Family

New Digital Lunchbreak Website

Like so many members of the NGO sector and across government, we continue to focus on the needs of children and young people when responding to COVID-19.

There have been many great resources and activities created for children and young people in response to COVID-19, and we have collated a variety of materials in one place for easy access through the new Digital Lunchbreak website.

Digital Lunchbreak assists children and young people with finding online resources and activities to do at home in their lunchbreak, around learning hours and on weekends during the current social distancing measures. See the new website here

www.digitallunchbreak.nsw.gov.au.

Please help us reach and involve as many children and young people as possible by letting your networks know about the Digital Lunchbreak website.

Click here to access the media kit for pre-written text, images and social posts which you can share.

As this project progresses we will be adding more content, so if you have any activities or resources that you would like to let us know about, please contact the ACYP office on 02 9248 0970 or email acyp@acyp.nsw.gov.au.

Training for Child & family specialists includes;

123 Magic® & Emotion Coaching – Next available webinar – 20 May 2020 with more dates throughout the year.

This course equips you with the knowledge to teach parents and carers of 2-12 year-old children, skills to manage their children’s difficult behaviour

Click HERE for further information or to register for training.

Engaging Adolescents™ – Next available webinar – 4 June 2020 with more dates throughout the year

Provides easy-to-use techniques to teach to parents and carers skills that they can use to enlist adolescents to manage their own teenager behaviour problems and emotional reactions

Click HERE for further information or to register for training

No Scaredy Cats™-Next available webinar – 19 May 2020 with more dates throughout the year

Assist parents to take a preventative role in the development of anxiety problems in 2-12 year olds and teach them  practical steps to develop resilience thinking skills in their children.

Click HERE for further information or to register for training

Tough Conversations™ in Child Protection – available by appointment (booking terms apply)

Assisting effective parenting capacity conversations for workers in the Child Protection System

Click HERE for further information or email service@parentshop.com.au to discuss booking.

COVID 19

Mission Australia Services

We are pleased to advise that we continue to provide high quality psychological support to clients and families impacted by problem gambling.

Our service is being delivered via phone or Skype until further notice.

On a national level, all clubs and pubs are currently shut down. This has closed off one avenue of problem gambling. However the online gambling world continues to thrive at this time, providing an alternative outlet or coping strategy or even a form of “stress management”.

At this time of extreme community anxiety in the wake of the global pandemic, we know how important essential services are, especially in mental health support. Now more than ever people need a place to turn to to make sense of this “new normal”.

Our service is totally free of charge, unlimited and no mental health plan referral is required. Our counselling service is not limited to simply address problem gambling, people are far more complex than that. To get access to our service please contact us on the number or email below all enquires welcome

Please Contact – Mission Australia Gambling Counselling Service

Desiree on 0455 098 237 or ZeballosDe@missionaustralia.com.au

or

Mariette 0432 799 877 or EnnikM@missionaustralia.com.au

Diversity

ACON will be hosting a live online information session to explore coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on regional NSW sexuality and gender diverse communities on Wednesday 13 May 3pm – 4.30pm.

We know that COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the regional communities ACON works with and for. Misinformation is everywhere, and this can sometimes make understanding COVID-19 difficult. ACON will be hosting this online information session to dispel myths and misunderstanding, and come together as a community to discuss COVID-19 and how it is changing the ways in which we socialise, work, and have sex. The forum will include experts from the Regional NSW community as well as local entertainers from the Hunter and Northern Rivers areas who will guide, inspire and entertain us through this difficult time.

We are inviting members of our communities to submit questions about COVID-19 and our health to be answered by the panel. We will attempt to group questions together and answer as many as possible in the time we have. If you have a questions you would like considered, please let us know when you register.

Click here to register

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3477828728899756/

Living Trans During COVID 19

You are invited to a free online forum for trans and gender diverse people and our allies to learn more about staying safe, well and connected as a trans person in a global pandemic. Hear from a diverse range of NSW speakers, ask lots of questions and interact with the audience. Hosted by Teddy Cook, ACON’s Manager, Trans and Gender Diverse Health Equity and Liz Duck-Chong, ACON’s Community Health Promotion Officer, Trans and Gender Diverse Health Equity.

