How can we help each other through this crisis?

That’s the simple question. We want your answers and ideas.

We want an ongoing discussion about how we can stand together against a viral scourge that has already brought dramatic changes to our social and cultural landscape.

Tasmanian Times wants to help share kindness rather than fear and panic (and not the virus) during these times.

We want to offer for-community resources as a hub for all, especially those vulnerable to the virus and those heavily affected already by its knock-on impacts.

We want your involvement in both planning and execution. So please contact us here – comments on below, or see our Contact page, or get in touch on social media: we are @tasmaniantimes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To start with, we have a couple of ideas of our own.

Buddy Up

Could we pair people, such as those who might be isolated and in-need with those who live nearby who can help? Lots of people might be self-isolating strictly, either under Department of Health instruction or other circumstances. Then there are – probably most of us still – who are now being careful about social distancing but can still be out and about.

Physical contact can be avoided and social distancing observed as items are dropped off for pick-up without contact, a welfare check can be made using social media or telephone channels, or a small errand or job can be done safely.

  • Picking up shopping
  • Urgent supplies (a roll of toilet paper)
  • A friendly phone call/message, or a wave over the fence
  • Dropping some books off
  • Picking up a parcel or mail if the person usually has items sent to a post box
  • Something else!

To start, please register on our list for those needing help. First name, suburb, street name but NOT number, type of vulnerability (age, disability, existing condition etc) and we’ll publish the list and find ways of linking those people with those who can help.

Another way to spread kindness is to print out these helper postcards, shown here and also available at #viralkindness, and letter box drop in your area.

Free ads

We’re going to offer some free ads here on the Tasmanian Times website!

Here’s how it works. To be eligible for a free ad you should be:

  • a small business in Tasmania who needs help. We use the ATO definition of small business.
  • an organisation or individual with an idea, project or concrete action to help us through this crisis.
  • any service, business or agency that is offering some kind of help.

You’ll need to supply us with an image that is 300 pixels horizontal x 250 pixels high, in .jpg format. Make it a nice one because we like pretty things 🙂 And you’ll need to give us a web address that the ad can link to. That’s it!

Send your request to manager@tasmaniantimes.com and we’ll do the rest. Depending on work load, it may take a few days to get your ad up on our site; please be patient while help as many people as we can. Ads will run on the site until at least 30 June, regardless of how things pan out.

Please give us ideas on how to improve these actions, and new, better ways to let Tasmanians share the kindness in these times. Together we can do it!