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As Victorians head into a tighter lockdown, for many families, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Instead, they face a long road of uncertainty with the ever-present risks of homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence and the breakdown of their family.

With just an hour of notice Rashida*, a single mother, was in lockdown with her two young children. She could not leave the public housing complex for urgent supplies.

The AV response team made sure she received the required food in the next delivery to the towers and ensured she received gloves, masks and sanitiser to prevent further spread of the virus.

“We had to work very quickly to assess and prioritise needs, establish connections with the various services on the ground and set up our processes to provide seamless support. In addition to responding to the practical needs of the residents, our teams provided emotional and psychological support, including helping some residents manage the anxiety and trauma-related responses to the lockdown” – Yvette, Anglicare Victoria’s Team Leader for our COVID-19 Towers Response Team.

With your help, we can reach more people in our community to ensure they have adequate support for mental health, family violence, and education that they so urgently need. Please donate now.

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