Calling for volunteers to make face masks

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for all of us.

It has also highlighted the kindness of many people across Victoria and Tasmania who have pitched in to help those in need.

We are currently calling on volunteers to support us in making reusable, fabric face masks.

Victorian health authorities have made it mandatory for people in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to wear a face mask when outside their home, and recommend that people from regional areas also wear a mask if physical distancing is not possible.

An increase in demand for face masks is making it hard for many vulnerable and marginalised people in our communities to access them.

By having cloth masks available for low-risk situations, we can ensure our supply of surgical masks can be used where they are needed most.

If you are handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread, we’d love your support in making masks, which will be distributed across Uniting Vic.Tas and Uniting AgeWell services.

To be effective, the masks need to include three layers of breathable fabrics and fit snugly around the face, including the nose and mouth. You can find instructions on how to make fabric face masks here.

We encourage you to get creative and have some fun with this project!

To participate fill out the form below, or call our team on 1800 668 426.

Unable to make masks but still want to lend a helping hand?

Once you have finished making your masks

Once you’ve finished sewing the masks, please mail them to our Dallas Warehouse, which is using COVID-19 safety measures to receive and store items.

Uniting Vic.Tas
38-40 Phillip Street
Dallas, VIC 3047

Any contributions will be gratefully received. Masks will be distributed across Uniting Vic.Tas and Uniting AgeWell services.

Thank you in advance for your help during these trying times as we support people in need.

Please note, wearing a face mask does not guarantee protection from COVID-19 or other illness. Face masks provide a basic physical barrier that helps to reduce the spread of the virus by filtering some particles and preventing you from touching your face. Masks should be used along with other recommended measures, such as regular hand-washing, use of hand-sanitiser and social distancing.

Portrait of Bronwyn Pike, looking away from the camera

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