On­line sup­port in iso­la­tion

Kapiti News - - Front Page - Ros­alie Willis

An on­line sup­port group has been started in Ka¯ piti by Cr So­phie Hand­ford and Aden O’Con­nor to sup­port those in self-iso­la­tion at home around the coast.

Called Self Iso­la­tion Sup­port — Ka¯ piti, the group which can be found on Face­book is for peo­ple cur­rently in iso­la­tion and for the com­mu­nity around them to sup­port.

“We started the group be­cause it is im­por­tant that in times of un­cer­tainty and when there are peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who need sup­port, that we come to­gether around them,” So­phie said.

“There are and will con­tinue to be mem­bers of our Ka¯ piti com­mu­nity who might strug­gle to self iso­late or are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble as we re­spond to pre­vent the spread of Covid-19.

“There are so many kind, won­der­ful peo­ple who are willing to of­fer sup­port to those peo­ple so we wanted to link them up.”

There are cur­rently over 500 vol­un­teers regis­tered through their sys­tem, with around 50 peo­ple al­ready reach­ing out for sup­port and al­most two thou­sand mem­bers on the Face­book page.

“We do ex­pect this to grow con­sid­er­ably.”

Some peo­ple have re­quested col­lec­tion of their gro­ceries, oth­ers af­ter some wool to keep knit­ting, oth­ers re­turn­ing to New Zealand and want­ing some food when they are re­quired to be in self iso­la­tion.

“Ev­ery in­ter­ac­tion so far with both vol­un­teers and those need­ing sup­port has been a suc­cess story and see­ing the strength of com­mu­nity in this Face­book group has been awe­some.”

The group is in con­stant con­tact with the Min­istry of Health, the po­lice, WREMO and Ka¯ piti Coast Dis­trict Coun­cil to en­sure they have up to date ad­vice on cre­at­ing a sys­tem that al­lows the com­mu­nity to sup­port each other which is as safe as pos­si­ble.

They have also joined with Vol­un­teer Ka¯ piti to cre­ate writ­ten guide­lines for vol­un­teers to fol­low when they are tak­ing part is this self iso­la­tion sup­port ini­tia­tive to safe­keep both vol­un­teers and peo­ple sign­ing up for sup­port.

So­phie and Aden are also in con­tact with other coun­cils around the coun­try who are look­ing to fol­low suit, cre­at­ing sim­i­lar sup­port groups.

Search Self Iso­la­tion Sup­port — Ka¯ piti on Face­book, join the group, and fill out the Google Doc form stat­ing whether you are in need of sup­port or a look­ing to sup­port some­one else.

For those with­out Face­book an email ad­dress and phone num­ber have been set up, email kapi­ti­selfiso­la­tion@gmail.com or call 0204136483­1.

You will be matched up with some­one based on what you need or can of­fer and the of­fer and the in­for­ma­tion will only be used for the pur­pose of sup­port­ing self-iso­lated peo­ple in Ka¯ piti.

PHOTO / ROS­ALIE WILLIS

Cr So­phie Hand­ford and Aden O’Con­nor have set up a self-iso­la­tion sup­port group.

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