COVID-19 Resources

Useful COVID19 Resources/Information for Parents and Families

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

- Useful apps to help keep everybody calm by practicing mindfulness. Daily practice results in the greatest benefits, it also makes this useful strategy easier to employ when you’re feeling anxious, worried, sad etc.

 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-keep-kids-learning-when-theyre-stuck-at-home

- Some tips to go along with those provided by the school on home learning.

 

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/news/covid-19-how-to-respond

- Advice regarding responding to Coronavirus for both parents and children to consider.

 

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/coronavirus-latest-updates?utm_source=Understood+for+All&utm_campaign=87b667c2b5-02192020_familiesNL_highengagement_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_45fc52ce3d-87b667c2b5-336525883

- This link includes many resources around supporting your children through the Coronavirus pandemic, including building habits around handwashing, and how to respond when your child does not want to discuss the pandemic.

 

https://www.psychology.org.au/COVID-19-Australians

- Tips for parents and teachers regarding coronavirus anxiety, and maintaining mental health during isolation periods. This site also has links to reputable sources from which you can obtain the most up to date and accurate information on the virus.

 

Support for those experiencing financial hardship

The Coronavirus has brought with it many challenges, and for some, financial hardship. Many people are not sure where to go for support during times such as these. As we’ve all seen, Centrelink is over-run with those making applications for the job-seeker allowance, and while this is a great option, it is likely that there will be a significant delay in processing claims. The article from The Age provides some useful information regarding job loss or reduced hours and accessing support.

There are alternative services who can support you if you are experiencing financial hardship. Some of these services offer financial counselling or financial coaching, which can be helpful if you feel like you need some guidance on managing your finances during difficult times. Contact your electricity/gas/internet/hot water providers and check to see what support they can offer you, for example AGL offer payment support to Victorians experiencing short and long term financial hardship (see link below). If you’re connected with a job service provider (Job Active etc), see what they can offer to support you. Many of these providers can help with food and petrol vouchers, clothing for job interviews etc.

 

- https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/what-to-do-if-you-ve-lost-your-job-due-to-coronavirus-20200323-p54cx7.html

 

- https://www.vincentcare.org.au/our-services/financial-hardship/

 

- https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/financial-assistance/

 

- https://www.cisvic.org.au/getting-help/financial-hardship

 

- https://www.anglicarevic.org.au/what-we-do/strengthening-communities/crisis-aid

 

- https://www.foodbank.org.au/?state=au

 

- https://services.dhhs.vic.gov.au/hardship

 

- https://www.agl.com.au/help/payments-billing/staying-connected-hardship-program

 

- https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/economic-survival-and-jobs-package