The Community Care Van is part of the various charitable works of the Order of Malta. With charitable works across Australia and the globe, the Community Care Van – Parramatta services the Diocese of Parramatta through the distribution of custom designed waterproof Coats for the Homeless (winter), sun protection items (summer), together with water and hygiene packs.

A first aid kit is also available if trained volunteers are on duty. The Community Care Van is located at St Patricks Cathedral, and we begin our works in Alfred Park (across the road from St Patricks Cathedra) and then walk down Church Street to Parramatta Train Station and then make our way back to St Patricks Cathedral. During the evening we distribute the various items and have conversations with the homeless/vulnerable that we serve. There is also the opportunity to attend a Youth Camp for young people disabilities in 3-5 November.

The role

Students would meet at the location of the Parramatta Community Care Van (at St Patricks Cathedral) to prepare the items for distribution. Students would then walk (and/or drive Community Care Van) to Albert Park and commence the distribution of the coats for the homeless during winter and sun protection during summer, together with water and hygiene packs. Students would also have conversation with the homeless/vulnerable people on the streets. If students are First Aid trained, they can also carry the First Aid kit. From Albert Park students would then walk down Church Street to Parramatta Station and then walk back to St Patricks Cathedral.

Eligibility criteria
  • WWC
  • Police Check
  • Other -Order of Malta Code of Conduct

Every Monday, 5:45pm to 7:45pm (Meet at the Car Park of St Patricks Cathedral, Parramatta)

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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