The Link Community Care - Our Response to Covid-19
The Link Community Care has a consistent and strong history of helping and serving those on the Northern Beaches in most need. Now because of Covid-19, the need for our services has grown exponentially. Below you will find our programs that are currently active to assist individuals & families within our community - there is information on times, locations and bookings, as well as ways to support us, including volunteering and donating.
FOODCARE provides affordable groceries, fruit and vegetables at a low recovery fee. Services can be accessed by any holder of a Centrelink benefit card (or anyone who is in need during this pandemic season)– registration is conducted at the location and secondary identification (eg. drivers licence) will be required. Book an appointment below, or come to our Open Night - every Thursday from 6:30-8pm.
The Link Community Care Services
Throughout 2020 we have experienced a change of landscape (pandemic) in community service support required and are adapting our offerings to the community to enable greater support. Due to ongoing government regulations we have also implemented a number of safety procedures to safeguard all those utilising The Link Community Care.
Tuesday & Thursday: 3pm – 5pm
Thursday night: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday to Friday by appointment: see below for available 30 minute booking spots
MOBILE FOOD CARE POP-UP SERVICE
Cromer Community Centre Car Park
150 Fisher Road North, Cromer
Narraweena Community Centre
74 Oceana St, Narraweena
CAREHAMPER runs at on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-5pm. It is a drive-through service - please stay in your car, we will bring your hamper to you. You can pre-order below.
Need help with a hamper of staple groceries and a cooked meal, what about a family member or friend? Maybe an elderly relative or neighbour?
The Link is partnering with Pittwater RSL to help those in most need on the Northern Beaches during this challenging time. The program is called ‘CAREHAMPER’ and provides people staple groceries, bread and a cooked meal professionally prepared by Pittwater RSL chefs. The ‘CAREHAMPER’ has a value of over $60 and is being made available for a $10 service and handling fee.
We are delighted to be able to continue to offer this service! If you have any questions, call us on (02) 9999 0475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOODCARE provides affordable groceries, fruit and vegetables at a low recovery fee. Services can be accessed by any holder of a Centrelink benefit card (or anyone who is in need during this pandemic season)– registration is conducted at the location and secondary identification (eg. drivers licence) will be required.
Mobile Food Care Pop-Up Service
We have a refrigerated van that takes our service to people that can't get to us. It's on the road now - head to the Link Community Care Facebook page to see where our Mobile Food Care service will be, and for all the latest updates.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
While we rely heavily on our valued volunteers to run these programs, our services are being stretched to unprecedented levels. It’s vital we maintain this service as the need on the Northern Beaches is greater than ever, this will necessitate the raising of funds every week over the coming months to support the daily running of these programs.
We know from our 10-year experience of running the food programs that your support in funding this project will be a blessing to those on the Northern Beaches who’ve been affected by Covid-19.
We would greatly appreciate your financial support during this challenging time to help us deliver these programs to those members of the Northern Beaches Community in most need. All donations over $10 are tax deductible. Click the "Donate" button below, or by Direct Debit:
Or via direct debit:
The Link Community Care Gift Fund | BSB 06 2205 | Account 1041 1111.
The donating of staples (non perishable groceries) would assist greatly in order to fill our CAREHAMPERS. Next time you at the shops you could purchase an item or two extra and drop them off at The Link Collective between 10am and 2pm, Thursday to Friday.
Staples like spreads e.g jam, pasta, rice, cereals, canned tomatoes, bake beans and the like.
It’s one thing to initiate programs to help our community on the Northern Beaches, but none of it happens without the support of people like you. Volunteers are vital to the success of these program and the team at The Link Community Care is very grateful for the time you can devote.
Our core values at The Link Community Care are around providing direct relief from poverty, suffering, misfortune and distress to those on the Northern Beaches. Your decision to contact us with a view to volunteering ensures we continue to work towards fulfilling those values.
To sign up and volunteer at any of our community programs: #CAREHAMPER or #FOODCARE please email us.
When deciding to volunteer or return to volunteering all individuals should consider their own health needs first. As a precautionary measure individuals may want to seek advice from a medical practitioner about whether it is safe for them to volunteer.
This is particularly important for individuals who are in the following categories:
- people aged 70 years and over
- people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
- people with a compromised immune system
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions.
All volunteers must also be:
- aged over 16
- willing to undergo a period of training
- willing to provide personal identification and/or driver’s licence to be kept on record
- willing to undergo a Criminal Record Check
- willing to follow strict hygiene and social distancing practices to protect the safety of clients
- patient and understanding with others and with strict procedures.
When attending our sites please wear enclosed shoes. We will provide vests, gloves, masks and sanitiser.
Link Community Care
The object of Link Community Care is to provide direct relief from poverty, suffering, misfortune and distress on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and surrounding communities in NSW and Australia.
Our purpose is to provide assistance to families suffering hardship or distress through the provision of:
– Crisis / emergency counselling for grief, violence, loneliness, etc.
– Community Food Care distribution
– Emergency relief
– Emergency accommodation for homeless and low income earners.