The Inner Melbourne Community Hub is the inner-city accommodation and support service hub located in North Melbourne and Fitzroy. It includes residential services, housing support, case management services, a drop-in centre, meals service and more.
At this hub volunteers give approximately 2100 hours of their time each month to the programs and clients. The volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and provide the clients with meaningful social interactions and an opportunity to build relationships.
162 active community volunteers are involved across the Inner Melbourne Community Hub and assist with a weekly, fortnightly or monthly commitment of two or more hours, depending on their role and availability.
This allows the organisation to extend the quality of the programs by offering services such as hairdressing, acupuncture, remedial massage, and art therapy sessions.
Volunteers also assist with food preparation and deliver over 8000 meals monthly through the daily meal program.
Nearly 1000 students from 25 secondary schools across Melbourne and Victoria have been involved in the VincentCare Social Justice Program over the past 12 months. They provide assistance on a fortnightly or monthly basis with meal services at Ozanam House and Ozanam Community Centre.
The schools also provide the Inner Melbourne Community Hub with toiletries, socks, underwear, Christmas gifts, swags, food and clothing, which are much needed for clients entering and exiting Ozanam House.
Ian Curley - Volunteer
For several years Executive Chef Ian Curley from the Melbourne restaurants The European and Kirks Wine Bar, has volunteered his time, talents and material aid to VincentCare Victoria.
As a young man, Ian says he made a couple of decisions that eventually saw him sleeping rough for a few nights. He said, “That experience made me realise anyone is only a couple of steps away from experiencing homelessness.”
Once a month Ian teaches people experiencing or at risk of homelessness about budgeting, to make the most of their money when buying food, and to make the most of what they buy when they prepare and cook it.
“When someone’s been homeless for a while, food and nutrition often become unavailable and unattainable.” He says, “The skills can often be lost, so to begin living independently again it’s important to know the best ways to feed yourself on a budget.”
Ian has also helped connect VincentCare with suppliers who donate food to the Ozanam Community Centre food service.