Acknowledging organisations supporting the Parramatta community
The COVID-19 outbreak has been the most disruptive crisis we have seen in generations and the response from across all sectors of society has been extraordinary.
Community organisations and volunteer groups have been a huge part of that, and as they step up to support the communities they work with, it is vital that we acknowledge their contribution.
Right across the City of Parramatta, we have seen a huge local response, with community organisations, and volunteers, changing or expanding their services to meet new and significant demand.
From providing emergency food provision and supporting victims of family and domestic violence, to helping people who are forced to self-isolate by providing practical services and information, our community organisations are playing a vital role – all whilst having to grapple with new ways of working and social distancing measures.
Council wishes to acknowledge the efforts of the following organisations that have, and continue to provide, support to the Parramatta community. To all these organisations, and the many more we have not named, supporting our communities, we say Thank You.
1st North Rocks Scouts
Adapted programs to Covid-19 requirements to enable community participation, build resilience and reduce social isolation.North Rocks Scouts
Bobby Goldsmith Foundation
Transitioned existing services online, and established new client wellbeing programs and services to provide aide throughout Covid-19.Bobby Goldsmith Foundation
Boronia Multicultural Services Incorporated
Workshops and wellbeing support programs.Boronia Multicultural Services Incorporated
Christian Community Aid Services Inc.
Provision of emergency food, care and material aid packages.Christian Community Aid Services Inc.
City of Parramatta Art Society Inc.
Development of new online programs to re-engage arts and creative industry and reduce social isolation.City of Parramatta Art Society Inc.
Community Migrant Resource Centre
Provision of food and care packages.Community Migrant Resource Centre
Online platform connecting skilled volunteers with not-for-profits and community organisations in need of assistance. Wellbeing programs to reduce social isolation.Communiteer
Cumberland Women's Health Centre
Mental health and wellbeing checks on regular service users. New outreach programs to reduce social isolation.Cumberland Women's Health Centre
Dance Makers Collective
Development of wellbeing programs including guided meditations to reduce feelings of stress and social isolation. Development of new performance program to re-engage dance and creative industry.Dance Makers Collective
Dharug Ngurra Aboriginal Corporation
Developing digital resources to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and reduce social isolation.Dharug Ngurra Aboriginal Corporation
Diversity Arts Australia
Artistic development programs for people with disabilities.Diversity Arts Australia
Down Syndrome Association of NSW Inc
Transitioned existing services online, and established new online client wellbeing programs to build resilience and reduce social isolation.Down Syndrome Association of NSW Inc
Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre
Mental health and wellbeing checks on regular service users.Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre
Evolve Housing (including Evolve Housing for Youth)
Accommodation and welfare support programs.Evolve Housing (including Evolve Housing for Youth)
Fighting Chance Australia Ltd T/A Avenue Coworking
Transitioned existing services online, and established new online client well-being programs.Fighting Chance Australia Ltd T/A Avenue Coworking
Provision of food, care and material aid packages to clients.
Hills Community Aid and Information Service Inc.
Employment training including upskill / re-skill programs for people impacted by Covid-19.Hills Community Aid and Information Service Inc.
Hindu Council of Australia
Provision of food, care and material aid packages.Hindu Council of Australiav
Hope Connect Inc.
Material aid packages and free flu shot clinic Transitioned services online to provide aide throughout Covid-19.Hope Connect Inc.
Jesuit Refugee Service
Provision of food, care and material aid packages.Jesuit Refugee Service
Karabi Neighbourhood Services
Provision of food, care and material aid packages.Karabi Neighbourhood Services
Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia Limited
Provision of food and care packages for families with children who have cancer.Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia Limited
Little India Australia incorporated
Food drives plus provision of food and care packages, delivery of a Covid-19 Helpline to provide crisis support.Little India Australia incorporated
Milk Crate Theatre
Theatre and script classes and performance for people experiencing homelessness.Milk Crate Theatre
Miracle Babies Foundation Ltd
Online wellbeing and support service for parents who have had a baby born prematurely or critically ill, online access to new resources and support workers for guidance and information and to support parents' mental wellbeing and reduce social isolationMiracle Babies Foundation Ltd
Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
Training and advocacy activities for people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds.Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
Melrose Park Meal Share in partnership with Kick Start Cafe
Meal service for vulnerable community members.Melrose Park Meal Share in partnership with Kick Start Cafe
Digital and practical training programs to upskill / re-skill people impacted by Covid-19.Pari Inc.
Parramatta & District Historical Society
Development of new online services to reduce social isolation, and create the ability to partner with schools to provide digital excursions and learning experiences.Parramatta & District Historical Society
Parramatta Clay and Arts Incorporated
Development of new online program to re-engage arts and creative industry, transition of existing services online.Parramatta Clay and Arts Incorporated
Parramatta Computer Pals for Seniors Inc.
ICT training for seniors to reduce social isolation, and enable participants to access services online.Parramatta Computer Pals for Seniors Inc.
Parramatta Holroyd Family Support Inc.
Transitioned existing services online, and established new client wellbeing programs and services to provide aide throughout Covid-19.Parramatta Holroyd Family Support Inc.
Food and emergency relief, and accommodation support.Parramatta Mission
Parramatta Women's Shelter
Food and emergency relief, and accommodation support. Support for vulnerable children and young people including 'at home' learning support.Parramatta Women's Shelter
Relationships Australia (NSW) Limited
Individual and family counselling services, and connections to professional mental health services.Relationships Australia (NSW) Limited
The Salvation Army Western Sydney
Emergency relief services and support.The Salvation Army Western Sydney
Settlement Services International
Food and material relief, and training and opportunities.Settlement Services International
SHINE for Kids Co-op Ltd
Workshops and wellbeing support for children with a parent in correctional facility.SHINE for Kids Co-op Ltd
St Francis Social Services (t/a The House of Welcome)
Food and material relief.St Francis Social Services (t/a The House of Welcome)
Stitch Community Limited
Delivery of virtual activities including interest groups and wellbeing programs to reduce social isolation for seniorsStitch Community Limited
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
Emergency relief services and support.St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc.
Development of new program to provide local food tours to support local restaurants and cafes.Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc.
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre
Provision of material aid, and access to household goods, to homeless and vulnerable community members.The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre
The Deaf Society
Advocacy, training and support services for the deaf community.The Deaf Society
The Northcott Society
Wellbeing support programs.The Northcott Society
The Reconnect Project
Provision of material aid and ICT equipment to support vulnerable community members and help them to become digitally connected, reducing social isolation and enable remote access to services.The Reconnect Project
Turbans 4 Australia, Inc.
Provision of food, care and material aid packages.Turbans 4 Australia, Inc.
Uniting Vic Tas
Financial aid program and energy bill support program.Uniting Vic Tas
Transitioned services online to provide aide throughout Covid-19.WestWords
Digital and practical training programs to upskill / re-skill people impacted by Covid-19.Y NSW
Please use the form below to leave a message to the community groups, organisations and volunteers that have supported our communities during this COVID-19 pandemic.