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