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Supporting Connection During COVID-19

casi Published Thursday, 3rd September 2020

All of us need social connection to feel happy and well. We also need people we can turn to when we need help. That’s why it is important to reach out if you feel lonely or disconnected.

For many Victorians, physical distancing and social or work-related restrictions have led to feelings of loneliness and disconnection. For people who were already feeling lonely or isolated before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s been even harder to get help.

Support is available to those who need assistance through Council's Community Connector who can be called on 5662 9370.

Our Community Connector will organise supports available in our region. The supports themselves can be provided from a range of organisations such as multicultural organisations, universities of the third age, neighbourhood houses, men’s sheds and volunteer groups to name a few. They might include:

       Emotional support such as regular chats with a like-minded local.
       Practical help such as running errands or helping people to video chat with friends and family.
       Social activities such as linking into online book clubs, fitness groups or volunteering opportunities.

Australian Red Cross Assistance
If you are experiencing loneliness or social disconnection due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can also receive support from the Australian Red Cross with just one call to the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398.

Your call will be answered by a caring Australian Red Cross volunteer who will speak to you about your needs and the help that could make you feel more connected. They can also provide a friendly ear if you are distressed or anxious.

If you would like, the volunteer can put you in touch with our community connector as well.

These programs are provided as part of the Victorian Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation initiative.