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Hutt St Centre's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Posted by Hutt St Centre on 2020-03-20

The ongoing Coronavirus outbreak creates an uncertain time for everyone, and we understand that the unfolding and serious nature of this virus is causing significant concern in the community. Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted here in Australia and around the world.

Hutt St Centre is currently implementing a response to Coronavirus in relation to provision of services to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Additionally, we are addressing work, health and safety guidelines for staff, volunteers, and donor engagement programs to ensure people remain safe.

We are following the advice of the Australian Government, SA Health and the Australian Government Department of Health. Our immediate focus is on risk mitigation and preventative procedures. We will be focusing on critical activities and ensuring our clients are as prepared as possible in this current environment.

As our services are a critical part of people’s lives, we will continue to provide essential wellbeing services to our clients.

Hutt St Centre’s Operations Leadership Group monitor and respond to official advice as it becomes available. With so much uncertainty, we acknowledge more changes may be made in the near future, and potentially rapidly. We are conscious this can be stressful for all, and decisions will be made to keep people as safe as possible.

Essential services including meals, showers, laundry and access to onsite medical services (RDNS nurse and GP) are available to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Non-essential activities such art group, cooking classes, group activities and excursions have been scaled back or cancelled to comply with government health authorities’ guidelines.

Donations of food are gratefully accepted. You can find a list of items we are in need of during this time here. Additionally, with a number of our fundraising activities cancelled we gratefully accept financial donations to help keep our doors open and essential services available.

Staff, volunteers and visitors to the Centre are being asked to practice good hygiene and social distancing, and if unwell not attend the Centre and follow official health guidelines. Where possible, meetings are being held virtually.