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  COMMUNITY CONTACTS  

 

Here is a list of other useful community contacts in the Blue Mountains with links to their websites.  Please also view the PDFs below for a more comprehensive community services list.  If you can't find what you need, or would like help or support to contact other services, please contact us.

 * COVID-19 SUPPORT  

 

National Coronavirus Helpline - Department of Health coronavirus information phone service operating 24 hours 7 days a week -  t. 1800 020 080

Australian Government Website - for the latest information about coronavirus and the Government's response

Services Australia Website - Information and services to help you if you’re affected by coronavirus or looking for more details.

Department of Social Services Website - for information on financial and emergency support regarding coronavirus

Older Persons Advocacy Network - phone service to discuss concerns about COVID-19 available weekdays from 8am to 8pm - t. 1800 237 981

 ABORIGINAL SERVICES  

Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture & Resource Centre - family and elder support, information, referral, cultural activities and more - t. 02 4782 6569

Closing the Gap Health Program for Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander People - Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services - t. 02 4706 0299

 AGED CARE SUPPORT  

 

My Aged Care is an Australian Government website and national phone line assisting older people, their families and carers by providing access to up-to-date information on aged care programs and services - t. 1800 200 422

Ageing & Disability Abuse Helpline - a free, confidential helpline offering information, advice and referrals for people who experience, witness or suspect abuse of the elderly or people with a disability  - t. 1800 628 221

 BUSHFIRE PREPAREDNESS & SUPPORT  

Step by Step Recovery Support Service - for those affected by bush fires and other emergency events - Gateway Family Services - t. 1300 316 746
 

Blue Mountains City Council Bush Fire & Disaster Recovery - information and support services for those affected by bush fire or disaster - t. 4780 5000

Lifeline Bushfire Recovery - confidential crisis support and information for people affected by bush fires and their family and friends - t. 13 43 57

CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES  

 

Thrive Family Services - practical support, emergency relief, drop in, family work, parenting support for families with children -  t. 02 4782 1555


Gateway Family Services - emergency relief, drop in, playgroups, family work, parenting support for families with children - t. 02 4720 6500
 

MOCS - Mountains Outreach Community Service - occasional care, supported playgroups, mobile minder, parenting support - t. 02 4758 6811 

Parent Line - free confidential counselling for parents - t. 1300 130 052

Kids Helpline - free confidential counselling for 5 - 25yrs - t. 1800 551 800

Child Protection Helpline - to discuss and report a child at risk - t. 132 111

DISABILITY SERVICES  

 

Dare Disability Support - for people with a disability, community inclusion, supported accommodation, supported employment - t. 02 4751 5266

Lifestart Co-operative - support for children and young people living with a disability aged 0 to 24 yrs, inc. playgroups and therapy - t. 1800 953 390

 ESSENTIALS RELIEF SERVICES  

 

Blue Mountains Food Services - Meals on Wheels and other services for frail elderly, people with disabilities, mental health and carers - t. 02 4759 2811

Gateway Family Services - emergency assistance for individuals and families, food and essentials, utility bills, information and referrals - t. 02 4720 6500

 FINANCIAL & LEGAL SERVICES  

 

Wesley Financial Counselling - free financial counselling services for people who find themselves under financial stress. t. 1300 827 638

Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre - provides free legal advice for the Blue Mountains community - t. 4704 0207 or 1300 363 967 

 HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS SUPPORT  

 

Wentworth Community Housing - provides affordable, rental housing and other assistance to eligible people in the Blue Mountains - t. 02 4777 8000

Link2Home - homelessness information and referral telephone service open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - t. 1800 152 152

Blue Mountains Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service - free confidential service to assist Blue Mountains tenants - t. 02 4704 0201 

Platform Youth Services - support for young people aged 12 to 25 in the Blue Mountains who are homeless or worried about it - t. 02 4760 0800

 LGBTI SUPPORT  

 

Pink Mountains - online information guide for LGBTI people, their friends and supporters, living in or visiting the Blue Mountains

The Gender Centre - services to support transgender, gender questioning and gender diverse people to make informed choices - t. 02 9519 7599

 MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT  

 

Headspace Katoomba - mental health support, health advice, and general information for young people aged 12 - 25 years - t. 1800 478 626  

Blue Mountains Women's Health & Resource Centre - providing health and support services, groups and activities for women - t. 02 4782 5133

Mental Health Line - a 24-hour mental health telephone access service for assessment and referrals - t. 1800 011 511

Lifeline - 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention service - t. 131 114

Beyond Blue - provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health - t. 1300 22 4636

 TRANSPORT  

 

Great Community Transport - flexible small group transport for eligible Blue Mountains residents who can’t drive or use other services - t. 02 4759 2403

 YOUTH SERVICES  

MYST Mountains Youth Services Team - assistance for young people aged 12 to 24 who are suffering homelessness or hardship - t. 02 4754 5125

Platform Youth Services - support for young people aged 12 to 25 in the Blue Mountains who are homeless or worried about it - t. 02 4760 0800

Headspace Katoomba - mental health support, health advice, and general information for young people aged 12 - 25 years - t. 1800 478 626  

 For a more extensive list of Blue Mountains Community Services, view and download the service guides as PDFs here >

  PUBLICATIONS  

These Belong Blue Mountains publications provide an insight into the work we do - they can be viewed and downloaded as PDFs here.