With so many Queenslanders working from home, in their own community, there has never been a better time than right now to reach out and check in with your neighbour.
Life is changing rapidly and Queenslanders haven’t lived like this before.
The state government yesterday announced the ‘Care Army‘, a new legion of volunteers being recruited to help look after elderly Queenslanders during the COVID-19 pandemic. QCOSS is working closely with the Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 Seniors Taskforce to help ensure this important initiative is a success.
It is clear, however, that greater supports must be made available to all people in our community who are vulnerable at this time – including women and children who may not be safe in their own home, people who have just lost their jobs, parents struggling with the demands of work and having kids home from school, and even people living alone and feeling isolated.
While government must provide a safety net for vulnerable people, the responsibility for caring for each other rests with all of us.
QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh says this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something wonderful in a period of such uncertainty.
“It is essential to have the safety net of a scheme like the Care Army for people who do not have any informal supports.
“However, we should all be community minded – starting in our own backyards.
“There are many ways you can socially connect with those in your community while practicing social distancing.
“If you don’t know your neighbour, this is the perfect opportunity to chat to them over the fence to find out who they are and how you can help them. Or leave them a note near their front door with your phone number to let them know you are there for them.
“If you are worried about your neighbour’s safety you should report your concerns to the police.”
We are all in this together and we can connect in a safe way. including by phone or video calling, writing a text message, sending a postcard or a letter, or starting a group chat.
No matter which way you choose to connect with those in your community, the fact you went out of your way to connect makes a difference.