Funding and Resources

NSW COVID-19 Domestic & Family Violence Funding Tranche 2

Domestic, family and sexual violence services have had to respond to changes in service delivery, complexity or demand of their program resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSW Government is inviting frontline organisations which are experiencing increased demand in services as a result of COVID-19 to apply for a share in grant funding. 

The NSW Government is looking to fund:

  • Organisations that demonstrate an understanding of, and experience in working with people experiencing sexual, domestic and/or family violence.
  • Initiatives that target communities or areas of key interest, like prevention or early intervention.
  • Initiatives that relate to NSW Premier’s Priority to reduce domestic violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators and/or with victim-survivors.

The grant program aims to support sexual, domestic and family violence services to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19, including by assisting services to:

  • Adapt service delivery, for example by making service adjustments or modifications to respond to changing client needs or social distancing requirements.
  • Expand service delivery, for example by increasing capacity to deliver more services to more clients.
  • Introduce new services, in accordance with demand arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • provide a direct and frontline service to people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual, domestic and family violence; or provide services or programs for perpetrators, as part of their overall service delivery model; and
  • be established in NSW and operational.

Eligible applicants may include not-for-profit organisations including community organisations and/or faith based organisations.

Applicants that received funding under the recent Commonwealth Government and NSW Government stimulus packages are eligible to apply. However, priority may be given to:

  • applicants that did not receive such funding.
  • Services which assist Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities (including people on temporary visas), people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ community.
  • Initiatives which relate to the NSW Premier’s Priority to reduce domestic violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators and/or victim-survivors.

Applications close: 23 September 2020.

More information and application.https://www.women.nsw.gov.au/commissioning/DFVCovid19Funding

Contact: WomenNSWGrants@facs.nsw.gov.au


Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness 2020 EOI

The Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting permanent housing, housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.

Projects that focus on ending and preventing older women’s homelessness and women who experience chronic homelessness are priority areas for the 2020-2021 program. Grants range from $5,000 up to $50,000 for any one year, with grants likely to be averaging $20,000-$30,000.

Applicants must be a legal entity, such as an incorporated association or company. If not, the applicant will need to be auspiced by an appropriate organisation.

The Mercy Foundation has an Expression of Interest Form (EOI) process. If your EOI is successful, you will then be invited to submit a full application and proposal form.

EOI closes: 2 November 2020.

More information and EOI formhttps://www.mercyfoundation.com.au/social-justice-grants/grants-to-end-homelessness/

Contact: 9911 7390.


NSW Youth Opportunities 2020 Grants

The NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Projects funded under the Youth Opportunities program are to involve young people at every stage of the project – from identifying the need, through to design, project delivery and final review and recognition. There is strong evidence to show that programs and initiatives designed with young people rather than for them are more likely to achieve better outcomes. Organisations applying for funding must have spoken with young people and involved them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.

Applications close: 21 September 2020.

More information and applicationhttps://www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/grant-applications-2020

Contact: Anthea Wilson, Department of Communities and Justice, 8753 8430 or youth@facs.nsw.gov.au


Scanlon Foundation 2020 Community Grants

This year, the Scanlon Foundation Community Grants will fund projects that support the transition of migrants into employment. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. All submissions are also expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.

Grants are looking to actively support people into employment, working directly with individuals who are unemployed, and may include those that have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19, or business failure or are recent graduates from school or university.

This year’s community grants will provide funding up to a maximum of $25,000 for a 12 month project. The community grants are eligible for all locations across each state of Australia.

Expressions of interest can be made by Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) eligible organisations.

Applications close: 18 September 2020.

More information and applicationhttps://scanlonfoundation.org.au/grants/

Contact: foundation@scanlonfoundation.org.au


Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19

The Australian Government Department of Health’s Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 Grants are designed to assist approved Residential Aged Care providers, approved National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFACP) providers and approved Home Care providers to minimise the risk of infection to aged care workers, residents and other consumers of aged care service. Examples of eligible workforce costs under SACWIC are those that will support eligible workers:

  • who normally work at multiple residential aged care facilities, but will be working solely at the facility being applied for;
  • who are not to work because they have been experiencing COVID 19 symptoms, have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, require testing or are subject to self-isolation or quarantine requirements;or to undertake training in the event a skills gap arises from where existing workers are not to work due to experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are subject to self-isolation or quarantine requirements.

