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South West groups offer support during isolation

Community Home Care, Volunteer South West and Bunbury MLA Don Punch are working together to provide support for people in isolation.

Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams said she had seen a lot of informal volunteering and groups start up in recent weeks, but wanted to make sure it was done correctly when dealing with elderly people.

“We think it’s wonderful that people want to help others in their community,” she said.

“However, we are concerned with issues of hygiene, the nuances of social distance and especially with privacy when dealing with the most vulnerable in our community.

It’s extremely important that people who require help register with a local Home and Community Care organisation in their shire such as Community Home Care and not hand out their personal details to people they don’t know , however well meaning they may be .

Community Home Care volunteer coordinator Wendy Newell said CHC was happy to help current clients with shopping and welfare telephone calls, but could also help community members who were isolated and needed this service.

“At the moment we’re using our current pool of volunteers and I’m working with Shamara from Volunteer South West to recruit new volunteers,” she said.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said it was important to give help to those who needed it without putting people at risk.

“I am encouraging people to see if they’ve got family who can shop for them, but if not get in touch with Home and Community Care, get in touch with Volunteer South West and see if we can link them up with a support person,” Mr Punch said.

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