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Emergency Relief in the Huon Valley

As members of our community feel the impact of COVID-19, local groups and services are prepared to offer support to those in need.

All services welcome your inquiry and will help you to access the support you need.

We understand that this may be the first time that many have had to ask for help and encourage you to reach out.

 

If you need urgent assistance, call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738

 

Emergency relief services are delivered by community organisations, providing immediate financial and other support to people in financial crisis.

The type of assistance offered by each organisation varies, however may include one-off assistance such as:

  • food, transport or chemist vouchers
  • part-payment of utility account/s
  • food parcels or clothing
  • budgeting assistance
  • referrals to other services that help to address underlying causes of financial crisis.

 

Generally all community groups and services, whilst limiting physical contact, can be contacted by phone and can help you get the support you need.

The State Government has funded a number of community organisations to provide additional support to the community.

The Tasmanian Public Health Hotline has been set up as the main point of contact for the Tasmanian Community on the coronavirus pandemic.

All referring agencies, members of the public and frontline workers who seek Emergency Support can ring the Public Hotline on 1800 671 738.

For more information visit the State Government coronavirus Emergency Relief page

 

 

Local Huon Valley Social Workers

Huon Community Health Centre Social Workers: 6121 7050

wayraparattee Child and Family Centre: 6297 0052

 

Huon Regional Care are offering support to anyone over 65 who needs assistance with shopping, meals delivered or who are feeling isolated.

Contact: Call their Home Care Team to have a chat on 6264 7108

 

CTST (Community Transport Services Tasmania) may be able to support vulnerable community members in the Huon Valley who need assistance with grocery or pharmacy deliveries, as well as essential transport (for medical reasons or for food shopping trips).

Contact: Call their friendly staff to find out if you are eligible for this service on 1800 781 033

 

Salvation Army Doorways offers practical assistance in times of crisis……and beyond. Immediate support with food and financial relief along with longer term support.

Contact: Gene Leja (Doorways Facilitator) 0437 404 264

 

The Australian Government has also launched a Disability Information Helpline for people with disability, their families and carers who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19), available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST) on (free call) 1800 643 787. If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.

 

St Vincent de Paul Society are here to help. Are you or someone you know elderly, isolated or unable to leave home for essentials? Whether it be assistance with online grocery ordering, shopping for essentials or a well-being phone call, our caring and compassionate team are only a phone call away on 6234 4244

 

The new National COVID Older Persons Information Line will help older Australians get the critical information they need to stay healthy and safe during the pandemic, providing an accessible one-stop source for personal support, questions and up-to-date guidelines. Older people and carers are encouraged to call 1800 171 866 to speak to friendly, specially trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation

 

COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19. One of their volunteers would be happy to call you – once or regularly – for a friendly chat to help maintain or improve social connection. Register online or call 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276)

 

CatholicCare  are able to provide Emergency Relief to families and individuals across the Huon Valley. This relief can provide financial or material aid to people experiencing financial hardship, resulting from their current life situation or an unexpected crisis event. They provide confidential, non-judgmental support to maintain the dignity of individuals and families.

Please send them an online inquiry through their website or call them and they can help you over the phone on 1800 819 447

 

Housing Connect  provide a range of support services to assist people to access social and affordable housing information and support. Contact Colony 47 for more information  1800 265 669

 

Local groups continuing to offer support, include:

HUONVILLE AREA

Salvation Army : Drop In Thursdays

Contact: Chris Walker (Drop In Facilitator) 0416 098 627

 

Louis Van (Recommencing Outreach Tuesday 26 June)

Tuesdays: Huonville Town Hall Car Park, 6pm to 6.20 pm

Tuesdays: Cygnet Library, 6.40 pm to 7 pm

Contact: John Moore 6234 4244

 

Huon Anglican Connect Centre (Call or text for support with frozen meals)

Contact: Chaplain Rev Meredith Campbell 0417 011 447

 

Meals on Wheels

Contact: Christine 0428 884 311, huon@mowtas.org.au

 

CatholicCare (Call for options)

Contact: 6278 1660 or 1800 819 447

 

Huonville City Mission Op Shop

Please call 6215 4200 between 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment.

Food packs are also available without appointment from the Huonville City Mission Op Shop, open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday – 3 Wilmot Rd, Huon

 

CYGNET AREA

Cygnet Community Hub 

Contact: 6131 4803 (Please call prior to visiting if able)

 

Uniting Care @ Cygnet Uniting Church on Thursdays 11am – 1pm 

 

Meals on Wheels

Contact: Kerry 6295 0775 (please leave a message)

 

Food for Life (Delivery of meals to local area)

Contact: Anne 0457477724

 

GEEVESTON AREA

Geeveston Community House – GeCo 

Contact: 6297 1616

 

Meals on Wheels

Contact: Christine 0428 884 311, huon@mowtas.org.au

 

Geeveston Cares and Geeveston Op Shop (Call for local support options)

 Contact: Sally Doyle 0409 437 815 or Juarne Lovell 0439 961 234 or message their FB page

 

DOVER AREA

Dover and South Action Group – (Food Pantry)

Contact: Kristie 0407 981 066, Lydia 0400 134 388 or message their FB Page

 

Meals on Wheels

Contact: Christine 0428 884 311, huon@mowtas.org.au