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    Tim Harrison.

Maintaining connections with Ararat Community Action and Social Isolation Plan

A program addressing social disconnection due to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue in Ararat. 

The State Government will give Ararat Rural City Council up to $65,000 for its Community Action and Social Isolation, CASI, plan. 

The program provides a range of support services to help vulnerable community members who have been experiencing loneliness and isolation. 

Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said the program, which started earlier this year, has helped more than 15,000 callers to the coronavirus hotline and delivered practical social activities such as video chats, online book clubs and fitness groups.

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“We are thrilled Ararat Rural City will receive more funding and support to deliver tailored social activities for members of our community to help them stay connected,” she said. 

In addition, the council will receive $50,000 for a Bridging the Gap to Digital Literacy project.

Chief executive Tim Harrison said the project aimed to re-engage people with their community.  

“The pandemic has brought a focus on the importance of community and social connections,” he said. 

“Council is proud to be connecting residents with support and providing them with digital devices to increase social connections, improve digital literacy and access to technology.”

The project uses a library outreach bus to provide digital devices, learning and connection to residents. 

This service aims to teach individuals how to use their laptops or tablets so they can connect with friends, family, support groups or to search the internet.

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