YORKIND to matchmake vulnerable with local helpers

YORKIND to matchmake vulnerable with local helpers

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A Wheatbelt local government is leading the way in looking after their residents, launching a social isolation support centre. The Shire of York's YORKIND pr...

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A Wheatbelt local government is leading the way in looking after their residents, launching a social isolation support centre.

The Shire of York's YORKIND project was inspired by an influx of people asking how they can help others in the face of COVID-19.

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YORKKIND will provide a connection between those wanting to help and those at high risk of being affected by the threats of coronavirus.

Both community helpers and those who are vulnerable and needing assistance can register via an online form on the Shire's website, Facebook page or by calling 9641 1301.

The forms will narrow down how community helpers can assist others - whether it's helping someone with their grocery shopping, dog walking or a simple phone call so people who are quarantined feel less alone.

Those identifying as vulnerable can specify what assistance they need and the Shire will match them with a helper.

Shire of York president Denese Smythe said the time of uncertainty had brought out the best in locals.

"A number of individuals and active community groups have contacted me to express concern for our more vulnerable residents who would be impacted most by the social isolation measures," she said.

"It was clear that many people wanted to help and we saw the opportunity for the Shire to coordinate people able to help, with those most needing help."

York chief executive Chris Linnell said community helpers were reminded that COVID-19 was contagious and to take every precaution to ensure everyone's safety.

A pledge will be signed by community helpers to assure confidentiality, no face to face contact and no exchange of money or credit card details takes place.

"We are all practising social distancing, and while we fully support this measure to minimise infections, we are concerned about the impact of social isolation and increased loneliness on our community," Mr Linnell said.

"The YORKIND initiative aims to address this need."

The story YORKIND to matchmake vulnerable with local helpers first appeared on The Avon Valley Advocate.

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