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    Yarra libraries temporarily closed

    Yarra City Council is temporarily closing its libraries and leisure centres from close of business today, (Tuesday 17 March), to try to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) within our workforce and the community
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    Community Kindness Directory

    Now more than ever, we need to work together, stay connected and be kind. We know that many of you may be feeling lonely and overwhelmed and we want to remind you of the importance of asking for help and the power of compassion. To help you receive or give support, we’ve compiled a list of community networks, charities and groups that are doing amazing work in our community and beyond. Online community groups Love Your Neighbour Melbourne Northside Melbourne Coronavirus Outreach Melbourne - COVID-19/Corona Virus - Mutual Aid Charitable organisations that could do with some help Asylum Seekers Resource Centre St Vincents Hospital Emergency Appeal Richmond Churches Food Centre Community led meal and home support initiatives Alex Makes Meals Other very important organisations Safe Steps – Family Violence Support Lifeline Headspace General kindness and compassion tips Smile! Pick up the phone and call someone who you think may be feeling lonely or scared. Go for a walk in nature and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Support a small business by purchasing a gift voucher for when we gain some normality again, grab some take-home meals or a coffee – take a look at our small business support page. Be kind and patient with people who are working on the frontline (petrol stations, supermarkets, medical facilities and chemists). Take this time to learn a new craft, do some art, practice yoga or get cracking on that novel you’ve been meaning to write. Switch off the news when it all feels too much. Offer to do the shopping or cook a meal for someone who is having a hard time. Have a virtual Friday night catch up with your mates, play board games, chat about what you’ve been doing or just watch TV together!
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    Backing our businesses

    It's a tough time for doing business, but we're here to help. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the resources available for your business while we combat coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • New grants to address family violence and food security during COVID-19

    We’re providing two new grants to assist some of Yarra’s residents hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Yarra's Addressing Family Violence and Promoting Food Security quick response grants will fund a combined $145,000 in initiatives for community organisations to continue delivering essential services to our community. With the risk of COVID-19-related family violence on the rise, $50,000 of grants will help front line organisations in Yarra to respond the increased demand for support by residents at risk of experiencing family violence, or perpetrating family violence. The Promoting Food Security grants ($95,000) will also help not-for-profits and community groups provide food vouchers or meals to vulnerable residents, including people experiencing homelessness and social housing tenants. We’re also expanding our family violence outreach services and ensuring our delivered meals program keeps feeding over 120 of our clients during the pandemic. These grants follow the Creative Business and Creative Community grants announced in early-April. Additional grants are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as we continue to roll out our $7.64 million support package. Highlights of the grants Addressing Family Violence Quick Response Grants Up to $50,000 in grants available to frontline service providers and community organisations. Promoting Food Security Quick Response Grants There are two streams of grants available to community welfare organisations: To provide food vouchers for families in financial distress ($25,000 available). To provide food vouchers or food packages for people experiencing homelessness and vulnerable people, such as those unable to access Centrelink payments – e.g. international students and people on bridging visas ($70,000 available). For more information, visit COVID-19 Quick Response Grants.
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    Immunisation season is here

    With COVID-19 in circulation, it’s more important than ever to get your influenza (flu) vaccination this year. All Yarra residents are eligible for our annual flu vaccination, which protects against four strains of the influenza virus. It’s only $15 and the best way to avoid getting the flu or a serious combined illness. While the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19 (there is no COVID-19 vaccine currently available), it helps protect you, your family and other people who are at risk of becoming seriously ill. It also ensures our emergency departments and hospital beds are available for those who need it most. Keeping you safe We’ve made extra precautions to keep you safe and healthy when visiting our immunisation sessions. Please stay home if you (or anyone in your family) are: feeling unwell (especially with a fever, sore throat or cough) have been a contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 have returned from overseas within the last 14 days. Families can attend the clinic together, but only one parent per child will be called up to the vaccination area. If waiting times are longer than 15 minutes, we’ll give you a time to return. Free flu immunisations We also offer free flu vaccinations for: • children aged six months to four years • anyone aged five years and over who has a medical condition that increases their risk of complications from the flu • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from six months of age • pregnant women • people aged 65 years and older. Corporate immunisation program If you’re a business or organisation in Yarra, you can also contact us about our corporate flu immunisation program. Stick to the schedule Our regular immunisation service continues with extra precautions in place. We also offer some vaccines that aren’t covered under the National or School Immunisation Program. These include: Chicken pox Boostrix (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis or whooping cough) Hepatitis B MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) MenACWY. Upcoming immunisation sessions Some locations for our immunisation sessions have changed. Fitzroy Town Hall 1pm to 3pm Tuesday 5 May Tuesday 2 June North Richmond Community Health Centre 1pm to 2pm Wednesday 6 May Wednesday 3 June Collingwood Town Hall 9:30am to 11:30am Wednesday 13 May Wednesday 10 June Edinburgh Gardens Community Room 1pm to 3pm Tuesday 19 May Tuesday 16 June Studio One 9:30am to 11:30am Wednesday 20 May Wednesday 17 June Collingwood Town Hall Monday 25 May Monday 22 June To find out more and view the latest timetable, visit our Immunisations page.
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    Family violence and coronavirus

