Showing we care
Baldivis woman Catherine Smith was motivated by a desire to bring her community together during its time of crisis when she set about forming an online group to help those struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her efforts have received a massive response from locals, with 500 members now a part of the Baldivis Community Care group.
Read the inspiring story of community spirit.
After witnessing people across the community struggle to get basic necessities from store, a Baldivis woman has taken action to get help for those isolated and in need.
Catherine Smith posted on Facebook page Baldivis Chat saying she was happy to help anyone self-isolating or who could not get their hands on essential items.
The response was overwhelming.
“I felt as though I wanted to bring the community together to help each other as I was seeing so much negativity online,” Ms Smith said.
“Stress can alter everyone's ability to cope and I thought it would be a good idea to redirect the stress by lending a hand to those in need within the community.”
Ms Smith formed a Facebook page called Baldivis Community Care, which now has almost 500 members.
“We are sharing useful information and also linking people to the Oakwell community pantry in Baldivis if they need access to any pantry items or have anything to donate,” she said.
“As people start to lose jobs, it will be essential that we work together as a community to help our neighbours get through the coming months.
“It has put a smile on many peoples’ faces knowing that kindness is still rife and people won’t be left to wonder how they are going to manage in the days of uncertainty.”
Ms Smith said she also had a lot of help from Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, especially when it came to reaching elderly residents who would most likely not see the Facebook page.
“I asked Reece Whitby’s office what they had in place already and they said they had a list of elderly residents and also a volunteer register for those that could help,” she said. "They helped me by printing 400 flyers to hand out to people. My children and I went on Tuesday morning at 7am when the shops opened to the elderly and handed out the flyers with my name and contact number.
“If they feel isolated or are in fact needing help then they have a point of contact, if we can help we will, or at least we will provide the information they needed to assist them. If handing out flyers at least helped one person, that is better than nothing.”
Ms Smith said she had both the elderly and single mums reach out to her for assistance.
“In the coming days I hope to be able to get more flyers out to the community so that they know they are not alone” she said.
It has put a smile on many peoples’ faces knowing that kindness is still rife.
Catherine Smith, Caleb, 3, and Jacob, 8, helped to hand out flyers.