Our community is feeling the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effects on many aspects of our daily lives. We are acutely aware of the effect the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation is having on our community and that these impacts will continue to evolve.

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Community Activation and Social Isolation initiative

The Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) initiative helps people build social connections and support networks in their local communities during COVID-19. Manningham Council is managing this program for our community and partnering with community organisations to provide on-the-ground support.

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Be Kind Manningham

In these unprecedented and challenging times, one thing we can do is band together as a community and show a little kindness to ourselves and to each other.

Let us introduce you to Be Kind Manningham, an initiative to encourage everyone in our community to continue to be kind to others, be kind to those most in need at this time, and be kind to yourself.

Visit our Be Kind page to find out more.

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Apply for financial hardship

We are acutely aware of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the impact this may have on your ability to make payment for your council rates at this time.

If you are experiencing genuine financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 you can apply for a special payment arrangement with us.

Visit our Financial Hardship page to find out more. 

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Apply for the utility relief grant scheme

Residents in the Manningham community experiencing temporary financial hardship may be eligible for a utility relief grant to help pay an overdue mains electricity, gas or water bill. The grant is up to $650 on each utility type in a two-year period. Visit the DHHS website for further information and to apply. 

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Supporting Manningham through COVID-19 - Translations

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State Government and Federal Government support

The State Government and Federal Government have a range of support packages available to individuals during this time.

The Victorian Government also has a support package for Victorian workers impacted by COVID-19.

NDIS participants and providers can access support and resources via the NDIS website

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Emergency relief for temporary visa holders

Australian Red Cross is providing a small one-off emergency relief payment to people who are on temporary visas, who have no way to support themselves and have urgent needs.

Visit their website to find out how to access support. 

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Doncare

Doncare delivers a wide range of support services and programs to help families, the aged, youth and disadvantaged within our community. Their main services include:

  • Information and emergency relief
  • Counselling
  • Family services
  • Family violence prevention and recovery
  • Social support for seniors

If you are in need of support during this time, please contact Doncare on 9856 1500 or doncare@doncare.org.au

Department of Health and Office of Youth

  • Family Recovery Fund Culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and families in Victoria who have been significantly impacted by COVID can access case management support (with a focus on mental health recovery, education, training and employment) through the Family Recovery Program. Information regarding this program is available in 13 community languages. If you would like more info, contact frp@cohealth.org.au
  • Extreme Hardship Support Program The Extreme Hardship Support Program (EHSP) provides emergency financial assistance to people on temporary and provisional visas and undocumented migrants who are not eligible for Commonwealth Government income support. It assists people with zero or very limited savings, income or community support to pay for food, medicine and bills during the coronavirus pandemic. EHSP is a Victorian Government program delivered by Red Cross and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Resources

Additional support is available during this time, you can access the following resources:

Looking after your mental health

Family violence support

Crisis support and suicide prevention 

Support for the LGBTQIA+ community

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