As the Team from LEAD Professional Development work from home, they have been aware of the many workers in our sector who don’t have that option. Despite the high levels of risk, organisations are still providing face to face services in order to support the increasing number of vulnerable people in our local communities. Feedback from those organisations is that accessing PPE remains a challenge. To help address this, LEAD has started distributing our “Frontline Assistance Packs” to service providers in Western Sydney Nepean Blue Mountains. With the support of our funding body, Department of Communities & Justice, LEAD purchased over 400 masks and gloves, and 25 bottles of hand sanitiser and surface disinfectant. Indigiearth, an Aboriginal owned and managed organisation based in Mudgee, was our preferred supplier for the Lemon Myrtle sanitser and sprays

LEAD Team Member deb dare has been distributing the packs and reports that the response from recipients has been one of gratitude and solidarity. LEAD CEO Kerry Palejs said that “responding to the needs of family support workers has been at the core of who we are and what we do for more than 35 years. Being able to proactively respond through innovative approaches continues to be the hallmark of LEAD’s service delivery”.

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