New government support for the elderly and vulnerable

By June Shannon Coronavirus News   |   2nd Apr 2020

Vulnerable or the elderly can contact free local support number for help during the Covid-19 crisis

The Government has today (Thursday 02 April 2020) launched a major initiative that will link local and national government with the community and voluntary sectors to provide support and resources to those who need it during these unprecedented times of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Entitled “The Community Call” this initiative will coordinate community activity, direct community assistance to where it is needed, and marshal the volunteering energy of the country.

The immediate focus is on the elderly and the most vulnerable, and mobilising rapid response in every country to make sure everyone is looked after.

Initiatives under The Community Call include the establishment of 31 community call offices around the country and volunteers will help delivering groceries or collecting medicines as needed. All volunteers will be vetted.

Volunteers will help delivering groceries or collecting medicines as needed.

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In the coming weeks the focus will expand to broader the wellbeing of society and how communities can work together to help the country through the Covid-19 crisis.

Speaking at the launch of The Community Call this morning, An Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD said,  “We are all finding it very strange to be home and to be keeping away from our family and community. But those that are vulnerable or in need of a bit of help need to know that they are not alone. The government is tapping into the reach of our local authorities in every corner of Ireland as well as the extraordinary dedication of a legion of voluntary groups and charities. For those who need some help, it is there for you.”

" But those that are vulnerable or in need of a bit of help need to know that they are not alone,"

Simon Coveney TD , Tánaiste

Speaking at today’s event, Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, said, “Since the very start of this emergency, the community and voluntary sector has been working on the ground and also at national level with my Department, to prepare for the Community Response which we are outlining today.  One of our greatest assets in this country is the strength of our local, community and voluntary networks”, the Minister said.

“We are now asking that those networks – formal and informal – be mobilised so that everyone in our communities can look after each other.  If your neighbours or relatives are required to stay at home – check with them to see if they need supports.  And if you are in that category yourself, don’t hesitate to ask for help – whether it’s with shopping, fuel delivery, collecting medicines or any other necessities of daily life.  The Local Authority helpline is there as a safety net, to ensure that everyone is looked after.”

" And if you are in that category yourself, don’t hesitate to ask for help - whether it’s with shopping, fuel delivery, collecting medicines or any other necessities of daily life,"

Mr Michael Ring TD,, Minister for Rural and Community Development,

Each county will have a dedicated community Forum to coordinate and connect the wide range of services and supports that are available.

The forum involves an extensive list of state and voluntary organisations.  A dedicated phone line is now operational in every county please see the list below and at gov.ie and the national number 0818 222 024 is also now in operation.

If you need help or support the following is the list of each local authority’s helpline phone numbers.

 

Local Authority Community Response Number
Carlow County Council 1800 814 300
Cavan County Council 1800 300 404
Clare County Council 1890 252 943
Cork City Council 1800 222 226
Cork County Council 1800 805 819
Donegal County Council 1800 928 982
Dublin City Council 01 222 8555
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council 01 271 3199
Fingal County Council 01 890 5000
Galway City Council 1800 400 150
Galway County Council 1800 928 894 and 091 509 390
Kerry County Council 1800 807 009
Kildare County Council 045 980 202
Kilkenny County Council 1800 500 000
Laois County Council 1800 832 010
Leitrim County Council 071 965 0473
Limerick City & County Council 1800 832 005
Longford County Council 043 334 4255
Louth County Council 1800 805 817
Mayo County Council 094 906 4660
Meath County Council 1800 808 809
Monaghan County Council 1800 804 158
Offaly County Council 1800 818 181
Roscommon County Council 1800 200 727
Sligo County Council 1800 292 765
South Dublin County Council 01 414 9043
Tipperary County Council 076 106 5000
Waterford City and County Council 1800 250 185
Westmeath County Council 1800 805 816
Wexford County Council 053 919 6000
Wicklow County Council 1800 868 399

 

 

 

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