Over the past month participants at Mercy Connect in Albury, Orange and Narrabri have been getting used to undertaking their Day Program activities in the comfort of their own homes.
Centre-based activities were temporarily suspended in mid-March and replaced with home-based activities as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Day Program Coordinators have been implementing innovative ways that participants can continue to develop and learn vital skills across a range of areas whilst not attending their usual schedule.
Due to the home-based activities participants have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with their housemates who they may not usually attend day program with. Activities that have been run in the homes include: cooking; arts and crafts and exercise regimes.
“Our staff, and the participants we serve, continue to demonstrate the Mercy Values during these challenging times, and are graciously accommodating the many important and necessary changes we have implemented in line with our pandemic response” acknowledged Trent Dean, Chief Executive Officer.
Mercy Connect continue to miss the wonderful Sister Scholastica (Sr Schol) who is currently in self-isolation due to COVID-19. Sr Scholastica is an integral part of Mercy Connect, who works as the Office Manager at the Head Office in Albury, and is much loved by everyone at the organisation.
Having set up her new home office at the beginning of April, Sr Scholastica can remain connected to everyone at Mercy Connect as they can continue to support people in need to live fulfilled lives during these unprecedented times.
The team look forward to having her back in their offices once all the relevant pandemic restrictions are lifted. Participants and staff have been missing her presence, so they have been creating their own cards to send to Sr Scholastica to keep in contact.