  • Panellists include:
  • Aunty Lisa Taylor – Sistergirl Elder, advocate and community organiser
  • Panda Cheong – Psychologist, community leader and artist
  • Eloise Brook – Media Manager – Gender Centre, writer, advocate and academic
  • Mish Pony – Trans and Gender Diverse Specialist Advisor – LGBTI Health Alliance, Trans Sex Worker Representative – Scarlet Alliance and Board Director – AFAO
  • Cristyn Davies – Senior Research Fellow – Child and Adolescent Health, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Adjunct Scholar – Sexualities and Genders Research (SaGR), Western Sydney University and Board Director – Twenty10 Inc GLCS NSW
  • Dr Martina Gleeson – Gender affirming GP in the Sutherland Shire and GP Clinical Lead for South Eastern Sydney HealthPathways

Delivered by ACON in partnership with our friends at the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

When: Wednesday 6th May 4:30pm – 6pm

Where: Register for link at https://www.acon.org.au/tgd-c19

The forum will be cast live to this Facebook event and recorded for sharing with captions as soon as possible.

We also hope (pending funding applications) that this forum will kick off a series with our friends at Trans Pride Australia.

Sexual Health & Relationship Kit for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community

Registrations are now open for Unpack The Kit Webinar– Tuesday 26th May 2020 from 1.00-2.30 pm.

We invite you to unpack the Sexual Health & Relationship Kit which has been designed for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community but can be used for many different groups. Learn how to use The Kit as a teaching tool to run health education sessions and focus groups by giving participants the opportunity to unpack and discuss the information around sexual health and healthy relationships in an open and respectful manner(even online).

Please register early allowing, enough time for us to post out a pack that you will interact with during the webinar.

Click here to flick through or download The Kit online. Click HERE to register.

This event is free & you can cancel up to 24 hours prior to the event.

Please call 0421 098 342 or email Jennifer.Farinella@health.nsw.gov.au if you need to cancel.

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Disaster Resilience

Browse related materials on the Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub – https://www.aidr.org.au/

  1. Recovery Collection –  https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/collections/recovery/
  1. Knowledge into action briefs – https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/knowledge-into-action-briefs/
  1. Handbook for Community recovery – https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-2-community-recovery/
  1. Social recovery reference group – https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/social-recovery-reference-group/

Food and Day to Day Living

Wesley

Wesley now has a electronic form that can be completed by the client which goes directly to the Emergency relief team. If Wesley isn’t funded for any areas, it will direct the client to the DSS page where they can see which agency has the funding for that particular area.

www.wesleymission.org.au/emergencyrelief

The client then will receive  a phone assessment and digital food voucher scan be emailed or other financial needs processed.

Energy and waters bills in the coming weeks and months

Energy Bills:

There are $50 EAPA vouchers for assistance for electricity and gas customers by a range of community welfare organisations. Requirements:“Customers will need to provide a copy of their current energy bill and photo identification like a driver’s license, passport, or proof of age card and the assessment will involve a three-way call to your energy retailer”.

Please note: Customers can contact their energy suppliers and ask for assistance in applying for the $50 EAPA vouchers and for assistance to pay off their bills.    

Assistance to purchase essential goods and services: The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) helps low income households to purchase or replace essential household items.

Loans are available for up to $1,500 for essential  goods and services such as fridges, washing machines and medical  procedures. As loans are repaid over 12-18 months, the money is “recycled” and lend out again to other people in the community. Call phone or find a NILS community agencies near you by visiting https://nils.com.au

More information can be found on the Energy Ombudsman Website: https://www.ewon.com.au

Sydney Water:  

Please find attached policies and Plumb Assist Program:  http://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/accounts-billing/paying-your-bill/help-with-your-bill/index.htm

Important: If you are renting please ask your landlord or Real Estate for emergency numbers in event of plumbing problem.  

Diversity

ACON Clearing House

Last week ACON released a Covid19 Clearinghouse on our website for all gender and sexuality diverse community members. It features all of the information our communities may need and is regularly updated if things change.

