All posts by Lisa St

Faltspiel – Chatterbox

Our crafty and clever Lisa3 has a fun craft activity for you, to make something you can play with, and keep up with speaking German! Younger children will need help from Mama or Papa or a big brother or sister, but once it is made, you can have hours of fun.

Chatterboxes are good for finger dexterity, colours, numbers, counting, and following brief instructions (like “hop on one leg”) in German.

Follow Lisa3 as she creates a very simple Chatterbox in video 1 then video 2.

Older kids can ramp up their fun with Balu’s version.

Watch video 1 then video 2 for instructions

Ideen für die Aufgaben / Ideas for the activities:

Here are some suggestions for things you can write inside. You can either write your own activities, or copy the text from the picture below, or print this list and cut the icons out and glue them in.

Note: Lisa3 has also provided little icon suggestions in case you want to draw those next to the words so younger children (who can’t quite read yet) can identify the activities.

Use the German version. The English translations are only there for our non-German speaking parents’ reference.

You can download this list and print it if you like. Or older children can copy it by hand for good German practice.
Make it nice and colourful.

Friederikes Pfannkuchen

At today’s GAP Morgenkreis Online, the Thursday Friday class talked about Friederike’s German pancake recipe. Now you can make them at home too! Whether you call them Pfannkuchen (the official spelling), Pfannekuchen or Pfannenkuchen, they are just as delicious.

Zutaten (ingredients)

  • 1 Tasse Mehl (1 cup flour)
  • 2 Eier (2 eggs)
  • 1 Tasse Milch (1 cup milk)
  • etwas Butter (a bit of butter)
  • Zitronensaft und Zucker (lemon juice and sugar)

Anleitung (instructions)

Damit die Pfannkuchen besonders luftig werden, siebe das Mehl in eine Schüssel. (To make your pancakes nice and fluffy, sift the flour into a mixing bowl.)

Füge nun die Eier und die Milch hinzu und vermische alles mit einem Löffel oder Schneebesen*, bis ein glatter Teig entsteht. (Add the eggs and milk to the flour and mix everything together with a spoon or a whisk until the batter is smooth.)

*Isn’t Schneebesen a great German word?! It’s whisk, and translates directly as a snow broom!

Schmelze ein Stück Butter in der Pfanne bis es knistert und gieße dann eine Kelle Pfannenkuchen-Teig hinein. (Melt a bit of butter in a fry pan until it sizzles, then pour some batter in.)

Einmal wenden und fertig ist der goldbraune Pfannkuchen. (Turn your pancake over in the pan to cook the other side. It will be golden brown when it is finished.)

Serviere ihn mit Zitronensaft und Zucker. (Serve them with lemon juice and sugar.)

Guten Apetit! (No prizes for guessing the translation of Guten Apetit!)

Seifenblasen – Bubbles (Part 2)

Did you enjoy part one of our bubble fun? Ready to ramp up your bubble production? Here’s part two: Bubble Socks!

Diese Dinge brauchst du (What you’ll need):

  • einen Behälter mit flachem Boden (a container with a flat bottom)
  • einen Papp- oder Plastikbecher (hier wird später ein Loch reingebohrt) (a paper cup or plastic cup (you will be poking a hole in the bottom of it))
  • Flüssigseife (liquid soap)
  • einen Sock (yep, you guessed the correct translation: a sock)
  • wahlweise: ein Strohhalm (optional: a straw)
  • wahlweise: du kannst etwas gekauftes Seifenblasenwasser hinzufügen, aber unser Mix funktioniert auch ohne. (optional: you can add a couple of drops of commercial bubble mix to this, but ours worked just as well without.)

Anleitung (Instructions)

Zuerst stelle sicher, dass dein Behälter breit genug ist, um den Becher verkehrt herum  hinein zu stellen. (Make sure your cup fits upside down into your container.)

Nimm den Becher wieder heraus und fülle ca. 3 Spritzer Flüssigseife in den Behälter. (Take the cup out again and put 3 squirts of liquid soap into your container.)