Importantly, the guidelines require that employees work at the site where they usually work the most hours, or where they will be able to work the most hours over the eight week period.

More information and applicationhttps://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=00B5399B-056F-8A5A-3699BB7A96BF6B03

Close Date & Time: 31-May-2021 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)


Pride Foundation Australia 2020 Small Grants Program

The Pride Foundation Australia Small Grants Program supports projects proposed by individuals, organisations and/or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs. Grants are up to $500, and the project needs to directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  •  
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident, or a community group that is operating in Australia.
  • Applicants need only be a group of people with a common interest.
  • It is preferred that individuals / groups apply through an auspice organisation, but it is not a necessary requirement.
  • Applications for funding beyond $500 will not be considered.

Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to funds towards:

  • Venue rental for meetings or social events
  • Advertising and marketing costs for events
  • Speaker’s fees
  • Artist’s fees
  • Website maintenance costs
  • Website hosting fees
  • Catering costs for community events

Applications close: 13 September 2020 and 6 December 2020

More information and applicationhttps://pridefoundation.org.au/pages/small-grants/

Contact: info@pridefoundation.org.au


Macpac 2020 Fund for Good Grants

Macpac are passionate about protecting the environment and its wildlife; having a lasting positive impact on people’s lives through the outdoors; and supporting the communities to which they are connected. The Macpac Fund for Good is their way of giving back, and helping those committed to creating long-term change for the good of people and planet.

They award between $2,000-10,000 grants to those organisations who align with their ideals.

The groups they support fall into one of three areas:

  • Adventure-Based Social Development
  • Environmental Projects
  • Ethical Manufacturing

If you are part of a not-for-profit organisation working on environmental and social causes related to the outdoors, then you may be eligible for a Macpac Fund for Good grant. Your activities need to be based in New Zealand or Australia, or their territories.

2020 closing dates:  31 July; 31 October.

More information and applicationhttps://www.macpac.co.nz/fund-for-good.html


NSW Quality Learning Environments (QLE) Program

The Quality Learning Environments (QLE) program aims to support eligible early childhood education services to improve their learning environments to positively impact experiences and outcomes for preschool aged children. It allows not-for-profit community preschools (centre based and mobile) and not-for-profit long day cares to apply for grants of up to $15,000 (ex GST). Grants can be used to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments. This may include quality improvement initiatives to meet the needs of services impacted by bushfire and recent severe weather events or other emergency situations such as COVID-19.

To be eligible for funding through the 2020 QLE program, a service must meet the following criteria:

  • be a not-for-profit community preschool (centre-based or mobile) or not-for-profit long day care (as identified in the National Quality Agenda IT System or where other sufficient evidence is provided upon request; and including local government managed services) operating in NSW
  • be an approved early childhood education and care service under the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations or the Supplementary Provisions Act
  • deliver an early childhood education program designed by a degree qualified early childhood teacher in accordance with The Early Years Learning Framework under the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education
  • be registered, or be willing to register, with The Department of Education (the department)’s Early Childhood Contract Management System (ECCMS)
  • accept and comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Early Childhood Education Grants Program.

Applications close: 25 September 2020.

More information and applicationhttps://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/quality-learning-environments-program

Contact: 1300 755 426 or ecec.funding@det.nsw.edu.au


CAGES Foundation Community Grants for Aboriginal Controlled Organisations

CAGES Foundation’s community grants are only made available to Aboriginal controlled organisations. They have been designed to respond to discreet needs and are usually for one year only. Past community grants have been used to support operational needs (including professional development), evaluation work, strategic development initiatives, cultural milestones, equipment and resource needs. Grants of up to $50,000 are considered and they are distributed on a rolling basis to better respond to critical need.

