Volunteering Gold Coast (VGC) has unveiled an array of new initiatives to help support vulnerable and isolated locals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Simon Nugus, CEO VGC, said the organisation is doing everything they can continue to support those who need it.
“In such challenging times, organisations like Volunteering Gold Coast, which exist to serve the community, must step up,” he said.
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“Our Purpose statement says that we exist to ‘Create Social Impact’ – so that’s what we’re doing.
“We are actively partnering with local organisations to meet the needs of the already vulnerable people, who are likely to be even more vulnerable now.”
Here is a list of some of the new VGC initiatives:
- A high-risk patient transport service to enable people to access the Virus testing stations and fever clinics across the Gold Coast.
- A volunteer calling program which provides regular telephone welfare checks for people who are at risk of social isolation.
- A social telephone calling program to help prevent feelings of loneliness and disconnection for those who are in isolation.
- A pen-pal program whereby volunteers write notes and letters to people who are isolated, particularly older Australians and NDIS Participants.
- An array of services for people who are unable to leave their home:
– Pick-up and drop-off of medications from Pharmacies
– Grocery deliveries to alleviate reduced deliveries from supermarkets
– Packaging of food and staple hampers, and delivery to people in need
– Uptake of homeless services which were forced to close, and the provision of weekly meals to people who are homeless or transient
– The delivery of food and clothing to homeless youth due to closure of existing services
– The delivery of books, simple recipes and recreational activities to people pass the time while in isolation
- Expansion of individual and isolated transport services to ensure continuation of services for people who require Renal or Oncology treatments.
- Delivery of masks and hand sanitiser to ‘at risk’ people, including NDIS Participants, people who are homeless, and aged care recipients who live at home.
- Expansion of in-home cleaning and other practical services, using staff who are trained in the use of personal protective equipment to prevent spread of COVID-19.
For more information on VGC and their initiatives, visit: volunteeringgc.org.au