Coronavirus Update

Hi friends,

We hope you are all well and safe at these uncertain times.

We appreciate that for many of our friends these are difficult times, and it is natural to feel anxious and concerned.

As the Government’s recommendation of social distancing increases and service providers put in place measures to slow down the spread of Covid-19, we recognise more than ever the vulnerability of those we care for and support at Foothills Community Care.

Foothills Community Care wanted to update you about our work during this challenging time. We are pleased to advise that despite the government restrictions, we have put in place a plan for staff, volunteers, our guests and all we work alongside to continue to offer our programs in safe places for all.

As a local charity, we exist to support vulnerable people and at these times, we want to be marked as treating people with dignity, respect and with compassion.

Our Monday night Upwey Community Meal and our Wednesday night Ferntree Gully Community Meal will continue to operate on an altered model. Unfortunately we are not able to allow our guests into our dining roomsbut we will be providing meals in take away containers and will have disposable cutlery available for those that need it.. We are also still providing access to fresh fruit and vegetables where possible to our guests.

Our Community Casseroles, home cooked delivered meals have experienced a sharp increase of demand. This service is committed to providing people who are home isolating and cannot access basic necessities with prepared frozen meals delivered to the home. We are currently looking at how we can increase our production of meals and increase our delivery services which is proving a real challenge for us.

Our hospitality and barista training is currently on hold as we continue to assess the situation. We are also assessing how to best continue to support the women and children through our Dandenong Ranges Domestic Violence Peer Support Group.

Everyone – businesses, organisations, charities – are struggling at the moment to keep going. It is at this time that we need your support so we can continue to provide hospitality for those experiencing homelessness, family violence, poverty, food insecurities, addiction and isolation.

If you are able to donate please go to our secure donation page here.

These are unprecedented times. Let’s remember to be kind and generous to each other. Check in on your elderly neighbor, call your family and friends, cook that meal, take only what you need at the shops, surprise strangers with acts of random kindness and donate to us. Never underestimate the difference you can make in someone else’s life as we care for each other.

Warm regards

Stephen Barrington
Foothills Community Care