Who we are

We are an international, voluntary, lay Catholic organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing assistance to anyone in need.

We are a member and volunteer-based charity where Vincentians (Members belonging to local community-based Conference teams) help people in their community when they need assistance.

We do this by visiting them in their homes, welcoming them in our support centres, helping others through our government and Society-funded services, providing material aid generously given by our donors and offering affordable items in our Vinnies shops.

Migrant and refugee services

We offer newly arrived migrants and refugees support in adjusting to Queensland life.

Services include case management, social engagement activities and English language tutoring.

More recently, the Society has offered assistance to migrants and refugees coming out of detention as they make the transition to independent living within local communities.

A free migration and visa legal advice service is also provided by appropriately qualified volunteers.

To find out more about our Migrant and Refugee services, please visit https://qld.vinnies.org.au/services/refugee

Financial wellbeing

We provide financial and material aid to people in immediate need, or a referral to link people with specialist community services.

Budgeting advice and no interest or low interest loans are also offered to those experiencing financial stress.

Our microfinance loans help people buy essential household items, pay medical bills or maintain their cars.

If you or someone you know needs support, please call 1800 846 643 or visit https://qld.vinnies.org.au/help

Who we’ve helped?

Wan And Debbie At Townsville Media Photo Call

“I was relying on the few savings I had left after budgeting for my placement and was very lucky Vinnies were able to help. It has been a huge relief. When things get hard, do not get frustrated. Proactively seek help as there are charities like Vinnies which are able to help you beyond your expectations.”

Wan, a Townsville medical student, didn’t have a computer to complete his final year studies when libraries closed earlier this year.
He is pictured with Vincentian Debbie Hefferan, whose Conference funded a new laptop for Wan.