Rural women encouraged to keep in touch while in isolation

By Rodney Woods

An online support network is encouraging rural women to put the kettle on or have a splash of wine while having a virtual chat to share ideas and experiences in staying connected during the coronavirus pandemic.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes launched the Virtual Country Cuppas to support rural women in combating feelings of isolation and stress while physical distancing.

Co-ordinated by the Victorian Rural Women’s Network, the event is based on the VRWN’s successful face-to-face Country Cuppas that attracted 600 rural women to 32 events across Victoria in October.

This year participants are invited to host a virtual morning or afternoon tea, after-work drinks or another form of online catch-up with their favourite community members or group.

“Drought, bushfires and coronavirus have all created an even greater need for more communication and connections to support rural Victorian women,” Ms Symes said.

“The Virtual Country Cuppas initiative is a great way for women to be able to stay in touch and talk about the things that really matter to them and their families in these challenging times.”

Anyone wanting to host a Virtual Country Cuppa will receive a hosting pack from the VRWN, which includes a free Zoom training webinar and personal development resources.

Virtual Country Cuppas will be held from Saturday, May 23 to Sunday, May 31 and is just one of several virtual initiatives that are being developed by the VRWN to upskill and support rural women.

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