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    The Companion Guide: Tools to Navigate Tough Times

    Edition 7 of The Red Cross Companion Guide is jam-packed with information focused on supporting community leaders and carers. There is information on self-care activities and workshops for carers and more important than ever, links to Emergency Care Plan templates, disaster planning handbooks and checklists for carers. Learn more about Carers NSW, the Carer Gateway and key services provided by One Door Mental Health. Anthony Garnham shares an update on Men’s Table and their amazing work supporting our men.

    Check out dates of their upcoming road trip to towns near you.

    The Companion Guide: A Support Guide for Families, Individuals & Community:

    Please feel feel free to share this publication far and wide, so the Red Cross can reach as many residents as possible, in particular with your community groups, clubs, halls, and progress associations in your area.

    Disaster Recovery Funding for Business & Community

    This Disaster Recovery Funding for Business & Community - CHESS Connect is an easy-to-use resource that is able to be navigated to view a quick breakdown on the particular funding, and a link to that funding.

    It is sectioned into cohorts of Small Businesses, Primary Producers, Individuals and Advice. The content behind this link is constantly being updated, as it is intended to be reviewed regularly, so this remains a viable resource.

    Bushfire Anniversary Support

    With many communities around the country coming up to the anniversary of their bushfire events (and some who have just reached this milestone), Red Cross has put together some resources for community members and for agencies.

    What you can do now to be more prepared for next time

    Let’s face it, emergencies can be scary and stressful, so why not get prepared now with some of these great resources:

    Communities@Work Bushfire Assistance

    If you were affected by the bushfires in 2019-20 (ACT, NSW or VIC) and are currently in the ACT, we can help. Get in touch with us using the form below or contact us on 6293 6500 / admin@commsatwork.org. More information at https://www.commsatwork.org/bushfires. Communities@Work has recently been allocated funds by the Australian Government to support those who are under financial strain and who live in or relocated to the ACT following the bushfire crisis.

    Fire Recovery Services

    The NSW Department  of Resilience has produced a fact sheet on Fire Recovery Services available across the state. Click here to download the fact sheet.

    Anglicare North Coast

    Are you doing it tough at the moment? Anglicare might be able to assist you with that.

    • Food Vouchers
    • Rates, Electricity and Other household bills
    • Financial Counselling and other forms of financial relief.
    • Emergency Bush Fire Relief

    In May 2020 Department of Social Services made funds available for Anglicare North Coast to help members of the community that were directly impacted by the fires of 2019/2020.

    Go to http://www.fabhelp.org.au or call 02 6643 4844.

    PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL help for those in need.

    MindHealth Phone Line 1300 029 131

    O MindHealth Page 1From 1 July 2020, Monday – Saturday, a new phone line will offer support and counselling for people who may be anxious, worried, or feel like they need to talk to someone about a challenging time. This is not a crisis service – but those in crisis will be supported to access other services that are better suited to their needs.

    No referral is required – just pick up the phone and call 1300 029131.

    You can help promote this service by downloading the Poster, the Calling Card or the DL Brochure.


    Farm Gate Support Program

    FarmgateThe Farm Gate Support Program provides free mental health and emotional support to farmers, farming families, local businesses and service providers affected by the drought, bushfires & COVID 19.

    COVID Support

    The NSW Department of Primary Industries has established a COVID-19 Primary Industries Liaison Team to help primary producers navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 on their business and industry. Key topics covered include:

    • Border crossing information
    • Your health and the health of your workers
    • Managing primary production workforce

    For more information and resources click here.

    Website connects rural men to mental health support

    You Got This Mate

    The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) have announced the official launch of a men’s website which helps rural men reach their best possible mental health.

    Free Online Tool Kit - ifarmwell

    The ifarmwell website has been designed by Australian farmers to help other Australian farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. It does this by sharing practical ways of coping with difficult circumstances, thoughts and feelings (especially worries about things you can’t control) and helping you to work out where it is most useful for you to put your attention and energy. Find out more here.

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