We would like to inform our dear seniors of the Armenian community that henceforth, a large number of government announcements and multicultural publications relating to our community will be available in Armenian.
We would also like to advise you that whilst due to the Coronavirus pandemic we have temporarily suspended our face to face programs, the Armenian Community Welfare Centre has continued and continues to be as helpful as possible with our communication through various means, by making individual phone calls to keep in touch with our seniors, where necessary, assist with shopping, communicate through online and other platforms (Facebook, Whatapp, Viber, FaceTime), ensuring access to a doctor or telephone counselling (HotDoc) through a special website.
The ACWC Team has initiated new exciting projects to keep the seniors entertained, socially connected and busy. One recent example was delivering a small “Miss You & “Stay Well” package which included an art/craft kit to provide seniors with some ideas on how each person can contribute to our upcoming “Post COVID-19” Art Exhibition. At our surprise, many had already started to brainstorm and create their unique elements.
This project has demonstrated the great teamwork and collaboration we have in our community and especially in the church. The first part of the project which was delivering the packages, has been made possible with thanks to His Eminence Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian, Diocesan Councillor Mr Kevork Tchaprazian, our very own Marina Avagyan-Tchaprazian, ACWC Committee Secretary Mrs Zepur Mouradian, Reverend Father Avetis Hambardzumyan and his fellow Parish Councillors Messrs Kegham Anoushian, Apig Geozikaraian and Ara Kopoushian, our dedicated ACWC volunteers Dzovig and her husband Sebouh, Romela and her husband Sarkis, ACWC support worker Mrs Rima Chater and Mrs Liza Kopoushian all lending a hand with the distribution.
All of these people contributed enormously to make this project happen and put smiles on many faces. It is well said “there is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up”.
The project had its successful start. We look forward to the artworks of our much loved seniors as we set up an exhibition to demonstrate how well the seniors in the Armenian Community could combat the virus and come out of it in such a positive and inspiring way.
In these difficult times, if any of our community elders require support services, please contact the ACWC Centre immediately and our staff will do their very best to provide the help you need. We can be reached on 9419-6394 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
We wish everyone patience and strength to get through this period of seclusion and, God willing, we can to return to our normal lives soon.
Yereckin Hasmik Hambardzumyan
ACWC Community Welfare Support Coordinator