Help to deal with change

Alexandra Community House manager Carole Gillions. PHOTO: ALLIED PRESS FILES

with the global Covid-19 pandemic showing no signs of abating, a collective of Central Otago community organisations have come together to deal with any continuing issues.

The collective, called Support Connections, has been established by Alexandra and Cromwell Community House to help connect people with the support services they might require.

Alexandra Community House manager Carole Gillions encourages people to register at either facility for information or support.

‘‘It’s all about understanding that everybody is in a changing world at the moment and those changes could become more significant over time.’’

She said the concept was designed to provide ‘‘pathway options’’ and to help people feel comfortable about accessing the information or support they might need.

That included financial and budget services, youth support, CV and career planning, employment opportunities and business advice, among other topics.

‘‘It’s really hard for people that haven’t had to ask for help before,’’ Ms Gillions said.

She said all of those people were not alone in their thinking.

She encourages people from all walks of life to make the most of the opportunity to talk about their options.

‘‘Some people might not have lost their jobs, some people might be looking at reduced hours [so there could be] a change in their financial situation.’’

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