Council reaches out

Colleen Gates (right) and Mary Francis with hampers for the community. (Joe Mastroianni) 214718_02

Goya Dmytryshchak

Hobsons Bay’s heart is beating strongly with community connectors reaching out to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hobsons Bay council has launched the Community Connector initiative, as part of its Hobsons Bay Community has Heart program.

Community Connector links trained council staff to community members in need of services.

Support being offered includes food hampers, pet food, medication, nappies, cleaning supplies and masks.

People are also being helped with employment and training information, counselling, family violence services, and support for seniors and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Hobsons Bay mayor Colleen Gates said it was the council’s way of reaching out.

“COVID-19 has impacted us all in different ways and it’s OK to not be OK,” she said.

“This crisis has also highlighted the importance of social connectedness, the importance of community and the importance of our community’s health and wellbeing.”

“We also know that it can be hard to know where to go or who to ask for help, and we want to try and break down these barriers.

“Our hope is that the Community Connector program will bridge the gap between those who need help and those who can help.

“I encourage anyone who is free and willing to help, to please reach out to our team and to anyone who is seeking help, we are here for you.”

Individuals and businesses are being invited to donate goods, services and funds.

To access support or to help, email or call 1300 179 944 and ask for the Community Connector.