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Ryan introduces assistance cards to help communities through pandemic

By Alex Gretgrix

State Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan has launched a new initiative to encourage people to look out for older and vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Member for Euroa has developed a ‘neighbourhood assistance card’ which she is encouraging people to fill out and drop in the letterbox of someone who might need help.

The assistance card asks people to write their contact details and a list of jobs they can assist someone in the neighbourhood with while they are in self-isolation, like picking up urgent supplies or posting mail.

“From the start of this pandemic, I have been concerned the state government has very limited information on the people in our community who might need help,” Ms Ryan said.

“Across the electorate, I have found lots of people want to do what they can to help others get through this time. Where no formal group has been set up, this is a very simple way all of us can offer a helping hand to someone who might need it.”

To Ms Ryan, keeping an eye on loved ones and friends is most important at times like these.

“It is absolutely critical that we work together as a community to check in with our neighbours, particularly those who are elderly and require additional support,” she said.

“Not all neighbours will have family or friends living close by who are able to help them with errands like picking up the groceries, putting out the bins or posting mail.

“Sometimes it is as simple as phoning someone to check in on them. Just being a friendly voice on the other end of the phone can make the world of difference to someone living alone during this difficult times.”

The cards can be downloaded and printed from Steph’s website at stephryan.com.au or by emailing [email protected].