In light of the current Coronavirus situation, Creeds Farm will close from Tuesday 24 March. We are monitoring the situation closely and our staff members are now working remotely. We are committed to be available for our Community and have put together a list of additional information that can be useful.
|Get Information from Trusted Sources|
As the Coronavirus coverage dominates our news, there are overabundance of information about the Coronavirus. Please be aware that some information that you have received or seen is accurate, but some, not quite. Here are a few websites to keep you up to date with accurate information:
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – Information, updates and advice about the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Victoria.
- World Health Organisation (WHO) – Global updates, advice to public and protective measures.
- Whittlesea Council – Services and the Coronavirus
- Services Australia – Financial and services support, income support for individuals and organisation.
- ABC Coronacast – Latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through an epidemic.
- SBS Language – Coronavirus Information in your language
- Tenants Victoria – Covid-19 impacts on renters
- Job Watch – Covid-19 Employment Rights Q & A
|Working from Home|
If the nature of your work allows you to work remotely, you might be requested by your employer to work from home. There are many areas to take in to consideration when setting up a home office:
- Is there an ergonomic chair and adequately sized work surfaces?
- Is the work area tidy and unobstructed?
- Are there any tripping hazards?
- Is the lighting appropriate?
- Is there too much noise?
- Is my desk and chair ergonomic? How high should my screen be?
- Am I taking breaks and exercising?
Please visit Work Safe for detailed information.
We need to understand how cleaning can help prevent the spread of disease. Lean more about ‘How to keep your home clean and free from Coronavirus‘.
We have been told repetitively that we need to wash our hands regularly and thoroughly:
- after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
- after you have had close physical contact with anyone who is unwell
- after you use the toilet (especially as evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 may spread via faecal transmission)
- before and after you eat
- before, during and after you prepare food
- after you feed or touch a pet.
Experts also say you should wash your hands after visiting public spaces, to remove any germs you may have picked up from contaminated surfaces, such as those frequently touched on public transport, in shopping centres, or in gyms.
See Full Article from the ABC.
|Staying Connected with Friends, Family and Colleagues|
The DHHS is encouraging transmission reduction measures help reduce the risk of infection and slow the spread of Coronavirus in the Victorian community. This can mean social distancing, working from home and self-isolation. However, with help of technology and apps like Skype and Zoom, we can keep connected to family, friends and work colleagues. Watch how to set up and use Zoom HERE.
Online support groups via Facebook and WhatsApp are also great ways to stay connected. However, please be mindful that online groups can also breed misinformation. Make sure you get your information and updates from trusted sources.
If your gym, yoga or dance classes have been cancelled, speak to your instructor about setting up online classes. For contact details of instructors who run classes at Creeds Farm, see COURSES. There are also many accessible videos on YouTube to help establish your exercise routine at home.
|Activites for the Kids (and Families)|
- Why is school closed? Can I still play with my friends? A kid-friendly guide on Coronavirus
- Conduct simple science experiments and magic tricks with household items
- Playgroup Victoria have added a new activity sheet on their website “20 days of play at home” for some ideas on activities over the coming weeks. Click HERE for yoga time. To join Playgroup Victoria, click HERE.
- Playgroup South Australia has set up a Playgroup At Home Facebook page, where it is live-streaming children’s entertainers, a regular story time segment at 10:30am, and professional advice for parents about maintaining emotional well-being.
- Raising Children Network, the Australian Parenting Website provides play and learning ideas for children according to age groups.
- Stuck inside with the kids during the Coronavirus pandemic? HERE are some ideas for creative play.
It is important to take care of your mental health during this period of social distancing and isolation as it can affect everyone differently. As people start to work from home and in the process of adjusting to reduced social interactions, it is easy to feel isolated and the lack of support. For those who live alone and considers work social activity, the isolation can quickly escalate into other health issues.
BeyondBlue has a list of National help lines and website that can provide assistance.
If you have useful information or activity ideas that will help our Community stay connected, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.