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Community Support

COVID-19 National Hotline: 1800 020 080

The Coronavirus Health Information Line provides general information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for the general community. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

COVID Testing Clinic

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital Building 93 Burdett Street, Hornsby 8am-6pm

Pennant Hills Pop-up

COVID-19 testing clinic Pennant Hills Community Health Centre 5 Fisher Avenue, Pennant Hills Open from Wednesday 12 August (7days) 8am-6pm

Castle Hill Pop-up

COVID-19 testing clinic Castle Hill Showground Showground Road, Castle Hill Monday – Friday 9am-4pm

Keeping Everyone Safe through Physical distancing

Download the poster: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Documents/poster-distancing.pdf

Mission Australia Hornsby

Northern Sydney District Homelessness and early intervention and prevention program.
Phone: 9480 2500
Email: actonj@missionaustralia.com.au or northernsydneyservices@missionaustralia.com.au
Visit: https://www.missionaustralia.com.au

Link to Home

Temporary accommodation for those experiencing homelessness. Housing are providing additional resources for those who need to self-isolate or who are in a domestic and violence situation. 
Phone: 1800 152 152 (free call, 24 hours)

The Northern Centre – We are all in this together

The Northern Centre continue to support people and families through these challenging and difficult times. Please get in touch with if you are:

  • Concerned about your rental housing
  • Have trouble putting food on the table
  • Finding it really difficult with everyone at home all the time
  • Finding managing your kids behavior or home learning challenging
  • Worried about a friend or family member who may be experiencing domestic and family violence
  • Experiencing domestic and family violence yourself
  • Need legal advice around family law matters
  • Feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed or fed up
  • Need to talk to someone about what services can help them if The Northern Centre cannot.

The Northern Centre are able to help over the phone or online. CONTACT US during business hours.
Phone: 9334 0111
Email:
connect@thenortherncentre.org.au
Visit: thenortherncentre.org.au

Find a Bed

They are compiling a list of empty homes which can be used for self-isolation purposes. 
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/Findabedau/?hc_location=ufi

Catholic Care

Diocese of Broken Bay

Continuing to offer the following support via phone or video link Counselling, psychology, allied health including Medicare bulk billing, Financial counselling, Housing support, Domestic violence supports, Emergency relief – to support those in immediate need. 
Phone: 9481 2600
Email: info@catholiccaredbb.org.au
Visit: https://www.catholiccaredbb.org.au/about-us/

Link Housing

Provides subsidised housing to people on low incomes or with special needs. During Covid19 services will be delivered by phone or e-mail rather than face to face. Please do not attend the Link Housing offices at Chatswood or West Ryde, unless essential.
Phone: 9412 5111
Email: enquiries@linkhousing.org.au
Visit: https://www.linkhousing.org.au

Legal Aid NSW

For specific COVID related assistance or see their website for more on specific topics.
Phone: 1300 888 529
Visit: https://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/get-legal-help/covid-19

Hornsby Kuringgai Women’s Shelter

The Hornsby Kuringgai Women's Shelter is an essential service and we will continue to provide compassionate and practical support to women in need.
Email: office@hkws.org.au
Visit: www.hkws.org.au

Taldumande

Taldumande supports vulnerable and homeless children and young people aged 12-21, and their families. Support during this time will be over phone/email. Support can be offered in many ways, for instance, claiming Centrelink, connecting with a counsellor, etc. Please contact the head of the Taldumande intake team:
Phone: 9460 3777
Email: adam.crease@taldumande.org.au

Ask Izzy

Lists services supporting people experiencing homelessness.
Visit: https://askizzy.org.au/

International Legal Service NSW

International students in NSW who are stranded in Australia due to COVID19 can now apply for temporary crisis accommodation funded by the NSW Government in partnership with quality student accommodation and homestay providers. The package includes: Temporary accommodation scheme delivered through quality student accommodation and homestay providers, increased support via   the International Legal Service NSW and making available 50,000 free subscriptions to the multilingual My Legal Mate student app, a dedicated 24/7 international student support hotline (13 77 88) offering free advice and information about medical, mental health, legal, emergency and other support. The crisis accommodation is limited to student visa holders in genuine need, who: have been evicted or are facing imminent eviction, have been laid off employment, have less than $1500 in savings and no other avenues of support. 
Phone: 13 77 88
Visit: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-international-student-covid-19-crisis-accommodation

