A group of local agencies has combined to help conquer feelings of isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mission Australia, Hume Police, Headspace and the Family Referral Service are distributing packs to some of the most vulnerable in the community. They are going out to existing clients as well as those in community and public housing. Agencies are already working with the latter as part of the Goulburn Place Plan.
Mission Australia's area manager, southeast and ACT, Dan Strickland said 50 packs were being distributed as part of the community development program.
"It's for those who because of the current restrictions can't do as many activities or attend events," he said.
"This is the first stage aimed at ensuring they remain in contact with the community. We've also had interest from people who are not part of the Goulburn Place Plan but just want to stay connected."
The Place Plan is aimed at strengthening community ties and growing young people's aspirations in housing estates.
Mission Australia program manager Deb Muddiman said the packs were for pre-school, primary and secondary school-aged children to help their education. They contained stationery, activity and colouring in books as well as donated new reading books, origami packs and much more. There is also a wellness checklist and information on cyber safety. Signage One has donated signs for the elderly and sick to place on their front door, warning that they are vulnerable to coronavirus.
"There's a lot of fear out there (about coronavirus) and kids are asking lots of questions," Mr Strickland said.
"Things are changing every day and with so much information, it can breed fear. We're encouraging people to watch the news and rely on accurate government sources rather than what's on social media."
Those delivering the packs abide by social distancing rules and leave them at people's doors after knocking to advise of their presence.
Mrs Muddiman said they were being well received.
"If we are able to be here for people this will go on for as long as it can," she said.
"This is the first stage to get information out to people and next week we'll monitor and reset to perhaps a phone call to see if people are okay. We'll monitor and adjust."
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