Changes to local charity services

INCREASED preventative measures against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted on the provision of charitable and welfare services in New Norfolk and around the country.

New Norfolk’s two thrift shops are now temporarily closed, following decisions of the Salvation Army and the St Vincent de Paul Society, and new delivery methods have been introduced for their welfare services.

Due to the constraints put into place to contain COVID-19, the Salvation Army’s Derwent Valley Corps has had to change its service delivery process.

“We are still operating and are able to assist our community,” corps officers Tim and Di Size said during the week. “We are no longer able to provide face-to-face appointments, instead we ask that you call us on 6261 5996.”

The services available from the Salvation locally include:

  • Material support
  • Financial support
  • Referrals
  • Budgeting
  • Information and advice
  • Advocacy
  • Emotional support

The St Vincent de Paul Society has also announced that it remains available to provide assistance despite the closure of its Vinnies shops, with southern Tasmanian clients asked to phone 6234 4244.

“We are still providing assistance … however we are observing Federal and State government guidelines to protect our staff, volunteers and our clients,” a spokesman said. “We urge you to follow these guidelines too, for the protection of you, your family and the broader community.”

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