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
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‘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.
Partner meeting in Malaga
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Irish Rural Link is pleased to announce that it’s CEO Séamus Boland has been elected President- elect of Diversity Europe Group, which represents Civic Society on the European Economic Social Committee based in Brussels. He is the first Irish person to be elected to this position since it’s foundation in 1956, as one of the EU’s institutions listed in the Rome Treaty.
The Group is made up of delegates drawn from each member state, representing sectors which include, community, agriculture, environment, consumers, social economy and various professions.
Seamus has been a member of the European Economic Social Committee since October 2011. He is currently vice-president of the Diversity Europe Group and will take up the position as President in October 2020.
More information about the Diversity Europe Group is available on www.eesc.europa.eu