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Practical Support - To The Last Dollar


The last of the IGO Covid Recovery Fund has been dispersed to the Esperance Aged Care Facility (ECAF), after they submitted a request for assistance in early October. Council approved the request, with the remaining $30,009 allocated to support contract service provision for volunteer coordination services.

As the terms of the Fund do not cover wages, this allocation is not able to be used to provide a paid position at EACF. It is expected, however, that the grant will provide the required support to establish volunteer processes to be used by existing staff to begin volunteer programs until such time as a designated Volunteer Coordinator role can be included in the EACF workforce.

The IGO Covid Recovery Fund was intended to help the wider Esperance community address impacts of the Covid pandemic. ECAF expressed grateful appreciation for the grant, which will go far to address volunteer shortfalls caused by the pandemic.

Council has previously supported ECAF with the allocation of IGO Covid Recovery Funds for a Sara Stedy Hoist, to help residents move from sitting to standing, and vice versa, safely and easily, and to upgrade one of the 10-bed wings closed during the pandemic, and also with expert advice and guidance from the Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre on how to recruit and effectively manage volunteers.

The IGO Covid Recovery Funding is one more step towards securing the Facility’s much-needed services into the future.


28 October 2022