See attached media release about the Clearinghouse and head to the link below to see what information you or your service could use.

https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/covid19/

Families

Caring for a child with a disability

Goodstart

Goodstart have people working on resources that staff can use to stay engaged with their children who are not attending the centre and for parents. They have already had 10,000 sign ups to this and are working hard to increase the resources https://www.goodstart.org.au/goodstart-at-home/subscribe

Southern Youth and Family Services

RIPE Mentoring – Online Virtual Mentoring

RIPE Mentoring response to the Australian epidemic. Let’s keep learning fun, exciting and social. 

With many Australian parents deciding to keep their children home from harm’s way of the COVID-19 outbreak. RIPE is here to support families where it matters most and offer you children online virtual mentoring. 

Our RIPE mentor program is an online experience to keep kids socially, emotionally and educationally connected. For more information please refer to the attached flyers. Enquire now for your students, clients, children or community at admin@ripementoring.org

First Floor Program

First Floor Program continues to offer weekly support groups for families impacted by loved ones’ substance misuse, mental health issues, contacts with the justice system, and those bereaved by suicide. These can be accessed through regular posts on our Facebook page (search First Floor Program Salvation Army).

Commencing: Wednesday, April 29, (6:00-8:00pm), a FREE 12-week Program for family members and carers of loved ones who experiences BPD, BPD symptoms or emotional dysregulation, will also be conducted on line.

The Family Connections program is designed to provide parents, spouses, adult children, and siblings the knowledge and skills that will be helpful to them for their own wellbeing in living with a relative with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The program also helps those relatives build a support network with other individuals with a relative with BPD.

Early Learning & home schooling help

There are a number of activities that are available online from the Early Start Discovery Space.

Starting next week there will also be one on one workshops for children birth to 10 years.

Further information https://www.earlystartdiscoveryspace.edu.au/discovery-at-home/

COVID-19 Services

Anglicare Services

Anglicare is continuing to provide Counselling and Food and Financial services via online (Skype and ZOOM) and by telephone.

Please see attached brochures with all contact details, and please refer clients to our broad range of services.

We also continue to provide free counselling and financial support for those in bushfire affected areas. Further details below:

Counselling:  children, young people, adults, relationships, families, carers, domestic violence and trauma

Intake: 1300 651 728  acwollongong@Anglicare.org.au

Food and Financial Assistance:  assistance with bills and food, NILS and StepUP Loans, Financial Counselling, Advocacy and referral support, Casework.

Contact: 02 8624 8600    ffawollongong@anglicare.org.au    bushfireassistance@Anglicare.org.au

Continued Help in Bushfire-Affected Communities – free counselling (1300 651 728) and financial support (8624 8600) continuing to assist clients with long-term recovery https://www.anglicare.org.au/what-we-offer/bushfire-relief-efforts/

Nowra Family Relationship Centre provides assistance to families who are separated, considering separating or having relationship difficulties. This includes working with families around their parenting arrangements for their children as well as property mediations. Due to our desire to keep both the families who seek our assistance and our staff safe at this time, we are contacting our clients by phone or online platforms. Contact: 1300 651 728 

Anglicare At Home

If you are aware of an older person who is vulnerable, perhaps even more vulnerable now because of self-isolation and would benefit from help at home Anglicare at Home:

For more information phone: 1300 111 278  https://www.anglicare.org.au/what-we-offer/home-care/

Coming Soon – videos on Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Anxiety, Bushfire recovery and COVID-19, and dealing with social isolation particularly for the elderly. Stay tuned for further updates. 

Here at Ability Options / Olympus Solutions we have closed the doors to drop in and our face to face programs, and we are still available  for individual support during business hours Mon-Friday.

We have moved our services to telephone contact only, but we are still facilitating referrals into our program.

NOCSS is bringing you important information that impacts the sector, and our ever-growing set of resources to support the evolution of service continuity during the coronavirus situation. It complements our NCOSS eNews and will be distributed in alternate weeks. 

Information is organised broadly into categories to help you find the news and resources you need including – Support for Organisations, Support for Clients, Community Sector Innovative Practices, Grants and Funding, and Research and Reports.

Other ways to stay informed: We have compiled a COVID-19 Community Sector Resource, found on our website and updated regularly, as more information specific to community services in NSW becomes available. Do you receive our fortnightly NCOSS newsletter? Subscribe to NCOSS eNews for timely, relevant and brief round up of NCOSS work and what’s happening more broadly across the sector. Read the latest eNews here.

COVID-19

Testing and Information

There are 51 Local Health District COVID-19 Assessment Clinics across NSW. Click HERE for your nearest clinic.

Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for general advice.

Health Direct on 1800 022 222 if you have symptoms.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

Anglicare Services

Anglicare is continuing to provide Counselling and Food and Financial services via online (Skype and ZOOM) and by telephone. Please see attached brochures with all contact details, and please refer clients to our broad range of services.

We also continue to provide free counselling and financial support for those in bushfire affected areas. Further details below:

Counselling:  children, young people, adults, relationships, families, carers, domestic violence and trauma

Intake: 1300 651 728  acwollongong@Anglicare.org.au

Food and Financial Assistance:  assistance with bills and food, NILS and StepUP Loans, Financial Counselling, Advocacy and referral support, Casework.

Contact: 02 8624 8600 ffawollongong@anglicare.org.au, bushfireassistance@Anglicare.org.au

Continued Help in Bushfire-Affected Communities – free counselling (1300 651 728) and financial support (8624 8600)

continuing to assist clients with long-term recovery   https://www.anglicare.org.au/what-we-offer/bushfire-relief-efforts/

Nowra Family Relationship Centre provides assistance to families who are separated, considering separating or having relationship difficulties. This includes working with families around their parenting arrangements for their children as well as property mediations. Due to our desire to keep both the families who seek our assistance and our staff safe at this time, we are contacting our clients by phone or online platforms. Contact: 1300 651 728 

Anglicare At Home

If you are aware of an older person who is vulnerable, perhaps even more vulnerable now because of self-isolation and would benefit from help at home Anglicare at Home:

For more information phone: 1300 111 278  https://www.anglicare.org.au/what-we-offer/home-care/

Coming Soon – videos on Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Anxiety, Bushfire recovery and COVID-19, and dealing with social isolation particularly for the elderly. Stay tuned for further updates. 

Barnardos South Coast

During this time of uncertainty, Barnardos South Coast would like to let you know that we are still taking referrals for our Family Support Services.

The Family Worker Project and Aboriginal Family Worker project have ceased home visiting but are maintaining communication with families via regular telephone calls.

We are providing family activity packs with ideas about how to entertain children & look after yourself as a parent and these will be delivered to homes and dropped on the verandah or near the front door.

If you have a family who you think could benefit, at this time from a regular phone check-in, please email a referral (form attached) to jvilla@barnardos.org.au

Southern Youth and Family Services

SYFS as a Centre based service is trying to accommodate itself each day to the world global sanitary situation changes. Our way to support our clients has changed. We are not currently running groups, due to government restrictions on people in one place. This includes the playgroup.

The Home visit or Face to face appointment is put on hold for the moment but you could still call us to discuss how to support you better.

I encourage you to reach out and pick up the phone to chat with myself or the team Resourcing Adolescent & families Team and Newly Arrived Youth Specialists Team.

All our workers are ready to listen to you and support you. We can be reached on the regular contact number and emails to maintain the social distance regulation.

Community Connections

Relationships Australia | Neighbour Day 2020

Relationships Australia acknowledges that as this pandemic unfolds, the strength we draw from each other, from our relationships and from our wider communities has never been more important.  

While physical gatherings on Neighbour Day 2020 were no longer feasible, many found ways to create connections with their neighbours and communities regardless. Relationships Australia would like to offer you the opportunity to share your opinion and be a part of important research helping to tackle Australia’s loneliness epidemic. You will be asked to answer a few short questions relating to your participation in Neighbour Day and some demographic questions about yourself.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and participants will go into the draw to win one of two $200 Bunnings vouchers. For those who completed the Neighbour day pre-survey, if you are one of the first 150 to complete this survey, you will earn a $30 e-gift card. Please use the same email address to be eligible.

If you found a way to connect with your neighbours, however small, on Neighbour Day or recently, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FK73MCJ

If you were unable to celebrate Neighbour Day for any reason, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N5QND9R

Your feedback is a huge help to us in making Neighbour Day the very best it can be.
 
The Neighbour Day Team at Relationships Australia