A video message from Kate Torney, CEO of The State Library of Victoria, about Memory Bank
Since the beginning of the year, we have seen many of our not-for-profit partners respond to the needs of the community; firstly, during the bushfire crisis and now in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is not a definitive list of not-for-profits organisations who are responding in a myriad of ways to the current public health crisis. However, we wish to highlight the work being done by several of our not-for-profit partners and the wonderful ways in which they have adapted their activities to provide the goods and services that the community needs and can benefit from most in the current circumstances.
We have categorised these efforts below but many of them fall into several categories.
Health sector support
- The Social Studio – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Social Studio has safely redirected our manufacturing efforts towards producing urgently needed scrubs at cost price for our frontline healthcare workers
- Museums Victoria – A donation of gloves
- Cool Australia – Online lessons for teachers plus activities for families
- The Song Room – ARTS:LIVE program
- 100 Story Building – Great activities via video on YouTube
- Questacon – ‘DIY Science’ playlist on YouTube
- I CAN Network – I CAN SCHOOLS goes online to support for Autistic youth
- Zoos Victoria – Zoo Education Online
Resources for families
- Smiling Mind – Thrive Inside including special mindfulness programs for families
- Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation – Suggestions for activities at home
- Telethon Kids Institute – How to explain Coronavirus to kids
- State Library of Victoria – COVID-19 Memory Bank (see video above)
- Ballarat International Photo Biennale - Mass Isolation Australian project
- Dancenorth – Free online dance classes
- Design Tasmania – Online exhibitions via Facebook
Goods & services to vulnerable communities
- Good360 – Assisting communities in need with essential goods
- GreenConnect – Green Living webinars
- STREAT & Fruit2Work – Moving Feast delivering food to most vulnerable Victorians
Fact-checked, reliable information on COVID-19
Australian Academy of Science has created a COVID-19 News and Resources Hub which include an Expert Database and a Rapid Research Information Forum for the scientific community. Within the hub, there is also a section devoted to answering the general public’s questions: COVID-19: The facts. Here you can read about the latest science behind all aspects of public health and medical research initiatives that deal with COVID-19.
Most of the information is presented in short, easy-to-understand videos. Here are just a few examples:
What is the likely impact on Indigenous Australians and their communities? – presented by one of our Board members Professor Fiona Stanley.
We hope you will find many of the above initiatives useful, interesting or inspiring.