Services

Are you experiencing homelessness? At risk of experiencing homelessness? Do you feel isolated? We can help. 

The Early Morning Centre (EMC) is a safe, respectful space with friendly people. We provide food, essential services, support and community activities, focusing on individual needs.

Read on to see how we can help you…

We serve a free hot breakfast weekdays from 7.30am to 8.30am. We then reopen from 9.00am to 2.00pm for the Community Hub.

We are located in the Canberra City Uniting Church building at 69 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City.

Food & Drink

• Breakfast
• Tea, coffee & milo
• Lunch (Mon, Wed, Fri)
• Emergency food packs

Facilities

• Toilets
• Showers
• Laundry
• Lockers

• Phone
• Mailbox
• Computers
• Internet

Healthcare

• Alcohol & drug counselling
• Doctor visits
• Dentist visits
• Optometrist visits
• Vet clinic

Support

• Accommodation support
• Referrals to other services
• Clothing vouchers
• Visiting services

Activities

• Current affairs discussion group
• Cooking classes
• Computer lessons
• Arts & crafts group
• Library & puzzle corner

Activities and visiting services

Click here to see what’s happening this week.

Weekly Activities

Monday
Mobile dentist 9.30am – 1.00pm
Street Law 10.00am – 10.30am
Current affairs discussion group 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Wednesday
Doctor visit 9.00am – 11.00am
Alcohol & Other Drug Education 9.00am – 12.00pm
Friday
Arts & crafts 9.30am – 1.30pm
Choir 11.30am – 12.30pm
DAY ACTIVITY TIME
Monday Mobile Dental Clinic 9.30am - 1.00pm
Street Law with Canberra Community Law 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Current affairs discussion group with Kim Huynh 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Wednesday Doctor visit (Medicare card not needed) 9.00am - 11.00am
Alcohol & Other Drug Education and Case Management with CAHMA 9.00am - 12.00pm
Friday Arts & crafts 9.30am - 1.30pm
Choir 11.30am - 12.30pm

Fortnightly Activities

To find out when our next fortnightly activities are on, please chat to our team or check out our Facebook page.
Monday
ASSIST tenancy outreach 11.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday
Centrelink visit 9.30am – 11.30am
Cooking class 10.00am – 12.00pm
(alternate weeks)
Thursday
Computer class 10.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday
Bingo 1.00pm – 1.30pm
DAY ACTIVITY TIME
Monday ASSIST (Aiding in Secure, Safe, Independent and Stable Tenancies) with CatholicCare 11.00am - 12.00pm
Tuesday Centrelink visit 9.30am - 11.30am
Cooking class 10.00am - 12.00pm
Thursday Computer class 10.00am - 12.00pm
Wednesday Bingo 1.00pm - 1.30pm

Monthly Activities

To find out when our next monthly activities are on, please chat to our team or check out our Facebook page
Thursday
Optometrist visit 9.00am – 11.00am
Sunday
Pets in the Park 2.00pm – 4.00pm
(first Sunday of each month)
DAY ACTIVITY TIME
Thursday Optometrist visit 9.00am - 11.00am
Sunday Pets in the Park
First Sunday of each month. All pets are welcome, dogs must be on a lead.
2.00pm - 4.00pm

Notes

There are no eligibility conditions, all are welcome to use this service.

Please note: breakfast only between 7.30am and 8.30am. Other services are available during Community Hub hours, 9.00am to 2.00pm.

The monthly Pets in the Park clinic is on the first Sunday of the month. All pets are welcome; dogs must be on a lead. You’ll need a written referral which we can provide you.

For doctor visits: if you don’t have a Medicare card that’s OK, our doctor will still see you.

To find out more about our activities and visiting services, please chat to our team, check out our news and events, or visit our Facebook page

Service expectations

Service expectations relate to the Early Morning Centre (EMC) and surrounding area.

Acceptable conduct for all guests, staff and volunteers is behaviour based on respect, for oneself, other people present, and the physical environs of the EMC.

Physical assault, swearing, yelling, verbal abuse, sexual harassment or damage to person or property are not acceptable behaviours in the EMC. Staff and volunteers are not expected to tolerate slurs of a racial or sexual nature and have a right to feel safe in their working environment.

Other behaviours that are not acceptable are illegal activities such as drug use and/or exchange. Alcohol and smoking are not permitted in the EMC, either inside the premises or in the outside area that forms part of the EMC and the Canberra City Uniting Church.

Read what our guests say...

“The EMC is there for us in our time of need.”
“They want you to have a good day.”
“Every morning I’m greeted with manners and a smile.”
“They’re welcoming of mature age people.”
“Who’s heard of table service for the poor?
I feel spoiled. It starts my day off.”
“Who’s heard of table service for the poor? I feel spoiled. It starts my day off.”
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