Community group offers bushfire recovery support service

Community Links Wellbeing is offering support for Wollondilly residents following the Green Wattle Creek fire.

The organisation is just one of the recovery support services now in place across the 22 local government areas in NSW most severely impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires.

Service coordinator Tanya Smith said the Community Links want to help people affected by the fire.

"Michele, Raelene and I are local people, we live and work in this community," she said.

"We are here to offer extra support to anyone directly impacted by the bushfires.

"It might be just a chat over a cuppa, or someone to help you work out how to apply for grants, our support workers are here for you.

"We can help with everything from making sure your temporary housing is suitable for your family, to referring you to counselling or mental health support.

"Even if you just need someone else to talk to, the recovery support service is here for you."

Recovery support services are funded by the NSW and Australian governments.

These services work closely with local councils to make sure no one falls through the cracks and to minimise the number of times people need to tell their story.

Wollondilly Mayor Matthew Deeth said the council was pleased to work alongside Community Links.

"Recovery from a traumatic event like the black summer bushfires is a complex process and every person's recovery journey will be different," he said.

"Council is working closely with Community Links Wellbeing to make sure people are getting the help they need and are being referred to other supports without the need to make a lot of phone calls."

Watch Community Links Wellbeing introductory video here, call: 4683 2776 or visit for more information.