Mon, 06 Jul 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - Following the taoiseach's speech on Friday night in Dublin concerning coronavirus, particularly in relation to cocooning requirements for certain vulnerable members of the community, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has written to all local authority chief executives requesting they immediately operationalise the Framework for Local Authority Community Support and put helplines and support structures in place over the weekend.

Arising from this, the City and County Management Association met early Saturday morning and the Local Authority Community Response Forum will meet in every local authority area to coordinate and ramp up work to help ensure all vulnerable members of our communities affected by these new arrangements are supported.

Chaired and coordinated by each local authority chief executive the Forum will consist of the HSE, the council, county champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Siochana, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders. It will lead the co-ordination of COVID-19 community supports and resilience in each area.

If a vulnerable person needs to make contact immediately they can contact 0818 222024.

Services

It will provide the following services:
Collection & Delivery Food, essential household items, fuel, medication in line with guidance
Transport to Community testing centres Clinical Assessment Hubs GP and hospital appointments
Social Isolation, supports, engagement
Meals and their delivery
Garda-related
Other medical/health needs

There will be a community support helpline/call centre operating from early morning to late evening, 7 days a week, in every local authority. It will be cross-referenced by the Alone National Helpline.

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