Help older and vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

 

Just like we banded together as the Mud Army through the 2011 floods – we need to band together right now.

Which is why the Queensland Government is calling on all Queenslanders to join the Care Army.

To care for all Queenslanders during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially those most at risk: Queenslanders over 65 and over 50 if they’re of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

There are three simple things we can all do:

1. Make sure our seniors and most vulnerable have enough food

2. Make sure they have access to all their medication needs

3. Reach out for a chat and stay connected

Queensland’s community spirit always shines through in times of need so we’re urging Queenslanders to help out their grandparents, parents, neighbours or friends.

Reach out, call them for a chat and see how we can band together during these difficult times.

 

Join the Care Army

The Queensland Government's Care Army initiative is made up of everyday Queenslanders who want to help older and vulnerable people living in the community who may not have friends, family or neighbours who are able to support them.

The primary focus of the Care Army is social connection and essential services such as the delivery of groceries and medicines for Queensland’s seniors and most vulnerable. This could be achieved through phone calls or video chats to check on the wellbeing of older and vulnerable Queenslanders and help reduce the impacts of social isolation. It could also involve the non-contact delivery of food, medication and essential items, driving people to appointments, mowing lawns, or similar chores. The safety and health of Care Army volunteers and the safety, health and privacy of those they assist is of primary importance. Community organisations that the Care Army volunteers with are asked to ensure all necessary screenings, briefings and PPE are in place.

 

Register to join the Care Army

 

“Many seniors will of course be supported by family, but others will need volunteers and community service organisations to help them stay home and stay safe and with things such as food or medicine drops. Even something as simple as a daily telephone call can make a huge difference."

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

 

Information for Community Organisations

Emergency Volunteering CREW can help you to access volunteer support through the Queensland's Government Care Army initiative.

The Care Army is made up of everyday Queenslanders who want to help older and vulnerable people living in the community who may not have a wide circle of friends, family or neighbours who are able to support them during the COVID-19 outbreak. The primary focus of the Care Army is social connection and essential services such as the delivery of groceries and medicines for Queensland’s seniors and most vulnerable.

Queensland’s community organisations are encouraged to think about how they could use volunteers to assist with meeting the needs of older and vulnerable people in their communities. This could be achieved through phone calls or video chats to check on the wellbeing of older and vulnerable Queenslanders and help reduce the impacts of social isolation. It could also involve the non-contact delivery of food, medication and essential items, driving people to appointments, mowing lawns, or similar chores. The safety and health of Care Army volunteers and the safety, health and privacy of those they assist is of primary importance. Community organisations are asked to ensure all necessary screenings, briefings and PPE are in place.

If you need volunteers or want to find out more about how Care Army volunteers can work in your community with your teams, please contact Volunteering Queensland directly on (07) 3002 7600.

 

 

The Care Army is an initiative of the Queensland Government