Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – Programs and Services update

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.

Our 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.

AUGUST 2020 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 REOPENS

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

However, with the easing of restrictions on 16 May 2020, Belconnen Community Centre was allowed to reopen in accordance with the 1 person per 4sqm social distancing rules.

As a result, Belconnen Community Centre has reopened for external hires.

If you would like to book the Belconnen Community Theatre, Gallery, sports hall, or meeting rooms, please get in touch via email at contact@crcs.com.au

INVOLVE RESUMES

The INVOLVE program for over-65-year-olds has resumed. Please email involve@crcs.com.au for more details on how to register.

NDIS SUPPORT COORDINATION

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

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 REOPENS

Belconnen Youth Centre has reopened, with new programs introduced.

Click here for the full list of programs.

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

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 clients.

HOME CARE PACKAGES

This service will continue on a one-on-one basis with 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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