Community Support

1. Overview

Like the rest of Australia and all around the world, life in West Wimmera Shire is changing as a result of COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions.

We know this is a difficult time for our community and we’re particularly mindful of people who are most vulnerable and socially isolated. We’re working to ensure our community stays connected and gets the services they need.

2. Support from council

If you or your family require a referral to support services, we can help. Please call 13 WWSC and speak to our Community Services team. All calls are confidential

3. Wimmera support contacts for COVID-19

Hotlines

Coronavirus hotline - 1800 675 398 - for health information, self-isolating and breaches

Local coronavirus hotline - 1800 195 114 - For those seeking local support during the coronavirus pandemic

Counselling, local support and rural outreach

24-hour Mental Health Triage - 1300 661 323

Headspace Horsham (12-25 years) - 5381 1543

Grampians Community Health - 5358 7400

LOCAL Rural Outreach - 1300 688 732

Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre - 1800 806 292

Rural Financial Counselling - 0427 340 621 or 0408 347 000

Ashley Grant Counselling - 0403 034 590 - Free service on Wednesday and Thursday nights between 7pm to 9pm

Kaniva Shared Ministry - 5392 2301 or 0448 127 959

Uniting Wimmera Intake (Children's Counselling Service) 1800 195 114 or via email at wimmera.intake@vt.uniting.org

Health services

Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital - 5585 9800

Harrow Bush Nursing Centre - 5588 2000

West Wimmera Health Service - 5391 4292

Rural Doctors Kaniva - 5323 5770

Edenhope Medical Clinic - 5585 9888

Local business doing deliveries

Edenhope Foodworks - 5585 1501

Edenhope butcher - 5585 1597

Kaniva IGA -  5392 2250

Kaniva Pharmacy - 5392 2373

Edenhope Pharmacy - 5585 1069 

Emergency food

Horsham Christian Emergency Food Centre - 5381 2311

Centre for Participation - 5382 5607

Financial support

ANZ - 1800 351 548

Bendigo Bank - 1300 236 344

Commonwealth Bank - 132 607

NAB - 1300 769 650

Westpac - 132 142

Centrelink - 132 316

Business Victoria - 132 215

Other assistance services

BeyondBlue - 1300 224 636www.beyondblue.org.au

Kids Help Line (5-25 years) - 1800 551 800www.kidshelpline.com.au

Suicide Helpline - 1300 651 251www.suicidehelpline.org.au

Lifeline - 131 114www.lifeline.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467 - www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au 

MensLine Australia - 1300 789 978 - www.mensline.org.au

Red Cross - 1800 131 701www.redcross.org.au

Nurse-On-Call - 1300 606 024

Salvation Army - 1300 662 217www.salvationarmy.org.au

 

4. Income and material support

Income Support for Individuals

 MyGov and Centerlink have a range of payments and services for individuals and families.

The Centerlink Payment and Service Finder is an online tool to see what payments and services you may be eligible for.

More information

Red Cross emergency relief

From late April, the Red Cross will distribute one-off packages of food and essential items to eligible persons and families on temporary visas, funded by the Federal Government.

More information

Phone: 1800 675 398

Help paying for electricity, gas or water

The Victorian Government Utility Relief Grant Scheme provides eligible Victorians with Pensioner, Health Care or Veterans Gold cards, and who are facing financial hardship or high rental costs, with up to $650 on each utility type across a two-year period or $1,300 for those with a single source of energy. Apply to electricity, gas or water retailers.

More information 

5. Stay connected with others

There are a number of initiatives running in the community to help people stay connected 

Are you feeling lonely or socially disconnected? 

You are not alone. For many Victorians, physical distancing and social or work-related restrictions have led to feelings of loneliness and disconnection. For people who were already feeling lonely or isolated before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s been even harder to get help.

All of us need social connection to feel happy and well. We also need people we can turn to when we need help. That’s why it is important to reach out if you feel lonely or disconnected.

You can get help on the phone and from your community

 If you are experiencing loneliness or social disconnection due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can receive support from the Australian Red Cross and local community organisations with just one call to the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398.

What happens when I call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline?

 Your call will be answered by a caring Australian Red Cross volunteer who will speak to you about your needs and the help that could make you feel more connected. They can also provide a friendly ear if you are distressed or anxious.

Wimmera Social Support

Centre for Participation can put you in contact with like-minded people. Volunteers can assist you with activities like Skyping loved ones, playing your favourite card games, sending a card or letter to a friend through the post and much more.

Centre for Participation can also help people do their shopping and attend appointments.

More information

Love your community Kaniva

A Facebook page designed to help the Kaniva community come together.

More information

6. Stay active and healthy 

Doing some form of exercise is an easy and free way to boost both your mental and physical health, and now is the ideal time to try a new activity.

VicHealth has a variety of resources to help you get moving at home.

More information