“The Community Call”
Kildare COVID 19 Community Response Forum and Helpline
The Community Call, a major initiative that links local and national government with the community and voluntary sectors, was announced today by Government.
The Community Call is an unprecedented mobilisation of both state and voluntary resources to combat the effects of Covid-19.
The purpose of the Community Call is to 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 county to make sure everyone is looked after. In the coming weeks the focus will expand to include the wellbeing of our society and how communities can work together to help the country through the Covid-19 crisis.
The Community call was announced today by the Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD, the Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan TD, and the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly who represented the Local Authortities. Speaking at the launch 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.”
Speaking at today’s event, Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, praised the outstanding contribution of the community and voluntary sector to the national effort to address the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
“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.”
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At National level, Community Call will be overseen by a group from the Department of An Taoiseach, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Department of Health, and the County and City Management Association.
The Community Call will be overseen and managed locally by our Local Authorities, led by the county Chief Executives. The CEOs, the most senior public official in every county, have been tasked with making this work, and are leading a dedicated community Forum in each county to coordinate and connect the wide range of services and supports that area available. The forum involves an extensive list of state and voluntary organisations. A dedicated phone line is now operational in every county, details at. gov.ie and the national number 0818 222 024 is also now in operation.
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 1800 300 174
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
Kildare COVID 19 Community Response Forum and Helpline
Kildare County Council takes the lead in joining together local organisations to assist citizens during Covid-19 and respond to “The Community Call”
A dedicated community support helpline has been established in Kildare County Council to assist at risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. The confidential phoneline service has been established by the new Kildare COVID 19 Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. The role of the Forum is to ensure that there is a co-ordinated community response and to enable all voluntary statutory agencies to collaborate in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members.
Included in the Kildare COVID-19 Community Response Forum are:
St. Vincent de Paul
Kildare Traveller Action
Kildare Children & Young People’s Services Committee.
The new phoneline is just one aspect of the Forum’s work. Its core aim is contributing to the community-wide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Kildare County Council, through this group, will ensure that the wide variety of groups working across the county to assist those in need, will do so in an organised, collaborative and targeted way. The Council’s Kildare COVID-19 Community Response Forum is there to ensure the very best use of the many resources assisting vulnerable persons with their daily needs at this unprecedented time, whether that is collecting medication, food shopping, social support and contact.
You can contact the helpline on 1800 300 174 or 045 980202 from 8am to 8pm daily.
This service will be operated 7 days a week.
Information is available on http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/coronavirusinformation/.Back to other News Items