Ways to help others
Connect with your neighbours
Now is a good time to check in with your neighbours to see that they have the support they need.
Remember to protect yourself and them by practicing physical distancing and good hygiene as advised by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Extra support is available by calling the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
Find some ideas to share with them on our Things to do page.
Various groups, including the Red Cross, have developed cards like these as a way for people to show support for their neighbours, and offer to help with essential tasks.
Print off a Red Cross Neighbour Card
Volunteer with a local group
We’re currently working with local community groups to understand where extra volunteers are needed at the moment, so please check back again soon. In the meantime, look out for opportunities to volunteer via social media and local networks.
Advice from the Department of Health and Human Services about volunteering
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a page of frequently asked questions about what we are able to do while the restrictions are in place.
One question they answer is: Can I leave my house to do volunteering work?
Their answer: Yes. Unpaid work can continue to be done while the organisation you are volunteering for is still operating. However, if the volunteer work can be done from home, it should be. You should also maintain appropriate physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times and maintain sanitisation measures such as regularly washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
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