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A Message from the CEO in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19
Updated 26 March 2020

Based on Government guidelines and directives and our absolute commitment to ensure the safety of our participants and staff, Greenacres has temporarily ceased all in-centre and community-based activities from today, Thursday 26 March.

This impacts services delivered through our 16 Community Life and Leisure centres across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, all of our Kickstart programs, our Outsider Artists program and all of our Enterprise Social activities.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly but as an organisation we must play our part in halting the progression of the virus in order to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

At this point in time, our Disability Enterprise (ADE) is still operating, but with reduced numbers as a result of the many supported employees taking leave due to COVID-19. Remaining staff are observing very strict social distancing measures and ensuring hygiene procedures are in place.

My thoughts are with every member of our Greenacres family and I hope everyone stays safe as we move through this period. We will continue to review the situation and will resume services as soon as it is safe to do so.

I look forward to the day when our participants and staff are together again.

 

A message from our CEO, Chris Christodoulou 
Updated 23 March 2020

 In light of today‚Äôs Government announcement about the first stage of shutdowns of non-essential services, I understand that many of our participants and their families and carers are wanting to know what is happening with Greenacres services.

Our aim is to continue to provide essential support to our participants while strictly following the advice and recommendations of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation.

Our Executive Leadership Team are continuously checking updates from both Federal and State Government and our Peak Body, and we are currently awaiting further clarification on whether any of Greenacres services are considered to be non-essential. I will be releasing further updates as information becomes available.

In the meantime, we are taking every precaution possible to protect our staff, participants, their families and our community by reinforcing Government and Health Authority guidelines at Greenacres.

If you have concerns about your family member accessing any of our services, we completely understand. You have the choice to keep the person that you support at home rather than have them supported within Greenacres services, please just let us know.

We will continue to use all of our communication channels including updating the COVID-19 link on our website, using Facebook and contacting participants directly through email, post and by phone.

If you have concerns you are also welcome to contact us on info@greenacres.net.au or phone Greenacres on 4222 6200.

Once again I would like to stress that the health and well-being of every member of our Greenacres family is our number one concern and the guiding force behind all our future decisions.

 

 

 

A message from our CEO, Chris Christodoulou about coronavirus COVID-19
18 March, 2020

With the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, Greenacres like every other organisation in Australia, is facing an unprecedented situation.

As always, our number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of our staff, our participants and their families.

Our Leadership Team are closely monitoring the situation and we will be following the direction of the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation.

As an organisation, we are prepared to take all steps necessary to reduce the spread of infection.

Currently our services are still operating, however we have been reviewing programs and activities on a daily basis and making adjustments as necessary. We will continue to keep staff, participants and families informed with further developments.

We will be keeping our Greenacres community updated regularly through all of our communication channels including website, newsletters, social media, letters and emails.

At this time we all need to have patience and understanding, to care for each other and to act responsibly as individuals.