We believe it is important that the mobilisation of resources and volunteers meets the need of groups who experience inequalities in our local communities. Resources are required to support advocacy and the participation of marginalised groups in responding to the crisis.
This page brings together information on Community Supports during COVID 19 and supports from the state to enable responses from community and voluntary groups.
The Department of Rural and Community Development in partnership with the HSE have developed a COVID-19 Government Action Plan for Community Response
The Department of Rural and Community Development email helpdesk facility is available to assist you with advice or queries and is open 7 days a week, email C&VSupports@drcd.gov.ie
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government have established community support fora in Each Local Authority. There will be a community support helpline/call centre operating from early morning to late evening, 7 days per week, in every local authority. They 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.
Womens Community Organisations
CWI have convened a Covid-19 Non-Governmental Organisation Group comprising national organisations representing marginalised communities in an effort to build a collective response to share information on emerging issues which need to be raised at Government level. They have made a joint submission on behalf of the COVID-19 NGO Group - Marginalised Groups and Promoting Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights.
They have produced a planning framework, designed to assist organisations, in planning to protect the health and wellbeing and ensure the resilience of those who experience the highest degree of socio-economic marginalization and social exclusion during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Wheel are asking charities, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises, as well as individuals, to use this hashtag on announcements on innovative community responses #CommunityResponseIRL and they have a list of community champions in every county.
Irish Rural Link have developed a protocol for Community Groups and Volunteers in delivering services.
CFI have established a fund to help vulnerable communities during Covid-19. If you require any additional information please reach out to Hazel Hennessy at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your organisation is offering supports for women or has resources relevant to women during COVID-19 please email them to Silke at email@example.com