COVID-19 Community Organisation Updates Brunswick Mullum Lions Club Driver Reviver
Lifeline Lifeline will continue answering calls through the COVID-19 crisis. Call them on 13 11 14 at any time.
Telehealth Consultations for vulnerable people
The Driver Reviver Van at the Yelgun Rest Stop, run by the Brunswick Mullumbimby Lions Club will be pausing operation until further notice. The Lions Club has also suspended all meetings and activities till further notice. Contact President Joan Towers on 0400 484 419 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. au for more information.
John Brogden, Lifeline Australia Chairman, has announced Lifeline will continue to answer calls throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and Lifeline is putting into place new measures to ensure the 13 11 14 phone line, text line and online services will remain open if Australia is forced into lockdown.
Telehealth consultations are now being offered at most medical centres Australia wide, to help those vulnerable to COVID-19, or who are under legislated isolation. People can now access bulk billed telehealth consultations from a GP for their healthcare if they meet the following criteria:
‘We are asking people to look out for those who may struggle through isolation, especially if they live on their own. If you can’t knock on their door, be imaginative in how you can connect – give someone a call, write them an email, put a note under their door, sing under their window. By reaching out to someone who may be struggling, and letting them know you care, you can send a really powerful message of hope.’
(a) Diagnosed with COVID-19, but not a patient of a hospital.
COVID-19 Small Biz Noticeboard The COVID-19 Small Biz Noticeboard – Byron Shire is a new online space to help local businesses and our community, not just to survive but to thrive economically through these extraordinary times. Many of our local businesses are getting creative; offering new products and services, delivery, online classes, curb-side pick-ups, take-home packs, additional health and safety measures and special offers. This is a wonderful opportunity to go local – supporting ethical, handmade, sustainable, low food miles, small businesses. It’s never been a better time to support our incredibly, diverse, and creative business community. So if you’re a local business with wares to share, or a member of the local community wanting to buy, consume and enjoy all the wonderful products and services our community has to offer, please join up. Together we can keep our local economy and community healthy. www.facebook.com/ groups/2309231606046180
To donate to Lifeline, visit www.lifeline.org.au/donate.
Reach out to Rotary Do you need help to collect shopping and medical supplies and have them delivered to your door?
Surf Lifesaving New South Wales
(b) Has been advised to isolate themselves in home isolation quarantine. (c) Is considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. (d) Tthe person meets the current criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection. There may still be a need to visit the practice for further follow up. Link for the Telehealth factsheet from North Coast Primary Health Network: https://ncphn.org.au/ coronavirus-information#tele.
Parkinsons event cancelled
Bangalow Heritage House Bangalow Heritage House, museum and cafe will be closed until 15 April 2020.
Vibe Care Pantry
Brunswick Valley U3A
Not enough food? Not enough money to buy food? If someone in the Tweed region is doing it tough, Vibe Care Pantry provides free and low cost food for disadvantaged families, and invites vulnerable community members to come and use their services. Located in Tweed Heads (behind Vibe Church). Open Tues–Fri, 9am–11am NSW time.
Byron Senior’s programs suspended The Senior’s Programs at the Byron Community Centre have been suspended for the foreseeable future following NSW health guidelines for vulnerable people, concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
U3A Brunswick Valley Tuesday Forum are now cancelled until further notice. We will resume when it is safe to. Ring 6685 1732.
Ocean Shores art comp Attention Artists: The Ocean Shores CC Art Group have cancelled the Annual Art Competition & Exhibition due to Open on 21 May, 2020 at the Ocean Shores Country Club. We would like to advise all participants that due to the concerns and unknown impact that the current COVID-19 outbreak will have on our community, we felt that we had no choice but to cancel this event. Hope to see you all again next year.
Still Regular As Clockwork
Low-cost or free food Food Box Thursdays 9.30–11.30am at Uniting Church, Mullumbimby. If you have any sort of Centrelink card you may purchase cheap food, obtain free veges, and enjoy a cuppa. Free Food Relief Bags for anyone doing it tough, every Wednesday 10–12noon at The Hub Ocean Shores, cnr Rajah Rd and Bindaree Way. No ID or Concession Card required. NILs referral service also available. Check Facebook page The Hub Baptist Ocean Shores for details.
Drug support groups
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Croquet has been postponed until after Easter. This decision has been made as we have no handwashing facilities available, and most of us are in the vulnerable age category for COVID-19.
Volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards have been directed to withdraw patrols where there are large numbers of people present. Additionally, surf patrol captains and club captains are being given the discretion to withdraw patrols if volunteers are concerned about their own safety, irrespective of the numbers of people on the beach.
Rotary is offering a complimentary service for people who genuinely Parkinson’s event with Helena need it in our local area: Ballina, Popovich on 4 April is cancelled Alstonville, Lennox Head and nearby owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. areas. All they ask is that you have your order and payment pre-organised and ready for pickup. Please contact Dave on 0401 956 996, or Col on other stay clean. For information and 0417 862 602 if you would Neighbourhood Centre meetings call1300 652 820 or text your like their help. postcode to 0488 811 247. www.na.org. Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood au. Are you concerned about somebody Centre is open Monday–Thursday else’s drinking? Al-Anon Family Groups 9am–4pm and offers a range of services meeting held Fridays 2pm. Uniting Church and activities. Everyone is welcome to Bangalow – 1300 252 666 www.al-anon. come and enjoy art, music, games, great org.au. food and more. Call reception on 6684 1286 and discover what is on offer.
Proud to support our hard working local community organisiations.
Fun croquet postponed
Call Alcoholics Anonymous 1800 423 431 or 0401 945 671 – 30 meetings a week in the Shire – www.aa.org.au. Are you experiencing difficulties and challenges because of the alcohol or drug use of someone close to you? Learn coping skills and gain support from others. Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each
Support after suicide
StandBy provides support to people who have lost someone to suicide. They provide free face-to-face and telephone support and are accessible 24/7. Follow-up contact is available for up to one year. Find out more at: www. standbysupport.com.au or call 13 11 14. If you, or someone you are with, are in need of immediate support please call an ambulance or police on 000.
Breast cancer support The Breast Cancer Support Group Byron Bay gets together every third Wednesday of the month from 12 till 2pm at Byron Uniting Church in Carlyle Street, entering Carlyle Street from Jonson Street opposite Woolworths.. More info on Facebook: Breast Cancer Support Group Byron Bay, or call 0431 207 453.
Op shops Uniting Church Op Shop, Dalley St, Mullumbimby – open each Saturday 8.30am–12 noon and first Thursday of the month 9am–11am: food bank.
Last Wednesday each month 10-11am: playtime. Byron Bay Anglican Op Shop opens Monday to Friday 9am–1pm. Volunteers needed. Enq Prue Harrington 0420 316 610. Mullumbimby Anglican Op Shop opens Monday to Friday 9am–4.15pm, Saturday 9am–12.15pm. Volunteers needed, enq to shop 6684 4718. Mullumbimby Seventh-Day Adventist Op Shop opens Monday – Thursday 10am–3.30pm, Friday 9am – 2pm and third Sunday of the month 10am–2pm. Companion Animals Welfare Inc (CAWI) op shop Brunswick Heads (next to supermarket) open Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 9am–1pm, Sun closed.
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