About the Little Yellow Van

Volunteers, from various walks in life, working together and contributing in different ways to help the needy in Ipswich and Brisbane.

Who we are

Helping Hands Qld is an incorporated charity and faith based ministry, established and led by local Christians, and assisted by many other volunteers, to help meet some of the needs of the homeless.

What we do

We go out once a week and calls on hostels, assisted accommodation and those sleeping outside, to try and reach those members of our community who may feel isolated, who may be living away from friends and family, who may be less advantaged, or who may simply enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a chat with some familiar faces on a regular basis.

Using ingredients and food collected from generous donors in the community, we serve sandwiches, bread, cakes, biscuits and hot and cold drinks from our distinctive vans that have been specially kitted out for this purpose.

In addition to this, we provide a listening ear, pray for the sick, and hand-out other items (such as clothes, books, personal items, sleeping gear, etc) also generously donated.

The Ipswich van typically serves around 120 meals and hot drinks every Tuesday night over 3 regular stops. The Brisbane van also serves about 120 people on a Monday night. On special occasions the vans do extra distributions such as Christmas gift bags and Easter cakes.

Our volunteers are a fundamental part of Helping Hands. We welcome volunteers from schools, community groups, businesses, churches etc.

While we are a Christian faith-based organisation led by Christians from various church denominations, many of our volunteers are non-religious or from other religions. It is important to us that all people from all walks of life share in the delivery of this important service to the local community.

Our main limitation is that volunteers who come out with us on the van/s are over the age of 17. We get wonderful support from Westside Christian College, who prepare our food for us, and have Year 12 students come out on the van with us.

Helping Hands calls on hostels, assisted accommodation and those sleeping outside, to try and reach those members of our community who may feel isolated, who may be living away from friends and family, who may be less advantaged, or who may simply enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a chat with some familiar faces on a regular basis.

How you can get involved?

Volunteers are welcomed to come out on the van, and help with many of the behind-the-scene tasks. We require all volunteers to be members. (Visit here for more information).  We suggest potential volunteers come out on the van once to see if they would like to get involved.

We are reliant on donations of food and other items that can be handed out. And as our service is free, yet we have significant operating costs, financial donations are also greatly welcome.

If you feel led to make a donation, please visit here.

If you want to get involved and help out contact us and we’ll get in touch with you.

Website created by Simon Hales and updated by Rebecca

Posted by Helping Hands Queensland on Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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