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This page provides useful information for community members seeking support and information in these difficult times.
The City of Kwinana has its own Community Support staff who have for many years been assisting residents of Kwinana in need. Our staff maintain an up to date database of support services who can help during this COVID-19 pandemic.
They can assist with;
Otherwise you can find a range of agencies and organisations also providing support detailed below.
The links and resources below will give you some ideas on how to stay connected, support yourself and your community, and maintain wellbeing.
Start a neighbourly group online or stay in touch with family and friends using Facebook and WhatsApp. These platforms are great for staying in touch and organising online catch ups. Use them to host an online quiz night, organise driveway drinks with your neighbours, or just to check in with each other.
New to this technology? Head to Facebook's Help Centre to learn about Facebook groups including how to join and create them, or check out how WhatsApp can help you Stay Connected during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Next Door and Street Hubs are a great way to bring your street together and support each other! These platforms are perfect for neighbours looking to help each other out and are great for connecting those who need support with those who can help. Perhaps you could offer to pick up and drop off groceries or supplies to a neighbour? Or walk their dog while they are isolating? All while maintaining physical distance and hand hygiene.
Similarly, Adopt a Healthcare Worker is a Facebook group aimed at connecting people who are able to provide support with our hard-working healthcare workers. This could be anything from just checking in with them to dropping meals off on their doorstep. Provide support and ask them what would help.
Many local community groups use Facebook to stay in touch and to organise and promote local initiatives. Using key words, such as your suburb and interests, search Facebook for the group or groups that are right for you. Check out Facebook's help centre for more information on how to search for something on Facebook. Some great groups operating locally include (but are not limited to):
Check out some of these local community groups or hop on line to find the group the suits you.
There are also a number of local 'chat' groups, such as Bertram Chat, where you can interact and share information with other people in your suburb. Use the Facebook search tool (discussed above) to find yours.
There are a bunch of great resources out there.
Relationships Australia, the organisation behind Australia's annual celebration of community, are sharing some really great tips for staying connected on their Neighbour Day Instagram account. Why not host a virtual morning tea or organise driveway drinks/dinner?
The Kindness Pandemic started as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on spreading kindness across the world. In addition to the Love Stories mentioned above, the Kindness Pandemic Facebook page is full of feel good stories and great ideas like thanking a postie or starting your own book share or plentiful pantry.
The Town Team Movement encourages and supports the development of local groups working to improve their local area. The Town Team Movement Facebook page has some great discussions and online resources around 'action in a time of isolation'.
Neighbourhood Connect has been helping people build local communities and fostering a national network of neighbourhood groups since 2014. They are sharing a number of resources for staying connected during this time including suggestions such as starting a Facebook group, setting up a sharing/help circle or contributing to the global Rainbow hunt and Bear Hunt.
Check out Be Connected for great online learning opportunities such as Getting to Know Your Device and Getting Started on the Internet. If you're keen to connect during this time of physical distancing and isolation but not sure how, they also offer a range of courses under the banner of Connecting to others.
Our Place Leaders, Community Development Officers and Community Engagement Staff are here to help you stay connected and would love to hear from you.
(08) 9439 1585 or 9439 2470
170 Bertram Rd, Wellard, Western Australia, 6170
Phone: 08 9411 4111/0434696277 or send them an email.