BeyondBlue

Provides support and information on anxiety, depression and suicide.
Phone: 1800 512 348
Visit: www.beyondblue.org.au
Webchat support service: https://cmwssonline.beyondblue.org.au/#/chat/start

Kids Helpline

Australia’s only free, private and confidential, phone counselling service specifically for young people between 5 and 25 years of age.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
Visit: www.kidshelpline.com.au

Headspace

National Youth Mental Health Foundation committed to embracing diversity eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. headspace welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Phone: 1800 650 890

Mindspot

Australia's first free national online mental health clinic which launched in December 2012. It provides screening assessments and internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy.
Phone: 1800 614 434

Lifeline

Provides 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Phone: 13 11 14
Text service (available 6pm-Midnight): 0477 13 11 14
Visit: www.lifeline.org.au

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury

One-on-One Counselling Free or low-cost one-on-one Counselling is still available through Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury. No referrals necessary. Our services provide caring support without judgement or religious or cultural bias in a safe and respectful environment. Lifeline H2H also offers Bulk-billed Psychology (a mental healthcare plan from your GP is required). Financial Counselling is also available to anyone struggling to manage credit card or other debts.
Phone: 9498 8805 for an appointment
Visit: www.lifelineh2h.org.au

MensLine Australia

A 24 hour telephone and online support and information service for Australian men.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
Visit: www.mensline.org.au

Men’s Referral Service

Phone: 1300 766 491
Visit: www.ntv.org.au

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
Phone: 1800 799 723
Visit: www.thehotline.org

1800 Respect

Provide support for:

  • People experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence
  • Their friends and family
  • Workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence

Phone: 1800 737 732

Womensline

24hrs 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 811 811

White Wreath

Provide a hotline people can call when they need an immediate human voice.
Phone: 1300 766 177
Text service operates 5am-9pm, Monday to Friday: 0410 526 562

Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.
Phone: 1300 364 277
Visit: www.relationships.org.au

Time2Talk

Supported by Relationships Australia.

Free phone support service for people around a range of COVID-19 related challenges-staffed by a team of qualified relationship counsellors and social workers. Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-4pm.
Phone: 1300 022 966
Visit: https://www.relationshipsnsw.org.au/support-services/time-2-talk/

ReachOut

Has free novel coronavirus (COVID-19) support information for young Australians and their parents to help them stay well when it comes to their mental health. Available 24/7.
Visit: https://au.reachout.com/

Dementia Support Australia

Here to help 24/7.
Phone: 1800 699 799
Visit: www.dementia.com.au

Carers NSW

If you need individual information or support, please phone Carers NSW, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Carers and service providers are invited to raise issues for carers and suggest solutions by completing our online Policy Advice Form survey. This information will help Carers NSW in adjusting their service delivery and advocating for carers’ needs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Phone: 9280 4744
Email:
contact@carersnsw.org.au

The Carer Support Service

Assists carers during this challenging time. Online and telephone support to Carers who need emotional support. Telephone support groups such as coffee telechats with carers. Working with individual Carers, helping with navigation of community and social supports and services.Assisting Carers with their ongoing concerns. As well as related COVID-19 concerns.
Phone: 9462 9488 or 0410 411 539
Email: NSLHD-Carers@health.nsw.gov.au

Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline

Find relevant information or services to report concerns of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an older person or adult with disability.
Phone: 1800 628 221
Visit: https://www.ageingdisabilitycommission.nsw.gov.au/

Elder Abuse

If the situation is non-urgent, the Elder Abuse Helpline is a a first port-of-call for support, referral and information. We provide free assistance to anyone who experiences, witnesses or suspects the abuse of an older person by someone they know and trust. All calls to our Helpline are confidential and you are welcome to remain anonymous. The Helpline is older person focussed, respectful, non-judgemental and offers you the time to talk things over at your own pace.
Phone: 1800 353 374

Red Cross COVID Connect

This service is for people who live alone and are at risk of an accident or illness that may go unnoticed. Telecross has a friendly volunteer call everyday to check that you are okay. If the call is not answered, Red Cross will take action to make sure you are OK.
Phone: 1800 733 276
Visit: https://www.redcross.org.au/covid-connect

Older Person’s COVID-19 Support Line (COTA)

