Newsletter 21 March 2020

Dear Residents of Reid

We are writing to you because of the difficult times that lie ahead. This is a small suburb and many of us have lived here for decades, know our immediate and even further-afield neighbours which, under these circumstances, should help us keep in touch and looking out for each other.

As we have quite a way to go, we would like to hear from you if, and how, Reid residents could help you.

We can’t wave a magic wand but there could be some practical ways we may be able to help to coordinate. You well may have already put many of these in place. However, you may also like putting your hand up to:

  • make regular phone calls to people who may need or want occasional contact
  • offer to shop for, or lend books etc. to people who either have to self-isolate or are in quarantine (with the usual precautions)
  • take dogs or other small animals for a walk and cuddles & of course, wash your hands!!!
  • let us know phone numbers for helpful services so we can let residents know what’s happening or available to us here in Reid
  • let people know about updates re deliveries from supermarkets and pharmacies or to arrange these from our own volunteers
  • write short articles (i.e. 150 words) for RRA website or future news sheets
  • make submissions to proposal papers from Government if they are relevant to Reid
  • join Reid Residents’ Association: Membership application form.

If you would like to help with any of the above or with other things, please let us know by filling in the proforma or on let us know using the Contact form.

Receiving RRA newsletters and news sheets

While we will drop a print version of this news sheet into your letterbox we will post future newsletters and news sheets to our website at www.reid.northcanberra.org.au until this hazardous time for all of us has passed. If you would prefer to have the newsletter and news sheets delivered via email please send your name, residential address to our email address at info@reid.northcanberra.org.au.

Depending on the opening of printing outlets, we may be able to deliver copies to the letterboxes of residents who do not have access to email. If this is the case, please drop a line to: Reid Newsletter delivery c/o 29 Euree St Reid ACT 2612. Please also include your residential address so we can distribute accurately.

WHERE TO GET HELP

These are difficult & uncertain times and many people feel isolated and fearful. We recognise this and have compiled a short list of websites and phone numbers where you can get assistance.

 

Agency/Organisations & contact details
ACT Health helpline.            M: 1800 022 222 (24-hour service)
ACT Community Support Services
Australian Government Corona virus helpline       M: 1800 020 080 (24-hourservice)
Lifeline              T: 13 11 14 (24-hour crisis support)
Beyond Blue    M: 1300 224 636

 USEFUL AND AUTHORATIVE WEBSITES 

Organisation & contact details
ABC Radio National

·         The Health Report

·         Coronacast 

ABC Canberra 
CSIRO Expert Commentary COVID-19 
Doherty Institute Work on COVID-19 
Australian Government

·         Isolation guidance

·         Health alert

ACT Government Public Health 
Churches & church organisations. These are offering support & are also very pleased to have our support with donations.
St John’s Anglican Church Reid       T: 6248 8399

·         COVID-19 arrangements

·         Donation information: T: 6248 7771

St Vincent de Paul

Donation email: info@svdp-cg.org.au

Salvation Army

Donations

St Peter’s Lutheran Church            T: 6248 0064
Canberra Korean Uniting Church        T: 6257 2207

We are all facing pressures none of us is likely to have ever experienced before. We all need to try to stay as safe as possible.

The RRA are keen to help so please email on info@reid.northcanberra.org.au if you have other suggestions.

We would welcome with open arms – metaphorically speaking of course – new members so please complete the Membership form then scan and/or forward to info@reid.northcanberra.org.au

 Our best wishes and keep safe

 Reid Residents’ Association Committee & Volunteers

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