MEDIA RELEASE: New FindHelpTAS website to better connect Tasmanians with local community services and support

Wednesday 14 July 2021

A partnership of community services organisation have today banded together to launch Tasmania’s most up-to-date and comprehensive service directory.

The new FindHelpTAS website provides a central, free, online directory of services that support the health and wellbeing of Tasmania’s communities, offering the ability to search for services ranging from LGBTIQ+ specialist services to emergency accommodation through to drug rehabilitation support and family violence counselling.

Hobart City Mission CEO Mr John Stubley said the pandemic really proved how vital it is that Tasmanians can easily find the community services they need, and access them in a way that suits them.

“Over the past 12-months, the industry and our partners sought information on emergency relief services and food relief in growing numbers. This has resulted in many new linkages and collaborations being forged,” Mr Stubley said.

“FindHelpTAS is for everyone — from individuals and carers through to community service providers and GPs — and features service listings from 400 community service organisations across the state with the database of services growing every day.

“It’s important that we have all the incredible support options available in this state in one place. FindHelpTAS’s new website includes better search filters and more than 900 up-to-date services listings.

TasCOSS CEO Ms Adrienne Picone said FindHelpTAS was designed with the user in mind.

“We really focussed on making the site and resources functional and easy to access so Tasmanians could find the support the need; whether it’s online, over the phone or in their local community,” Ms Picone said.

“The new FindHelpTAS website has an easy-to-navigate interface that works on any device and the ability to search in your council area, region, suburb or postcode or with the handy map. Printed directories are also available for community members who are unable to access their information via the internet.”

FindHelpTAS is a self-funded community initiative led by a partnership of Tasmanian community service organisations, supported by TasCOSS. The partners of FindHelpTAS — Anglicare Tasmania, Colony 47, Relationships Australia Tasmania, Uniting, Hobart City Mission, The Salvation Army, Mission Australia, Baptcare and CatholicCare Tasmania — are committed to providing this free online directory to all Tasmanians.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Hobart City Mission CEO John Stubley or TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone:

  • Bella Windfeld-Petersen, Hobart City Mission, 0400 383 408 or via email.
  • Cameron Allen, TasCOSS 0419 769 253 or via email.