WITH so much anxiety and feelings of isolation abounding at the moment, a Leeton group has come up with an idea to spread a little kindness.
Leeton Connect has started what it is calling "Leeton connects with kindness" after identifing the need for a project to support people in need or in self-isolation during the current COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those who are elderly, disabled and/or immunocompromised.
The initiative aims to respond, where possible, to the needs of vulnerable people in the community who would ordinarily have their needs met in some way or by some organisation that is now impacted by the restrictions placed on them or their service provider at this time.
Presently, the Leeton Connects with Kindness co-ordinator is Leeton Connect board member, Tony Reneker.
Mr Reneker has volunteered his time and services to facilitate this project on a temporary basis until someone is employed to fill this role.
"We'll be relying on you, the community, to work with us, to outline the needs of those most vulnerable within our local district, provide us with information, volunteer your services and collaborate when and where possible," he said.
"Leeton Connect is not intended to be a front-line social service, but a body coordinating and connecting people, companies, agencies and volunteers in order to solve problems or close gaps that have arisen due to the pandemic."
Here's two examples of how it could work:
- Maybe you're a not-for-profit organisation, now looking for urgent volunteers, due to numbers decreasing from enforced restrictions.
- You might have an elderly neighbour who is self-isolating and needs their shopping done, the project wants to hear from you.
A Leeton Connects with Kindness Facebook group has been set up and will be manned by Leeton Connect volunteers.
Residents can also call or contact 0448 535 004 or 0407 948 397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.