NSW’s ‘Lockdown Heroes’ – Bringing joy to those most vulnerable in our community

Recognising the impact lockdowns can have on our wellbeing, last month Job Centre Australia engaged our NSW Youth Diversity participants in virtual ‘Popcorn & Picasso’ group art sessions. The aim? Not only to keep our participants’ spirits up, but to create beautiful cards with personalised messages to gift to local Aged Care residents – bringing joy to some of the most vulnerable in our communities during these difficult times.

These young “Lockdown Heroes” are wonderful examples of how we can all find meaningful ways to give back to our community and bring a smile to each other’s faces.

Lauren Perrin from Young is one participant who was involved. Lauren says she found the painting experience “fun and relaxing” and hopes the recipients feel “happy” when they receive the gifts. She also expressed how important it is to look after those who may be feeling isolated during these times, saying a gesture like this “lets them know people care about them.”

Brooke King from Gosford also participated, saying she hopes the recipients feel “happy and grateful” when they receive the cards, adding that she chose to get involved “So they don’t feel alone and know someone is thinking about them.”

Job Centre Australia’s NDIS Operations Manager North & Metro, Rebecca Fletcher, says: “There’s never been a more important time to give back to our community, and what better way to show how much we care than through art? Job Centre Australia is passionate about inclusion for all, and we thought this was a great way for our NDIS Youth Diversity participants to further develop their creative and social skills, while providing a meaningful opportunity for them to give back to some of the more vulnerable in our community.

“We’re proud to see our participants so excited to be involved in such an important project, and we can’t wait to see the smiles their gifts bring to residents’ faces!”