Criteria:

  1. Gifts from the community grants stream are for Aboriginal controlled organisations responding to an immediate need.
  2. Activities will be focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the first five years of life.
  3. Any activity must be community endorsed.
  4. All organisations must have DGR1 tax status.

Applications close: 30 September 2020

More informationhttps://cagesfoundation.org/how-we-work/

Application formContact: 9051 2411


Australian Geographic Society 2020 Sponsorship

Each calendar year the Australian Geographic Society offers sponsorship of up to $10,000 to scientific, conservation, environmental and adventure projects. Australian scientists, community organisations and individuals developing projects in Australia and abroad are welcome to apply.

Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. What is the aim of the project/event?
  2. How will the project/event benefit the local community/Australians?
  3. Is the project consistent with the aims of the Society?
  4. How will the recipient communicate the goals of the project to a wide audience?

Round 2 closes: 30 November 2020

More information and applicationhttps://www.australiangeographic.com.au/society/sponsorship/2019/12/apply-for-sponsorship/

Contact: society@ausgeo.com.au or 9136 7214


Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity

The Australian Government’s CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity is designed to support continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities. This grant is to support approved service providers to keep facilities open, those who are at risk of permanent closure and to support the set up new community services. It applies where a service is:

  1. at risk of closure due to an unforeseen event or circumstance, such as a natural disaster, or extreme weather event,
  2. at risk of permanent closure due to another event or circumstance, where that closure would result in a lack of suitable child care for the community, or
  3. seeking to commence a new service in a community where another service has closed, resulting in a lack of suitable child care. Child care services who are approved for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) are eligible to apply for funding where there is a financial need in order to continue to provide child care in the community.

The amount of funding provided to applicants will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the activity being funded and the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants can apply for funding more than once, for example where they have been impacted by more than one unforeseen event, such as bushfire and flood.

There is no deadline. Applications for funding under the CCCF Special Circumstances grant opportunity may be submitted at any time.

More informationhttps://www.education.gov.au/cccfspecialcircs

Contact: 13 28 46 or enquiries@industry.gov.au


Budget Direct Sponsorships 2020-2021

Striving to make a difference in your local community but need a financial leg-up? If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000. This one-off cash donation can be spent as your organisation sees fit. Budget Direct support organisations who:

  1. provide local or statewide community services
  2. run community awareness and education programs
  3. promote health and wellbeing (e.g. sports clubs)
  4. advocate for road safety
  5. provide emergency services
  6. support in need or at-risk Australians
  7. help build strong, vibrant communities

Round closing dates: 30 September 2020; 31 December 2020; 31 March 2021; 30 June 2021.

More information and applicationhttps://www.budgetdirect.com.au/about-us/sponsorships.htm

Contact: sponsorship.support@budgetdirect.com.au


Special Disaster Grant – Bushfires

Disaster recovery grants of up to $75,000 are now available to primary producers in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires that have occured from 31 August 2019.

Primary producers are now able to access the Special Disaster Grant – Bushfire of up to $75,000. See the Special Disaster Grant – Bushfires for more information.

Small Business and not-for-profit organisations can now access the Small Business Disaster Grant of up to $50,000. Please see the Service NSW website for further information.

More information available here – https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/special-disaster-grant-bushfires

Check website for closing dates as they vary in different locations.


IGA Community Chest

Through IGA Community Chest and associated programs, we’ve raised well over $86m to help local communities.

Every day across the country* IGA Community Chest raises funds to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes. It could be in response to a major event like floods or bush fires or something as simple as new soccer balls for the local under 8’s.

The money is raised in a number of ways but predominately through the purchase of products with an IGA Community Chest logo on the label or ticket.

When you purchase a product with the IGA Community Chest logo printed on the label a percentage is credited to that store’s IGA Community Chest account.

More information available here – https://www.iga.com.au/community-chest/

Closing date: Ongoing


Transition to Independent Living Allowance

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a payment of up to $1,500 to help eligible young people cover some basic costs as they leave out-of-home care.