Senior Australians, their families and carers can freecall 1800 171 866 if they; Would like to talk with someone about what COVID-19 means for them or a loved one. Are feeling lonely or distressed or are worried about a loved one feeling the same? Are caring for a someone and need some information or a listening ear about what COVID-19 means for your circumstances. Are worried about COVID-19 means for their usual aged care service. Are worried about a friend or family member living with dementia.
Phone: 1800 171 866  
Visit: https://www.cota.org.au/information/covid19/

One Eighty Open Up

Open Up Online Free Peer Support Group for 18-29 yr Olds. Join them for a chat or just to listen if you would like to; Connect with other young people, share your experiences for the benefit of others, learn about available professional support services or if you are feeling lonely, anxious, stressed or concerned about challenges at home/work/uni/or in your relationships. Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8.30pm via Zoom.  
Visit: https://www.oneeighty.org.au/openuponline

Daisy Centre

Specialist in domestic violence service in Northern Sydney providing assistance and professional support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
Phone: 1800 002 111
Email: co-ordinator@thedaisycentre.org.au

Carer Support – Empower. Care. Connect.

Are you a ‘senior carer’? Caring for a family member or friend?

Are you feeling socially isolated or lonely due to COVID-19? Need some support? Join us on ZOOM or by telephone for support, guidance, information and assistance. Talk with other Carers and share as we work our way through this challenging time. Bereaved carers are also welcome to join in. Catch up sessions will be available on a Tuesday and Thursday at 1030. So call in and say hello, stay a while and have a chat - shake those COVID-19 blues! Calls can also be arranged on a daily basis, to suit your needs.

Our services are free of charge we are here to support Carers whatever their needs. Contact NSLHD Carer Support Service.
Phone: 9462 9488 and 0434 323 411
Email: NSLHD-carers@health.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.nscarersupport.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NSLHDcarersupport

Dignity – Food Relief

In partnership with PCYC Hornsby. Frozen home cooked meals that people can take away or make use of the microwave onsite. PCYC – 94 George Street Hornsby Monday to Friday, 10am-8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am-12pm.
Visit: www.dignity.org.au

Salvation Army COVID-19 Emergency Relief Assistance

If you are financially affected by the impacts of COVID-19 and would like to learn more about how the Salvation Army can help – even if you have never asked for assistance from a charity before – please   complete the online form. A Salvation Army representative will call back within 48 hours for a private and confidential discussion about how they can help.
Visit: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/the-salvation-army-covid-19-help-and-updates/coronavirus-emergency-relief-assistance-now-available/

Tax Help

If you need help lodging your tax return, you may be eligible for the Tax Help program. Tax Help is a network of ATO-trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a FREE and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax. Volunteers can help you lodge your tax return or amendment online or claim a refund of franking credits.
When: Monday 3 August to Monday 26 October
Location: Hornsby Library, 28-44 George St Hornsby.
Bookings essential visit: https://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/lifestyle/events

The Disability Information Helpline

Providing information and referrals for people with disability who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19).The Helpline can help families, carers, support workers and services too. The service is free, private and fact-checked.If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.
Phone: 1800 643 787 (free call)
Visit: https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/information-and-referrals-for-people-with-disability-and-their-supporters-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Human Services Network

A free website available to anyone looking for a service in NSW, allowing users to search over 65,000 support services across NSW covering health, disability, employment, food, education, legal, and housing.
Visit: https://www.hsnet.nsw.gov.au/

Foodbank NSW & ACT

Works in partnership with charities and schools to distribute the food to where it’s needed most. They can help you find a charity in your area that can support you.
Phone: 9756 3099

Lifeline Emergency Relief

provides immediate support for people who are in financial crisis including food parcels, food and petrol vouchers, clothing, information and referral.
Phone: 9498 8805
Visit: www.lifelineh2h.org.au/get-help

Hornsby Kur-ring gai Meals on Wheels

Helps you to continue living independently, in your own home, by delivering tasty and nutritious home-style and culturally appropriate meals, to your door. Offering clients and their families peace of mind with regular visits, happy smiles and a friendly chat. Culturally appropriate menu now available.
Phone: 9482 2088
Email: hornsby@kmow.org.au
Visit: www.kmow.gov.au

Hornsby Kur-ring gai Community transport

Providing transport to individual appointments, shopping, medical related, pick up packages, to visit their partner in hospital, scripts from the chemist, pick up library books etc. Social outings are now being run with Introduction of their own “C-19 Safe Café” in the Park please see website for details.
Phone: 9983 1611
Visit: https://communitytransport.org.au/

