Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services have changed the way we provide services in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Read on to see how we are innovating our programs in response to community needs.
Our Settlement team conducts regular welfare checks with community members and ensures up-to-date and trustworthy information about COVID-19 is disseminated. We focus on sharing information in community languages, including producing voice-over and video messages tailored to clients where English is not their first language.
Food Share and Take-Home Meal Packs:
We are providing weekly food boxes and take-home meal packs to community members needing support. Pick-up food boxes at our community pantry at The Old Church on the Hill, or request delivery in limited circumstances.
We continue to offer casework support over the phone and other online platforms. The main areas that community members are seeking assistance are in employment support, completing Centrelink forms, home-based schooling and accessing healthcare.
Friday Food Safari – Virtual Community Meal
Friday Food Safari started as a way to help people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds gain skills and share their cuisine with others. In light of COVID-19, we changed our Friday delivery model to a virtual community meal prepared by our Food Safari chef and on Fridays collected from the Old Church on the Hill.
Through our new ‘pay what you can afford’ community meal model, you can donate a meal to someone in need but it’s not just about the food relief. We recognise that we are all affected by isolation. To maintain that social connection we encourage people to organise a virtual lunch date with a friend and share on social media, #communitiessupportingcommunities. This is about giving people a sense of connection and community as well as nutritious food.