Young people aged between 15 to 25 years who are leaving or have already left formal out-of-home care may be eligible for the TILA. TILA is also for young people who continue to live with their foster carers after their care order expires.

The payment can be used to buy items such as a fridge or couch, pay for counselling, education and training courses, medical expenses, a drivers licence or any other items or services agreed between the young person and their case worker.

More information available here – https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/benefits-payments/transition-to-independent-living-allowance-tila

Closing date: Ongoing



Health and Well Being

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

QPR training will provide you with:

  • knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that someone may be suicidal
  • confidence to talk to them about suicidal thoughts
  • connect them with professional care.

Virtual Classroom via Zoom

Friday September 11th 2020 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This training session is able to be provided free of cost to the South Coast and surrounding community due to funding from the Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund.

Book your ticket





Employment and Training

Save Social Work Australia

You may have heard about recent Federal Government proposals to change the funding formula for different university programs across Australia.

This has a direct impact on students who wish to study social work at any university because the band in which social work currently sits is slated to have an increase in student contribution and a decrease in the funding which the Commonwealth provide to universities. This places students planning to study, universities, employers of social workers and indeed the whole sector at risk.

The Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work has responded by launching a campaign aimed to get the government to reverse this decision by placing social work in the Allied Health band which attracts greater funding and with lower fees.

They are asking you to consider signing the petition and like/ sharing our Facebook and Twitter pages to help grow our reach and impact at this critical juncture. They are getting some traction but momentum needs to grow.

The link to the website is below. Sharing this information with your colleagues and networks would also be very useful.

Website: https://www.savesocialwork.org/
With nice punchy short video and link to the petition.

Also
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savesocialworkaustralia/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/socialworkaust

Questions about the campaign can be directed to savesocialworkaustralia@gmail.com


Aboriginal Social Work Lecturer Position – University of Wollongong

The position is for a social worker with 5 years experience, to teach into the BSW and MSWQ. A PhD is not required, but interest in doing one would be an asset, with strong likelihood of a scholarship. The contract is for three years which is expected to roll over into a continuing position at the end of that time. The person will join two other Indigenous lecturers in our School and be predominantly based at Wollongong, with some teaching at Liverpool (when we are no longer remote).

Closing date is 23 September.   

https://jobs.uow.edu.au/careersection/ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=200638&tz=GMT%2B10%3A00&tzname=Australia%2FSydney


Diversity

Fears for culturally and linguistically diverse patients avoiding healthcare due to COVID-19

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients are being urged to take care of their health and contact their GP for any issues following concerns some may be avoiding medical care due to fear of the COVID-19 virus.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Consumer Health Forum of Australia (CHF), and Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) are urging patients from CALD communities not to neglect their health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It comes after Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in Victoria were placed back under stage three restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. There are further pockets of community transmission in other urban and regional areas in the eastern states, particularly Victoria and New South Wales.

RACGP spokesperson Dr Kate Walker said even in these difficult times it was important for patients to see their GP for any health concerns including mental health concerns.

“We are very concerned for CALD patients who may be avoiding important medical appointments due to fear of COVID-19. There are higher rates of chronic disease and other comorbidities among some CALD communities.

“The last thing we want to see is an increase in health issues due to patients delaying care – MBS data showed a decrease of more than one million consultations in May, compared to the same time last year.

“GPs have told us their CALD patients are bearing the brunt of the pandemic. We are hearing of vulnerable patients who’ve lost work and are under a great deal of stress, GPs are seeing increased mental health symptoms, isolation and loneliness.

“CALD communities already face barriers to healthcare, so it’s critical that we get the message to these patients about the importance of maintaining care during the pandemic – as well as public health messages for COVID-19.

“I want to reassure all patients that it remains safe to visit your GP. Practices have strict infection prevention measures in place. You can also access a GP remotely with telehealth consultations and free interpreter services. So if you need an appointment, please don’t delay.

