refugee Sunday by JRS.

 

1. Newsletter – shorter version

Short Notice

2.  Newsletter – longer version

Long Notice

3.  A talk after Mass :

A short talk

4.  A fact sheet and where to go for more information:

https://www.vinnies.org.au/icms_docs/312426_Refugee_and_People_Seeking_Asylum_Social_Justice_Statement.pdf

https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/nobody-left-behind/

5.  Link to the 2 JRS webinars being held on Migrant and Refugee Sunday

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/jesuit-refugee-service-australia-30173699664

World Mental Health Day 10/10/2020
  • Summary for inclusion in Parish newsletters (short and longer version)
  • A talk for anyone wanting to speak after Mass
  • Ideas for your conference
  • A fact sheet
  • Contact list if required.

1. Newsletter – Shorter version

Bulletin shorter notice

2. Newsletter – Longer version – or a talk after Mass

Bulletin longer notice or talk

3. Ideas for your Conference

4. Fact Sheets

5. Contacts

If you are a Conference Member and are worried about someone’s mental health, the Regional Directory can provide links to Vinnies services that may be able to assist.

Regional Director Mobile Email
North East Clare Van Doorn 0436 449 019 Clare.VanDoorn@vinnies.org.au
North West Phil Donnan 0491 056 886 Phil.Donnan@vinnies.org.au
Metropolitan Gayl Purchase 0434 967 196 Gayl.Purchase@vinnies.org.au
South Renee Cooper 0477 345 712 Renee.Cooper@vinnies.org.au
West Kelly Morgan (02) 6862 5758 Kelly.Morgan@vinnies.org.au

 

Anti-Poverty Week 11/10/2020 - 17/10/2020
  • Summary for inclusion in Parish newsletters (short and longer version)
  • A talk for anyone wanting to speak after Mass
  • Ideas for your conference
  • A fact sheet

1. Newsletter – Shorter version

Shorter

2. Newsletter – Longer version – or a talk after Mass

Longer bulletin or talk after Mass

3. Ideas for your Conference

4. Fact Sheets

5. Petition

NAIDOC Week 08/11/2020 - 15/11/2020
  • Summary for inclusion in Parish newsletters (short and longer version)
  • A talk for anyone wanting to speak after Mass
  • Ideas for your conference
  • A fact sheet

1. Newsletter – Shorter version

Shorter bulletin

2. Newsletter – Longer version – or a talk after Mass

Longer notice or talk

3. Ideas for your Conference

4. Fact Sheets and resources

  • NAIDOC History
  • Beginners BOOKLET on ULURU STATEMENT
  • NAIDOC poster
    The National NAIDOC Committee has proudly partnered with the Woolworths Group to nationally distribute the 2020 NAIDOC Week poster.
    The partnership enables the distribution of some 200,000 NAIDOC posters from 1000 Woolworths outlets across the country. NAIDOC Week 2020 posters will be available from Woolworths’ outlets – until stocks last – from Wednesday 21 October.
World Day of the Poor 15/11/2020
  • Summary for inclusion in Parish newsletters (short and longer version)
  • A talk for anyone wanting to speak after Mass
  • Ideas for your conference
  • A fact sheet

1. Newsletter – Shorter version

Day of the Poor – Shorter

2. Newsletter – Longer version – or a talk after Mass

Day of the Poor – Longer-bulletin-or-talk-after-Mass

3. Ideas for your Conference

  • Write to your Federal MP to make sure they understand the importance of adequate unemployment payments, and the number of people in their electorate who will sink below the poverty line without additional support. Email social.justice@vinnies.org.au to request relevant information and up-to-date statistics.
  • Investigate at local hospitals or aged care facilities for programs involving visitation and providing company for isolated people.
  • Join the Stitch Community – a not-for-profit charity dedicated to addressing loneliness and social isolation for the members of society over 50 years old who need it most. Stitch needs volunteers who are interested in helping create positive social outcomes for disadvantaged members of the community. Learn more at WipeOutLoneliness.org.

4. Fact Sheets

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