Füge Wasser deinem Behälter zu bis der Boden bedeckt ist, und vermische es gut. Es muss nicht schäumig werden, nur gut vermischt sein. (Add enough water to just cover the bottom of your container, and mix the soap and water together. It doesn’t need to be bubbly; just mixed together is fine. )

Benutze einen Stift um ein Loch in den Boden des Bechers zu bohren. Das Loch sollte allerdings nicht viel größer sein als dein Strohhalm dick ist. (Use a pen to poke a hole in the bottom of your paper cup. The hole should be just big enough for a straw.)

Optional: You can use a straw, or just blow directly through the hole with your mouth.

Spanne deinen Socken über die offene Seite des Bechers. Für ein besonders gutes Ergebnis, spanne den Socken besonders straff. (Stretch your sock over the top of the cup. For best results, make the stretch across the top reasonably tight. )

Lass den Spaß beginnen (Ready for the fun)

Wenn du nicht dein ganzes Haus voller Seifenblasen haben möchtest, gehst du nun am besten nach draußen oder ins Badezimmer. (If you don’t want bubbles everywhere, you need to go outside or into the bath for this next bit.)

Tunke den Teil des Bechers, der mit dem Socken bespannt ist in den Behälter mit dem Seifenwasser bis der Socken durchnässt ist und nehme ihn wieder heraus. (Dip the top of the cup (now covered in your sock) into the container of bubble mix, to wet the sock, then lift it out again. )

Nun kannst du, entweder direkt mit dem Mund oder durch einen Strohhalm, durch das Loch im Becherboden pusten. Es sollten viele schaumige Seifenblasen aus der Sockenseite des Bechers kommen. (Either directly with your mouth, or using a straw, blow through the hole in the cup. You should see a lovely stream of foamy bubbles come out from the sock end of the cup!)

Tipp: Wenn du einen alten oder dunklen Socken nimmst, kannst du auch ein paar Tropfen Lebensmittelfarbe in den Seifenmix tun, um bunte Seifenblasen zu bekommen. (Tip: If you use a sock that you don’t mind staining, you can put a tiny drop of food colouring into your mixture and get colourful foamy bubbles!)

Click on this link to see our sock bubble maker in action!

Seifenblasen – Bubbles (part 1)

Too noisy indoors after yesterday’s craft? Time to get outdoors (or into the bath) to make some beautiful bubbles!

Here’s another opportunity to read the German instructions together with your child. Lots of the bubble mix recipes online involve glycerin, but we assume nobody has that handy at home, so here is a simple home recipe for you. Viel Spass!

Lisa3’s Seifenblasen-Wasser Rezept
(Soap Bubble-Mix Recipe)

Die Zutaten (The ingredients)

  • ½ Becher Wasser (½ cup or small container of water)
  • ca. 5 TL Zucker (TL stands for Tee Loeffel) (approximately 5 teaspoons of sugar)
  • ca. 7 TL Geschirrspülmittel (approximately 7 teaspoons dishwashing detergent)
  • ein Strohhalm oder das lange Ende einer Seifenpumpe (a straw or the long part of a liquid soap pump)
Die Zutaten

Zubereitung (Preparation)

Nimm einen Becher und fülle ihn ca. halbvoll mit Wasser. (Fill a cup halfway with water.)

Löse ca. 5 Teelöffel Zucker in dem Wasser auf. (Dissolve about 5 teaspoons of sugar in the water.)

Nun füge reichlich Spülmittel hinzu/ ca. 7 Teelöffel, und alles gut durchmixen bis es ganz schaumig wird. (Now add plenty of dishwashing detergent — maybe about 7 teaspoons — and mix well until it is very foamy.) 

Tunke deinen Strohhalm in das Seifenwasser und blase vorsichtig hinein, damit schöne Seifenblasen entstehen. Gibt es noch keine schönen Seifenblasen, mixe noch mehr Spülmittel ins Wasser. (Dip your straw into the soapy water and gently blow into it to make nice soap bubbles. If it doesn’t work yet, add some more dishwashing detergent.)