“We’ve seen in the United Kingdom and the United States, African American and CALD communities have high rates of COVID-19 and higher rates of death. The current outbreaks in Melbourne have been in areas with high numbers of CALD communities. It is essential that CALD communities across Australia are able to access COVID-19 health advice in their language, including information about testing, how to self-isolate, quarantine and contact tracing. CALD patients with COVID-19 would also benefit from remote care and support from their communities.
 
“Asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented migrants face greater barriers to care and may be more mistrustful of government and reluctant to get tested. We are concerned there is a lack of messaging about testing options for those without a Medicare card.”

FECCA Chairperson Mary Patetsos said more needed to be done to address the barriers CALD communities face to healthcare.

“We need to recognise the barriers CALD communities face to healthcare including language and cultural barriers, which may affect health literacy and outcomes. We need equity in services to ensure those communities are not disadvantaged.

“GPs have a role to play here – we encourage GPs to be proactive and reach out to their CALD patients who may need reassurance that it is safe and important to keep their regular health checks.

“We urge health authorities to consult and collaborate with CALD consumer peak bodies, such as FECCA, to address the challenges and needs of CALD Australians when it comes to their health care.”

CHF CEO Leanne Wells said: “If our national health system is to provide care for those who most need it, then we need greater focus on reaching CALD people who too often miss out on care because barriers such as language, bad past experiences, location and opening times and transport. To fail to do so risks further widening health inequalities between CALD communities and others.”

“We know that poor health literacy — the ability to understand and use the health system — means greater risk of ill-health and continuing untreated chronic illness.

“Governments must give greater priority to ensuring CALD groups are able to access the information and care they require. For CALD communities this comes with an obligation to work in partnership with communities to decide how to best communicate health messages that people respond to,” Ms Wells said.

The RACGP, CHF and FECCA say the barriers to care for CALD patients need to be addressed and are calling for:

  • consultation with CALD communities – health authorities must involve communities and peak bodies in developing strategies to address the health needs of CALD Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • CALD community education campaigns on accessing GP care including support for using telehealth and the Australian Government’s free Translation and Interpreting Service (TIS)
  • CALD peak bodies and community groups must be involved in developing and disseminating COVID-19 information and directives. More targeted information is needed about testing, self-isolation, contact tracing and healthcare for those who have tested positive.
  • care and support of COVID-19 positive patients should involve CALD communities remotely if possible
  • improved video consultation access – there is currently no video consultation platform available that enables the use of interpreters. We encourage video platforms to enable easy integration of telephone interpreters, simplify the interface and provide information on alternative telephone options.

Important information for CALD patients:

  • take care of your health – don’t delay care, call your GP for any concerns
  • you can consult your GP remotely – telephone and video consultations are available, subsidised for all concession card holders, those under 16 and patients and those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19
  • free interpreter services are available for telephone consultations, via the Australian Government’s Translation and Interpreting Service (TIS) Ph 131450
  • it is safe to visit your GP if you need to – practices have strict infection control measures, including sanitisation, social distancing and personal protective equipment
  • if you have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fever or chills or loss of smell or taste) get tested right away and self-isolate until you get the results.

International students – mental health and well-being during COVID

Mental health and wellbeing videos have been developed by the COVID-19 Communications Team, in collaboration with Headspace and the Mental Health Branch, reminding people to look after their mental health during the pandemic. The videos highlight some of the symptoms and behaviours people may experience due to changes to their situation, stress or isolation, and identify tips and resources available that can provide much needed support.

Meet Toby, an international university student and Headspace volunteer, talking about the importance of working together to get through this challenging time.


NSW HEALTH & REFUGEE HEALTH VIDEO RESOURCES ON COVID-19: MULTILINGUAL:

Please see the links below for useful resources in several community languages including English, Vietnamese, Arabic, Khmer, Lao, Samoan, Swahili and Fiji Hindi among others.

Useful resources to share with young people and their families.

See below the links to the COVID-19 community videos that the Bilingual Community Educators (BCE) from Western Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health Districts as well as from the NSW Refugee Health Service have done as part of their work within health.

