March 2020

Karumah Community COVID-19 Response

Karumah Community COVID-19 Infopack: Resources and Information to help you stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19

Dear Karumah Community,

As you are well aware, Australia and the rest of the world are currently facing the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a rapidly developing situation which in addition to posing a health risk to ourselves and others, is having significant impacts on our day-to-day lives. It is a very anxious and distressing time for many of us and there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment.

We are a community who were bought together by a pandemic, so we know better than anyone how important it is to work together and support each other in these difficult times. It is very normal for a situation like this to bring up negative feelings or painful memories which can be an extra stressor and require us to take extra care of ourselves. We know that these challenges bring out the best and the worst in humanity, but we also know we can survive them.

While our upcoming events have been cancelled and we encourage everyone to practice social distancing and stay home unless they absolutely have to go out, Karumah is still here to support you.

Our new manager, Marette, and case manager, Jess, both started this week and are settling in well. Jess will be making contact with everyone over the next week or two to introduce herself and check in. If you need extra support due to COVID-19, please let her know or contact us directly via phone or email.

Aly will be arranging some ways that we can connect as a community during this time, so look out for an email about that next week sometime.

In the interim, Aly has put together a COVID-19 resource list with lots of important information about the virus itself, COVID-19 and HIV, social distancing, isolation, mental health, testing, reliable news sources and some great ways to stay connected and pass the time at home. It will be regularly updated and sent out again as the situation changes and develops.

It is a PDF with active links, it will work best on a computer screen but will also work on most smartphones (you might need to zoom in to tap the links). It’s divided into sections to help you find the information you need. If something isn’t covered or you’re having trouble accessing the document, please email Aly at peersupport@karumah.com.au or text/call her on 0411 060 492.

Aly and Jess will be working from home most of the time, in line with the latest government recommendations, so the best way to contact them is via email or on their mobiles:
Jess – casemanager@karumah.com.au – 0411 060 863
Aly – peersupport@karumah.com.au – 0411 060 492

We will do our best to support you during this difficult time and ask that you make every effort to protect yourself and others from the virus so we can get back to our normal lives as soon as possible.

Stay Home & Stay Safe,

Aly James
Community Support & Promotions Officer
Karumah

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