Tipp: Du hast keinen Strohhalm zu Hause? Vielleicht kannst du stattdessen den langen Teil einer Seifenpumpe benutzen, so wie ich. (You don’t have a straw at home? Maybe you can use the long straw part of a liquid soap pump bottle instead.)

Lass den Spaß beginnen (Let the fun begin)

Wie groß kannst du deine Seifenblasen machen? (How big can you make your soap bubbles?)

Wie viele Seifenblasen kommen aus dem Strohhalm bevor du nachfüllen musst? (How many soap bubbles come out of your straw before you have to refill?)

Schaffst du es deine Seifenblasen wieder einzufangen? (Are you able to catch your soap bubbles after they fly off?)

Our awesome assistant teacher, Lisa3 testing her bubble mix

Viel Spaß! (Have fun!)

Rattles and Shakers

Day 25 of lockdown in Canberra. Are your children driving you crazy yet? NEIN?! No? Well, perhaps it is time to ramp up the noise levels at home!

We have made rattles and shakers at GAP and playgroup before, and the children enjoy them, so here’s how you can make them at home.

You can of course read the instructions yourself and go for it… but if your child is interested, you can let them help you study the pictures and hear you reading the instructions aloud – that way you are teaching the value of reading and speaking… in German, even! 🙂

We have two models to choose from: You can make a paper plate shaker or a classic toilet paper roll rattle. Or both.

Try making more than one rattle, so you can compare sounds with different fillings.

With multiple rattles, you can play games where one person shakes a rhythm and the others repeat it afterwards.

Or try to use your shaker in the rhythm of your favourite song.

Nervensägenvermeidung! (Another excellent hilarious German word that all parents should know: it is a combination of the words Nervensäge (see definition) + vermeidung (prevention). Before you make your rattle, explain to your child that there will be times the rattle can be used, and other times the rattle has to hide away for a rest.

Papptellerrassel

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Pappteller (paper plate)
  • Stifte, Wachsmalstifte oder Farbe und Pinsel zum Bemalen (pencils, crayons or paint and brush to colour your shaker)
  • Heftmaschine mit Heftklammern (stapler and staples)
  • Bohnen, Linsen, Reis oder kleine Nudeln (beans, lentils, rice or small pasta)

Instructions:

Bemale die Unterseite des Papptellers, falte ihn in die Hälfte. (Colour the bottom of your paper plate, then fold it in half.)

Verschließe ihn zu 3/4 mit Heftklammern. (Staple it closed 75% of the way.)

Fülle die Bohnen (oder Linsen, Reis, kleine Nudeln) ein. (Pour in some beans (or lentils, rice or small pasta.))

Verschließe die Rassel mit mehr Heftklammern. (Staple the rest shut.)

Und los geht der Rasselspaß. (You’re ready for some rattling fun!)

Tipp: Je kleiner das Füllmaterial, umso sorgfältiger muss die Rassel verschlossen werden. (Tip: The smaller your filling material, the more carefully you need to staple your rattle closed.)

Wenn Du Reis verwendest, verschließe die Rassel am besten zusätzlich mit Kleber. (If you use rice, we recommend taping or gluing your rattle shut.)

Toilettenpapierrollerassel (what a great German word!!)

For a toilet paper roll shaker you need:

  • 1 Klopapierrolle (toilet paper roll)
  • Stifte, Wachsmalstifte oder Farbe und PInsel zum Bemalen (pencils, crayons or paint and brush to colour your shaker)
  • Bohnen, Linsen, Reis oder kleine Nudeln (beans, lentils, rice or small pasta)
  • Breites Klebeband oder Papier und schmales Klebeband (wide sticky tape or a piece of paper and small sticky tape)

Instructions:

Bemale Deine Klopapierrolle. (Colour the toilet paper roll.)

Klebe ein Ende mit breitem Klebeband zu oder schneide ein Stück Papier zurecht und klebe es mit schmalem Klebeband fest. (Tape up one end or cut a piece of paper and stick it with small sticky tape.)

Fülle Bohnen ein. (Pour the beans in.)

Kleb die andere Seite zu. (Tape the other end closed.)

Deine Rassel ist fertig! (Your shaker is ready!)

