Below is a list of everyday necessities services, including secondhand clothing shops, emergency relief, soup kitchens, safe computer and Wi-Fi access, and government support. If you cannot find local everyday necessities services for your area, you can find a list of state and national everyday necessities services at the bottom of this page.

Albany Chorus Kitchen

Delivery of fresh healthy meals for people living with a disability, mental health and older adults. Chorus Kitchen can provide assistance with:
 
Preparing, cooking and freezing of food in your home
Advice about nutrition, menus and special diets
Information about food handling and storage
Assistance with bulk food shopping/sharing and storage
 
On Thursdays, can join others at Chorus Kitchen for a hot meal at 122 Grey St.
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Australian Red Cross Shop – Albany

Each of our Red Cross Shops is stocked with a unique collection of quality pre-loved clothing, shoes, accessories and homewares.

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Vinnies Albany Shop

Affordable and pre – loved items including clothes and furniture.

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Shalom Access Drop-In Centre

Shalom Inc. runs a daily drop in centre from 10am-1pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Volunteers are present to provide mentoring to Clients. Some of the more tangible services Shalom Access offers are; access to a shower for personal hygiene, a healthy meal, internet access and a laundry service. This, coupled with an empathetic ear and a kind word, provides a unique and viable service in Albany that is well utilized. Referral not required.

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Salvation Army – Emergency Relief

Emergency Relief is a community services program seeking to provide short-term support through the allocation of food parcels and vouchers, advocacy and counselling.
 
 
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Albany Public Library

The Library has 14 computers for public use. Access is free for a standard 30 minute session. Staff can offer limited assistance in using the computers and this is subject to demand.
 
Printing and photocopying services are also available on a self-service basis.
The Library also offers free Wi-Fi access. Wi-Fi is available daily from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Users are limited to 2 hours or 500mb of data per session.
 

 

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Albany Service Centre

Services staff can help you with:

  • Medicare
  • Centrelink

Services you can access using self-service terminals:

  • Medicare
  • Centrelink
  • Child Support
  • My Aged Care
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
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State and National Every Day Necessity Services Services

Australian Government – Services Australia

Support through payments and services while you are looking for work or doing approved studies to help you find and keep a job.

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WESNET – Safe Connections

The Safe Connections program provides tech-abuse advice to women who are experiencing technology-facilitated abuse as well as being able to provide women (and children) affected by domestic, family or sexual violence with a free Safe Connections phones and top-up credit (eligible clients can top-up 3 times in the financial year).

They also provide tech-abuse advice where they can organise appointments with one of our tech experts.

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CWA of WA Sir James Mitchell Fund

The Sir James Mitchell Fund is used to assist those who may need a helping hand. Applications for assistance are considered on an individual basis and are completely confidential. Assistance is in the form of IGA food cards, health expenses and other general assistance. It does not assist with whitegoods, rental bonds and arrears, utility bills (electricity, gas, water etc), car registration/maintenance, travel or funeral expenses.

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Emergency Relief and Food Access Service

The Emergency Relief and Food Access Service is here to support you in identifying and applying for help.
 
Emergency Relief assistance is available to support you if you:
 
• are struggling to put food on the table
• are facing overdue bills
• have used  your savings to pay for daily expenses
• have experienced a reduction in income
 
You may be eligible for emergency relief even if you’re not receiving Centrelink income support.
 
If you are unable to make a phone call, please lodge an online enquiry on their website. 
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WAConnect

WAConnect is a free directory for service providers, and people looking for assistance. Users can search for food relief, financial counsellors, and emergency accommodation, among other services, and get a list of services that can provide assistance in the location that is convenient.
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Uniting WA

Family violence
Paying the costs of moving to safety.
The Escaping Violence Payment (EVP) Program is available for people 18+ who have recently experienced family violence, have a changed living situation and are experiencing financial stress.
Please go to the Uniting WA website for more information. 
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No Interest Loan Scheme

No Interest Loans (NILS) provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
 
Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500. Repayments are set at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months.
 
Am I eligible?
• I have a Health Care Card / Pension Card or earn less than $45,000 a year after tax ($60,000 for couples or people with dependants)
• I have lived at my current or previous address for at least 3 months
• I can show that I have a capacity to repay the loan
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Services Australia – Crisis Payment

A one-off payment if you’ve experienced an extreme circumstance and are in severe financial hardship.
 
To get any of these payments, you must meet all of the following:
 
• Be in severe financial hardship
• Get, or, be eligible for an income support payment or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
• Be experiencing an extreme circumstance.
To be eligible, you must be experiencing 1 of the following:
• You or someone you’re caring for are required to quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19
• You’ve experienced an incident of family and domestic violence
• You’ve had to leave your home because of a natural or other disaster not covered by a disaster relief payment
• You’ve arrived in Australia as a Humanitarian Entrant for the first time
• You were released from prison or psychiatric confinement.
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