Join the Care Army

Queensland volunteers needed to protect seniors from coronavirus.

Queenslanders have been urged to join the Queensland Government’s “Care Army” initiative to help protect the state’s most vulnerable citizens from coronavirus.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Care Army would protect up to one million seniors who have been asked to stay home to remain safe.

“Queensland’s community spirit always shines through in times of crisis, as it did when the Mud Army went into action after the 2011 floods,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Many seniors will of course be supported by family, but others will need volunteers and community service organisations to help them stay home and stay safe and with things such as food or medicine drops. 

“Even something as simple as a daily telephone call can make a huge difference.”

The Care Army would undertake a range of tasks including delivering meals and medication as well as providing support phone calls to seniors.

Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said  in addition to the Care Army, Queenslanders could help seniors in their own families and communities.  

“Whether it’s your mother, your grandfather, your next-door neighbour or a friend – we all know a senior in our community who will need us so they can stay safe from infection,” Ms Jones said.

“It is now up to every single Queenslander to show we care.

“The best place for seniors to be right now is in their own home 

“Being isolated from loved ones can be stressful for all of us.

“Switching to a chat over the phone, video call or email rather than visits face to face are recommended to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“Grandchildren should not be visiting grandparents who are in the at-risk aged group.

“Instead of driving your grandparent to the shops, get their list and do the grocery shop for them.”

Queenslanders wanting to join the Care Army should contact 1800 173 349.