City of Albany ‘How Can I Help?’ neighbour cards to support community members isolating due to COVID-19

Sarah Makse Albany Advertiser
City of Albany community development co-ordinator Tammy Flett.
Camera IconCity of Albany community development co-ordinator Tammy Flett. Credit: Laurie Benson

The City of Albany has launched a simple initiative to connect neighbours and support vulnerable people who need to isolate due to COVID-19.

The City’s ‘How Can I Help?’ neighbour connect cards — available to download online — aim to help residents reach out to community members who are vulnerable, isolating or living alone and might need support through the pandemic.

Residents can fill out the cards and drop them in neighbouring letterboxes to let them know what daily tasks they can help with if they need to isolate.

City community development co-ordinator Tammy Flett said the cards were designed for residents who feel they can help neighbours who might need it.

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“The Great Southern has a higher population of residents aged over 50 than the WA regional average, which means there are more people in our community who might need a hand during this time,” she said.

“By popping a card in a neighbour’s mailbox you are offering assistance with things like picking up groceries, walking the dog, going to the post office or giving them a call to check in every few days.

“We have an incredibly resilient, helpful and caring community so putting a How Can I Help? card in the hands of our residents is the least we can do to ensure we are all working as one.”

Cards can be downloaded and printed from the City of Albany website.

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