The Black Summer of 2019/20 has been defined by significant trauma and devastation from bushfires burning in many areas of the country. Fires have significantly impacted large tracts of the Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands and Macarthur regions of our diocese. As part of the diocese’s local inter-agency emergency response, our social services arm, CatholicCare, is on the ground helping people as they deal with the immediate aftershock of the fires and will continue to be there as they rebuild their lives in the medium and long term.
Further to its regular services, CatholicCare are offering:
- Specialised trauma-informed counsellors providing free face-to-face and phone counselling to meet the needs of people impacted by bushfires.
- Additional Community Connect morning teas, providing a safe place to debrief in a supportive environment with trained staff who can help navigate a way forward.
- Extra community and pastoral support programs and group work assisting with trauma recovery.
If you need help, contact CatholicCare’s client services staff on (02) 4254 9395 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9am–5pm) or email [email protected]
The diocese is holding a local bushfire appeal to assist CatholicCare in this important work. Your practical support will help ensure that CatholicCare’s bushfire recovery programs in our region will remain in place for as long as our community members need them. You can make a tax-deductible donation below: