COVID-19 welfare support


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COVID-19 welfare support

  • Date 4:21 PM Thursday 16 April 2020
  • Type COVID-19

The Council’s Civil Defence and Emergency Management Welfare Team is supporting the regional response to COVID-19.

The team has been working hard over the last few weeks for those in the community who need extra help with emergency accommodation or basic supplies.

The Welfare Team is available to help people who don’t have anyone else to assist with shopping and are unable to shop themselves.

For example those who are:

  • In self isolation and can’t get to the shops
  • Unable to access online shopping
  • Don’t have anyone they can ask for help

There’s no cost to the individual and while the team can’t get everything that people may want, they will do their best to provide what is needed.

Over the last three weeks the team has helped a number of people to find accommodation and has worked with the Police to relocate non-resident campers to suitable self-contained accommodation and motels. The number of campers in the region has reduced significantly

Places have also been found for some of our homeless. These efforts are both for their own health protection and also the health of the wider public

People who need extra help or advice should call 03 520 7400 and ask for the Welfare Team or email

If you have symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 please call the dedicated Healthline on 0800 358 5453.