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Dear Families,

We want to be able to partner with you to support you in the tough times. We have compiled a list of links and contact information for agencies and organisations that might be of use to you or your family or someone you know. This list may change, so we encourage you to check in from time to time to see if there are additional links added.

Likewise, you may know of a service or agency that could be useful for others to know about too.

Please contact Cath Garrett-Jones, cath.garrett-jones@mn.catholic.edu.au for further information.

THESE LINKS ARE MEANT FOR PARENTS AND CARERS. Please note we would recommend you visit any of these sites mentioned on this page or in the other lists we’re linking to before sharing them with your children to ensure they are safe and suitable....

ORGANISATION

DETAILS

NSW Department of Education A range of teaching resources, student materials, parent and carer advice and assistance for teachers who need support with planning lessons or using technology
Michael Carr-Gregg – SchoolTV A guide for parents and carers to assist them to talk with their child about COVID-19
LiturgyHelp Ways to keep Sunday Holy while public Liturgy is cancelled due to COVID-19
CatholicCare Counselling, family support, Community Kitchen in Taree
BeyondBlue Looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak
National Education Standards Authority (NESA) NESA – Advice for Year 11 and 12 students
WayAhead Mental health education
Parenting Ideas A site where parents can access practical guides, blogs and advice to support their child’s wellbeing
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner Information about online safety, app safety, online abuse and managing children’s technology use.
Generation Next Mental health support
Emerging Minds Supporting child mental health
Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP) Information about what is taught in schools – syllabus information.
Gather, Proclaim, Break, Send Connecting faith, liturgy and life providing resources that speak to all the especially the young.
ReachOut.com Time management tips and printables.
Partners for Learning Templates and resources to assist parents engage with schools
Australian Red Cross Information on defusing family tension during COVID-19.
Maggie Dent – parenting author Top tips and links for families in isolation.
Lifeline Lifeline's telephone crisis support service 13 11 14 is available 24/7 for anyone feeling overwhelmed during this period. 
We also offer Lifeline Text nightly 6pm-midnight (AEDT) on 0477 13 11 14 and Crisis Chat 7pm-midnight.
Beating around the Burning Bush -Prayer resources A Palm Sunday flip book
Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman-Grant A series of tips on how parents and carers can protect children from online abuse while they are increasingly home from school.
Mass at Home  
Fr Rob Galea Mass at home  
CathKids Free sign up until 30.6.2020. Provides a weekly animated video on the Sunday reading, activity and prayer.
Setting up a Sacred Space at home with Natasha B and Kevin (MJR) Setting up a Sacred space at home
MultiLit – Five from Five

Helping reading at home – evidence-based advice for parents and caregivers.

Five from Five How parents and carers can support reading
Education ABC

Free curriculum linked resources for teachers, students and parents. Access to a free newsletter and resources for K – Yr 10.

ABC TV Education

Commencing 14 April – Term 2 extended schedule of education content to support home-based learning

Office of the eSafety Commission Basic support to use and navigate your ways around IT and apps
Office of the eSafety Commission Free parent webinars to help you sue technology safely
Catholic Schools NSW Printable – Communicating with your child’s teacher and school
Catholic Schools NSW Printable – 10 tips to keep your child learning in the coming weeks
Catholic Schools NSW Printable – conversations to have with your child throughout the learning day
Learning Potential
Support for parents and carers to assist them support their child’s learning. Excellent resources by age and topic.
Catholic Schools NSW A great CSNSW Facebook page with loads of ideas to support parents and carers with entertaining holiday activities.
Diocese of MN – Office of Safeguarding Kindergarten to Year 2 – How to stay safe at home
Diocese of MN – Office of Safeguarding Year 3 to Year 6 – How to stay safe at home

Diocese of MN – Office of Safeguarding

Secondary students – How to stay safe at home

NSW Police Legacy – Child Safety Handbook

A very comprehensive book with information covering personal safety, being street smart, outdoor safety, safety during storms, online safety as well as a very large list of additional services for support.

Parentline

Counselling support for parents – outside hours support available

P: 1300 1300 52

Kidshelpline

Phone support for children and young people aged 5 – 25. Support for parents and carers available also.

   

FOOD / GROCERY / FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

DETAILS

Department of Social Services Grants Directory

The directory provides details of services available in your community

Wallsend Baptist Care

Low cost groceries

P: 4032 5224

Food Wars

Discount groceries. Located in Beresfield, Raymond Terrace and Cessnock P: 4966 2987

Samaritans

Counselling, housing support, financial services

St Vincent de Paul – No interest loans scheme

Support for eligible low income families to purchase essential household items