JOIN THE ARMY: North Burnett suicide prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills with North Burnett Community Service's Carol Chapman and June Jacobi. Picture: Alex Treacy
JOIN THE ARMY: North Burnett suicide prevention co-ordinator Russell Mills with North Burnett Community Service's Carol Chapman and June Jacobi. Picture: Alex Treacy

North Burnett Care Army mobilising against COVID-19

AN ARMY is currently mobilising in the North Burnett to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The North Burnett Care Army is a joint initiative by the council, Volunteering Queensland, the North Burnett Community Service (NBCS), and the Queensland Government.

It’s primary aim is to assist those in the community who need emergency relief, access medication, food, or emotional support.

The Queensland government ran a similar movement in 2011 called the Mud Army to help those affected by the 2011 floods.

With the rise of COVID-19, the state government is encouraging Queenslanders to put their hand up and help out those in need of assistance.
NBCS centre manager Carol Chapman said the community organisation was first approached by the council to co-ordinate this program to help the community.

“We’re co-ordinating volunteers of anyone who wants to help out, as long as they’re over 18 and under 70,” Ms Chapman said.

“You can register through the Queensland Government, or directly through us, then we’ll match people with their needs.”

The Care Army will be running all across the North Burnett, with their home base being at the NBCS centre in Mundubbera.

Even though their doors are closed for the time being, Ms Chapman said the NBCS are still working behind the scenes.

“If someone has a need for something like groceries, medications, and they’re too vulnerable to do so, we’ll help them out,” she said.

“Even if they’re just looking for someone to speak to, we can help out.

“The main purpose here is to aid those who have been hit hard by the isolation laws.”

The NBCS will be collaborating with LiveBetter in Monto to help support those in the community, while Blue Care are also helping those in the region.

To register, please head to the link.

If you’re in need of any assistance, call the NBCS on 4165 4690, or email cm@nbcs.org.au.


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