- President MWP Care Statement Re: COVID-19
- Comings & Goings
- Volunteer Reminders
- Anzac Day— Recipe
President MWP Care Statement Re: COVID-19
As we experience together these challenging times as a global community with the ever changing COVID-19 outbreak continuing to disrupt our homes and workplaces, we, at MWP Care would like to share with you what we have been putting in place to support our clients, business partners and the wider community.
First and foremost, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and the community are paramount. We are regularly monitoring all communications from the World Health Organisation and the Australian Government websites regarding the situation to make informed decisions.
MWP Care have adopted social distancing practices, these include:
- MWP Care staff working remotely wherever possible;
- Reduction in conducting face-to-face meetings for the foreseeable future. We are applying technologies such as Zoom, teleconferencing to facilitate our virtual business meetings when required;
- Reinforcing our already in place best practice good hygiene standards, along with in creased cleaning measures to ensure a clean and healthy working environment; and,
- Providing staff with regular WHS circulars providing training on best work health and safety practices.
We wish to emphasise, these are purely precautionary measures to preserve the health and safety of all our people and are not in response to any specific risk that has been identified.
Please be assured, while it may not be business as usual for any business or the wider community in the short term, MWP Care are committed to continuing our operations to support our clients.
The MWP Care office will continue to remain open with many of our staff working remotely during normal business hours. We will continue to provide consistent and reliable services during these times.
We at MWP Care appreciate your understanding during this time and will continue to keep you informed of any changes as they occur. Please take care and stay safe.
John Scutt/President MWP CARE
Social group outing to Bondi Icebergs on 11/3/20
MWP Care looks forward to getting back to our social outings in the future!!!!
Looking after your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic
SOURCE: RED CROSS www.redcross.org.au
Consider how stress can affect you and others during the outbreak.
Accept that things will be different for a while. It is normal to have a range of feelings: you may feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or even angry. There are things you can do to feel better.
- Talking to people you trust can help. Set up regular check-ins with friends and family, especially if you are self-isolating.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet, sleep and exercise.
- Try to keep perspective. Remind yourself the world will keep turning and the sun coming up.
- If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor.
When physically isolated, it’s more important than ever to maintain connections with your loved ones, friends and community.
There are lots of ways to stay connected.
- Make regular phone calls or video calls to people you know.
- Arrange video ‘play dates’ for your children, or yourself.
- Set up virtual social events with friends to watch your favourite TV show or sport.
- Play virtual games, like chess or scrabble.
- Join a local community group on Facebook.
- Reach out to others you know who might also be self-isolating.
- Share on social the ways that help you stay connected, they can inspire others too.
- Write a letter to someone. It’s amazing the effect it can have. Take a course or fa first aid course online.
- Stay in touch with work colleagues. If you can do it, working from home could help you stay busy and connected.
Being proactive and thinking about your health, comfort and happiness can help you to maintain your wellbeing of yourself and others.
- Stay healthy, eat well and exercise when you can.
- Reduce your exposure to news. Choose one source and check twice a day.
- Think about posting positive stories about how people are dealing with this.
- Form a plan on how you and your family (including pets) would manage in the event that you needed to stay home for 2-3 weeks. Over-purchasing can take essential supplies away from people who are already disadvantaged or have limited mobility.
- Only share information from reputable sources, like WHO or the Department of Health.
- Being in close confines can be stressful, watch out for signs of stress among family members.
- Work out a strategy to defuse any difficult situations or anger.
- Do things together that you all enjoy.
Young people and children
Talk to children and young people calmly and honestly about the virus.
- Be reassuring and let them know they are safe.
- Limit their exposure to the news. Take their concerns seriously.
Get checking on family, friends and people in your community who might need extra care.
COVID-19 has impacted us all in some way. There are things we can do to make this situation easier for one another.
- If someone is self-isolating, remember then they may feel lonely and stressed, and appreciate a phone or video call.
- Invite others in your social network to call or message people who are self-isolating.
- Think about who in your neighbourhood, workplace or social circle may be especially vulnerable. If possible, give them a phone call or leave a note by their door.
- Slip a note under the door of people in your community who may need help. Ask if they would like essentials dropped off at their door, bins taken out, garden watered or pets walked.
- Plan your shop and buy only groceries and household items you need.
- Take time to thank supermarket staff, doctor’s receptionists and other at the frontline at this time.
- Check in on friends and family whose employment is likely to be affected.
Comings & Goings
Welcome to New Volunteers!!!
We hope you enjoy your volunteering journey with MWP Care
Farewell & Thank You to Tina Holdgate who joined us in 2013
ANZAC Day 2020
Following discussions with the NSW Government, RSL NSW has made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state.
Anzac Biscuits with Burnt Butter, Honey and Rosemary
These aren’t your usual Anzac biscuits — they contain all the best parts of the much-loved classic but feature a few simple, delicious additions.
Burnt butter and fragrant rosemary are added to the simple biscuit mixture.
A little honey is also present, which replaces traditional golden syrup for a more complex taste. Hopefully it’s one less ingredient to buy, too.
These biscuits are the type of moreish thing that just melts in a mouthful — with a chewy middle, crisp crust and deeply golden brown exterior.
A little bit of flaked salt also rounds them out. You can choose to omit it if you want but I do recommend using it. The salt enhances its surrounding flavours and perfectly balances the sweetness within.
- 160g (1 1/8 cup) plain flour
- 100g (1 1/4 cups) desiccated coconut
- 90g (1 1/8 cups) rolled oats
- 3/4 tsp dried rosemary, look for it with the spices
- 220g (1 cup) light brown sugar
- 150g (2/3 cup) unsalted butter, cubed
- 85g (1/4 cup) honey
- 2 Tbsp warm water
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Flaked salt, for finishing
- Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
- Combine the flour, coconut, oats and rosemary in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar then set aside.
- Place the butter into a deep saucepan set over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring often, until melted. Increase the heat to medium and continue to cook, swirling the pan occasionally but not stirring, until the butter is deep brown in colour and nutty in fragrance, about 3-5 minutes. If you’ve never burnt butter before, it’s ready when you notice the butter becoming quiet. It will stop sizzling and the foaming will subside too. Some burnt solids should also have begun to form at the base of the saucepan. Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey.
- In a small glass, combine the water and bicarbonate of soda then stir it into the butter mixture.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Use a tablespoon or small cookie scoop to portion out the dough. Roll into balls then evenly divide them between the trays. Make sure to leave a few centimetres apart for spreading and use a little pressure to flatten out the balls. Sprinkle over a pinch of flaked salt.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the biscuits are deeply golden-brown. Turn the tray halfway through baking to ensure even colouring. Remove from the oven and leave the biscuits to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
SPECIAL VOLUNTEER REMINDERS RE: COVID-19
We need to restrict visitors to the office at this time. If you wish to submit your Client Contribution & Reimbursement Form the direct deposit option is available.
Just direct deposit to our account number provided on the form and scan & email or post the contribution form.
If you manage to buy any hand sanitiser or anti – bacterial wipes(not baby wipes) please keep the receipt as MWP CARE will reimburse you.
There is a limited supply of Personal Protection Equipment available in basket out front of our office for those volunteers who have jobs and we will continue to try and access these supplies to be able to provide to you.