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April 21, 2021

Are Vinnies stores an essential service?

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With many people out of work or soon to be out of work, lack of government support in some areas will mean that volunteer support services will be playing a major role in keeping the country going over the near foreseeable future.

The St Vincent de Paul Society is working to ensure that it can continue to meet the needs of those people in the community experiencing poverty and disadvantage while ensuring our members, volunteers and staff are safe.

Vinnies has introduced and ramped up safety measures at all of its shops. This includes distributing government and health department advice on hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette, instructions for self-isolation if you are unwell, self-isolation if you have returned from overseas or if you have been in contact with someone who may have been exposed.

In addition to this, they have also distributed hand sanitiser.

Further precautions including additional signage for the front door and point of sale counter to advise customers not to enter the store if they are unwell and to pay by credit card or EFTPOS where possible have also been applied.

In addition, they have also advised volunteers to reflect with their families or seek medical advice as to their volunteering commitment. The society has told all volunteers that it is very supportive of any individual decision volunteers make.

Volunteers are being asked to reflect on risks and make a personal decision about their volunteering in the current environment.

The Society is ensuring that it is following all government and relevant agencies advice on how to minimise risk. They will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly


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  1. Volunteers should not be working in the stores right now, especially the elderly or those with health problems. Paid Vinnies area managers are now working from home, expecting volunteers to go out and do the work to support their paypacket. Very disappointing.

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