Reach out for help
The constantly changing news and restrictions about COVID-19 can affect your mental health, leading to anxiety and even depression.
Restrictions on visiting friends, elderly family members and celebrating milestones and events such as birthdays, school graduations and weddings are also creating distress for many people.
Others may be concerned about going out and risking contracting the virus when they are using public transport or in busy shopping centres.
Whatever your concern, it’s important to acknowledge it and to seek help if it is affecting your wellbeing.
We’ve provided a comprehensive list of support services and resources on our website – as well as general mental health support, we’ve also included links for specific issues such as domestic violence, homelessness or practical help. For details, search 'COVID help' at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au
Exercise and movement is also an important aid to good mental health. We’ve produced several videos to help you increase your physical and mental fitness through exercise and meditation. Search 'exercise' at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/youtube
Time's running out for grant applications
Community groups experiencing a COVID-related surge in demand for their services are running out of time to apply for Council’s ‘Working Together Staying Strong’ grant program.
The $300,000 program was established to help local groups and organisations meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members during the pandemic. It closes on 30 September or when funds are exhausted.
Not-for-profit and community groups across the Coast are encouraged to apply, particularly those supporting the physical health and mental wellbeing, social connection and safety of vulnerable and at-risk groups. This includes projects such as:
- food hamper preparation and delivery
- swags for rough sleepers
- mental health support
- counselling services
- organisational volunteer support
- helping people get around
- small equipment purchases
Eligible applicants can apply for between $1,000 and $10,000 per project in combined funding and in-kind Council services. Search ‘grants’ at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au
Backing business to grow
Although it has been a difficult year for the local economy, the Central Coast is now seeing an influx of visitors to the region, and promising sales figures in areas such as retail and restaurant spending in key tourism destinations.
While ATO data shows 47.2 percent of Coast businesses are accessing JobKeeper payments, many have also used the downturn to review their operation and give their business a makeover, moving to new delivery methods, revamped services or increasing their visibility.
Our website has a range of information to help businesses during this difficult economic period. This includes:
- enabling businesses to become a Council supplier
- Bigger Backyard local business program
- Shop Local campaign
- low-touch economy webinar to help business adapt to the COVID environment
- Central Coast grant finder
- small business water audits
- dedicated customer service support
- COVID-safe resources
Search 'business support' at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au
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