Volunteers at the Canberra Relief Network helping other Canberrans by providing food and essential items.

Volunteers at the Canberra Relief Network helping other Canberrans by providing food and essential items. If you need help accessing services call the COVID-19 Helpline on 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

19 June 2020

Canberrans have been hit hard in 2020 by smoke, bushfires, hail and now COVID-19. These events have impacted our wellbeing in different ways.

Canberrans will have access to more resources, support and information as we deliver Canberra’s Community Recovery Plan. In Canberra we celebrate a strong and inclusive community. Our community has shown over 2020 just how resilient we are, how we are Stronger Together.

The ACT Government is working with our community and partners to support Canberrans to recover. The Community Recovery Roadmap outlines the stages of recovery to build back our resilience as a community to withstand any future challenges.

Significant investments have already been made to support the wellbeing and resilience of the community, with funding for mental health support, domestic and family violence and sexual assault services and emergency food relief through the Canberra Relief Network.

In the next phase of community support, a range of initiatives will be implemented in partnership with the community sector, including:

  • A “know your neighbour campaign” to support Canberrans to connect with their neighbours, as these connections are important inside and outside times of a crisis
  • Wellbeing calls to counter the barriers of detachment and isolation that remain for many people in our community
  • Community Activity Packs to help Canberrans to stay occupied and connected from a distance in absence of large-scale events
  • Launch of the Connect in Canberra website to provide non-health related COVID-19 information on support services and activities available across the Territory

The ACT Wellbeing Framework will help the ACT Government measure and understand the impacts of COVID-19 and how the community is recovering.

If you need help accessing services call the COVID-19 Helpline on 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

For more information on Canberra’s Community Recovery Plan, head to covid19.act.gov.au

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