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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Advice

13 March 2020

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the new strain of coronavirus called ‘novel coronavirus’ or ‘COVID-19′, a pandemic.

Capital Region Community Services is aware of the risks this poses and is monitoring the situation closely. We are prepared to act swiftly to protect our participants and employees if the need arises.

COVID-19 in the ACT

ACT Health recommends the following good practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser for 20 to 30 seconds
  • Cover your cough and sneezing with a tissue or your inner elbow and wash your hands afterwards
  • Discard used tissues immediately into a bin
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at home and avoid social activities or mass gatherings

You can download the Prevent the Spread of Germs poster (pdf) provided by ACT Health here.

For the most up-to-date, accurate information relating to COVID-19, please refer to the ACT Health website.

CRCS’s response to COVID-19

The interest of our community is at the heart of all CRCS operations. We are closely monitoring the situation and have developed a comprehensive organisational plan to address any and all risks associated with COVID-19, in line with the latest national health advice.

Thursday, 9 April update

EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE CENTRES REMAIN OPEN

Capital Region Community Services’s Early Education and Care centres continue to operate.

For more details, call

Belconnen Early Childhood Centre on 02 6251 2893,

Bruce Early Childhood Centre on 02 6251 7796,

Ginninderra Early Childhood Centre and Bruce Ridge Early Childhood Centre on 02 6264 0200.

BELCONNEN COMMUNITY CENTRE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Following Federal Government restrictions, Belconnen Community Centre will be closed as of 12pm on 25 March 2020.

Programs that run from Belconnen Community Centre such as the INVOLVE program, Tiny Tumblers and Move & Groove, as well as all programs for seniors, will be put on hold until further notice.

Yoga and Qigong will also be put on hold until further notice.

The Belconnen Community Centre gym will be closed indefinitely. As a result, social badminton sessions will be put on hold until further notice.

NDIS PROGRAMS MOVE ONLINE

Many NDIS groups have been moved to online forums. If you are a current NDIS participant with CRCS, join us on Facebook by clicking here.

CRCS is also welcoming new participants. To join these online programs, email contact@crcs.com.au or call 6264 0200.

The NDIS support coordination team will continue to work remotely. Call 6264 0263 to contact them.

ART THERAPY AVAILABLE TO NDIS PARTICIPANTS

Capital Region Community Services’s Registered Art Therapist currently has limited vacancies for new participants who have an Improved Daily Living budget for therapies in their plan. Meetings are currently online, and can be 30 or 60 minutes.

Art Therapy can support you to explore creative ways to make changes, move through challenging times, and discover new ways of feeling, thinking and living.  You can use Art Therapy to help with stress, anxiety, recovery and resilience.

Art Therapy is used by people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, and of all ages and abilities.

In Art Therapy, you use the process of making art to express things that perhaps you can’t say with words. You don’t have to know anything about art, or be skilled at it. Your artwork doesn’t need to be beautiful – all kinds of work is valuable in this process.

For more information please call 6264 0200 or email: contact@crcs.com.au 

Capital Region Community Services is a registered NDIS Provider.

SOCIAL BEAN CAFE

The Social Bean cafe that runs out of Belconnen Community Centre will continue to operate as a takeaway service but will only operate from 9am-12pm, Monday to Friday.

BELCONNEN YOUTH CENTRE CLOSED, OPERATIONS TO RUN ONLINE

Belconnen Youth Centre will also be closed until further notice. However, the youth engagement team has made arrangements to transition as many youth services and programs as possible online.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram or email YouthEngagementCommunication@crcs.com.au to stay connected.

Click here for information on updated programs.

CASE MANAGEMENT CONTINUES

Case management continues on a one-on-one basis, online and on the phone. Referrals are being taken: call the Case Management Coordinator Yolanda on 0407 162 391 or email on Yolanda.rivas@crcs.com.au for more information.

SUPPORTIVE TENANCY SERVICE

Operations are continuing remotely where possible.

BUNGEE YOUTH RESILIENCE PROGRAM

Bungee programs, including face-to-face counselling, have been put on hold, but the Bungee team continue to connect with existing and waitlist clients.

Bungee is also taking referrals for future clients.

Email bungee@crcs.com.au for more information.

IN-HOME SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY TRANSPORT

These services will continue on a one-on-one basis with existing clients.

HOME CARE PACKAGES

This service will continue on a one-on-one basis with existing clients.

CONNECT & GROW PLAYGROUPS – POSTPONED
Due to the current climate and advice from Australian Health Authorities, in consultation with Westfield Belconnen, we have made the decision to postpone our Connect & Grow Playgroups. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to bringing back our fun family events in the future.

BURNOUT GALLERY EXHIBITION OPENING – CANCELLED
The ‘Burnout’ exhibition at Belconnen Community Gallery will be open to the public, however, the management team have decided to cancel the official opening scheduled for 18 March 2020. The Gallery will be open until 6pm on 18 March for patrons who wish to view the exhibition, and afterwards will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Communication

We will continue to update this page with the latest information relating to CRCS’s response to the virus. We will also provide information directly to our participants and clients, and will update our social media pages.

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