The work we do at Dandelion Support Network is just one aspect of help for families in need. In 2011, Dandelion began working in partnership with just two hospitals, The Sutherland and St George Hospitals. Now our partnerships stretch to help families in need all across greater Sydney.
In 2016 we partnered with more than 110 community service organisations and 7 hospitals across greater Sydney to support some of the most vulnerable children and families in our community.
We rely on social workers to share with us what families really need and to ensure our donations find a suitable home where they truly make an impact. Dandelion does not work directly with the families it supports. Instead we operate through hospitals and other agencies and are inspired by the heartfelt stories that social workers share with us in confidence about the lives we are touching.
Who we work with
Dandelion Support Network is a group of volunteers who accept, sort, and safety check nursery items, clothes, toys and linen for babies and kids. Once prepared, the donations are then passed on to families in need through referrals from social workers at hospitals and welfare agencies. Unfortunately due to regulations, we can not take self-referrals.
Before we can partner together, there are a few things to note:
Our insurance and policies prevent us from dealing with the recipients. We require someone from your office to collect the items from Caringbah, in southern Sydney. Pick up is from 186 Willarong Rd, Caringbah (off President Ave) by a representative of your organisation at a pre-arranged time.
As part of our registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission, you will need to sign a standard Memorandum of Understanding and return it via email or post.
Due to huge demand and little supply, we often have wait lists for items such as cots, bassinets, prams and car seats. We do our best to prioritise these items and provide them to families in need. If these are needed urgently however, it may be an idea to try other avenues.
Make a Referral
If your organisation meets all of the above criteria, you are welcome to make a referral. Please use our online form or download the form to print to complete your referral. We look forward to supporting your client and to working together to make a difference.