Bayside Community Care has supported people through tough times for over thirty years. As the benevolent arm of Bayside Church, it evolved from the commitment of Bayside parishioners to honour and serve their community, particularly those experiencing hardships (click to read more about Bayside Church history).
In 2003, Bayside Community Care received Public Benevolent Institution Status through the ATO. While many of the programs are supported by Bayside Church volunteers and donations, the organisation is non-religious.
Three Decades of Impact
Today Bayside Community Care has grown significantly both in the number of projects and the breadth of its focus. It is made up of a vibrant group of people including volunteers and the many who have found a place of care, support, and connection.
The Community Christmas Lunch was launched the same year as the church (1992). It provides a magnificent Christmas meal for people in the community who would otherwise be alone at this time of year. This rich tradition continues to this day.
Bayside Community Care adheres to values and ethical practices that are informed by the belief that every human being deserves respect and dignity. Matt’s Place Community Meals is a community programme that provides home-cooked meals and connection for those experiencing economic hardship or social isolation. This program started in 2007 and is now operating out of two locations, serving over 200 meals per week to those struggling with financial difficulties and/or loneliness. Individuals or families finding themselves in tough times can also access food via the Emergency Food Program operating throughout the year.
The care and support that underscores all the diverse Bayside Community Care projects reach beyond local concerns to our global neighbour. Bayside Forever Home opened its doors in 2005 in South Africa. The home provides a place of safety, support, and nurture for abandoned children. Today it is home to eight teenage/young adult boys, while many others have found homes with loving families.
There are numerous ways that you can become involved in Bayside Community Care’s practical expressions of love in action. We look forward to hearing from you.