Like the rest of Australia and all around the world, life on the Northern Beaches has been changing as a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
We know this is a difficult time for our community and we’re particularly mindful of people who are most vulnerable and socially isolated.
We’ve been working to ensure our community stays connected and gets the services they need.
COVID-19 may result in ratepayers suffering hardship and difficulties in paying rates and annual charges - apply for hardship relief.
Local community services
There are many local community services on the Northern Beaches who are here to support you during this time. We've put together information on what they provide and phone numbers to make it easier for you to access:
- Community Food Services
- Domestic and family violence
- Cultural diversity
- Support for new mothers (Australian Breastfeeding Association)
Reach out to your neighbour, say hello and practice random acts of #viralkindness with our 'Hello Neighbour' campaign.
How you can help your community
It can be confusing to work out how you can help, so we’ve compiled a list of community initiatives where you can get involved.
Find out about volunteering opportunities with community organisations during this difficult time.
All Northern Beaches Library branches reopened on Monday 1 June with new and improved opening hours.
Adolescent and Family Counselling Services
Our counselling services have moved to online and phone sessions. During this time, it’s essential young people and families are able to access this service.
Meals on Wheels
Our Meals on Wheels service continues as a non-contact service with wellbeing checks conducted over the phone.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
It’s understandable that during this time you may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, fear, distress and concern.
Council held a free wellbeing webinar series where we heard from a range of local experts sharing tips and information about our local support services to help you and the people around you live well. Recordings of each webinar are available.
Online Religious Services
A listing of online religious services and support to help you remain connected to community and to your faith.
We’ve moved many of our face to face meetings with our youth services such as GLAM to online and video conferencing so we can still meet and support them, just not in person.
Working with Community Groups
Our staff have been connecting with groups such as Community Northern Beaches and all Not for Profits and NGOs in the area to understand their needs, identify any gaps in the current service delivery and what we can do to help.
We've also been working with local women’s shelters on how they can manage additional needs.
COVID-19 Community Response Grants
Council established an emergency grant program for community groups to support those affected by the impact of COVID-19 on the Northern Beaches. Individual grants of $5,000 to $15,000 were available to eligible community organisations and charities to address immediate needs within the Northern Beaches community. The grants are now closed. Nineteen local community organisations received funding. Visit COVID-19 Community Response Grants for more information.
We have increased cleaning routines, added soap dispensers to public toilets and are promoting hygiene awareness.