COVID-19 support for people with disability

This page includes information, support and resources for people with disability in Yarra during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

On this page:

Emergency food relief in Yarra

We're working with local community organisations to ensure grocery vouchers, food packages and pre-made meals are available to those who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our emergency food relief. 

Priority Assistance grocery delivery service

Major supermarkets have introduced initiatives to help individuals and support services. Woolworths and Coles are now providing priority assistance delivery services for older people, people with a disability and those with a compromised immune system who are required to self isolate. 

Find out more:

Woolworths and Coles resume online delivery for all

Both Woolworths and Coles have resumed Home Delivery and Click & Collect for all customers. Their first priority will still be seniors, people with disability, and those in mandatory isolation who have registered for priority assistance, all customers are now able to order online for Home Delivery and Click & Collect.

Emergency relief packages for Victorians in mandatory self-isolation

Victorians self-isolating due to COVID-19 with no access to food and essential supplies will receive emergency relief packages under a program introduced by the Victorian Government.

Food packages will include items such as long-life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be distributed to eligible households and include soap, toothpaste and deodorant.

For more information about the support services call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

Government support for households impacted by COVID-19

The Federal Government is providing assistance to lower income Australians which will support households to manage the economic impact of COVID-19. Find more information. 

Looking after your mental health

The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic can take it's toll, and it is more important than ever that we all look after our mental health. 

There are a range of online resources for those who need mental health support:

If you would like to speak to someone, please call:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636
  • Kid's Helpline on 1800 55 1800
  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

ABC launches Your Mental Health newsletter

The ABC has launched an initiative to raise awareness and support for the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, to help those struggling with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19.

The Your Mental Health newsletter series explores the importance of mental health and wellbeing and aims to make the reader feel connected, inspired and supported.

Sign up to receive the newsletter which will be delivered to your inbox every week, for six weeks.

National Counselling and referral service

The National Counselling and Referral Service is now available for people with disability. A counsellor can support you to talk about your feelings and emotions in a safe space.
You can contact the National Counselling and Referral Service by calling 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468.

The service is available 9am to 6pm weekdays (AEST), and 9am to 5pm weekends and public holidays (AEST).

Staying connected during COVID-19

Staying Connected podcast

Advocacy for Inclusion has created a podcast called ‘Staying Connected’. This podcast is for people with disability who want to stay connected and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can search for the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or go to Staying Connected on Buzzsprout.

FriendLine conversations

FriendLine is a free volunteer operated chat service for anyone who wants to connect and have a friendly chat.

Angel Next Door

A free community platform has launched to help people help their neighbours who are isolated during COVID-19. 

Angel Next Door is designed to assist people with grocery shopping, help around the house, dog walking and other general tasks.

Easy-to-Read magazine for people at home

Easy for Me is a new magazine released by The Information Access Group, designed to give people ideas for keeping busy and staying connected while they stay at home.

Cheers! The (virtual) happy hour connecting the blind community

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is launching daily virtual happy hours to connect community members who are blind or visually impaired. The Happy Hours will run from 11am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

You can read more about this initiative, including how you can join, on the BCA website. For future updates check the BCA Facebook page.

Funding support for commercial passenger vehicles

Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) subsidy will be increased from 50 to 70 per cent per fare during the next three months to make rides more affordable for the people who need them the most.

Information for carers

Talk to the person you support about COVID-19. Scope has developed some tips on how to talk to about COVID-19 with the person you support 

Find out more on the Scope website.

COVID-19 information and resources

Visit our Kindness directory page

  • We’ve compiled a list of community networks, charities and groups that are doing amazing work in our community and beyond.

Self- Advocacy Graphics to assist our deaf community

The Deaf Victoria team are aware that there is a lot of concern in our community at the moment about wearing masks and communication.

Deaf Victoria have developed these graphics to assist you in advocating for you communication needs when masks need to be worn. 

Please contact us if you would like other phrases.

Download these to your phone so they are available for you to show to staff, colleagues or others when you need.

The graphics are available to download on the Deaf Victoria website.

COVID-19 accessible information and resources

Accessible information and resources are available online for people to stay up to date with the situation as it unfolds:

Additional resources for people with disability