    Like many people, your life has probably changed significantly due to the physical distancing measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. This may include changes to your employment or loss of family income or new caring responsibilities and living arrangements. These changes can also have significant impacts on your mental and physical health. The behaviour of your partner or family members could also change or escalate during this time. If this behaviour makes you fear for your safety, it could be family violence. The signs of family violence Physical distancing and the fears and uncertainty of COVID-19 can give family violence perpetrators new opportunities to be abusive and controlling. These behaviours could include: Stopping you from leaving the house or visiting the doctor. Increased surveillance, such as monitoring handwashing/personal hygiene. Heightened monitoring and control of who you speak to by phone or online. Greater interference of the relationship between you and your children or other household members. Exploiting any health issues that you or other household members may have to assert coercive control. Forcing you to do things outside of the public health measures currently in place. Remember – you have the right to feel safe, access medical support and communicate with friends and family. You have the right to leave the house for any of the reasons outlined by the government, such as going to work, buying groceries or getting exercise. Get local support If you are finding parenting challenging at the moment, there are services that can support you and your child during this time. Yarra provides support for parents through our Family Support program. Simply call us on 9205 5555 and ask for our Intake Case Worker. There are also a range of free and confidential family violence phone and online support services available to you: safe steps (1800 015 188) – a 24/7 family violence support service. inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence (1800 755 988) – phone support, information and legal advice for migrant and refugee women in your language. No To Violence Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) – telecounselling, information and referrals to help men stop using violent and controlling behaviour. Djirra (1800 105 303) – telephone legal and non-legal support for all Aboriginal people, particularly women experiencing or who have experienced family violence. 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) – 24/7 national sexual assault, domestic, family violence counselling service. Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault (1800 806 292) – crisis line. Kids Helpline (1800 551 800) – 24/7 confidential telephone and online counselling service for children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years old. WithRespect (1800 542 847) – family and intimate partner violence support, referrals and telecounselling for LGBTIQ+ communities and their families. If you think you or a family member are in immediate danger from family violence, please call Triple Zero on 000. More information Get more information on Support for Families in Yarra.
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    Keeping Yarra in business through coronavirus

    Yarra City Council today announced $160,000 of new grants to support our businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our Supporting Local Business quick response grants will provide a lifeline to local businesses and sole traders struggling with the effects of physical distancing and forced closures. They are aimed at helping businesses and sole traders with making the switch to online trading, improving their shopfronts, marketing and business planning and getting vital training. Small businesses can apply for up to two grants, to a maximum total of $5,000. Sole traders are also eligible for up to two grants, to a maximum total of $2,000. The initiative – part of Yarra’s $7.46 million COVID-19 Community and Economic Support Package announced in early-April – was endorsed at last night’s Council Meeting, the first to be conducted entirely online. The grants follow the Creative Business and Community, Addressing Family Violence and Promoting Food Security grants announced in April 2020. Yarra is committed to ensuring our vibrant hospitality, creative and retail industries adapt to the challenges of COVID-19 and can take advantage of a different economic landscape as we head towards recovery. More grants for Yarra’s community are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as we continue to roll out our $7.64 million support package. Apply now Applications close at 11.59pm on X May 2020. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit