Assistance that is available for the community

Recently your NOW Board discussed what we might be able to do to help those in need in the community and we are looking at ways of doing this and supporting our members as well.

Some information that we’d love you all to share what is available out there that most might not be aware of.

One of our members, Josh Plumb from Nexus Care has advised that they can help and that they have financial emergency assistance in the form of a one-off contribution for things like utility bills, rent, pharmaceutical and fuel vouchers.  There are eligibility requirements and more is on their website www.nexuscare.com.au.  They are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and have food parcels available as well.  If you can’t make it there at these times you can contact them on (07)3353 7230.

If you know of someone who is seeking assistance or relief there are other organisations such as https://askizzy.org.au.  This is a fantastic resource too because you can put in your postcode and what you require and a list of providers are supplied. 

Salvation Army provides emergency relief – www.salvationarmy.org.au

13 SALVOS (13 72 58).

Australian Red Cross also provides assistance www.redcross.org.au

1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).

Food Hampers are available every Thursday at the CWA Hall, Anzac Avenue, Kallangur (next door to LJ Hooker) from 10am – 12 Noon.  A $10 donation is asked to help with running costs and to provide non-perishables.  Please bring your own bags.  This is provided by SecondBite and OzHarvest.  If you wish to donate all donations are gratefully accepted.

The Eaton’s Hills Community Pantry, cnr Eatons Crossing and South Pine Roads, Warner, is helping those in the community struggling also with food hampers.  All donations of non- perishables are accepted.

Maple Café, Minimine Street, Stafford has also set up a food pantry.  https://www.facebook.com/MapleCafeStafford/

The Koha Shed Northside has food hampers available https://www.facebook.com/groups/TKSANorthside/

Set Free Care also provide hampers and help (based on the Gold Coast) https://www.facebook.com/SetFreeCareFoodAssistance/

Meals on Wheels – Stafford Meals On Wheels have $10 meals available for anyone.  All meals are prepared and cooked by their chef and they are preservative and additive free.

Woolworths are also doing “Basic Box” hampers for those at home and can be organised by applying at https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/page/woolworths-basics-box?icmpid=sm-hp-hero3:other:wk39

Facebook page 4017 upcycle has items for giveaway with the aim to keeping our plant green by recycling where we can. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1632522466789469/

If you wish to help you can register at www.covid19.qld.gov.au/carearmy to help the Queensland Care Army deliver groceries, prescriptions and to check in with the vulnerable in the community.

You can pop a Queensland Health Kindness Card into your neighbour’s letterbox which is something nice to do. https://cdn-au.mailsnd.com/25564/25O6JK8HKJtRvozeR5uNZoGv0TCvbi-XTzRp1TfaBYQ/3230158.pdf

The Facebook page Swop Till We Drop allows businesses to swop their time or service for another sole trader who has a service that may be required.  The idea is that sole traders shouldn’t stop doing business but this is a way to offer a trader of services. https://www.facebook.com/groups/swoptilwedrop/

Don’t forget NOW member and Treasurer, David Toohey also has Mind For Me which is a community platform that helps exchange things such as looking after children, pets, helping out around the home and garden etc. with each other. www.mindforme.com

The Kindness Pandemic is a Facebook page that is sharing anything kind and is a lovely hopeful page to follow.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/515507852491119/

Further resource information

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know_7.pdf

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-campaign-resources

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://mindspot.org.au/

https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19/psychological-tips

https://www.youtube.com/user/ausmentalhealth

https://raisingchildren.net.au/

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#what-you-can-do

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19/limits-on-public-gatherings-for-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19#who-is-most-at-risk

https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/

https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/social-distancing-without-isolation-helping-older-australians-connect-online-3

https://headtohealth.gov.au/search-resources

We would like to thank Robyn Baker, from Busy Connecting for putting together this exhaustive list.