COVID 19 Community Videos by Bilingual Community Educators (BCEs):

Important message on COVID-19 from NSW

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Cambodian 
  • Dinka
  • Fijian Hindi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIZI1Qb- Bxo&fbclid=IwAR2pDgDcHRrC5J8n6faUraASl64ozJvBKu9FjSxVAXHh5xywF1GuxswojhI

  • Hazaragi
  • Indonesian
  • Karen
  • Nepali
  • Swahili
  • Rohingyan
  • Samoan
  • Vietnamese

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Please also share the Lao COVID-19 resources with the links below to your community:

Lao COVID-19 resources 

Fact sheet ‘Looking after your mental health during COVID-19’

Social media tile ‘Avoid family gatherings’ 

Social media tile  ‘Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe’ 

Getting tested: 

Social media tile ‘Getting tested at a COVID-19 clinic is safe

Social media tile ‘We have procedures in place to keep everyone safe’

Social media tile ‘Testing is simple‘

Social media tile ‘Testing at COVID-19 clinics are free 

Social media tile ‘If your test is positive a health worker will call you’

Social media tile ‘No payment is required for COVID-19 treatment at NSW Health services 

Poster ‘Who to call’  

Poster ‘Physical Distancing’https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Documents/poster-distancing-lao.pdf


COVID-19

The Impact of COVID-19 on Australians’ Health and Wellbeing

This study is a research collaboration between the National Ageing Research Institute and The University of Melbourne. We hope to gather as much insight as possible on how this pandemic has changed the lives of many Australians. As such, we are looking to engage a diversity of respondents, from different districts and demographics.

Have you got some time to help us understand the psychological & social impact of the #Covid19aus pandemic? Results will inform the advice given to people, the support needed, & the decisions taken, to keep Australians as well as possible. Survey link here: tinyurl.com/naricovid19


Children and Families

The Life during COVID-19 survey ran from May 1 to June 9 2020 and had 7,306 participants from around Australia. It was the first survey in the Families in Australia Survey series.

Purpose

Our aim was to understand how Australian families are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest health, social and economic challenges in history.

… Felt like we got abandoned by work to sort out our own arrangements with little to no understanding of maintaining our productivity whilst having young children with us 24/7 …

Male, 45, lives in a major city, household with children

We focused on how families adjusted to the pandemic and the restrictions that were put in place; experienced the social and economic impacts of the pandemic; supported each other, even when they didn’t, or couldn’t, live together; protected their physical and mental health.


Launching the ‘official webinar program’ for National Child Protection Week 2020.

Please find the program schedule HERE to be shared with your communities.  

We would encourage everyone to join the Governor General as he launches the campaign on Monday 7th September.

This National Child Protection week we encourage all community members to engage with these inspiring speakers to learn more about how we can all Put Children First.   

A range of promotional materials are available for the broader campaign HERE


Connection

Connect 19 – Supporting Seniors Get Connected During Covid Isolation.

This service is available to all our community seniors and is sponsored by the NSW Government and Warrigal

Project summary:

  • Open and free to all
    • Participants simply call 1800 106 930
    • Volunteers are best to email as there are some protocols to follow – volunteering@warrigal.com.au
    • Potential volunteers are welcome to call 1800 106 930 and find out more first
  • Participants will be called by a volunteer
    • We will chat and find what they would like most
    • A regular phone chat might be enough
    • We will also offer to help with alternative options they are interested in
    • We will also be encouraging family and friend support networks where appropriate
  • If they want to use computers and on line we can support that as well
    • We have – free – 200 new Samsung Tablets with Telstra data packages to give away
    • Participants will receive this if they are very keen to learn and do not have their own technology
    • Thank you NSW Government Grants
  • All participants and Volunteers will be supported by the MyClubConnect social network also
    • MCC is being updated to include Covid 19 information and activity options.
    • This is available in our new Covid Support Newsletter and soon on the website.
    • To join MCC – https://myclubconnect.com.au/register/
  • We are gearing to reach 2000 participants in the Illawarra – and more if the interest is there  
    • We are at currently about 700 participants becoming engaged by 70 volunteers so far and growing
    • We are still recruiting for both participants and volunteers
  • My aim as project manager is allow Connect 19 be as inclusive as possible
    • Thank you Rod for being my mentor in inclusiveness – I apply this to all my community project activities

BCS Darcy House

Relocated to 27-29 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla.

