As the COVID19 crisis continues, people are doing it tough. Well-funded public services are vital, but everyday people coming together to help each other is important too.
I've started a Facebook group called West Side Helping Hands for west side locals to offer and ask for support, and to connect with local organisations who need volunteers. Please consider joining, sharing this group with your neighbours and inviting anyone on the west side to join.
During the COVID-19 lockdowns, my team arranged contactless delivery of Basic Boxes food and other essentials for folks in need. We can still collect essentials and are now focusing on distributing donations via the Indooroopilly Uniting Church food pantry and Communify.
International students and other visa holders have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and left out of much of the support mechanisms. I've compiled a list of supports available here.
There is still one remaining federal grant for people living in Queensland who can't earn an income because they must self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone who has COVID-19. Click here for more details on the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. Applications are ongoing.
I know that many in our community are struggling right now, especially those who are in isolation. If you or your loved ones would like to access mental health support, there's a list of resources here.
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