We're a community organisation established in 1990 to support the wellbeing of young people and
their families. And in particular those who experience issues relating to poverty, isolation and social exclusion.

We offer support services, learning opportunities, life-skills and creative development for children and young people aged 9 to 24 who have a connection with Sydney's eastern suburbs.

We believe that in order to develop the resilience to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage, children and young people need access to support networks, healthy bodies and minds, educational opportunities, opportunities for creative expression, positive family functioning and to feel a part of their community.

In 2014, the Shack joined with The Benevolent Society to ensure we are able to continue providing support and services to our community's young people.

The Shack operates Monday to Friday. See what we do for specific program information and timetables.

Who is The Benevolent Society?

We’re Australia’s first charity. We’re a not-for-profit and non-religious organisation and we’ve helped www.benevolent.org.au
people, families and communities achieve positive change since 1813. 

Imagine, an Australia without free legal aid, where child labour is still widespread, where there is no old age pension and no specialist maternity care. You’ve just imagined an Australia without The Benevolent Society.

Our story is the story of the nurses, the social workers and the carers who supported people in times of need. It’s the story of the thousands of people who donated time and money to help us help others and the advocates who fought for so many things we take for granted today.

Right from the start, we’ve been there for anyone who needs us, at the heart of change.