Superschnelle Rassel: Bohnen in einen kleinen Plastikbehälter oder Wasserflasche geben (achte darauf, dass er gut schließt). Superfast rattle: Put beans into a little plastic container or empty water bottle, and close tightly.

Playgroups are Wunderbar

Looking for more fun at home for your 0-5 year olds?

Our German playgroups are now meeting over Zoom on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. GAP and Schlaumaeuse families with children 0-5years old have been invited to join them and share the love.

The ACT Playgroups Association have lots of play ideas and regular live singing and craft sessions on the Playgroups ACT Facebook page.

They also have a Playgroup-at-Home (ACT) Facebook Group that families can join for play ideas and activities.

You might also be able to join the Playgroup-at-Home group for NSW.

Other links with activity ideas:

Parents as Teachers: play and learn with your child.

Raising Children Network: TONS of parenting info

ABC Kids: TV programs for children

Newy with Kids: 150 ideas for family fun during lockdown

Fathers Day Card: Alles Gute Zum Vatertag

We are looking forward to Fathers Day on Sunday 5 September.

Here is Gerda’s video showing how to make a lovely Fathers Day sun card. Hopefully you can play it straight from the link, but for best results, download it and then view it.

You can download the pattern – either in colour or black and white* – to print and cut out, or just look at it and draw your own. You’ll need scissors, glue and something to write with.

Older children might like to make a cloud version of the card, writing the words in themselves.

You can choose from lots of adjectives to describe your Papa, or make up your own.

Going down the left column, starting from nett, we have: nice, sweet, strong, cool, clever, the best, courageous, brave, intelligent, big.
Down the right column we have: fun, funny, adventurous, nice, intelligent, sporty, gentle, ___, ___, ___.

*Your German lesson bonus: Note the file name of the black-and-white picture ends with “SW”. What do you suppose that means? Schwarz-weiss, natuerlich!

Happy Fathers’ Day, everyone!

Enormous List of Helpful Links During Covid

A big bunch of flowers are due to the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) for putting together this enormous list of helpful information and links, for the multicultural communities in Canberra during lockdown. Here is everything you want to know about where to get info on:
– Covid-19, Testing and Vaccination
– Health Services
– Media and Radio
– Food Relief
– Refugee Support
– Housing Support
– Domestic Violence & Women’s Support
– Renting
– Financial Support, Paying Energy Bills, and Utilities Concessions
– Transport
– Mental Health
– Disability Help
– Legal Aid

COVID-19 Information

The ACT is in lockdown. You need to stay at home.

Only leave your home for essential reasons.

Find out more:


Interpreter and translator services for health

ACT Health Directorate and Canberra Health Services offers interpreting and translating services through the national Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS).

It’s important to have health information checked by an accredited interpreter in emergency situations.

For help from an interpreter, please call the free TIS on 131 450.

See also: Need an interpreter? (ACT Health)


Other health links:


COVID-19 Testing

See where you can get a COVID-19 test in the ACT.

People who need to be prioritised in the testing queue or who are genuinely unable to leave their homes to be tested should call 02 6207 7244.


Vaccination

Book your COVID-19 vaccination here.

At Home Vaccination Options: If someone needs vaccinations at home because they have a disability which makes it hard for them to leave their home, call 02 5124 7700 and choose option 3.

National COVID-19 vaccine helpline – 1800 020 080: This line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Health Services

Changes to your visit to ACT Health Facilities – 12 August 2021 (ACT Health).

ACT Health Facilities: The following measures have been put in place for all facilities:

  • Visitor restrictions – visitors will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances such as end-of-life care, birthing or paediatric care.
  • Non-essential and non-urgent clinics are reducing work. At this stage surgery, including elective surgery, has not been altered, however, this may change. Read more about changes in non-urgent and outpatient care.
  • Telehealth to be considered, where possible.

Doctor and other health appointments through telehealth: Telehealth is health care that happens over the phone or online. Telehealth is available on Medicare until 31 December 2021. Find out more: Telehealth fact sheet (pdf) – by Health Care Consumers Association.

