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    Health and wellbeing; COVID-19

Published 12 May 2020

It's important to keep connected and seek support at this time. Reach out to your family, neighbours or friends. Call, text, email, drop a note in a letterbox, wave hello on your walk, or offer to collect essential grocery items or supplies.

Need additional support?

If you need assistance in isolation including food and personal care relief packages, or if you know someone who does, please call Service NSW 13 77 88 (24/7)

Local support services

There are also a number of local organisations who can provide support to those who need it.

Holdsworth Community
Frozen meals or shopping delivered to home, medical transport, homecare visits, online family support, playgroups, check-in phone calls.
9302 3600

Have you recently updated your laptop or tablet? Have you got old smart devices lying around that you no longer need? Holdsworth are on the hunt for smart devices, including laptops, tablets and iPads, to connect isolated people in our community to online networks, support and services.

If you have an old laptop or tablet you would like to donate, please call Georgia on 02 9302 3600 or email.

Emotional, and in some cases financial help, to community members who have been impacted by COVID -19.
1300 133 660

Jewish House are appealing for extra assistance at this critical time, with more people requiring their essential services. Make a donation to support Jewish Care in continuing to assist people dealing with personal crises such as mental health, financial hardship, homelessness and domestic violence.

COA Sydney
Kosher meals on wheels
9389 0035

Local volunteering opportunities
You might like to share your skills, experience, time and energy to assist local community organisations at this time, or in the future. There are so many different ways you can offer to help. Here are a few organisations to consider.

Mental health support

There are lots of things you can do to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Check out the tips from NSW Health and look after yourself and those you love.

Everyone reacts to the impacts of COVID-19 differently. Even though there are many things you cannot control, there are many things you can do to improve your mental well-being.

Posted by NSW Health on Wednesday, 25 March 2020

If this is a stressful time for you or someone you know, please reach out and talk to someone.

Anyone having a personal crisis.
13 11 14

Beyond Blue
Anyone feeling anxious or depressed.
1300 22 4636

MensLine Australia
Men with emotional or relationship concerns.
1300 78 99 78

Kids Helpline
Counselling for young people aged 5 to 25.
1800 55 1800

1300 845 745 (midday to 3am, 7 days a week)

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

Relationships Australia NSW
'Time 2 Talk' free support service for anyone experiencing difficulties during COVID-19
1300 022 966

Other resources
For digital mental health resources and information, visit Head to Health.

Stay informed
For the latest health advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit Australian Government Department of Health, download the Coronavirus Australia app (available from the Apple App Store and Google Play) or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Local testing clinic

COVID-19 testing information
Help protect your family and community against COVID 19. Get tested even if you have mild symptoms. It is safe to attend testing clinics. Clinics have hand gel, masks and other measures in place to protect all patients and staff from COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID 19 include fever, cough, sore or scratchy throat, runny nose or shortness of breath. Free testing is available at public COVID clinics. Testing is also available through your GP. For more information, call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. If you need an interpreter, call 131 450.

A drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic is now operating in Double Bay. The appointment-only service offered by Double Bay Doctors is located in Jamberoo Lane and is in operation 7 days a week, subject to weather conditions and patient demand. The clinic includes Telehealth consultation prior to drive-through appointment, respiratory examination, COVID-19 testing where applicable and follow-up care if required. The service has been endorsed by NSW Health and is not restricted to Double Bay or Woollahra Municipality residents. For more information please visit Double Bay Doctors. For any enquiries, please email

Domestic, family violence or sexual assault

National counselling helpline
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)

Domestic Violence Line support and help (24/7)
1800 65 64 63

Housing and community support services

Support with housing
Link2Home 24/7 - 1800 152 152

Crisis accommodation
Jewish House - 1300 544 357
Mathew Talbot Hostel (males) - 9358 8102
Vincentian House (families and children) - 8093 6799

Food, Showers, Lockers (Mon - Fri)
Norman Andrew House - 9581 9100
The Salvation Army Street Level Mission: 9360 1321

Transport to support services
Missionbeat - 1800 306 461

Health referrals and enquiries
St Vincent’s Homeless Outreach Team - 1800 602 417

Financial support
Services Australia - JobSeeker.

Dementia support services
Dementia Australia
For people living with dementia, their families and carers, the vulnerability of the adverse impacts of social distancing can be significant. Not only may people with a cognitive impairment struggle to interpret information on COVID-19, but they may also experience heightened reactions to changes in their daily routines and supports.

In light of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia is encouraging anyone supporting people living with dementia and family carers to call the National Dementia Helpline, 1800 100 500, if they are in need of support during this difficult time.

Additionally Dementia Australia has developed coronavirus (COVID-19) Help Sheets outlining tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers. The Help Sheets are available at

Small business support

Tag @woollahracouncil in your social media posts supporting local businesses. We can help share the love.

Find out how we are helping local small businesses.

The NSW Government has announced small business grants of up to $10,000. Grants will open in mid-April and close 1 June. Contact Service NSW on 13 77 88 for grant information and other business support from the State Government.

Visit Businesses and employment for more support and financial relief announcements from the NSW Government.

The Australian Government has also announced a range of business support measures in response to COVID-19.

The NSW Government has launched the online COVID Safe Check for local businesses and organisations to check, test and promote their COVID Safe credentials. Show your commitment to COVID Safety and keeping our community safe. Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan and register as a COVID Safe business.

Rates payments

If you are concerned about not being able to pay your next rate instalment at the end of May due to financial difficulties, don't be. Just email us when you receive your rate notice and we can discuss a payment plan that suits your circumstances which may include waiving overdue interest charges for the instalment.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay your rates, find out more about our Financial Hardship policy and how we may be able to assist.

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