Helping the homeless and disadvantaged.
Magpie Nest helps the most vulnerable people in our community – those who are homeless, disadvantaged or in crisis. We aim to make a genuine difference in the lives of people sleeping rough, living in unsafe rooming houses or simply doing it tough. We provide a network of services and safe accommodation to help people get back on their feet.
Magpie Nest is a partnership between Collingwood and the Salvation Army Project 614 Team based in Melbourne’s CBD and has been operating since 2012.
Our case workers provide dedicated wrap-around support including access to mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and legal services, along with accommodation and employment/training assistance.
Magpie Nest Housing is unique in that we provide private housing for social needs. Our residents receive dedicated case management support. We currently manage 45 houses around Melbourne and our goal is to provide access to more than 60 houses by the end of 2019 and over 100 homes within three years.
The Magpie Nest Women’s Program is a dedicated support program for women in crisis, many of whom are affected by the trauma of domestic violence.
The Magpie Nest Cafe is located at the Salvation Army, 69 Bourke Street Melbourne. The cafe provides a vital point of contact for rough sleepers and people in crisis in Melbourne and serves over 3,500 free meals each week. It provides a pathway into Magpie Nest Housing and links to our support services. The cafe also delivers a twilight service between 7pm and 9pm and a special night program between 11pm to 7am. The night program offers people in crisis and rough sleepers a safe haven, especially in the harsh winter months. Around two hundred people attend the café every night.
Our partners the Salvation Army Melbourne Project 614 Team do amazing work with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, those suffering from serious mental health issues, people affected by a range of addiction issues and people who are suffering from social poverty.
Collingwood’s Christmas Luncheon
Collingwood’s Christmas Luncheon for the homeless and disadvantaged is held at The Glasshouse, Olympic Park each year and has become a great tradition at the club and one of the biggest events in Melbourne on Xmas Day, with around 600 people attending each year.
- Salvation Army Melbourne
- City of Melbourne
- The Pratt Foundation