The Hellenic Welfare Centre, with the blessing and encouragement of the Archbishop Makarios of Australia, has been at the forefront of trying to meet the needs created by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The effort includes the activation of a series of services and programs that meet the new challenges that the Greek Parish and the wider Australian society are facing.
One of the special services set up by the Hellenic Welfare Centre is the Bilingual National Mental Health Hotline, which is available to anyone experiencing emotional or psychological discomfort (stress).
The establishment of this special Service was dictated by the fact that in recent months the coronavirus pandemic has brought upsets in the daily life of all, while more recently our fellow citizens in Melbourne were faced with additional challenges, which were accompanied by the intermittent interruption of the usual social support networks, such as family, friends, but also the church. Many people in our Parish have already contacted the Hellenic Welfare Centre and asked for help and support regarding their emotional and psychological concerns.
It is also worth mentioning that the Hellenic Welfare Centre has created a series of informative videos, which are related to the topics of stress, depression and feelings of loss and sadness. These videos have been posted and are available for viewing on the Organization’s Facebook page (GWC Community Services).
Meal offer from the Hellenic Welfare Centre
Also, the Hellenic Welfare Centre implements the program “Acts of Love”, through which free meals are offered to individuals and families facing financial difficulties.
These are freshly cooked meals, with a variety of flavours and absolutely nutritious, which are delivered to the homes of those interested every Tuesday and Thursday.
Offering meals promotes a strong message of love and social cohesion to all.
For more information, those interested can call the offices of the Hellenic Welfare Centre, at 95 16 21 88, from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The program is funded by the Government of New South Wales.