Fusion in conjunction with The Dish Community Dinners

Free Takeaway Service every evening at approx. 6pm. 5 Jersey St Hornsby.
Phone: 9477 1110, The Dish: 9489 1762
Email: sydneynorth@fusion.org.au
Visit: https://sydneynorth.fusion.org.au/

Hornsby Connect

Providing affordable food for those who need it most Every Wednesday. Please note you must be registered for this service.
Phone: 0403 290 420
Email: info@hornsbyconnect.org.au
For further information and registration visit: https://www.hornsbyconnect.org.au/

Vinnies

Assistance with food, clothing, household items and financial aid for people struggling to get by. Shower facilities are currently closed due to COVID-19.
Phone: 13 18 12
Visit: https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/News/NSW/Blog_NSW/Vinnies_and_Coronavirus_Answering_Your_Questions/

Woolworths Priority Assistance Service

Offers dedicated delivery windows to eligible customers including seniors, people with a disability and those with compromised immunity or who are required to self-isolate.
Visit: https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/discover/priorityassistance

IGA

IGA is now providing a Priority Shop home delivery service to seniors over 70 years old in many areas. You need to complete the online form to sign up.

Visit: https://igashop.com.au/register/

Coles Online Priority Service

Contactless Home delivery or Click and Collect in store is available.

Visit: https://www.coles.com.au/covid19/coles-online-updates

Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) Sydney Family Court

FASS social support is available on Mondays to Fridays from 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.
Phone: 9287 7505
Email: slcp@swslc.org.au

Hornsby Kuring-gai Home Modifications and Maintenance Service

Phone: 9847 6503

Home Library Service

Phone: 9847 6806
Email: homelibrary@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Service NSW Senior Assistance

Not sure what service is best for you? You can call Service NSW to help make arrangements to make your stay at home more comfortable 24hrs a day 7 days a week.

Phone: 13 77 88
Visit: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

NDIS

Phone: 1800 800 110
Email: enquiries@ndis.gov.au
Visit: https://www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus/latest-advice-ndis

Better Rehab (NDIS Allied Health Service Provider)

Continuing face to face therapy, however, where a Participant cannot have Clinicians in their home, an effective Telehealth option is available. Better Rehab will assist in the communication and training of how to manage new technologies and gain support from informal and formal supports to enable Participants to retain their effective outcomes of therapy online.
Phone: 1300 073 422 
Email: admin@betterrehab.com.au

My Aged Care

Phone: 1800 200 422
Visit: http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/

Street Works

Working with 'at risk' young people affected by crime, mental health issues, violence, destructive relationships, social isolation, homelessness, those disengaged from school or with poor employment opportunities and those impacted by alcohol and substance abuse, to turn their lives around.
Phone Thomas: 0473 578 273
Email: referral@streetwork.org.au

NSW Police

For Updates on what you can and can’t do in Social isolation.

Visit: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/

Florence Street Pharmacy

Contact-Less Home Delivery service to help members of the community who are; In self-Isolation, In quarantine or unable to make it to the pharmacy.
Phone: 9482 3122
Email: florencepharmacyservices@outlook.com
Pharmacist names: Mark, Joshua or Rafie

Home Medicines Service

Available for seniors to have their Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repartriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions delivered.

Visit: https://www.ppaonline.com.au/programs/covid-19-home-medicine-service

Northern Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal Health Service

Phone: 9462 9017

Energy Made Easy

Is there help available with my energy bills during COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the Australian community and these impacts will be felt for some time. The financial uncertainty and difficulties many of us are facing will mean increased stress and perhaps an inability to pay your bills, including those for essential services like energy.
Phone: 1300 585 165
Visit: https://www.energymadeeasy.gov.au/

Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW

Providing support for energy and water customer (household or business) affect by the developing situation.
Phone: 1800 246 545
Visit: www.ewon.com.au

Olympus Solutions (part of Ability Options)

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused significant disruption for many businesses and communities. As a result Olympus Solutions offer a number of employment services to the Australian Community including to those currently employed and those looking for work. Olympus Solutions offer several employment services to the community.
Phone: 1300 422 454
Email: sclo@abilityoptions.org.au
Visit: abilityoptions.org.au

BUNGEE BIDGEL

Aboriginal Health Clinic for Hornsby Hospital patients free and confidential legal advice. All appointments and advice are now by phone only Every Tuesday from 10am-4pm.

