It started only with a small request, but Motobility - Formerly Bluesky Healthcare went above and beyond to support one of our clients. We can't thank them enough for their generosity. 🙏❤️Umbrella Community Care and Motobility are working together 🤝 to help out people in need of mobility aid within our community. ❤️ Milos lives in North Perth and thanks to the mobility scooter which was donated to him, he will now be able to regain his independence and travel to his local Coles for his weekly shopping. Umbrella couldn’t have picked a more deserving and grateful recipient for this donation. Enjoy your new sense of freedom Milos! 🤗 ... See MoreSee Less
This pandemic was difficult for our Umbrella family for many reasons, one of them being the reduced face-to-face interaction with our clients. However, at Umbrella we love to think outside box. So today, one of our most popular social groups, the Internet Cafe has met online for the first time!
And it was a huge success. In the weeks leading up to the event, Umbrella support workers have been working hard to teach our seniors about the use of Zoom and how to use its different functions. So the day finally came when 14 of our clients met online with our staff, management and even our CEO, Anna Harrison joined in!
The virtual event's aim was to provide the opportunity to learn new skills, see each other again and learn something new about the aged care system. The session started with the Acknowledgment of the Country, followed by CEO’s welcome speech and then Basia Kozok with Robert Wilhelm sang a Russian song. Magda Wojcik and Fiorda Kule, the organisers of this event prepared a quiz for the attendees with some tricky and fun questions about Umbrella’s history and the aged care system. The quiz was running both in English and the clients chosen languages. Three lucky clients won the hampers with multicultural sweets and of course toilet paper and sanitizers were included!
After the very positive feedback received from all attendees, all clients wanted a repeat next week!
Today marks the beginning of the National Reconciliation Week, taking place from 27 May to 3 June each year.
” National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. “ Reconciliation Australia
This year’s theme is ‘in this together’, which is more relevant than ever and it reminds all of us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether.
On the first day of NRW, we would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Land that Umbrella Inc’s office stands and most of our programs are operating from. We acknowledge the Noongar Nation and specifically the Whadjuk people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our group meets. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.
Oh boy Anna - we are going to have to have the biggest party when we get back. There's Anzac day, Easter, mothers day, reconciliation day, and lastly freedom day - to celebrate being free to spend time together again. I miss you guys so much and am so grateful for all you guys do. Special hugs to my angel Kassia, Kat, and my own little miracle worker Sharon. xxxxxx
The WA Government, through the Department of Communities, formed the Seniors COVID-19 Taskforce to focus on ensuring the needs and concerns of older Western Australians are well understood and considered in the development of COVID-19 responses.
The following website has been developed to help seniors and their family members with up to date information on available support services in WA:
✅ General information ✅ Aged Care ✅ Carers ✅ Elder abuse and legal support ✅ Emergency and food relief ✅ Financial hardship ✅ Support for older people from Aboriginal and Culturally and Linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds ✅ Local Government support and services ✅ Support for LGBTIQ+ older adults
National Volunteer Week is an opportunity for us to shine a light on the people who selflessly giving their time or offering their skills to improve the lives of others.
In the beginning of the week we waved our appreciation, then shared a story from our Community Visitors Scheme program and today we would like to conclude this very important week by recognising and thanking a special group of volunteers at our organisation: our hard working Board members! In the face of the historic corona virus pandemic, our Board continued to meet and support Umbrella management, stepping up to help us at a time when we need their help the most, with more dedication and determination than ever before.
Thank you for contributing your time and expertise to guide our organisation whether during normal times or the current times we are in. ... See MoreSee Less
This year, National Volunteer Week looked a little bit different for our volunteers. Umbrella Inc usually throws a great party to celebrate their achievements, but this year we had to reach out to them in different ways.
Our very busy CVS Coordinator, Karla Benitez posted close to 100 gratitude gift packs which included some very lucky scratchy tickets as well! This was only a small token of appreciation for their wonderful work.
Umbrella Multicultural Community Care volunteers working harder to support isolated seniors during COVID-19
The Australian Government has implemented social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the community. Social distancing can also result in a “social recession’, or reduced social contact, with some seniors being at greater risk of loneliness and isolation during this time.
Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services has been a registered Community Visitor Scheme (CVS) provider since 2014. Umbrella’s CVS volunteer program provides social visits (one-to-one or group) to socially isolated seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI), living in residential care or in their own homes throughout the Perth metropolitan area.
Umbrella’s CVS volunteers come from 26 different countries, including Australia, Poland, Italy, Croatia, Russia, Spain, Macedonia, Hungary, Mongolia, China, Iran, Vietnam, Greece, Burma, Germany, Taiwan, Indonesia, Egypt, Ukraine and many others. Collectively volunteers speak 25 different languages, including English, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Russian, German, Ukrainian, Mongolian, Dutch, Arabic, Hindi and more.
With the introduction of the government’s social distancing measures, Umbrella’s CVS volunteers have continued to support seniors. Instead of face to face visits, volunteers have been keeping in regular contact with their client through phone calls, Skype calls, What’s App, emails, videos and postcards.
Most of our volunteers have enthusiastically engaged with digital/phone delivery. Some of the more active CVS volunteers have also requested additional care recipients, as they are willing to help more seniors in need. Examples of feedback from volunteers include:
“I can’t wait to have Skype sessions with my recipients”, “I will call my lady at least twice a week” “I’m keeping in touch with my recipient via telephone,” “I’ll drop off some magazines to my recipients place” “ I’ll keep bringing flowers from my garden and leave them outside my recipient’s house”.
Umbrella and all the Community Visitors Scheme recipients are very grateful to our wonderful volunteers. Their kindness and love mean the world to seniors.
If you are interested in joining our program as a community visitor or if you have any questions about the program, please contact Karla Benitez, Umbrella’s CVS Coordinator on 9275 4411 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. At this uncertain time we feel that it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge Australia’s volunteers." Volunteering Australia
Umbrella team members put their hands up to thank all of our volunteers with a special smile of appreciation. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organisation since its inception. Volunteers play a vital role in delivering our many services, events, and programs to our clients. They indeed change lives and communities every day!
Show your wave of appreciation in the comment section!
Mam nadzieje ze niedlugo nam otworzycie nasza chatke bedziemy przeztrzegac higieny I przepisow I odkazac sie Polska wodeczka jezeli pani Bos pozwoli
I'm missing you too but l have hope you're going to open again soon. with love from krystyna 💝
Droga nasza Umbrella!!! Ja was bardzo dziękuję za wszystko co wi robię dla nas!!! Dużo wam sczenste i zdrowia!!!
Дорогая наша команда Umbrella!!! Большое вам спасибо за ту помощь, которую вы нам даёте. Я вам всем желаю крепкого здоровья и счастья!!!
Our work without volunteers would not be fulfilled, thank you beautiful people, you are so important in Umbrella.
Yes love to all Umbrella volunteers, especially Helinka, she is truly wonderful xx
Thank you dearest Umbrella staff! It’s been a great pleasure and honour to work with you in our beautiful Umbrella family. 👏💕
On the behalf of our organisation, we would like to wish a very happy Birthday to our longest serving Board Member, Dorota Pietowska. Your hard work, dedication and love to make a difference in the community and your passion for leading our organisation are truly unmatched.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in ways that have never been seen before. We've had to adapt quickly to a new and ever changing environment, but our team at Umbrella Inc. never gave up. Here are some of the great stories in numbers from our departments which are working very hard to keep our clients connected.