Fifty years of caring for the community

Our Mission

Since 1971, Beehive Industries has been on a mission. Though the world around us has changed, our place in the local community is as vital today as it was almost 50 years ago when we first opened the doors to our Darlinghurst centre.

Our mission is to "beat the isolation faced by Sydney Seniors and those living with disability.” We believe everyone has value to contribute but not everyone feels valued or worthy of contributing. 

For many people – particularly those faced with ageism or discrimination - there is no motivation to participate in a society from which they feel isolated. 

We break the cycle of social isolation for these vulnerable individuals by:

  • Encouraging physical and mental well-being
  • Nurturing a sense of identity
  • Providing a meaningful purpose

As we work to end loneliness and isolation in Sydney's inner city, we encourage everyone to join us on our mission. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those in need.

We break the cycle of social isolation by...

Encouraging Physical Health
Improving Mental Wellbeing
Fostering Community & New Friendships
Providing a Sense of Purpose
Building Up Self-Confidence
Nurturing a Sense of Identity

Help us Break the Cycle of Social Isolation

How your generous donation can help:
$20 - Contribute a prize to be given away at one of our special events.
$50 - Provide one support user with a day of meals and activities.
$100 - Cover the costs of a special outing for one support user.

We value the financial support of individuals and businesses who share in and contribute to our mission of ending loneliness for Sydney seniors and those living with a disability. Your contribution goes directly towards the social support programs we offer to help break the cycle of social isolation for vulnerable individuals.

Make your donation today or contact us to discuss other ways you can support our work.

Beehive Industries Co-Operative Ltd is a registered charity with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). All donations $2.00 and over are tax deductible. 

Know someone who is lonely? 

Help socially isolated seniors to cook & connect by downloading our free cookbook.

Our History

Beehive Industries Timeline - 1900s
Beehive Industries Timeline 2000s

Our Supporters

Beehive Industries values all our supporters and corporate partners who make it possible for us to undertake our vital work of supporting Sydney’s seniors, long term unemployed and people living with a disability.

City of Sydney

Beehive Industries was founded by the City of Sydney in 1971. Today, the City provides ongoing support – including through their Accommodation Grant Program - as we continue to work alongside Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, in caring for vulnerable individuals in central Sydney. 

Healthy Eating Ambassador, Kumar Pereira

Kumar Pereira became a household name thanks to his impressive performance in the 2011 Network 10 MasterChef series. Today, Kumar celebrates his love of fresh produce and healthy eating with our support users as part of our popular 'Low-Cost Meals for Seniors' program.

Our Patron & Board

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW
Brendan Lonergan - CEO
Phoebe Holt
Jason Penrose
Nieves Murray - Board Chair
Peter Mackey
Adrienne Revai

Our Team

Brendan Lonergan, CEO


Brendan has extensive experience in business development across both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. For the past ten years, Brendan has focused on the disability sector, helping to provide employment opportunities for people living with a disability through organisations such as Packforce (a division of Cerebral Palsy Alliance) and Disability Services Australia. Brendan holds a Master of Business degree from UTS and is currently completing a Master of Education degree.

Renee Anderson


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