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As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, each passing day brings new developments and our top priority remains the health and safety of you, our volunteers, participants, stakeholders and friends. 

We recognise how stressful this particular situation is, and we share your concerns. In keeping with the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, our physical office will be closed as on Thu 26th March, 2020.

While our physical office may be closed, We will remain open for all services and can still be contacted via e-mail, phone or text. 
8407 3684 or 0412 099 597
neca@citizenadvocacy.com.au

In light of all this, we have some positive news!  We welcome back Alisha Bingham into the role of Program Coordinator for the Citizen Advocacy program. Some of you may remember her from Individual Advocacy before she left on maternity leave.

Alisha works on Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be in contact with you to check in and say Hi.
Alternatively you can call her directly for a chat, a laugh or advice.0422 187 116

 
Neca Disability Royal Commission Update

Disability Royal Commission advocacy support relating to COVID 19 virus

 
At NECA we are continuing to support those that would like to engage with the The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
 We understand that the recent COVID 19 virus pandemic that a lot of services have stopped or changed their forms of communication.
 
It is important to NECA that you still have the opportunity to engage with us as well as tell your stories.
 
We want to ensure you that we are able to assist and support you during this time and that we have put some important strategies in place to ensure that those of you we are supporting are kept safe.
 
What this means is the following-
 
We can’t meet with in person until further notice.
 
We can Facilitate meetings with you through –
 
  • Phone calls
  • Video conferencing
  • Phone conferencing ( with 2 or more people)
 
You can continue to seek support from us to talk about your experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
 
We can continue to help you with your submissions.
 
We are now using online applications for video conferencing, please ask us how if you are interested in this method.
 
We are still taking calls to answer any questions you might have in relation to the Disability Royal Commission.
 
We are still linking you in with services such as Legal and counselling supports.
 
In regards to the Disability Royal commission directly below is some information that is important to know.
 
All public hearings are suspended.
 

This includes the following
 
  • education hearing in Brisbane, Queensland
  • justice scheduled for April in Brisbane, Queensland
  • First Nations people with disability scheduled for May in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
 
The Royal Commission will continue to work despite the postponement of some of the Royal Commission’s activities.

Neca is available  via phone on 8407 3684 or 0401 787 047 to talk you through any questions you may have and will continue to provide regular updates.

 
Below is a list of numbers you can call if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

National Counselling and Referral Service: 
1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 
1800 880 052

 

 
 

Woolworths have now established a Priority Assistance Delivery Service for seniors, people with a disability and those with compromised immunity or who are required to self isolate.
 

Woolworths Priority Assistance

Customers are required to submit their pension/healthcare card number, and will need to pay for delivery

Victorians self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) with no access to food and essential supplies will receive emergency relief packages under a program introduced by the Victorian Government.

Please call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 to access this service 

Emergency Relief packages


 
 
 

NECA values your well being and understands that physical isolation can have an impact on your social and emotional well being. Whilst this current situation remains, out of our control, there are some things, we can control.



We hope that these 7 activities, can provide some structure, entertainment and inclusion to your days. We aim to continue providing these newsletters each week, please contact us if you would like a hard-copy posted out.

1. Virtual Field Trips-
Visit Mars Click Here
The Louvre in Paris Click Here
and The Great Wall of China Click Here all from the comfort of your home.


2. Learn Music-
Click Here

3. Like Animals, Watch them Live-
Click Here
 
4. Go For a walk- Just keep your Distance

Being confined to the house doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. Health experts say you don’t need vitamin D supplements if you get enough sunlight – the natural source of this vitamin – by getting outside.

5. Clean out your cupboards

Use this time to sort through your clothes and get rid of any clothes that no longer fit. This is a great opportunity to get inspired about new outfits or rediscover an old favourite.

6. Play a board Game

Such fun can be found in board games, if you don't have any, create your own like four square or hopscotch with some masking tape on the floor. 

7. Read a book 

Make it a goal to finish that book you started months ago. Hot drink and blanket desirable.

 
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