NSW Southern Region patient exemptions – what you need to know (ACT Health)

Medicine home deliveries:


Media

Find free COVID news here:


Radio

  • Check the CMS radio station program for radio programs in your language. CMS also regularly broadcasts the Coronacast radio program in English.
  • Transforming Perceptions: Radio program with a Mental Health and CALD focus. Currently provides service information during COVID-19 lockdown. 2.00pm-3.30pm, Saturdays, on 2XX FM Radio 98.3.

Food Relief

Emergency Food Relief – call 1800 43 11 33, 9am-5pm: Anyone in Canberra who is greatly affected by the lockdown and is unable to feed themselves or their family should call 1800 43 11 33. A volunteer will deliver food to you. The volunteer can’t enter your home, so they will leave the food on the doorstep after a knock at the door.

Emergency relief information guides: Volunteering ACT have information on free meals, laundry, showers and emergency relief services.

Emergency Relief Support: Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS) is providing emergency financial and food relief to anyone in financial distress, who lives in: ACT and surrounding regions (including Southern Highlands, Queanbeyan, Cooma, Bega, etc). Relief includes supermarket vouchers, culturally appropriate food hampers and essential home items. MARSS can also support anyone in financial distress. Call 02 6248 8577.

Communities@Work community pantries at Tuggeranong and Gungahlin are operating with limited hours. Please call 02 6293 6500 for more information.

Community Services #1 Food Pantry is open by appointment. Call 1800 960 938.

UnitingCare Kippax provide emergency material and financial aid (EMFA), including food, hygiene products and prescription support. Open Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm. Address: Corner of Luke Street and Hardwick Crescent, HOLT. Phone: 02 6254 1733.

Anglicare and Anglicare partner Emergency Food Relief Services are OPEN during lockdown. No appointments needed. We will update the community immediately if we need to make changes to our open days and times:

  • ST JOHN’S CARE (Anglicare Partner)
    45 Constitution Avenue, Reid
    9.30am-2.00pm, Monday to Friday
    02 6248 7771
  • GORDON COMMUNITY CENTRE
    110 Lewis Luxton Avenue, Gordon
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10.00am-3.00pm
    02 6284 7003
  • THE JUNCTION YOUTH HEALTH SERVICE – 12-25 year-olds only
    30 Scott’s Crossing, Canberra City
    9.30am and 5.00pm, Monday-Friday
    Call to arrange a delivery of food
    02 6232 2423
  • ARAWANG EMERGENCY RELIEF HUB
    Corner Marconi Cres & Kett Street, Kambah
    9.30am-12.30pm, Mondays only
    0491 605 086

Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS) provides:

  • Casework, counselling and emergency relief support over the phone, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday. Call 02 6248 8577.
  • MARSS’ Civic office is open 10.00am – 4.00pm, Monday – Friday. But during lockdown please call 02 6248 8577 before visiting.
  • MARSS Belconnen office is closed, and all classes, workshops and group activities suspended. Some activities continue online.

Multicultural Hub Canberra provides services to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the community. During lockdown they can help with mental health support, advocacy, referrals and online activities. The offices are closed. Phone 02 6100 4611, email info@mhub.org.au or contact through the Multicultural Hub Canberra Facebook page.

Companion House is now open Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm. Call 02 6251 4550 to make an appointment before you come in. Please do not come in if you have cold or flu symptoms without calling first.

  • Medical services are open (mainly by phone). Ring if you need an appointment.
  • Counselling services are by phone until further notice. Your counsellor will be in regular contact with you by phone. (translation services available for counselling calls).
  • Emergency relief is open.
  • All other services are stopped for now.

Housing and Community Supports

OneLink provides information on support services in the ACT, including services for: families and young people, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Operating Hours: Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 6.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12.30pm – 5.00pm. Call 1800 176 468 or go to: www.onelink.org.au.


Domestic Violence & Women’s Supports

If you or people you care for are in danger because of domestic and family violence during lockdown – call the police on 000.

Domestic Violence Crisis Service: Call 62 800 900. Can provide 24/7 crisis line help. Also: face to face intervention, safety planning and emergency accommodation.

