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Supporting our most vulnerable

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (15 May 2020)

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How might we support the vulnerable in different ways?

Many in our community rely on support services to help them and their families.

This can be finding safe accommodation, having people visit homes to help them if they have impairments, providing meals, or providing social support and advice to help them live healthy and happy lives.

We have people who need protection and support - and being home is sometimes not safe. Some people may not even have a home. How do we support these people during a crisis like we are now facing?

Maybe they need a safe space. Maybe you have technology that can support their health and wellbeing needs.

We want to hear about your ideas to support our State’s most vulnerable.

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Intergenerational Digital Clusters

Within local government, we could create digital do-it labs to harness the wisdom of the elderly, the wisdom of our Indigenous elders, while engaging with Gen-Z, millennials to better connect on social issues. By inviting both the vulnerable communities to articulate their issues first hand, and including the next generation, this will enable entrepreneurs & intrapreneurs to play a role in help solving those problems. While elderly and remote areas without nearby health infrastructure...

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Love Your Neighbour

Write letters and note cards to your neighbours or local resident homes. I have a resident aged community next door and my 12 year old daughter and I wrote them all a note about friendship and staying in touch with people.

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Talking Generations

Students in High schools share stories of their lives in categories like school life, hobbies, how I see the future etc in a web-based app for display on a tablet for aged care residents in their communities to view, read and listen to. The aged care residents then can respond as video or audio recording for the students back at school to listen to and respond to. The iPads are delivered to and picked up from local Aged Care facilities by teachers. 

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Local Shire volunteer work

Local Shires could create volunteer groups of able unemployed or underemployed people (including foreigners who are not receiving any support). These groups could contribute to their local area by working on parks/gardens/enhancement projects or supporting local elderly or vulnerable in return for Supermarket vouchers (the big 3 supermarkets could donate vouchers given they have not suffered any downturn during COVID). The benefits would be that these healthy potential workers would feel...

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Seniors need recycled ipads

Today I had to get my 70 year old neighbour an ipad so that she can connect with the world outside. Can we please find a way for seniors to have ipads? Calling them is fine, but we need to see them to know they are actually ok. They need to see others, like their freinds.   Can we have a callout for families to pull out their old ipads and donate to seniors. 

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UBI Universal Basic Income

Implementation of a Universal Basic income  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2242937-universal-basic-income-seems-to-improve-employment-and-well-being/

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ask children- children's wellbeing survey

The impact of COVID-19 has hit the whole community, but as we know all so well, the vulnerable take the hardest hit. Children are one of our vulnerable groups, as often they have no voice in an adult world, cannot vote and are often thought of as too small or young to have an input. Yet we, at the Valuing Children Initiative know that children are important members of our society and can contribute a lot if they are given the opportunity.   Australia committed to the UN Convention on the...

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Caremonger... location-based technology app bringing the community together

Last month, Isobar Australia launched an app called ‘CareMonger’, designed to counter all the scaremongering surrounding COVID-19 by encouraging Australians to spread care and kindness instead. The app helps bind communities together and support each other during current events.With social distancing and self-isolation rules now enforced across the country, CareMonger uses location-based technology to enable people to connect with others living nearby (up to 10km). Through the experience,...

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How do you Zoom, Skype etc when you can't afford a plan or a device

I've raised this on many forums over a long period of time. I can work at home and access my work through a VPN, I can Skype or Teams etc. I'm working and I can pay for a plan and run a device at home. I'm not sure that I'll be able to do that when I retire. Most people I know who are truly elderly have given  away devices and plans and often have just a mobile phone without data. If you are living on a pension is it food, rent or your i-Pad? Yeah you can get cheap plans or pay as you go but...

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Utilities hardship for the vulnerable

Instead of Hardship Utility Grant schemes which few elder vulnerable people are aware of, and government monies funding NGOs to run this,all low health care cards recipients given cashless cards with utilities monies on them to be paid onto any account nominated, by number or registration over the phone by the cardholder when identity is established. This way all people in hardship are given assistance instead of the ones in the know only.

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