Canberra’s support services warn of COVID-19’s long term social consequences

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Canberra’s social services are warning that the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will be long-term, and that governments must factor in the need for ongoing funding if frontline organisations are to meet the need.

Organisations like the Conflict Resolution, Lifeline Canberra and Youth Coalition of the ACT (the peak body for multiple youth support services) are all reporting a spike in demand for their services.

They say there will be major problems later in the year as the effects of the shutdown and isolation accumulate. And the frontline services all say that the government will need to acknowledge the significant and likely long-running spike in demand when considering funding.

Conflict Resolution Service (CRS) CEO Mel Haley says CRS has had to move quickly to change the way they operate and the way they interact with their clients in response to COVID-19, while at the same time juggling demand.