Minister Joe O’Brien encourages vulnerable to avail of community call during level five restrictions

10th December, 2020

Community call is coordinate community activity and direct community assistance to where it is needed.

Minister Joe O’Brien of State for Community Development and Charities and T.D for Fingal, is urging older and more vulnerable members in our communities in Fingal to avail of supports made available through the Community Call.

Community Call was launched in April to link local and national Government with the community and voluntary sectors. It has facilitated an unprecedented mobilisation of both state and voluntary resources to combat the effects of COVID-19.

At the beginning of the pandemic Fingal County Council established a dedicated Forum one aspect of this was the creation of the helpline 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 Forum includes over a dozen agencies and organisations and is ensuring that within Fingal there is co-ordination around the operation to ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.

The Community Call initiative, funded by Minister O’Briens Department received over 5,000 calls from members of the public in the first week of its existence.

Speaking on the initiative Minister O’Brien said,

As we move into level five restrictions people are understandably feeling frustrated and low and now more than ever we need to let those that are vulnerable or in need of a bit of help need to know that they are not alone.

“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 through the Community Call. One of our greatest assets in this country is the strength of our local, community and voluntary networks and these networks have mobilised so that everyone in our communities have been able to look after each other.”

“I am urging anyone who might need some supports not to hesitate to ask for help – whether it’s with shopping, fuel delivery, collecting medicines or any other necessities of daily life. The Fingal Community Call helpline is there as a safety net, to ensure that everyone is looked after.”

The Fingal Community Helpline is 01 890 5000 and the email address is covidsupport@fingal.ie.

For more information please contact Karen Power, karen.power@oireachtas.ie

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