Mansfield Shire Council has introduced new ways to ensure its Planned Activity Group members remain connected to their local community.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said Council has been sending packages containing puzzles and fun activities, home exercise programs and craft projects to people who would normally participate in its Planned Activities Groups.
“During this time of social distancing we have also increased communications to our Home and Community Care, Integrated Family Services, Financial Counselling and Maternal and Child Health clients and those on the local Community Support Register,” Cr Attley said.
“We have called to check how people are traveling and what assistance they might need. Our team has been linking them into relevant services, and will continue to keep in regular contact,” she said.
Cr Attley said these support initiatives by Council are aimed at reminding the community that we are all in this together.
“The health and wellbeing of our community is our top priority, particularly those individuals who require extra support and assistance.”
Cr Attley praised residents for their role to support family, friends and the community.
“Many people are doing various things to support others in the community. Council acknowledges that everyone is contributing and asks that the community stays vigilant in staying connected and talking to one another via phone, especially those who do not have access to the internet or social media as these restrictions are likely to be in place for some time.
“Our community has already been doing this well, with various Facebook support groups, and neighbours checking in with each other.
“It’s incredible to see what our community is truly made of when put under pressure. I’m proud to call Mansfield home,” Cr Attley said.