Today (20 March 2020) Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, and Minister for Community Development, Seán Canney TD, launched the COVID-19 Government Action Plan to support the community response.
This Action Plan, which has been put together in partnership with other government departments, State agencies and our extensive network of community and voluntary organisations, sets out three key areas of initial focus in supporting a community response to COVID-19.
The 3 key initiatives are:
Government has committed to putting the required funding and resources in place immediately and Minister Ring’s department will be working with our partners to implement the measures on the ground as quickly as possible. Work in this regard has already commenced.
The unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis will require the re-prioritisation, and re-direction of activities, new contingency arrangements to maintain and support critical services, and new flexibilities in the use of resources in the community and voluntary sector.
Minister Ring said:
Minister Canney said:
Minister Ring also drew attention to his department’s Seniors Alert Scheme, which provides monitored alarms for older people to enable them to live safely and securely in their homes.
There are now approximately 80,000 of these alarms in the community and the Minister urged older people who have them to ensure they are activated.
Minister Ring added:
The Minister also reminded people to only use information received from official sources:
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For more information see You, Your Community and COVID-19.
As part of the government’s response to COVID-19, the Department of Rural and Community Development is chairing an Advisory Group on the Community Response. The Chair of the Advisory Group will report to the NPHET Subgroup on Vulnerable People which is tasked with providing oversight and assurance with regard to the specific preparedness, measures and actions that need to be taken to protect vulnerable groups and individuals in society.
The overarching purpose of the Advisory Group is to encourage and facilitate community engagement in response to the needs of vulnerable people – such as older people or people with disabilities - living in the community.
With the assistance of the Advisory Group, the Department of Rural and Community Development compiled the COVID-19 Action Plan to support the community response.
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Older people who have questions or concerns can contact the Alone helpline on 0818 222 014 or the Senior helpline on 1800 804 591.
The Action Plan is available here Government Action Plan for Community Response to COVID-19