Open 9.15am-2.00pm Monday-Friday.

Baptist Community Service runs the Port Kembla community drop in centre – supporting street based sex workers, homeless, marginalized and disadvantaged people living in Port Kembla and surrounding areas.

BCS Darcy House provides a safe place where people are supported to address key issues, such as personal health, drug and alcohol dependence, mental health and housing needs.

The service also seeks to assist clients in developing skills to build independence and resilience.


Living Connected is a not-for profit community enterprise providing services for the social well-being of elders helping them to remain independent, connected and engaged through digital inclusion.

Online Services Update Living Connected Online Services Update
Young Mentors Program Living Connected Young Mentors Program online
Returning to limited Face-to-Face Living Connected Return to Face-to-Face

Group Zoom Sessions
At Living Connected we are enjoying the learning and friendly discussion at our 5 weekly Zoom sessions. As well as help people with all sorts of digital problems, we teach them how to use apps such as Zoom to stay connected online.

We also welcome those who join us at these Zoom sessions just to have a chat, particularly those in isolation or struggling to make sense of all that 2020 has thrown at us.

If anyone needs help for tjeir first Zoom Session please call us on 0409 753 808

Mondays 2:30 pm  Southern Illawarra Group

https://zoom.us/j/93027147464?pwd=VkF5YXlxbU0yZEJJNDN6RHV6RTFEZz09

Meeting ID: 930 2714 7464  Password: 485354

Wednesdays 10am Wollongong Group

https://zoom.us/j/92659954023?pwd=VUN3S0t4QTdxWDlBVEczV3I2Z2xsZz09

Meeting ID: 926 5995 4023  Password: 388523

Thursdays 3pm Northern Illawarra Group

https://zoom.us/j/92107431729?pwd=bzNxUWo0STZtNnp6L2YxSmIxNFQ0dz09

Meeting ID: 921 0743 1729  Password: 382299

Thursdays 1:30pm South Coast Group

https://zoom.us/j/93242473640?pwd=Y1ZxSmR0Ymsyb3ZHanlNTDlvUDFxZz09

Meeting ID: 932 4247 3640  Password: 031765

Fridays 10am Shoalhaven Group

https://zoom.us/j/99084045387?pwd=UjZYdXlrSWh5MjhSQkJDWkt1d1VyUT09

Meeting ID: 990 8404 5387  Password: 444633

Illawarra Interagency Annual Networking Event

2pm – Wednesday 26 August 2020

Registrations are open

It’s on again!
This is your Networking Event and what better time to stay connected than now.

A great opportunity to:

  • Meet other community organisations in the Illawarra
  • Connect and build relationships with peers in the sector you work in
  • Join our “Speed-Networking” activity via Zoom breakout rooms
  • Hear our top 10 Networking tips to enhance your networking capacity 
  • Hear about new organisations, projects and ideas via our mini-presentations
  • List your organisation and share your links on our ‘Expo chat box’
  • Bring a cuppa, enjoy and relax…
     

Register Now

If you are:

·         a new organisation

·         have a new project or

·         want to present a new idea

Express your interest to present at our mini-presentations (EOI’s via registration page)

Feedback from past events:
‘I liked learning new ways to network and it helped me to relax about doing it’

‘You provided an environment conducive to deeper connections and genuine working relationships.’

‘It was great to learn about different thinking styles and valuing unique perspectives to resolve problems’

The meeting will be held via ZOOM call and can be accessed by your computer, tablet or phone. Please check junk mail if you do not receive registration confirmation email.

Enquiries: illawarrainteragency@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au