Take a look below at the range of Community Services that St Johns runs:
• Rough Edges, our cafe for the street community
• CAPP, our programme to assist people with challenging issues
• The St John’s Legal Service
• Urban Exposure, which educates secondary students (and others) on homelessness, addiction and mental health
• Roughtober, our month of fundraising in October
• Work Development Orders, which help people who have issues with fines
Rough Edges is a café located on Victoria St Darlinghurst. It’s in the middle of some of Sydney’s most popular venues- right next door to the Victoria Room, a few doors up from Messina, across the road from Una’s and Bar Colluzzi. But Roughies is distinctive because it is a café for absolutely anyone- an incredibly diverse, colourful, fascinating collection of people. At Roughies, you can get something to eat, something to drink, someone to talk to. And you can watch tv, read the paper, play Scrabble, or just sit and be quiet.
Roughies is open on Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 2pm. We operate a programme called CAPP (Community Assistance Partnership Programme) which helps people move from emergency situations to greater sustainability. CAPP is operated by Wayne Palmer, Rough Edges’ social worker. People also drop in for a coffee and a chat, or maybe to do some painting, or read the paper.
We are also open on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
You can find out more about Rough Edges at the Roughies website.
The legal entity through which Rough Edges runs is ‘St John’s Community Services Ltd’, a not for profit company. Donations to St John’s Community Services are tax deductible. You can financially support our work here.
Rough Edges is operated by volunteers, who give generously and freely of their time to keep this ministry operating. Would you like to volunteer with us too?
Opportunities exist for people to be supervised by one of the parish staff as they work out their work development orders. In coordination with probation and parole.
Contact: Laurie Alexander (02) 9360 6844
Do you need some financial help?
Even with emergency relief assistance to ease an immediate stress, some people quite often find the pressure soon builds again. For one reason or another, people may feel they are unable to “get their heads above water” and are always in crisis.
The Community Assistance Programme (CAPP) offers support to people to help them make changes towards a lifestyle that is manageable and sustainable.
CAPP is based on a solution focused model and is very practical, taking into account the mental, emotional and spiritual issues that impact how people live.
CAPP operates on Wednesdays & Fridays 11.00am – 2:00pm
Phone 02 9360 6844 to make an appointment or contact Wayne Palmer
Do you need some help with a legal issue?
The St John’s Legal Centre helps people with legal issues.
We offer free legal advice and referral.
Areas of advice include housing, Family Law and Relationships, debt, fines, discrimination, victim’s compensation, Powers of Attorney and Guardianship and crime
The St John’s Legal Centre is located in the St John’s church hall (above Rough Edges, enter via Victoria St.).
Mondays 6.30pm – 8.00pm and Fridays 11.00pm – 4.00pm
For an appointment phone 9360 6844.
To enquire about volunteering with St John’s Legal Centre please email Belinda Paxton
The Urban Walk invites participants to explore Kings Cross from a different perspective. We enter into a range of different spaces and places in the area and explore a range of ideas and questions including:
On the Urban Walk participants hear from one of the Rough Edges patrons who openly share their stories. We pay the speakers for their time and work.
Much of our Urban Exposure work is with students from secondary schools, from years 9 to 12.
But we also run Urban Exposure programmes for adults. We have take people from local businesses, large corporations, churches and other organisations on Urban Walks.
For more information, or to make a booking, please contact Penny Barletta at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Roughtober?
In the month of October, we encourage our volunteers and supporters to go all out in fundraising for us.
In 2016 we raised $57,000 for Rough Edges during Roughtober- an all time record for us. The money we raised enables us to operate Roughies with confidence, knowing that we will be able to cover the costs of operating.
If you want to see what it is like to sleep rough in Darlinghurst and raise money for our services to the homeless, here is your opportunity. On Friday October 20 2017 we will host the Roughtober Sleepout. After meeting at St John’s you will take a walk around Kings Cross with our Urban Exposure team and learn about some of the issues that face the street community of the Cross. Then you will bed down in the grounds of St John’s to try to get a good night’s sleep. In the morning you will continue to experience life on the streets before the final debrief and return home. Your job is to ask your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues to sponsor you for the night. We use our Gofundraise Sleepout page to help you get support from your friends and family.
Throw an event in Roughtober
Set a date in October and throw a breakfast or dinner for friends and ask them to contribute to Rough Edges. Or a fun-run, a bake-sale, or any other creative ideas you might have. You could even show the Rough Edges video at your event which allows friends to get know what Rough Edges is all about.
Get your work place involved
Does your work or a company you know support charities? Many employees look for ways to get their workplace to support their chosen charity through fundraising, grants, or through staff participation. Our community lunches are also a great opportunity for corporate team building through community service. Tell your company about Rough Edges and ask if they could become a corporate sponsor. Rough Edges is always looking for corporate sponsorship and we can provide more information to you and your company.
To find out more about Roughtober, e-mail here: