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    Companion Guide: Tools to navigate tough times

    companion guide320Edition 7 of The Red Cross Companion Guide.

    It is jam-packed full of information focused on supporting community leaders and carers.

    Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme

    Under the new Commonwealth funded Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme, small businesses and farmers with legal issues related to the 2019/2020 bushfires can apply through a private lawyer for funding to assist with their legal costs. If you are an eligible small business or primary producer, you can apply for funding of $2000 to assist you to resolve your legal matter, and up to $5000 for related expenses.

    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.

    Drought Recovery Hub

    NSW DPI's Recovery Hub is an overview of resources available to support primary producers as they transition from drought to recovery, and recommencement of normal operations. 
    The Drought recovery guide provides information and resources to assist primary producers in getting their businesses to resume normal operations following drought.

    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.

    Southern New England Drought Recovery Support

    Confidential one-on-one support tailored for you and your family is available through the Armidale Family Support Services and the MAZDA Foundation. Support is offered to farmers, workers, and businesses in the Armidale, Uralla, Walcha and Guyra areas, to link you with the right help for your situation in the areas of:

    Training for Bushfire Impacted Communities & Frontline Workers

    North Coast Lifeline will be providing Psychological First Aid training to bushfire impacted communities and frontline workers. More information on this flier. The flier mentions Dorrigo and Nymboida, however the email below does state the training is offered to all impacted areas in Clarence Valley, Orara Valley as well as Dorrigo. If the demand exceeds the three sessions, there will be capacity for Lifeline to provide further training.

    Armidale - Ebor: need help after the fires?

    DPl's Rural Resilience Program works with primary producers, small landholders and communities across rural NSW to support your recovery after disasters or adverse events. Across the Armida le - Ebor aea - Greg Mills can provide practical and personal support to help you manage your recovery, link you with services, assist you in decision making and future planning. Download a flier here.

    Contact rural.recovery@dpi.nsw.gov.au or visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rrp 

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