Glenorchy community shows kindness in times of need

5 May 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Glenorchy community shows kindness in times of need|

WHILE the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a complete upheaval to the way we live our lives and disrupted the way we interact and socialise, there has been an overwhelming surge in acts of kindness in the Glenorchy community.

The Glenorchy City Council community team has come up with ways to reach out to the most vulnerable in the community to ensure that they still feel connected and can access the tools they need to navigate the current climate.

With social distancing and the requirement to stay home except for essential trips, the world is now connected online more than ever, but there are many households in the municipality without access to the internet.

The community development team has compiled a booklet with essential information to be distributed across the Glenorchy area.

The booklet contains information on food delivery, emergency relief services, transport, community and mental health supports, and resources for COVID-19 health information.

Available on Council’s website and on request, the booklet was formatted by Council’s access and inclusion officer to be easy to read and contains contact numbers for up to date information.

Council’s safer communities officer has also developed a kindness card, which gives people the opportunity to safely help a neighbor who may be self-isolating or vulnerable, showing them that help is out there.

The card can be left in letterboxes or on doorsteps with contact details attached and offer assistance such as walking their dog, posting mail and picking up shopping.

The community development team worked with younger members of the Glenorchy community to provide support to young families with children under five by distributing 100 kids kindness kits to families through childcare centres in Moonah and Berridale.

Kits included a story book, activity book with pencils and crayons, play dough, stickers, Family Food Patch recipe cards, and useful resources and ideas to help parents with activities while at home with their children.

With Premier Peter Gutwein halting visits to aged care facilities, Council’s successful ageing officer has arranged with local aged care homes for resdients to receive well wishes from the community to brighten their days while they are isolated from family and friends.

People are encouraged to send pictures and paintings to centres in the area to let the residents know that their community cares.

It is important now more than ever to keep connected.

Glenorchy Council wants to hear from the community about what they need.

For more information, call Council on 6216 6800, email gccmail@gcc.tas.gov.au or visit our website gcc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: From left, community officers Elisa Ryan and Willie Joseph deliver kids kindness kits to childcare families.

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