The Governor is keen to showcase how his patronage organisations are helping businesses, industries and members of the public to cope during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
Browse the list below to discover how you can support, get involved or benefit from these various community initiatives.
The Governor is proud to be Patron to more than 130 community organisations. View full patronage list.
For all information and updates about COVID-19, you are urged to follow the advice of Department of Health WA (health.wa.gov.au) and the Department of Premier and Cabinet (www.wa.gov.au/government/coronavirus-covid-19).
Arts and culture
WA Symphony Orchestra
WASO’s concert performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio is now available for streaming on the ABC Classic website. Tune in via this link to relive the magic of Beethoven’s only opera, presented as part of the 2020 Perth Festival.
View a message from WASO CEO Mr Mark Coughlan about WASO’s break from the stage during this time, and watch a special performance with WASO Concertmaster Laurence Jackson.
Perth Festival have created a list of virtual arts and music performances around the world to tune into.
Lifeline reminds everyone that the Lifeline WA crisis support service – 13 11 14 – is available 24 hours a day for anyone feeling overwhelmed during this period.
Lifeline have created a list of mental health techniques and tools that may help to manage your psychological health during this time. Click here to view
Red Cross WA
Red Cross have released a statement outlining how you can help during this time.
- Give blood, if you can. Red Cross Lifeblood have taken necessary steps to ensure donor centres are safe.
- Make a donation. You might not see Red Cross knock on your door this month, but help is still needed.
Empty Shelves Appeal: Help support the most vulnerable members of our community.
Women and their families
Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF)
The Women and Infants Research Foundation have released a message for pregnant women and their families, understanding that pregnant women will feel a great sense of anxiety about their own health and that of their unborn or newborn baby.
Country Women’s Association of Western Australia (CWA)
CWA encourage members of the public and its members to stay at home, and try one of their many craft ideas.
View their ‘Patterns to knit or crochet’ list for designs including the Forget Me Not Flower Pattern, Red Poppy Pattern, Fiddle Rugs and Muffs, Feelie Hearts, Caligo Dolls, Knitted Teddies Bibs, Drainage Bags and more.
People living with a disability and their families
Access Plus WA Deaf
Access Plus have released videos about COVID-19 for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Activ have created a ‘COVID-19 Hub’, including ‘Easy English’ documents, a staying healthy guide from the Council for Intellectual Disability and an Aided Language Display (ALD) that can help communicate about coronavirus.