In these unprecedented times, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is committed to continuing to provide support across all our vital client services, and is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.
Following recent government advice, and in the interests of protecting all of our clients, employees, volunteers and members of our wider community, we have closed our Sydney office as of Tuesday 24th March. As a result all employees will be working from home until further notice.
Although the office is not physically open, BGF is still very much open for business and we have redirected all of our phone lines to ensure that client support is available to those who need it in the most efficient way possible. For general enquiries, we can still be contacted on the main office number on 02 9283 8666 and via our emails. We will continue to look at alternative online communication where possible.
BGF’s Community Support workers will continue to support our clients in-person, providing daily essential community services, while practicing infection control and harm minimisation at all times to ensure the health and protection of everyone involved.
We’re here to support everyone in the best way we can. Together we can help people living with HIV to thrive.
Coronavirus information for our communities
BGF values the health, safety and well-being of each person in our community as one of our highest priorities. Guided by public health best practices, we are taking steps to reduce the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) while continuing to provide our most essential services and support. We are closely monitoring and evaluating guidance from the Australian and NSW Departments of Health and will keep our staff, clients and supporters updated as our response evolves.
Supporting both the physical and mental health of all our community members is essential as the local and national response to COVID-19 continues to rapidly change. We provide many essential community services that are needed now more than ever, including grocery shopping, housing assistance, transport to medical appointments and psycho-social support for many vulnerable individuals.
There is a lot of information about COVID-19 in the media and in our communities. Some of it can be difficult to understand. You can access a fact sheet here from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) to assist with any questions you may have about how this virus could affect people living with HIV. The fact sheet also shares tips and referrals you may find useful.
It is important that we all stay informed and make decisions that are both good for our health and the wider community. If required, self-isolate but don’t be isolated. If you are feeling anxious or confused, please reach out to us here in the BGF office on 02 9283 8666.