Winter Wonderland Community Activity Packs will be distributed through the Canberra Community from today, with information and resources for some winter family fun.

Winter Wonderland Community Activity Packs have rolled out across Canberra today, providing a range of activities and resources as part of Canberra’s Community Recovery plan. 

Sponsored by Carers ACT, the activity packs include telehealth and Carers ACT information, as well as Know Your Neighbour cards and children’s activities.

ACT Community Services and Facilities Minister, Suzanne Orr, helped mental health and disability support service Nexus distribute the packs around Kaleen on Monday.

“Not everyone is able to enjoy traditional winter activities and connecting with everyone they usually would over school holidays, especially if you or your loved ones are self-isolating.  These packs are a fun, accessible way to mark the season,” she said.

“I would like to acknowledge the work of Carers ACT in supporting carers in our community. The role that carers play is vital to supporting Canberrans—not only during times of crisis, but in everyday life.

“During the bushfires and this pandemic, I have been touched by the stories I have heard about carers going above and beyond to ensure they continue to support those who are most in need – we could not do this without you.”

Carers ACT CEO Lisa Kelly, Nexus Human Services CEO Lisa McPherson and Minister for Community Services and Facilities Suzanne Orr distributing the packs.

Carers ACT CEO Lisa Kelly said she was pleased to be involved with the initiative and show the community the value and hard work local carers added to the Canberra region.

“We thought it was important for the community to recognise carers and the part they play in keeping people well, safe, engaged and connected,” she said.

“That role has been challenging over the last six months and we wanted people to be more aware of that.”

The activity packs will be distributed to many suburbs across Canberra but will also be available to pick up from local shopping centres, libraries and through community organisations.

They are also available for download online.

Ms Kelly said she would encourage anyone who knows a carer to reach out during this time to offer help or show appreciation.

“Carers have played a large role in flattening the curve and have kept vulnerable people safe,” she said. 

“If you know a carer and we know most people would, offer to help. Make a meal, ask if you can help with care to give them a break or just say hello.

“Remind them you are there and appreciate what they are doing. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but a lot of our carers are still housebound so a small gesture will go a great way.”

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