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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Amid the coronavirus crisis, acts of kindness are spreading like, well, like a virus.

With the world in lockdown and staying home to stop the spread, neighbours in communities across the globe are reaching out to support each other physically and emotionally.

To help you, help your neighbour, Council is dropping 'Hello Neighbour' cards to all homes in our area.

Check your letterbox or download one.

You can use the card to reach out to your neighbour in a safe, non-contact way. Just fill in your contact details, nominate what you can help with and then  pop it in a neighbour’s mailbox or under their door.

The help could be collecting groceries, gardening, a friendly phone call or walking the dog. Until you ask, you never know who might be feeling isolated and disengaged from community in these unprecedented times.

Council saw this initiative taking off around the world and moved quickly to develop a card with local information hotlines, websites and public health information.

“We know our community is one that loves to give, and we wanted to give them a tangible and safe way to help their neighbours,” said Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan.

“We all need to support each other and it’s important to remember that sometimes the giver of help gets as much emotional benefit as the receiver.”

The card references the worldwide #viralkindness initiative that is a hub for community care groups springing up to support people in need or in self-isolation during the coronavirus crisis.

In these testing times, residents should realise that health is always of paramount importance.

Following these simple steps, as advised by the Federal and State Government, are highly recommended during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Stay home as often as possible
  • Keep 1.5 metres from others
  • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds as often as you can
  • Limit gatherings – no more than two people

For those who may be struggling at this time, here is a list of resources that may help:

  • Northern Beaches Council 1300 434 434 | northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080
  • NSW Coronavirus Hotline 13 77 88
  • Northern Beaches Hospital 9105 5000
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Domestic Violence Line 1800 65 64 63
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 180

Residents can also keep up to date with accurate information and advice from trusted sources by logging on to australia.gov.au or health.nsw.gov.au

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