COVID-19 Update Keeping club members engaged

It is important for club’s, groups and organisations to implement a course of action to keep members engaged during COVID-19. 

Council have collated some handy hints for your Sports team, Service club, Trivia team, Organisation, Volunteer group, Community group etc etc to keep connected and engaged whilst staying safe at home. 

A Message from R U OK? Australia

The coronavirus pandemic comes as many Australians are still feeling the impact of recent bushfires, floods and drought. It’s very normal to not feel OK in challenging times such as these. Watching and listening to media and social media coverage and commentary can be confronting and confusing. However, at a time when we’re being asked to physically distance ourselves from one another, we can make use of freed up diary time and our digital devices to stay connected. 

It is now even more important that we all promote a sense of community, reach out and ask our friends, family and colleagues, “Are you OK?”.

Some people in your world might be feeling anxious, worried about when things will return to normal, be physically unwell or concerned about their health and wellbeing. We encourage you to use this time to pick up the phone, video call, SMS or post online to check in and see how those in your world are travelling. If you’re feeling well and able to support someone, reach out and let them know you’re there to help now and for as long as it takes.

Remember to trust the signs. Be aware of any changes in online behaviour or the way people communicate: 

• Consider the tone and language they’re using

• Are they posting more or less? 

• Are they answering your calls? 

• Are they communicating as you would expect?

If you are concerned about someone, trust your gut and ask “Are you OK?”. Listen with an open mind to what they have to say and ask them what you can do to help. In the current circumstances there might be limits on what you can do but you can definitely be a listening ear and a (virtual) shoulder to lean on.

• For more detailed information about the signs someone might be struggling and how to have an R U OK? conversation visit the R U OK How to Ask page.

• If a conversation is too big for you or you need additional support visit the R U OK Find Help page.

Find the full message here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for community groups

Services Australia have a range of resources groups can use when helping people in the community affected by COVID-19.

Find more on the Website here

If you have any other suggestion that may be helpful, please do not hesitate to send them through to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au  Thank you.

 

For the latest information on Coronavirus refer to the Department of Health Website, and the National Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080 is available for anyone requiring further information.

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Council helps the community stay connected during COVID-19

The Devonport City Council has put together a range of online activities to assist the community to remain active and connected during COVID-19.

Some of the activities being rolled out are:

  • Devonport Regional Gallery and Bass Strait Maritime Centre Exhibitions are available online
  • The annual community photography project is being run by the Devonport Regional Gallery with registrations required by Thursday 30 April with images to be captured on Saturday, 2 May
  • Wellness Wednesdays will be available on the Devonport City Council website each Wednesday. It is Council’s intention to release a blog post each week with tips and tricks to help the community stay well during this time. It will cover different topics on positive steps that community members can put in place to help you through these difficult times, with the first one giving you some tips on how to keep your mental health well and keep your anxiety down.
  • Fitness Fridays is coming soon with Council’s Recreation team sharing videos of various exercises, from low impact aimed at the regular Ageing Stronger, Active Longer participants, to family fun activities and also some for the regular athlete.
  • Kids Activities A-Z has been developed with the Live and Learn Steering Group and will be shared soon.
  • Rainbow Trail DevonportTas – brightening up Devonport with Rainbows. Share your images on the DCC Facebook Events page.  This activity encourages the community to share photos of rainbows over Devonport and surrounds, their rainbow art using any medium and also outside on footpaths or driveways, images of rainbow lorikeets, rainbow dress ups/ makeup/ costumes/ pet costumes and rainbows seen through a house window
  • Japanese inspired Art Projects in the lead up to Japanese Children’s Day on Tuesday 5 May, to share with our Sister City community in Minamata
  • Families Week Projects running from 15-21 May
  • Various school holiday and stay at home activities are planned to keep everyone busy while at home.

Information on all the activities will be posted on the Events section of Council’s website at www.devonport.tas.gov.au

The Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff praised the efforts of Council’s Community Service Department in pulling the resources together.

“It is important for Council to support the community in staying connected during this challenging time, particularly as Easter will be very different this year,” she said.

“We are being told to stay at home and save lives but that is often easier said than done.

“The team from our Community Service Department have done an amazing job in putting together a diverse range of activities which will have wide appeal both individually and as a group.

“I would encourage everyone to jump online and find an activity which suits them.”

CAPTION: Tyler (left) and Jobe Cousins, of Spreyton, keep a track on Council’s website for activities.

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Media Contact

Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au

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