ONLINE RESOURCES

 

LATEST DIOCESAN UPDATES

 

Click the image above for helpful community and devotional resources, as well as updates from Archbishop Glenn Davies.

 


ONLINE MAGAZINES

 

Many magazines are available for free online, including:

 

– Southern Cross and

– Eternity News

 

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

coping with anxiety and wisdom for re-entry)

 

 


LIFE ONLINE

Purity online

Production and engagement with online pornography has increased during COVID-19 restrictions, according to research by non-profit organisation eChildhoodIt 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:

Security online

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

 

If you are over 65 and would like help shopping so that you can stay at home, there are organisations that can provide services such as shopping, and delivering meals and prescriptions.

 

For Ku-ring-gai Council resources in this area, see Shopping help for the over 65s.

Coles and Woolworths are also selling and delivering basic grocery boxes for $80 for vulnerable people in isolation. If you are interested, see their websites for how to order.

Support for seniors

Look at Ku-ring-gai Council’s Useful information for seniors for details about services to seniors, including:

  • social contact by phone, and
  • support for carers.

Online “at-home” activities

To access activities you can do at home, such as exercise and online resilience and relaxation workshops, see Ku-ring-gai Council’s Life online/Activities at home site.

Community support in North Turramurra

 

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

Financial hardship

 


MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

 

WELLBEING RESOURCES

Online articles

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.

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.

 

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.