For Domestic Violence Support if you live outside of the ACT – call 1800-RESPECT.

Ways to increase safety during Covid-19 – with easy English version (pdf), by Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC): Crisis Phone Line: 02 6247 2525, 7am-11pm.


Advice for Renters

Renters: People who rent their home can negotiate rent repayment plans with their landlord.  The Renting Book (pdf) has information for renters about their rights and obligations under their tenancy agreement.

Tenants’ advice: For advice about renting, contact the Tenants’ Advice Service provided by Legal Aid ACT. Call 1300 402 512 or visit the Tenancy Advice Service website.


Financial Support and Information

Let your bank know if you are experiencing financial hardship and need help with: everyday banking, your home loan and/or hardship support. To find your bank’s contact details and understand what options are available go to: Financial Assistance Hub (Australian Banking Association).

Services Australia Service Centres are still open. Services Australia ask people to use the Services Australia website or to phone. If that is not an option, you can visit a Services Australia office between 8.30am – 4.30pm.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment: Canberrans unable to earn an income during the lockdown may be able to access the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment (the information can be found in various languages). Read more about getting help during coronavirus (language options available). Services Australia also has a Multilingual Phone Service.

Financial support to isolate while waiting for a test result: ACT Government COVID-19 Test Hardship Isolation Payment (pdf): A payment of $270 will be made to eligible workers who isolate while awaiting their COVID 19 test result. This payment covers up to three days in isolation. A range of eligibility criteria apply. Apply for the isolation payment here.

Support if you have COVID-19, are a close contact, or have to care for someone with COVID-19: The COVID-19 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is available if an individual has been directed by ACT Health to self-isolate or quarantine and has no sick leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person. Other eligibility criteria apply. This $1,500 payment is accessed through Services Australia. We understand applications can only be made over the phone or by completing the claim form here.

Centrelink debt raising and new debt recovery has been paused during lockdown. Mutual obligation requirements have been temporarily paused for job seekers and participants in the ACT.

Small business support: If you are small business owner with financial difficulties you can contact the Small Business Support Line on 1800 413 828Interpreters are available.

Canberra Sex Workers can apply for the Emergency Relief Fund with the Scarlet Alliance here: COVID-19 Impact and Response for Sex Workers (scarletalliance.org.au).

ACT Rates deferral assistance: A temporary deferral of rates payment is available to eligible homeowners experiencing financial hardship because of the current ACT COVID-19 lockdown. Apply for rates deferral here.

Financial Counselling: Care’s financial counselling program provides a free, confidential and independent services in Canberra to assist people experiencing financial difficulty.


Having trouble paying your energy bill or keeping your home warm?

If you are having trouble paying your energy bill, contact your electricity and/or gas retailer to see what supports are available. Energy retailers are required to provide certain supports for customers experiencing hardship. During the ACT lockdown energy businesses are also expected to:

  1. Offer all residential and small business consumers who indicate they may be in financial stress a payment plan or hardship arrangement
  2. Not disconnect any residential or small business consumers who may be in financial stress (including residential and small business consumers in an embedded network) without their agreement
  3. Defer referrals of residential and small business consumers to debt collection agencies for recovery actions or credit default listing.

Also, check if you are eligible for the Utilities Concession. If you hold an ACT Service Access Card you are eligible for this concession.

If you are in debt or can’t pay your energy and/or other bills you can call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007Interpreters are available.

If you can’t keep your home warm, look at the Actsmart programs, including:

You can also check with your energy retailer about what support they can provide to help improve the energy efficiency of your home.


Utilities Concession

The Utilities Concession covers electricity, natural gas, water and sewerage and is calculated on a daily basis, with rates depending on the season. The concession is available on the principal place of residence only and the account must be in the cardholder’s name. Only one Utilities Concession per eligible household can be claimed.

The Utilities Concession is also available to eligible residents of ACT caravan parks and retirement villages with embedded electricity networks. The Concession will be paid directly to eligible residents rather than as a reduction applied to utility bills. Please contact the ACT Revenue Office directly.

