Open Support is a Sydney-based charity committed to acting and caring for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Every day, we stand by and aid domestic violence survivors. Every day, we help individuals struggling with isolation and loneliness. Every day, we endeavour to provide people with support as intense as their needs.

Our organisation was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1990, then called ‘Sisters of Charity Outreach’, as the community service hub of St Vincent’s Clinic. It was born with a mission to reach out to the marginalised, those too often overlooked. Since then, we have devoted all our energy and our work to taking this compassionate mission into action.

We brave social barriers to support those most in need – and help change lives.

Our History

The story of Open Support is intertwined with that of St Vincent’s Clinic. Originally called ‘Sisters of Charity Outreach’, it was established by the Sisters as part of the Clinic with a bold mission: to go where others will not go ; to be with those too often overlooked ; to reach out to those who need us the most.

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Our Committee

Open Support is a charity of St Vincent’s Clinic. The Open Support Committee reports to the St Vincent’s Clinic Board. The Open Support team reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Clinic.

Daniel Choo

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Robert Farrell

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Simon Calleia

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Katie Viviers (CEO)

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Erica Schuman

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John Willis

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Rosemary Young AM

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Mary Dack

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Mona Karam

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Our Programs

Domestic Violence

We assist women and their children who are escaping abusive homes by providing safe accommodation and specialised support. At Open Support, we work to renew their trust that their future can be a happy and empowered one.

Social Isolation

The Community Connections Program is a no cost program which provides social support to individuals who are experiencing loneliness and isolation in our communities

Country Care Link

We reduce barriers to accessing healthcare services for people who live in regional NSW with free transportation across Greater Sydney.

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