Usually I’d be writing about all the upcoming community happenings in Devonport in April but in these unprecedented times, many community activities are cancelled.
Things are changing daily, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest news. As at 20th March, Auckland Council has announced a two-week closure of libraries, pools and recreational centres, the Maritime Museum and Auckland Art Gallery. ANZAC Day commemorations and related activities, which are usually a highlight of April, are also cancelled.
The loss of usual activities and happenings can be a bit bewildering and as people are going into self-isolation, it is important to find other ways of keeping our spirits up and staying connected. Getting outside in nature is hugely beneficial to well-being. We are very fortunate on the Devonport peninsula with beaches and reserves to visit while still being able to keep a physical distance from others.
There are also several groups in Devonport offering support for people in self-isolation. Facebook users can join ‘Devonport Self Isolation Support’ group to link into a broad support network of people willing to help deliver grocery items, mind pets and with ideas to brighten your day.
We here at Devonport Peninsula Trust are happy to be a central point of contact to connect people needing support with others offering it. Phone us on 445 9533 or 027 924 3494 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Devonport Holy Trinity Church is also offering support to the wider community and can bring meals, help with deliveries and more. Phone Holy Trinity on 445 0378 or 445 0328 or email email@example.com
Many Devonport businesses are offering local deliveries as well, so please continue to support them where possible. Businesses include: Hammer Hardware, Lolas, Whites Dairy (will deliver after 5pm), Glengarry’s, Paradox Books, Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy, Fresh Market (Clarence St Fruit & Veg Shop), The Living Room Café, Village Kitchen and Cougars Kitchen (free delivery with 4+ meals).
To conclude with some advice from our government: be kind – look out for others and look out for yourself. Wash your hands regularly with soap for 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly afterwards. Please stay home if you are sick. The government has also set up a multi-agency email address to connect you to Health, Immigration and Police services as required: firstname.lastname@example.org
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