Beaudesert community support organisations are still in business

HELP: Support services have been coping with increased demand during the COVID-19 crisis.

HELP: Support services have been coping with increased demand during the COVID-19 crisis.

SUPPORT service organisations in Beaudesert are doing their best to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the community.

Beaucare general manager Louise Dwyer said they were continuing to provide support to clients but had changed the way they delivered that service, implementing phone and teleconference communications.

Ms Dwyer said the community centre had closed in response to government directives around social distancing but Beaucare staff was still on hand to help existing clients.

"Our staff has worked really hard to find an alternative way to carry on service as usual," she said.

"It has been challenging but we are determined to come out the other side."

RLOA's Nick Power said the organisation was using technology to keep in people up to date with the latest information and had been making daily posts to the news section of their website.

"The safety and wellbeing of our participants is always paramount," he said.

"We have adopted a range of new safety precautions for both staff and participants to ensure best practice during this time.

"We are committed to ensuring the smooth continuity of services for the people we support.

Meanwhile church-based support services are also under pressure, with Reverend David Hawke from Beaudesert Uniting Church sayin he has never been busier.

"I am flat out," he said. "All morning have been dealing with someone who is isolated and lonely with mental health issues. We have had a potential suicide and there are more people than ever sleeping on the streets or in the park.

"I think job losses have put a lot of people under pressure and we have been delivering food parcels to people as far away as Nerang.

"From what I hear from other ministers, there has been a upsurge of mental health issues right across Queensland.

"I haven't had to deal with violence but I am hearing that alcohol-related anger issues and family violence has become much more pronounced."

Rev Hawke said the church had plenty of food from the Food Bank and a member of the community had recently donated another freezer to help meet the increased need in Beaudesert.

This comes after Annastacia Queensland Palaszczuk this week announced a $28 million fund to support Queensland's community-based health service groups as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Palaszczuk said non-government organisations delivering critical public health services across the state could access the COVID-19 Grant Fund from this week.

"This funding is vital to support community-based health service providers to respond rapidly to the widespread impact of the virus in Queensland," the Premier said.

"It's critical that we provide support to the most vulnerable in our community through community-based health service groups as we continue in unprecedented times.

"This funding will help ensure a range of critical public health services including culturally appropriate primary healthcare services, mental health and alcohol and other drugs services continue to be delivered.

"Many services are rapidly having to change the way they operate to keep up with demand while also adhering to social distancing laws, making it difficult to continue their programs in the same way."

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles said demand on community based health service groups was expected to spike during the Covid-19 crisis.

"Obviously there is a lot of work happening at the regional, state and national level to deal with such an unprecedented event but we also recognise the need to support the hardworking community health organisations working at the grassroots level to protect communities," Mr Miles said.

"I urge eligible groups to apply as soon as they can so they can continue to support patients and consumers."