COVID-19 RESOURCES

 

LATEST DIOCESAN UPDATES

 

Click the image above for a range of helpful resources.

 


ONLINE MAGAZINES

 

Many magazines are available for free online, including:

 

– Southern Cross and

– Eternity News

 

(You may consider Sue Bartho’s articles on COVID-19, such as

coping with anxiety and wisdom for re-entry)

 

 


LIFE ONLINE

PURITY ONLNE

Production and engagement with online pornography has increased during COVID-19 restrictions, according to research by eChildhood. This non-profit organisation advocates for vigilance against the accessibility of online pornography, and works to equip parents as they respond to protect their children and teens.

 

Check out these resources if you are a parent of:

  1. children, or
  2. teens.

You may also consider:

ONLINE SECURITY 

A few things to remember while we’re online more often:

See information from the Australian Government, such as Are you cyber-safe at home? and Top cyber-security tips for individuals.

 

Department of Education students have access to antivirus software (most for free and some for a small charge). Students need to access the Department portal and proceed through the Adobe section.

 

 


COMMUNITY SERVICES

GROCERIES 

 

Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai Meals on Wheels contactless delivery of daily meals to people over 65 years old in the Ku-ring-gai area. If you are 65 and over, please contact 9144 2044 to order your food delivery.

Ku-ring-gai Connect is offering a “Staples” hamper, with a varied selection of pantry items, bakery items, fruit and vegetables for $10. Opening hours: 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Thursdays, 1 Gilroy Road, Turramurra. Please register before you attend the Centre in the Turramurra Centre.

TRANSPORT

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community Transport will continue to provide transport during the lockdown order, to our eligible aged and community members for essential journeys including:

If you are over 65 years old or with a disability, please contact 9983 1611 to book your transport.

 

KU-RING-GAI LIFE ONLINE 

Ku-ring-gai Council has a number of resources and activities to keep you occupied during lockdown – take a look at Activities at Home

NORTH TURRAMURRA COMMUNITY SUPPORT

 

If you live in North Turramurra, you may be interested in the community support initiative of our Bobbin Head Anglican Church friends.  This includes donating or requesting:

  • essential items
  • running an errand, or
  • a listening ear.

Go to the Bobbin Head website and follow the contact links.

 

SOLE ADULT HOUSEHOLDS / LIVING ALONE 

This short video from Anglicare about living alone or as the sole adult in a household during the pandemic may be helpful – whether you are the only adult in your home, or want to support someone who is.

 

 

 


 

FINANCIAL IMPACTS

 

The economic impacts of the pandemic are dramatic, and ongoing. Anglicare have released a series of COVID-19 resources, including fact sheets and short videos (3-5 mins), which may be a useful starting point to understand the options.

Living on a low income

 


MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

 

WELLBEING RESOURCES

ONLINE RESOURCES 

Fact sheets and short articles:

 

For children, young people and their families:

ANGLICARE RESOURCES

Anglicare’s short videos and fact sheets are available from their YouTube playlist here.

This includes help regarding anxiety, looking after children during COVID, and help regarding family and domestic violence.

 

MENTAL HEALTH & PASTORAL CARE INSTITUTE 

Online resources to promote well-being while alleviating distress, especially for those suffering from mental illness are available from the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute (MHPCI).

 

The Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute is part of Mary Andrews College, an Anglican Deaconess Ministry in Sydney.

 

WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?

COUNSELLING SERVICES 

Contact your GP for advice about counselling services. If you don’t have a GP, search for a local GP at healthdirect.gov.au  (click on “Service finder”, selecting “GP”).

 

If you would like to contact a Christian counsellor, talk to your pastor about the contact details of local clinicians.

 

24/7 CRISIS LINES 

You can call these crisis lines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Emergency 000

If you, your children, or someone you are with is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

 

Northern Sydney Local Health District – Acute Care Team – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai 

Self or health professional referral, or if urgent:

• call intake line 9477 9520
• call NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
• attend emergency department Hornsby Hospital
• call 000 if situation dangerous

 

Lifeline 131 114

Crisis support and suicide prevention services.

 

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Counselling support line for children and young people ages 5 to 25.

 

Headspace centres provide support, information and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 – headspace.org.au

 

eheadspace 1800 650 890

Online counselling and telephone support to young people aged 12 to 25 – eheadspace.org.au

 

Suicide Call Back Service  1300 659 467
Provides free phone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.

 

Domestic Violence Line (NSW) 1800 656 463
Trained female counsellors can help you contact police, get medical care, obtain an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), develop a safety plan or find emergency accommodation.

 

National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line  

1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732
Free and confidential telephone and online service for any Australian experiencing, or who has experienced, domestic or family violence and/or sexual assault.

 

White Ribbon
Follow link for phone numbers for a range of domestic violence hotlines for women, men and children.

 

For other mental health services and contacts, see the NSW Mental Health site.

 

 

Photo courtesy of: Fiona Chapman (Snippets Photography) ©2017