21 October 2021
After a hiatus of four months, the Crows Nest Centre will be reopening its doors from Monday, 1 November.
We know it has been a tough and challenging period for many in the community, particularly our older clients, some of whom have had few opportunities for social interaction during lockdown.
While we haven’t been able to run activities at the Centre, staff and volunteers have put in an amazing effort to keep our in-home support services running, including Meals on Wheels, linen drop-offs and phone shopping.
We really look forward to seeing our clients again, though to keep everyone safe, we will be reopening in a staged and cautious manner.
Staff and volunteers working directly with clients are now 92% double vaccinated. We expect these rates to be at or close to 100% by the time we reopen.
All visitors to the Centre will need to sign-in through the Service NSW QR code system and show proof they are double vaccinated, either on their phone or a printed version.
NSW Health has a simple fact sheet explaining the different ways you can get a record of your COVID-19 vaccination.
If you need assistance to access your certificate, or add it to the Service NSW app, ask one of our staff.
All clients, venue hirers and visitors will need to wear a face mask while indoors at the Centre.
As people start moving around the community, we will be keeping a watchful eye on the number of active COVID cases and any potential escalation.
Activities at the centre
Centre-based activities will recommence progressively from 1 November. Check our activities and events pages on the website or call the Centre to confirm dates and times for specific activities.
Under NSW public health orders, only people who are double vaccinated will be able to attend activities at the Centre during November.
Based on current advice, our expectation is that this restriction will be removed from 1 December.
Due to limits on the number of people that can occupy each room, physical distancing measures, initially one person per four square metres, will be in place.
Services at home
In addition to the in-home support services we have been providing through lockdown, we will resume bed making and volunteer assisted shopping from 1 November.
People receiving in-home support do not need to be vaccinated.
However, if you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to seek vaccination as the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.
If lack of access to transport is limiting your ability to get vaccinated, call Lower North Shore Community Transport on 9490 9500 or our Community Support Manager, Valerie Willemsen, on 9437 7502.
You can find more about our support services on the website.
We look forward to welcoming back our venue hirers, with rooms available for booking from 1 November.
To confirm your booking, use the online booking enquiry form or call our Venue Coordinator on 9439 5122.
Consider donating to the Centre
As a not-for-profit charity, venue hire is an important source of revenue for the Centre.
Having to suspend venue hire has resulted in a loss of vital income for our services. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the Centre, which you can make securely online.
We appreciate your understanding and support and ask for your patience as we slowly reinstate our services and activities.
If you would like more information or to talk to someone at the Centre, call us 9439 5122 or enquire online. If you need an interpreter phone TIS 131 450.