News & Events

Christmas Closing

Our hours of closure over Christmas and the New Year, are as follows:

Last day:                Wednesday 20th December 2017

Open in 2018:        Monday 29th January 2018

Please speak to us if you have any questions or concerns.


October 2017 Newsletter

Please click the link for the full newsletter:

October Newsletter Shopfront


Many thanks to our volunteers who have helped out over the past few weeks leading into and including the school holidays; we saw larger than usual number of visitors and all the volunteers deserve our sincere thanks for all their work.

Looking towards 2018 … it is that time of year again when planning is starting for the new year. Shopfront from its inception was dreamed of by Archbishop Hickey as a means whereby the Catholic community of Perth could find a practical expression of their faith. Over the next few weeks it would be very helpful if our present volunteers were able to look into their 2018 crystal ball and let us know of their availability again.

From the beginning of November there will be a form in the kitchen available for people to complete. Speak to Rosemary or Damian if there are any questions.

School Supporters

It goes without saying that without our many supporters Shopfront would not be able to provide the support to so many individuals and families that it does.  The catholic community, particularly our schools, provide us with so much support. The many hundreds of frozen meals, thousands of canned foods & boxes of toiletries that have been provided over the past school term by our schools has been phenomenal.   I would make a special mention of Irene McCormack College, Sacred Heart College, Santa Maria, Mater Dei College, CBC Fremantle, Newman College, John XX111, Chisholm College and St Denis’ & St Simon Peter Catholic Primary Schools for their fantastic efforts.

Web site

Our web site is on a frequent basis updated thanks to a volunteer. Latest news and events about The Shopfront, training opportunities provided by the Archdiocese are regularly added and updated.

Social Justice Statement Launch

Thursday 21st September was the launch for the 2017/2018 Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement “Everyone’s Business”. Damian – with Bishop Don Sproxton – was a speaker at the launch. To obtain a copy of the 2017/2018 statement:

 Christmas Party

Hard to believe but true: – Saturday November 25th is fast approaching. This year the famous Shopfront Christmas has had to be brought forward. Rosemary has been busy with the planning and everything is beginning to take shape. The past few years we have had over three hundred visitors and their families join us to celebrate.  Very shortly Rosemary will be seeking volunteers and their friends to let her know how they may be able to help out again this year.

The Rise Recreation Centre, 28 Eighth Ave

11.30 to 2.00pm

Once again this year The Rise has been provided at no charge by the City of Bayswater for this event. We offer our sincere Thank you.

A number of schools have indicated their support in collection of ‘goodies’ for the Christmas bags. Please speak to Rosemary if you have any extra spare time to help with the preparation of this fanatically popular, lively and entertaining day.

Prayerful Support

A number of our volunteers have been unwell and/or have had close relatives die in the past few months. We have been remembering these individuals and their families in our morning reflection and prayer as we begin each day here at The Shopfront.

2017 Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement

The Director of the Shopfront, Damian Walsh, was one of the speakers at the launch of the 2017 Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement on the 21st September.  He shared the experiences of how The Shopfront and the many volunteers serve the homeless and less fortunate in our society.

Bishop Don Sproxton and Damian

Damian at the 2017 Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement

Newsletter   August 2017






Volunteer Training Day – Coffee Cup Listening

A small group met on a cold and wintry Saturday morning in late JULY. We started the morning with a short reflection and followed this with a 45 minute workshop on reflective listening.

Following morning tea there was an opportunity to hear concerns and share information and plans for the coming few months here at the Shopfront.

Up dated web site

Thanks to a new volunteer – Tricia, a teacher at Newman College – we have an updated and refreshed website.   Our on-going hope is that we will be regularly updating information. Stay tuned!

Volunteer Rosters

At present when all things are flowing smoothly we seem to have all days and evening covered. From time to time we are still “under the pump” if for whatever reason a person is unable to make it. Ideally we have at least five volunteers + a person in charge at all times. When we have greater numbers it is the perfect opportunity to meet and chat informally with our visitors. If you cannot make it to your rostered day/evening it would be helpful if you were able to arrange for a substitute.

Extra Hands make light Work

Earlier in the year we had three 1st Year Seminarians (Nathan, Adam & Matthew) with us on a Friday for three months. Luckily for us a TAFE student (Anne) completed her 100 hours of practicum over three weeks. For the past seven weeks two UWA Masters in Social Work students (Ammar & Martin) have been with us full time as they complete their 13 week placement.

First Year Seminarians

Nathan Barrie                    Adam Quinlivan                  Matthew Tolczek
Diocese of Bunbury          Archdiocese of Perth          Archdiocese of Perth

Health and Safety

The wellbeing of all visitors and volunteers is paramount. We have updated our link on the website for new volunteers.   Volunteer Guidelines updated 2017.