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Today’s update from the Federal Government has resulted in our close operational partner, the Beacon – The Salvation Army, making the difficult decision to suspend all support groups, including our Northbridge Walking Group, until further notice. We appreciate this decision and will continue to support the Beacon going forward and re-launch the Group as soon as possible.
There are no other operational updates.
On My Feet is founded on some key principles which are extremely important to remember in times like this. As we transition to more isolated lifestyles in the short term, it is important to practice positive physical and mental health and to call upon the sense of belonging that we all feel as part of the On My Feet community. Let’s be inspired by the community we are a part of and support each other through this challenging time – whether that’s by picking up the phone to check-in or meeting up in person for a run or walk (within guidance). We all can play a role in supporting each other.
The current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) scenario is unfortunately affecting many aspects of daily life, which include volunteering and participating in On My Feet programs and activities.
On My Feet’s number one priority – and responsibility – is the health and safety of everyone involved with the organisation, including our participants, volunteers and supporters throughout Australia and South Africa.
Importantly, I wish to reassure our members that On My Feet activities will continue as scheduled for now, however I ask for your cooperation in employing minor but necessary updates to procedures at sessions. These are highlighted below and in the attached.
Being fit and active is one of the best defences against sickness so please continue to enjoy and participate in our programs whilst taking note of the latest advice from the Australian Government. All On My Feet groups are considered low risk due to:
The below measures will be implemented across our various groups to adhere to the appropriate guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Australian Federal and State Governments.
Walking & Exercise Groups
A volunteer at each of our Walking and Exercise Groups in Fremantle, Northbridge, Melbourne, Sydney and Cape Town is asked to please read the attached guidance at the start of every session to remind participants and volunteers of the healthy habits required to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep each other healthy and safe. These are simple healthy hygiene measures which are recommended by the WHO. Please take the time to read these so we can help look after each other!
The post-walk group coffees for the Fremantle and Northbridge Walking Groups will unfortunately be suspended until further notice starting Monday 23 March for the Fremantle Group and Tuesday 17 March for the Northbridge Group.
We ask that you please work with participants to maintain their motivation around the core purpose of the groups: to be active, engage and share with people in a positive environment, and to inspire their transition to self-sufficiency.
Most importantly, stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
2020 Footsteps Programs
The Perth and Melbourne 2020 Footsteps Programs will continue to go ahead as planned to start in early May and June respectively. Senior Coordinators, Sally Savage (Perth) and Ben Burgess (Melbourne) will provide updates as and if necessary, to their volunteer teams. The upcoming Perth Footsteps Program Volunteer Induction Session will go ahead as planned.
All other volunteer duties and activities will continue as per usual.
Thank you for your ongoing support and your understanding regarding these necessary measures. Stay safe and continue to care and look out for everyone in the On My Feet community, as well as the broader community.