Ebenezer Mission receives a total of $40,000 from Multicultural NSW under the Empowering and Supporting Local Communities Grant to encourage staying indoors, ensure disabled communities are informed of health advice and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Ebenezer Mission used the grant to distribute essential supplies, produce COVID awareness resources for reduced literacy groups and to give out art and craft books for families to alleviate the physical and mental effects of isolation.
Ebenezer Mission applied for the grant to better safeguard the Australian disabled community and youth’s mental and physical health during the pandemic, recognising that additional support was required in the community due to the unique set of challenges posed by lower digital literacy and other barriers to accessing public health information. With the grant, volunteers provided assistance to 8 local government areas covering Burwood, Canterbury-Bankstown, Parramatta, Ryde, Hornsby Shire, Strathfield and the Hills Shire.
The team distributed food, medical grade hand sanitizer, facemasks, and care packages including hand cream and hand wash for parents and carers.
To reduce indoor anxiety and boredom, Ebenezer Mission produced art and craft kits under the “Eben’s Little Artists” series in 2021.
To combat the stress of isolation, succulent starter packages were distributed to households and succulent planting Youtube videos were published for participants to follow along.
We would like to thank Multicultural NSW for recognising the need for personalised mental health support in the community during lockdown and for giving Ebenezer Mission the means to better support the well-being of our participants through COVID-19.
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