Nicole Carr.  United Way Glenelg, Chief Executive Officer.
 
Covid has been a catalyst for innovation; collaboration with community and in particular with Rotary.
 
Raising community spirit as well as support for the community.
 
UWG is part of worldwide network and we have utilised the power of that network more than before.
Shark pitch – thanks for contribution of $1000 across the 3 projects. Monumental achievement $53,784 raised in total. Building community spirit through a chat box. $16039 indigenous war memorial in Heywood completion in March 2021. $17,220 Beats Cycle for Hope project. Many people have put off attending their doctor during Covid and there has been an increase in cancer diagnosis because of this. The money will be very welcome. $20,475 Kyeema “My Place” project – have a long way to go to raise the total needed to build two houses. 188 registrations but we feel many more were there as often more than one person behind the screen.
Throughout the year we have completed about 20 projects. A government cash boost allowed Nicole to increase her hours.
Projects included:
  • Established the Covid-19 Impact fund – community contributions $60,000 from individuals, businesses and international companies (3M foundation).
  • Mini pedal exercise bikes – Dartmoor Bush Nursing Hospital
  • Shouted 300 essential workers a free coffee – nominations from community.
  • Hello neighbour campaign – postcards pledging help for neighbours. Anecdotal response was positive with many siting appreciation for the offered support and care.
  • Singing Strong – singing with Jess Cook Heywood Rural Health, Seaview House, Casterton etc engaged. Opportunity to sing out loud is valued.
  • Thermal underwear for Fever Clinic staff – collaboration with Rotary (especially President Claire)
  • Writing letters and creating art for elderly residents with Schools and Kindergartens joining in. Long term relationships have developed.
  • Celebrated Father’s Day calling for nominations for special fathers with free coffees and a prize for one lucky dad.
  • Installed an outdoor book box at Portland PS for access to books during lockdown.
  • Face masks distributed.
  • 1800 Glenelg helpline partner.
  • Teddy bear hunt – teddy bears onto Google map around community to give people a reason to get outdoors.
  • Social media encouragement to connect with others for health and wellbeing benefits for everyone.
  • Partnership to deliver 20 customised care packages in Casterton and Heywood – rural elderly community members are those who have struggled most.
  • Food vouchers are being distributed through the hospitals throughout the shire.
  • Year 12 gift boxes to congratulate them on their persistence and resilience.
  • Kinder children receiving a jigsaw puzzle of an indigenous art work supported by local artist.
  • Christmas packages being delivered to 130 homes – working with Girl Guides.
  • Student Support funds – support with book lists and technology fees for families directly impacted by the pandemic (job loss, etc).
 
Bev thanked Nicole and UWG for the support to the community throughout the year.