The City of Armadale has been able to re-engage some casual staff from the Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre (AFAC) and Armadale Libraries to support community services in the City in the wake of COVID-19.
With the AFAC centre and City libraries closed until further notice, a number of the City’s casual staff have been called upon to assist, delivering services to elderly and vulnerable residents.
The City recently completed a skills audit to determine where its casual workforce could be redirected to provide frontline support and keep essential services running.
Casual staff have been assigned roles across a range of community services – including assisting with food and care packages at the Champion Centre, delivering books and other library assets, customer service roles and cleaning.
“Many of our casual staff live locally and have been directly affected by the recent closure of community facilities, in line with government directives,” said Mayor Ruth Butterfield.
“We understand that this has been hard for these employees and their households and we are constantly looking for opportunities to use these staff to meet growing demand for services in response to this crisis.
“As a local government, it is our responsibility to continue to provide essential services and keep as many staff as possible in meaningful employment."