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  • Social Services

    Open Support is a not-for profit, community service organisation committed to addressing the unmet and changing needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

    Established in 1990 by the Sisters of Charity, Open Support’s core services focus on the following:

    • Enabling improved access to health care services – by providing free and affordable transport to health care services, as well as affordable accommodation close to health care services.
    • Reducing the impact of social isolation within the community – by providing home visits, companionship and social, court attendee and carer and patient support.
    • Reducing the impact of domestic violence in the community – by providing crisis accommodation, care and support for women and families escaping domestic violence.

    Our current services include:

    Safe Haven – our domestic violence crisis accommodation and external outreach support service;
    Country Care Link – our no-cost transport service for regional NSW people attending medical visits or hospital stays in Sydney;
    Chisholm Cottage – our low-cost, short-term, shared accommodation for regional NSW families and individuals travelling to Sydney for medical appointments and hospital stays;
    Visit Program – our no-cost, fortnightly visit service for socially isolated people living in both East and South West Sydney;
    Time Out – our initiative to provide support for the wellbeing of carers, the homeless and patients in St Vincent’s Hospitals, Sydney;
    Court Support – our caring presence for people attending Liverpool Court, Darlinghurst Court and the Downing Centre in central Sydney.



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