Get help with matters such as:

  • Fines, bills and debts
  • Housing
  • Centrelink
  • Discrimination and complaints
  • Car accidents
  • Victims Compensation
  • Family matters
  • Separating parents
  • Grandparents and family looking after kids
  • AVOs and seeing the kids
  • Problems with FACS/DOCS

Phone: 9485 6200

Free and confidential legal help for Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in-patients, out-patients and staff, March 2020.

All appointments and advice are now by phone only. Every Tuesday from 10am-4pm.
Phone: 1800 551 589

Chinese Australian Services Society (commonly known as “CASS”)

Provide a wide range of community services and activities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Phone: 9789 4587
Visit: https://www.cass.org.au/

Sydney Water

Qualified case managers provide holistic solutions for customers experiencing affordability issues. Offer direct financial support through Payment Assistance Scheme (PAS) and aim to improve customer’s financial wellbeing, inclusion and resilience by referring customers to external services based on their needs.
Phone: 13 20 92

Anti-Discrimination NSW

Provides advice. Free telephone enquiry line with interpreter service, Free complaint handling, Free education and training, Information – free talks, publications, website and social media, Community engagement, Research and law reform.
Phone: 9268 5544
Toll free: 1800 670 812
TTY: 9268 5522
Email: adbcontact@justice.nsw.gov.au
Complaints: complaintsadb@justice.nsw.gov.au
Visit:www.antidiscrimination.justice.nsw.gov.au

Primary Health Network - Sydney North Health Network

The Primary Health Network name reflects the critical role that PHNs play in networking health services across local communities so that patients, particularly those needing coordinated care, have the best access to a range of healthcare providers.
Phone: 9432 8242
Email: community@snhn.org.au
Visit: https://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/resources/community-patients/

Job Centre Australia

Specialise in empowering people with a disability, illness or health condition to improve their circumstances through a range of   training, support and employment opportunities.
Phone: 9413 1313 or 1800 466 046
VIsit: https://jobcentreaustralia.com.au/service-update-covid-19/

Max Solutions

Disability Employment and Health Services
Phone: 9472 4500 or 1800 603 503

Women’s shed Hornsby Ku-ring-gai

Providing a safe, inclusive and supportive space for women to learn and connect through sharing stories, experiences and knowledge.
Email: info@wshk.org.au

Australian Psychological Society

Helping People with Dementia in the COVID-19 environment.

Download: https://www.psychology.org.au/getmedia/c8c47c44-8f29-4dd1-92ad-2858f79eabfc/APS-CCN-IS-COVID-19-Dementia-management-P1.pdf

NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service

This free telephone-based health coaching service can support and motivate you to reach your healthy lifestyle goals to maintain your independence.  
Phone: 1300 806 258
Visit: www.gethealthynsw.com.au

Australian Physio Association

Safe Exercise at home for older adults.
Visit: www.safeexerciseathome.org.au

Online Exercise for Seniors

A six-week series you can do from the comfort of your own home. Sydney North Health Network and certified fitness professional Linda Michel present a six-week series of online exercise videos. Daily activities help to maintain your physical condition. During isolation, many people will experience deterioration in muscular strength and flexibility.
Visit: https://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/fitness-and-health/

Growing Young Exercise Program

Teaches older Australians basic exercises they can do at home daily without equipment.
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Fitness-Trainer/Growing-Young-Exercise-Program-105400817784102

Virtual Neighbours – Rotary Beecroft

A new service to provide connectedness and assurance through regular phone or web calls to the elderly. We aim to reignite that 'local community feeling' of being valued and included in a time of social distancing and isolation. You are not alone. You can always speak to your friendly, trusted and caring Rotary Virtual Neighbour. For more information about Virtual Neighbours
Phone: 0466 734 710
Visit: https://rotarybeecroft.org.au/virtualneighbour

Easy Care Gardening Inc.

Provides a gardening service by teams of volunteers for older people living in their own homes in the Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai and Ryde local government areas. To become a client with Easy Care Gardening you need to register with My Aged Care.
Phone: 1800 200 422, and ask to be referred to Easy Care Gardening.
Visit: www.easycaregardening.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ECG2074

Easy Care Gardening

If you like getting fresh air, exercise and helping those in your community, then consider volunteering. You’ll learn new skills, meet new people and get a great a sense of achievement. Easy Care Gardening volunteers become part of great teams and develop life-long friendships. Operating across the Hornsby and surrounding areas with over 500 clients and 300 volunteers, they are always on the lookout for more budding gardeners. They are also taking extra COVID safe measures including extra social distancing and hygiene measures to ensure the wellbeing of both clients and volunteers.
Phone: 9983 1644
Visit: www.easycaregardening.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ECG2074

Hornsby Kuring-gai Volunteer Service

Phone: 9424 0970
Email: lli@kmc.nsw.gov.au

Fusion

Phone: 9477 1110
Email: sydneynorth@fusion.org.au
Visit: https://sydneynorth.fusion.org.au/

Hornsby Connect

Hornsby Connect help those in need by providing low cost groceries and hygiene items. To keep doing this we will need financial support. All donations received will be spent 100% on items for clients A $15 donation would allow us to provide enough groceries to feed a client for 1 week.
Email: info@hornsbyconnect.org.au
Visit: www.hornsbyconnect.org.au

Hornsby Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter

FINANCIAL SUPPORT - ensuring we can continue to fund the wages of our case workers and meet our rental commitments. You can donate here https://hkws.org.au/donate/
*DONATION OF GOODS - providing non perishable food and products which are in short supply at this time such as hand sanitiser, liquid soap, disposable wipes, toilet rolls and disposable gloves.
Email us for collection: office@hkws.com.au

Do Something Near You

Work to bring about bring about positive social and environmental change. They even have solutions on how you can help from your own home.
Visit: www.dosomethingnearyou.com.au

Easy Care Gardening

If you like getting fresh air, exercise and helping those in your community, then consider volunteering. You’ll learn new skills, meet new people and get a great a sense of achievement.  Easy Care Gardening volunteers become part of great teams and develop life-long friendships. Operating across the Hornsby and surrounding areas with over 500 clients and 300 volunteers, they are always on the lookout for more budding gardeners. They are also taking extra COVID safe measures including extra social distancing and hygiene measures to ensure the wellbeing of both clients and volunteers.
Phone: 9983 1644
Visit: www.easycaregardening.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ECG2074

Hornsby Shire Libraries

Visit: https://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/library/catalogues-and-resources

Lessons in Nature

Created by Brad Crossman at Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre.
Visit: www.gibberagongeec.nsw.edu.au or https://sites.google.com/education.nsw.gov.au/lessons-in-nature

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community College

Phone: 9482 1189
Visit: https://www.hkcc.nsw.edu.au/

TAFE

COVID-19 fee-free online short courses

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries. If you’re considering a new direction, why not explore some of the fee-free short courses as well as learn more about our Mature Age Scholarships, Destination Australia Scholarships and Women in Business program, among many others. Please check eligibility criteria.

Esafety

Staying connected online has never been more important, now that many of us are physically isolated from family members, friends, colleagues and support networks.The internet is a great way to socialise, learn, work, play and be entertained. But there are also risks. So eSafety is adding new content every day to help you stay safe online.
Visit: https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/covid-19

Teepa Snow video

How to have a phone conversation with a family member with dementia during social isolation.
Visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yi79gKdVRo&fbclid=IwAR1e79peb2Fz6e3A_2Q57baJ5PhCzUwMQ8YL5wVUz4epwHDNI_NKw1AxFUk

Salvation Army Transition to Work Program

Referrals are sill being taken to provide support to young people to help them achieve their goals in these uncertain times. The program supports young people between the age of 15 to 24 years who are not studying, working or connected with any other job provider. The program gives support through employability skills, training courses and helping young people find work.
Phone: 136 123
Email: Youth.Services@salvationarmy.org.au
Visit: employmentplus.com.au

Harvard Health

How to boost your immune system. Helpful ways to strengthen your immune system and fight off disease.
Visit: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

Healthdirect

Can you boost your immune system against the Coronoavirus? There are a few simple things you can do to help strengthen your immune system and help protect yourself from many types of viruses.
Visit: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/blog/can-you-boost-your-immune-system-against-the-coronavirus-covid-19

Learner drivers

For information about the Safer Driver Course visit: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/driver/learner/safer-drivers-course.html. For official notification in regards to the legality of driving tuition during COVID-19 visit https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/driver/learner/driving-instructors.html

NSW Seniors Card

News and activities; latest offers, events, online games competitions and information helpful to NSW seniors.
Visit: http://www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au/news-activities

Carer Gateway

Carer Gateway is the Australian Government’s national carer hub providing reliable services, supports and advice specifically for carers.

The following services are free:

  • Digital counselling
  • Online peer support community forum
  • Online self-guided coaching
  • Online carer skills course

Phone: 1800 422 737 Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.
Visit: www.carergateway.gov.au

Story Factor

Founded in 2012, Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for marginalised young people aged 7 to 17.
Creative writing recourses visit: https://www.storyfactory.org.au/creative-writing-at-home-1?fbclid=IwAR0ktIAKosMRSXpeP7YKJNswwDy7d09f8--n0OkZ_4_INGC_41U0U2caD4M
Online classes via Instagram visit: https://www.instagram.com/storyfactorypublishing/channel/

SOCKTASTIC ESSENTIAL WORKER SOCK PUPPETS

The Rotary club of Wahroonga present a mental health project with a difference. Say thank you to those who have worked so hard to keep our community together during this pandemic. Get an old sock. Make your Essential Worker sock puppet. Post your sock puppet with a message on the Rotary club of Wahroonga Facebook or Instagram page Instagram #rcw.socktastic & Facebook Socktastic Puppets. Send them your creation. Socktastic Puppet exhibition will take place during Mental Health Month October 2020. More details and sock puppet ideas on our website.
Visit: www.wahroongarotary.org

School TV

Because parenting doesn’t come with instructions. School TV is a streamlined, aggregated wellbeing platform for schools and parents addressing the modern-day realities of raising safe, happy and resilient young people.
Visit: https://schooltv.me/
Email: support@schooltv.me

Webinar

Adolescent and Mental Health during COVID-19 by IPA-UNICEF-WHO
Visit: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQvPfQ3117g&feature=youtu.be

Black Dog Institute

Help the black dog institute design a digital wellbeing program for youth with depression and anxiety. Open to 12 to 16 yrear olds.
Visit: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research-studies/digital-wellbeing-program-for-youth-with-depression-and-anxiety/

The Local and Vocal Campaign by Foundation Australians

Supports young people to share experiences and ideas directly with politicians.
Visit: https://www.fya.org.au/local-and-vocal/

Together In Art Kids

Do you love to make art? Then this is the place for you! Even when we are apart we can all be together in art. Here you can get creative with artist-led projects, art-making videos and other fun activities. The Art Gallery of NSW have teamed up with Dr Norman Swan and the ABC on this special project. 
Online exhibition visit: https://togetherinart.org/kids/del-kathryn-barton/

AIME Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience

IMAGI-NATION TV A mentor in the home for every kid every day. IMAGI-NATION{TV} and the IMAGI-NATION{CLASSROOM} experience was created to put a mentor in the home every day during the tough times of COVID-19 and beyond. It’s a daily TV show broadcast live on the Internet, and it’s a gift for teachers, parents and kids to help make sense of today and imagine tomorrow.
Visit: https://aimementoring.com/imagi-nation-tv

Bangarra Dance Company

Performance digital streaming – Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies. Although you may not be able to see them live right now you can watch some of their incredible performances online.
Visit: https://www.bangarra.com.au/performances/digital-streaming/

Mission Australia’s - Northern Sydney Youth Services Team

Hhere to help and support ‘at risk’ young people between the ages of 12-24 in the wider Northern Sydney Area during this challenging time. Our team provide a range of supports such as:

  • Case Management- overcoming barriers, planning for the future
  • Counselling - individual
  • Referrals - mental health services, alcohol and drug services, education and training
  • Advocacy - Centrelink, Juvenile Justice, Police, WDO’s, employment
  • Tenancy Suppor t- Rent Choice Youth (RCY) and access to youth accommodation services.

Some face to face support is still being provided in outside spaces (practicing social distancing) and appointments to talk over the phone or via Zoom or Skype are being offered. The current pandemic makes it even more important to reach out for support if you need it, or if you know someone else who does. Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
Phone: 9480 2500
Email: actonj@missionaustralia.com.au or northernsydneyservices@missionaustralia.com.au

EarlyEd

Provides early childhood intervention services for children and their families. All staff have expertise in child development and the needs of children and families in their early years and school years. Staff are also aware of the specific needs for children with delays in their development. Small group sessions and seminars happening through May.
Visit: www.earlyed.com.au/get-involved/events/

The Fathering Project

Delivers resources, programs and events specific to the  engagement style and needs of dads and father-figures.
Phone: 1300 FATHERS (1300 328 437)
Visit: https://thefatheringproject.org/at-home/covid-19-family-tips/

Australian Coalition for inclusive education

Learning at home during a time of crisis. Remote learning for children and young people with disability.
Visit: https://acie105204494.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/acie-learning-at-home-during-a-time-of-crisis-covid19-coronavirus-march20201.pdf

Free Zoom Parenting Programs

Catholic Care Diocese of Broken Bay are delighted to provide a suite of free parenting programs across August and September. Places are limited so please secure your spot as soon as possible and feel free to share with your friends and family.

Term 3 Programs include; Triple P Parenting 1-2-3 Magic and Keeping Kids in Mind. The Lunch Time Sessions are all from 12-1pm and include A Child’s View of Substances, Tuesday 11 August; Supporting Your Child With Grief and Loss, Tuesday 18 August and Understanding Mental Health and Your Child, Tuesday 25 August. Bookings are essential.
Phone: 8425 8700
Email: intakesfs@catholiccaredbb.org.au
Visit: www.catholiccaredbb.org.au
Register at: http://bitly.ws/8Rxo

Karitane

Offering 100% Virtual Service support and education for Parents with children from birth to 5 years of age. As COVID-19 continues to put an increased pressure on the heath System GP/health professional referrals are no longer required-please self-refer online.
Phone:
1300 227 464
Visit: https://karitane.com.au

The Digital Lunchbreak

The Digital Lunchbreak website has been developed in response to Covid-19 to collate a variety of activities and resources government and non-government organisations have made available for children and young people.
Visit: https://www.digitallunchbreak.nsw.gov.au

Online jigsaw puzzles

Visit: https://www.thejigsawpuzzles.com/

Raising Children Net

The Australian Parenting Website Provides free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help families grow and thrive together. Contains information on COVID-19 and how to help your family cope.
Visit: https://raisingchildren.net.au

ESaftey Information for Parents and Careers

Staying connected online has never been more important, now that many of us are physically isolated from family members, friends, colleagues and support networks. The internet is a great way to socialise, learn, work, play and be entertained. But there are also risks.So eSafety is adding new content every day to help you stay safe online.
Visit: https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/covid-19

Play And Learn (PAL) Time

A fun, educational, enjoyable, free online Early Childhood Education and Care Program. The program has been prepared by CASS Child Care Services to keep your little ones having fun while they stay at home. The Program includes: Story Telling, Music and Movement, Arts and Craft, STEM Education, DIY Program, Questions and Answers. The programs are delivered by experienced early childhood professionals through Zoom Starting from: 29 April 2020 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-11am. Bookings Essential Places are limited! CASS Child Care Services - Proudly serving the community for quality child care since 1982.
Phone: Ms Mary Tong on (02) 9439 3300
Email: SLELC@cass.org.au
Visit: https://casschildcare.org.au/

PCYC Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai

Now open with the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, you can enrol in this location for FREE. PCYC offers; Transfer to and from school, Before and After school Care and Vacation Care, Operating hours 6am-6pm, Fun and programmed activities to enhance social skills and interactions. Child Care subsidy approved.

Emerging Minds

Resources for parents and carers to best support their children and reduce worry and distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit: https://emergingminds.com.au

Family Referral Service

Brings together families, support services and community resources so that our children and young people are safe and well.
Phone: 1800 066 757
Visit: www.familyreferralservice.com.au

Parent Line NSW

Provides telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents and carers of children ages 0 to 18 who live in New South Wales.
Phone: 1300 130 052
Visit: www.parentline.org.au

Australian Institute of Family Studies – Australian Government  

Evidence based information and resources on cyberbullying and online safety.
Visit: https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/topics/cyberbullying-and-online-safety

Kids Help Line

Information for parents on cyberbullying, social media and safety.
Visit: https://kidshelpline.com.au/parents

Internet Safe education

Information and courses for parents on internet Safety.
Visit: https://www.internetsafeeducation.com

CyberSafety

Information and courses for parents on internet safety.
Visit: http://www.cybersafetysolutions.com.au

Australian Childhood Foundation

Resources including e-books, activities and support for children and familes during COVID19.
Visit: https://www.childhood.org.au/covid-19/

Free E-Books