It's important to stay at home, but there are still ways you can get involved, stay connected and help those in need during COVID-19.
NSW Government has partnered with the Centre for Volunteering for a new online volunteering platform for COVID-19 to link individuals willing to volunteer their time, with charities, NGO’s and councils in need of support, to register and for more information go to emergency.volunteer.org.au/
If your organisation is looking for volunteers during COVID-19 email information to Sydney@parliament.nsw.gov.au
#ViraKindness is a hub for the community care groups to support people in need or in self-isolation during COVID-19 crisis. Whether shopping for food, picking up medicine or a regular check in call, there are lots of ways we can support each other. You can find or create a group at viralkindness.org.au/
Crisis Heroes is a free community platform enabling the sharing of services and resources to ensure no one is left stranded during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, www.crisisheroes.com
Meals on Wheels continues to provide meals to isolated and vulnerable people. For volunteer opportunities or if you know someone who could benefit go to, nswmealsonwheels.org.au/
Holdsworth Community Centre in Woollahra is keeping a list of volunteers to call on. You will need a police check information at holdsworth.org.au/volunteering/.
Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger relief charity is looking for volunteers, www.foodbank.org.au/support-us/volunteer-with-us/
For other ideas on how to help your neighbours see the ABC article, www.abc.net.au/life/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-be-a-good-neighbour/12066512
Foster or Adopt a Pet
Foster or adopt a pet and help rescue groups during COVID-19. Pets are a great way to cope with social isolation; providing companionship, exercise and entertainment. If you have the resources and are stuck at home consider fostering. Visit the links below or contact your local rescue organisation to find out how.
Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, sydneydogsandcatshome.org/wanted-foster-carers/
Stay connected with your local community via these links to local online community groups:
Pyrmont Locals Facebook Group
Darlo Darlings Facebook Group
Potts Pointers Facebook Group
Sydney CBD and Harbour Village Facebook Group
For airline, arts, tourism and hospitality workers displaced by COVID-19 can connect via private support Facebook forum @ProjectDisplaced
Life Force Cancer Foundation is providing online support for people living with cancer: www.lifeforce.org.au
Pyrmont Supports has good lists of local services and business open during COVID-19: www.pyrmontsupports.org.au
IDEAS provides a national hotline for people with disability and their families about COVID-19, phone 1800 643 787
Red Cross volunteers will call isolated people for a chat during COVID-19: https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/community-services/covid-connect