In this issue:

  • New GM
  • Recycling success!
  • Infoshare: elder abuse
  • NSW Volunteer of the year awards
  • Senior’s energy rebate
  • Wearing masks

New General ManagerAppointment

The MWP Care Board is excited to announce the appointment of Grant Simpson as our General Manager commencing on 15 July 2020.

Grant Simpson brings over 29 years leadership experience in marketing and not-for-profit organisations. Grant has held senior leader- ship roles with Anglicare and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) since 2010. Grant was part of the management team which developed Anglicare’s organisational transformation in response to the Commonwealth Governments NDIS and person centred care aged care reforms. Prior to this, Grant worked in marketing roles for multinational organisations including Unilever and in strategic roles for advertising and brand consultancy agencies.

Grant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with Honours from Griffith University. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He has served as a volunteer for charitable and sporting associations such as Surf Lifesaving and is an avid ocean swimmer, trekker and golfer.

John Scutt said “Grant Simpson is joining MWP Care at an exciting time. We have recently introduced new services for Neighbour Aid covering In Home Care support services and expanded our Building Services private client activities.

With Grant’s background MWP Care is well positioned to expand on our 50+ year heritage of community based aged care services on the northern beaches of Sydney.”

John Scutt, President

Recycling efforts rewarded

Source: Rob Stokes Newsletter

More than 15 million drink containers have been recycled in Pittwater since the NSW Government’s ‘Return and Earn’ initiative commenced in 2018.

The popular waste reduction program provides a 10 cent refund for each eligible drink containers at participating outlets or via a voucher redeemable for cash at Woolworths.

In addition to helping reduce the amount of single-use drink containers in our environment, local residents, schools and community groups have so far pocketed more than $1.5 million for their efforts.

Infoshare: World elder abuse awareness day

The day is about helping people recognise the signs that someone is suffering from an abusive relation- ship and let them know where to get help.

Elder Abuse is an act which causes harm to an older person. Abuse includes harm caused by people you trust, such as a spouse, partner or family member, a friend or neighbour, or people you rely on for services. Abuse can often go unnoticed by outsiders and even other family members. It can take a range of forms

  • Financial Abuse – the illegal or improper use of an older person’s money or property, including the mis- use of an enduring power of attorney document
  • Psychological Abuse – causing mental anguish, fear of violence, feelings of shame, humiliation and powerlessness
  • Physical Abuse – inflicting pain or injury. It includes hitting, slapping, restraining or over/under medicating
  • Social Abuse – preventing a person from having social contact with family and friends or accessing activities
  • Sexual Abuse – sexual assault, rape or any activity that makes an older person uncomfortable about their body or gender
  • Neglect – an intentional or unintentional failure by a carer to provide necessities of life to a person who depends on them

You can help someone experiencing elder abuse by starting the conversation with them. Invite them to talk in a place where they are alone and safe. Take their concerns seriously, let them know the abuse is not their fault and tell them about services that can offer help. Respect their right to make their own decisions and understand they may not be ready to take action. Don’t confront the abuser as that may escalate the risk of harm to all.

You can get information from:
Seniors Rights Service at Seniorsrightservices.org.au
or call the Elder Abuse Hotline on 1800 628 221 – free & confidential

NSW volunteer of the year awards

Source: The Senior

Drought, bushfires and coronavirus – throughout a harrowing 12 months unsung community heroes have stood tall: now it’s time to recognise them. Nominations are now open for the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

You can nominate your neighbours, colleagues, family and friends for one of the seven categories. Centre for Volunteering chief executive Gemma Rygate said more than 2 million people across the state gave up their time to help others.

Last year the centre recognised more than 120 000 volunteers from about 450 organisations as part of the awards, which are supported by the state government and ClubsNSW.

MWP Care has nominated our whole team for recognition.

Commonwealth senior’s health card

Holders across NSW are being reminded to apply for the Senior’s Energy Rebate.

The annual $200 rebate has been available since last year however Energy Minister Matt Kean said a majority of those eligible are yet to apply.

To be eligible, applicants must hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and be the primary account holder named on the electricity bill.

To apply call Service NSW on 137788 or go to service.nsw.gov.au.

Source: Dept. of Health Website

From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August everyone in the state of Victoria must wear a face covering whenever they leave home unless an exemption applies. This is because of the higher rates of community transmission of coronavirus
there. See the Victorian government’s advice on masks.

People in NSW should consider wearing a face mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.
Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport.

While a mask can be used as an extra precaution, you must continue to:

  • stay at home if unwell
  • maintain physical distance (more than 1.5m) from other people, when out
  • avoid large gatherings and crowded indoor spaces
  • practise hand and respiratory hygiene