These are tough times for our local community due to COVID-19 and unfortunately this has amplified an already difficult situation for a lot of people. While restrictions have started to ease for some, our critical community services are in greater need than ever before. For example:
â€¢ Google searches relating to domestic violence have increased 75% since COVID-19 lockdown;
â€¢ There has been a reported 25% increase in calls to domestic violence support services since March;
â€¢ Critical domestic violence services are braced for a huge increase in demand as restrictions ease and women have more freedom to leave unsafe domestic situations;
â€¢ Homelessness is expected to increase as a result of financial hardship once COVID-19 government support ends.
Community Northern Beaches and the Northern Beaches Womenâ€™s Shelter are preparing for an influx of calls for help. Both charities need more resources and funding to enable them to support our community as much as possible.
Our community needs your help now! So, itâ€™s time to get behind our locals and Shout a Local in the month of June.
Go to https://cnb.grassrootz.com/shoutalocal to find out more and donate