From 1 July 2021, the annual concession amount will permanently increase to $750.

In the 2021-22 financial year an additional $50 rebate will also be provided to eligible households, resulting in a total concession of $800.

The ACT Government is also permanently extending the assistance provided under the Utilities Concession to eligible asylum seekers who hold an ACT Service Access Card from 1 July 2020.

Who is eligible? Eligible applicants must be the primary holder of one of the following concession cards:

  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC).
  • Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card (HCC).
  • Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card or Gold Card Holders (Prisoner of War, War Widow or Totally Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Embossed).
  • ACT Service Access Card.

Find out more about the Utilities Concession.


Transport

Updated bus timetable during lockdown: There is a different bus timetable at the moment. See Transport Canberra or call 13 17 10.


Mental Health and Wellbeing

ACT Health COVID-19 Mental Health page.

Mental health resources in different languages by the Transcultural Mental Health Centre, NSW.

School psychologists: ACT Education’s Central Telehealth School Psychology Service is provides telehealth sessions to any public school student and their family. Call 02 6205 1559, 9am-4.30pm, to arrange an appointment, or book a School Psychology Service Telehealth session online.

Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing NewsByte – 13 August 2021: This has mental health resources, phone support services, links for translating ACT Government website COVID resources, and domestic violence resources.

Mental Health Foundation ACT: Our office in Chifley is closed but if you need help email info@mhf.org.au or call 0438 207 798. There are many different ways we can provide our participants support so we urge everyone to stay connected and continue with your supports.

Parentline ACT provides free telephone counselling services for parents in Canberra and surrounding areas. Call 02 6287 3733. Open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Translation services are available.

Lifeline Canberra supports people in crisis, including those experiencing thoughts of suicide. Highly skilled volunteers provide 24/7 support. Call 13 11 14.


Disability

COVID-19 Information for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants: For participants – coronavirus (COVID-19) | NDIS . This information also available in 12 languages: ArabicChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)Filipino (Tagalog)FrenchGreekHindiItalianMacedonianSamoanSpanish, and Vietnamese.

For a free interpreter call 131 450 (NDIS participants only).

Lockdown information for people with disability and carers: ACT Government has provided information for people with disability and their carers during lockdown.

Disability Information Helpline – 1800 643 787: Monday – Friday, 8am-8pm, Saturday – Sunday, 9am-7pm. The Australian Government has established a Disability Information Helpline. The helpline is not available on national public holidays.

COVID Preparedness Guide (pdf):This is a guide helps people with disability to get facts about COVID-19 and make a plan for how they will cope. Request a hard copy via email: covidprep@carersact.org.au

[New!] COVID 19 Resources in Easy English (also has some information in sign language): Support for People with Disability (ACT Community Services Directorate)

[New!] The Department of Health will have a webinar on the COVID-19 vaccine for people with intellectual disability and their carers. 11.00am – 12.00pm, Wednesday 1 September 2021. Register for the webinar.


Legal

Legal Aid ACT has a community Liaison Unit which has two culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) liaison officers, one disability justice liaison officer and two Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander liaison officers and male and female family violence officers to assist people with non-legal and legal issues. Call 02 6243 3411 and ask to be put through.

Care Consumer Law COVID-19 factsheets include information on:


Nature Arm Bands

Here’s a fun activity to do on your one-hour walk or in your backyard, brought to you by our lovely GAP teacher, Birgit. It is another opportunity to appreciate nature. (Try to limit your collection to items that have already fallen to the ground though, rather than taking leaves from trees or plucking flowers that nature is still using.)

Natur Armband

Einfach ein breites Stueck Abdeckband (masking tape) um deine Hand oder den Fuss geben. Die klebrige Seite sollte aussen sein. Wenn ihr dann spazieren geht koennt ihr es mit Blumen, Blaettern, Baumrinde, usw. verzieren.

Nature Arm Band

Take a piece of masking tape (as wide as you can) and wrap it around your wrist or ankle, with the sticky side out. When you go on your walk, you can decorate your arm band with little flowers, leaves, bark, etc., that you find on the way.