Irish Rural Link (IRL) – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is welcoming the launch by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Minister Michael Ring, of the COVID-19 Government Action Plan to Support Community Response. A new helpdesk for community and voluntary group has been set up and can be emailed on email@example.com. Full press release is available here.
The coming weeks and possibly months will be challenging for everyone but can be more difficult for the elderly and vulnerable who live alone. While people and communities are being urged to help out and check in with their elderly neighbours, many voluntary groups across the country have begun to mobilise their members to help out on different initiatives. However, some precaution needs to be taken with regard the safety and welfare of elderly people living alone and other vulnerable people. IRL have developed a set of guidelines for community groups mobilising volunteers over the coming days a week. The set of protocols are available to download here
Minister Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today said ‘The mobilisation of local community & voluntary groups and the engagement of volunteers at local level can play a crucial part in ensuring that vulnerable people living in the community can continue to have their needs met in the event that their usual sources of support become unavailable.’ Full Statement is available here
‘When there is a crisis, communities around the country pull together and look out for each other, we are now in a crisis and are calling on communities to stay safe and take care of those who are most vulnerable at this time’ Irish Rural Link are calling on communities to work together and help each other during the Covid-19 outbreak, especially those in the High Risk category. Read more here
As a result of measures announced yesterday by the Government to help curtail the spread of Coronavirus and in the interest of the health and safety of our tutors and class participants we are postponing all of our Computer classes across the country until further notice.
We will be in touch with you once classes commence again.
You can stay updated on measures taken by HSE and Government
With the number of cases of the Coronavirus – COVID 19 continue to increase it remains at containment stage but this could change if community transmission increases. People are being advised to keep informed and updated through media and the HSE and Department of Health websites. You can contact HSE Helpline on 1850 24 1850 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat and Sun from 10am to 5pm. HSE Live chat is also available during these times. For now, there are no restrictions on mass gatherings but if you are feeling unwell it is advised not to attend or if you are in high risk group – over 65’s and those with underlying health condition you should consider if attending is in your best interest. There is no specific advice for community groups providing services to vulnerable groups. IRL have put together some practical guidelines that some are following already. We will update these if official guidelines become available. The HSE have published a poster about the virus which is available here and one on Hand Hygiene available here.