Coping with isolation

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Liz Gellel, CatholicCare
Maintaining a daily or weekly routine can help to create a sense of normality during such an abnormal time. Routine can also give us a sense of control in our lives, increasing feelings of calm and safety. Setting a regular wake up/sleep time is a good place to start! Remember that no matter how lonely or isolated you feel, help is always available. Speaking to a counsellor can, in itself, reduce feelings of isolation and increase connectedness. But counsellors can provide coping strategies and other support too.

Keeping VMCH disability group home residents connected

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Life in isolation is difficult for all of us. Being physically separated from the people we love is heartbreaking. We hear a lot about older people in aged care and how they’re coping, but how are people in other support services faring? VMCH provides 14 Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) homes across Melbourne for adults with disabilities who can live independently, with some support. 

CatholicCare reaches out as Victoria enters State of Disaster

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Each year in August CatholicCare celebrates the CatholicCare Sunday Appeal in Catholic parishes throughout Greater Melbourne, Geelong and Gippsland, and like many of our other routines, this too has been impacted by the pandemic. With many parishes in lockdown for the safety and wellbeing of communities, 2020 will mark the first year conducting CatholicCare Sunday Appeal online. The staff of CatholicCare ask that you join in helping to BREAK BARRIERS – this year’s theme – to help families overcome the barriers holding them back, so that they may live life to the full.  

Lockdown #2—What now?

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal  
In an uncertain COVID-19 world our parishes are vital sources of guidance, encouragement and love. We can help by being present, by sharing information that is based in hope and by providing a constant community for people to connect with. This is the fourth in a series of articles responding to COVID-19 and the challenges and opportunities it presents to our parishes.