Rough Edges

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?

Urban Exposure

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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:

  • Inclusion and Exclusion: What are the ways societies use space to exclude others? How can we create spaces and places that are inclusive?
  • Addiction: Who’s the addict? What addictions are you likely to encounter in your lives? What are the different approaches people take to addiction?
  • Alternatives to Violence How can we deal with conflict creatively and peacefully? Who are our neighbours? Do we know them?
  • How can we serve our local communities?

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.

We also run Urban Exposure programmes for adults. We have taken people from local businesses, large corporations, churches and other organisations on Urban Walks.

For more information, or to make a booking, please contact Paula Darwin on 0416 499 521 or at

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See Rough Edges on the Channel 7 Morning Show Christmas Special

Take a look below at the range of Community Services that St Johns runs:

• Rough Edges, our cafe for the street community

See Eternity magazine video on Rough Edges

• CAPP, our programme to assist people with challenging issues

• Generalist legal assistance

• 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

Go to the Rough Edges website for more detailed info


Read about our Rough Edges program in CASE. The article speaks about dealing with social equality and the contribution a place like Rough Edges can make on that issue. A great read!

Community Assistance Program

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

Work Development Orders

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


Read about our Community Garden here

 Legal Advice at St John’s

We offer pro bono legal advice at St John’s, through Paxton Solicitors.

If you would like an appointment, contact the church office for a booking on 9360 6844.

This service which is offered to disadvantaged and vulnerable people living in the Kings Cross area and its surrounds.

Generalist legal assistance is provided in a range of areas including:  

  • Police Powers
  • Debt
  • Victims Services
  • Consumer Complaints
  • Criminal Law
  • Wills referral
  • Housing and Tenancy
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Fines Management
  • Family Law Advice
  • Centrelink

A solicitor will be available to see clients at St John’s Anglican Church office, 120 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, on Monday nights between 6:30pm  and 8:00pm and Friday lunch-times between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.

Please phone 9360 6844 to make an appointment.