So, the extra money gets my boy to regular hydrotherapy. He is a little champ battling some big stuff. The pool is his happy place, as he gets to do things that he cannot do on land, such as hold his own body weight. Yes, we are not really meant to take this picture, and no one is in the frame. We just needed to share in the conversation. Or as Tommy said, lets make a splash.
I’m a single mum who works part time. I have chronic health conditions + a 7yr old child with autism & a 18 month old toddler. Little family support and are quite isolated (even before COVID hit). Our rent was 50% of our fortnightly income. We were very financially stressed and living fortnight to fortnight. The extra $550 per fortnight has meant SO much to my family & has allowed me to receive medical treatment, I otherwise could not afford, as well as many other benefits. Here is our list of reasons to smile 😊
The extra money means that I can pay my rent, without skipping meals and stressing. We have kept warm this winter and made a veggie garden. One of my boys has food allergies, his health, his skin has been awesome. Plus our neighbour is elderly, a bit lonely and super kind. We share our home-grown veggies and herbs with her.
I have a genetic condition that can affect my arteries. Today I could afford the screening test to see if I have early stage heart disease. I will need this test again in my lifetime but today was the first time I could actually afford it.
This is what the extra money means to me. Because of the extra money, I can now afford sanitary items. Because of the extra money, today I was able to buy myself a new bra..something I haven’t been able to do for the last 2 years.
I was able to buy a car to get to work. Nothing special, but enough to get me to and from work (casual, about 10 hours per week, 15 hours on a good week) without having to walk there and back again. The early release of super was what really made it possible, but the $550 definitely helped. Without it, I'd still be without a car. It has also enabled me to take time off work when I need to instead of being forced to choose between taking time off and not paying for food/medicine/rent/etc or going in sick and infecting other people. I'm hoping to save up enough by September to be able to move to somewhere with better job prospects. There's not much where I live. If I don't move, I'll likely be stuck in this same dead end job until the day I die (if I'm lucky, if I'm not lucky I'll be stuck on Centrelink payments until I die). It's still a risk moving, but $500 extra per fortnight would definitely provide a safety net in case things don't go well instead of just moving and hoping everything works out. It really does help alleviate some of the anxiety. Hell, it's nice to just be able to run the electric heater (because there's no other way to heat this house and it is FREEZING here) and keep warm and not worry about how much the electricity bill will be.
With the extra $550 I am able to buy my fortnightly medication. With chronic illness, fibromalgya, depression &anxieties spondolytis, not able to work due to the chronic pains. The extra money makes it better to control the pain with the eight medications
$550 has helped me. I used to work full time then I went through family violence and became a single parent going through family court with a child being diagnosed on the spectrum. I now have nothing and can't seem to catch a break during these hard times. Our industry was affected first and I've been on leave without pay for almost 5 months. I have no idea if I will have a job to return to with how our industry is due to the effects of covid. This additional payment has helped me support myself and my young child and pay for legal bills for family court, general living and also pay for my child therapies whilst waiting for NDIS funding as they were recently diagnosed with ASD.
550 has given myself and my two young children the opportunity to escape severe domestic violence, not only having enough to fill up the car to get away but also enough to purchase fresh food and needed medical items. I didn’t have to choose between our safety or food. This has been a life changer and also may of been a life saver. My children for the first time ever can have fresh food in a safe home surrounded by love. ❤️
Its the first time in 3 years that I don't have to choose between medication, medical appointments food or transport. I can also put fresh fruit in my shopping basket. I`m on Youth Allowance and really worried if the rate drops.
A sole-mum with a 6 year old daughter. We both have medical and health needs. The extra money has enabled me to buy our medication, put extra money aside for rent with a hope to spend some time together on a holiday.
We lived in a house that I could not get warm and my daughter would cry because she was always cold. It got worse and we became homeless at the start of COVID. The Supplement and bonus saved us. It has put a roof over our head, we are warm and with less stress. We have gone to specialist appointments, doctors’ appointments and we can eat gluten free, lactose free food, fresh meat and vegetables and we have brought our medication. I am doing a TAFE course and there is a dishwasher.
With the $550 per fortnight coronavirus supplement, I was able to buy new clothes and get a haircut. I will also be able to replace my 15+ year old washing machine that leaves my clothes smelling faintly of mildew and covered in fluff, and I will be able to go to the dentist for the first time in over 10 years.
I got my braces put on. This isn’t a ‘vanity’ treatment, I have bite issues and bruxing at night time which has smashed my teeth, causing severe sensitivity. To fix them I need braces 2 years $8300, then crowns at $2300 each, (possibly 6-8 needed). So as dental/major dental/orthodontics are not subsided by Medicare, this supplement makes a world of difference to me.
I bought GLASSES so i can now see! I CAN FREAKING SEE WITH MY EYES! I also replaced my cookware which was so old the teflon was peeling off into our food. we spent some money to build up the garden to grow our own food as the supermarkets are SO EXPENSIVE. this will help ease the burden of grocery shopping. I also plan on buying a VACUUM cleaner for the first time in my life as opposed to borrowing my parents or friends. I'm 34. I got a massage for the first time in three years. I have a chronic spinal injury (herniated disk) so need this therapy often but can not afford it. My five free health care sessions are mostly used on Physio, which only helps some of the problem. I am honestly so scared of them returning the payments to their previous rate. I was constantly stressed, depressed, upset, angry, sick, and feeling worthless. I struggled to find meaning in my life, despite volunteering for my community. The constant barrage of "you're not trying hard enough, its your fault you're broke, get a job even though there are none or we'll cut you off payments, you bludger you're useless" is tough enough to withstand without only eating once a day, not being ably to buy new clothes or shoes, not being able to go out with your friends like a normal person, watch movies, upgrade or buy new tech to keep up with the world, etc etc etc. I'm very sad to had to come to this crisis to get to this point in welfare awareness, but on the other hand my mental health is the best its been in YEARS without the stress of having to choose between dinner and socks, or petrol and going to the beach
New ( factory seconds) washing machine. Needed so badly and now the kids school clothes are clean for school. I also had my car fixed, so overdue.The kids are now getting warm winter clothing. I can now finally pay for the specialist (neurosurgeon) I need to see so badly. It’s been such a blessing to have the extra money coming in. It’s helped my family so much.
Some things are impossible to photograph. I've been able to keep my heater running and stay warn to reduce the pain and disability that winter usually brings. I've made small donations to others more in need than myself. I've paid back some debts, and bought some better quality food. All of this is good for me.