A community partnership between the Port Macquarie Country Women's Association (CWA) Evening Branch and Uniting Mingaletta aged care has helped in the effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The Port Macquarie Evening Branch members have worked over several weeks to create scrubs for staff at the aged care centre.
Branch president Gay Cowan said the issue of the coronavirus pandemic is one that's close to members' hearts, given the elderly population has been hit hard by the disaster.
"At least half our members would be in a vulnerable situation and some are in nursing homes as well," Mrs Cowan said.
"It was something we took onboard knowing it could be us."
Seven members from the branch worked to deliver six scrubs, which were gratefully received by staff.
Material for the project was provided by the aged care centre and the completed scrubs were delivered to staff on August 28.
"The scrubs will be a great benefit to Mingaletta staff, as they will be able to change into their scrubs upon arriving to work and remove them and shower prior leaving for the day." Uniting Mingaletta service manager Tara Schofield said.
The aged care centre has existing infection control measures including a visitor screening process, hand and respiratory hygiene protocols and other protective equipment.
"These will continue to reduce the risk of potential exposure to our clients, staff and their families," Ms Schofield said.
Ms Schofield thanked the CWA ladies for donating their time and skills to help the centre's preparation.
The CWA Evening Branch has previously worked with Uniting Mingaletta on community projects, where members have made blankets, teddies and other items for residents at the aged care centre.
Mrs Cowan said it's a rewarding feeling to give back to the community.
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