2020 has tested Canberra. Despite the challenges, the community has pulled together and been reminded of the responsibility to look out for each other.
17 July 2020
Local community services organisations will be able to provide better support to Canberrans after the ACT Government provided more than $1.3 million to the community sector to help adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This funding will allow community organisations to make essential business changes, including creating COVID safe work environments and improving the ability of those in their organisation to work from home.
Community organisations play an important role in ensuring people can access information, support and direct assistance to deal with the many impacts of COVID-19.
Many of these organisations have been under increasing pressure to change their daily practices to guarantee the safety of their employees and clients.
For example, some organisations have needed to purchase video conferencing software, ICT technology, develop or purchase digital equipment, plexiglass screens or put in place other arrangements.
Some of the successful applications include:
- Funding for the Lifeline Crisis Support project and the Domestic and Family Violence Support for Adolescents project
- IT equipment for staff to be able to work remotely at Community Services 1 and Woden Community Service Incorporated (pictured above)
- Capital Region Community Services Limited has received funding to purchase IT equipment and help their clients improve their use of technology
- The Canberra Police Community Youth Club Inc is receiving funding to contribute to hiring multi-seater vehicles to transport at risk youth during social distancing provisions.
For more information visit communityservices.act.gov.au.