In the arms of an angel
A HUMBLE idea to offer a helping hand to at-risk people as the coronavirus pandemic grips the Surf Coast has proved kindness conquers all.
Founded by Jan Juc mum Nicole Dickmann, the Surfcoast Angels volunteer group has attracted more than 120 members since its inception on March 14.
Ms Dickmann said she put her marketing background to good use to get the project – which offers assistive services to community members who are vulnerable, living with a disability, self-isolating or recovering from illness – off the ground.
“All the community has been asking for is a way to help.
“They all want to help, they just don’t know how.
“Some people are feeling really stuck, some are undergoing chemotherapy and the elderly are not leaving the house because they’re scared. Others have been overseas and are self-isolating, some are recovering from another illness.
“We’re willing to help even if that means standing outside someone’s door and playing a game of cards – that’s the whole point of this. We are trying to keep people connected even though they’re in their own house and self-isolated.
“We want them to know ‘You’re not alone, we’re your neighbours and we’re here to help in any way that we can’.”
She said a number of “frontline volunteers” were available to deliver people’s grocery shopping, make a chemist trip or drop off a coffee, while “back of house” volunteers were donating their time to assisting with the printing of pamphlets and sourcing items that have been in short supply as a result of panic buying.
“There really isn’t anything too small for us.
“People are nervous to ask for help because they don’t want to feel like they’re needy or that there’s other people out there who are more needy than them and they don’t want to be selfish,” she said.
“But the whole community is at risk, so don’t be afraid to ask.”
Ms Dickmann encouraged people wanting to get involved or those needing assistance to email [email protected].
To join the group, search for “Surfcoast Angels” on Facebook.