THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Mary Mitchell in Rosbeg, Westport was forced to greet her daughter Aoife and grandson Caolan Cawley through the window of her home to ensure social distancing on Mother’s Day. Sunday was also Caolan’s first birthday. Pic: Conor McKeown
AN Garda Síochána and Mayo County Council have teamed up with community groups across the county to provide help and services to people who need monitoring and support during the coronavirus crisis.
An interactive map has been developed on the Mayo.ie website which shows the various groups in different parts of the county who are willing to provide support and help to members of their community.
The Community Engagement Covid-19 Response Map is an initiative of An Garda Síochána, Mayo County Council and the HSE in bringing community groups together in a co-ordinated manner in order to help vulnerable members of the community.
Superintendent Kevin Gately, who is in charge of Community Engagement in Mayo said he was delighted with the uptake by community groups and encouraged more to get involved if they also wished to help.
“All the community and volunteer groups will be fed into the interactive map on the Mayo.ie website and if people need help whether it is to collect a prescription of get their pension, all the information will be available on the map. There has been a huge response from groups within Mayo and we are all aware that during this time we have to ensure everyone in our community to taken care of,” he said.
Supt Gately added that his own community liaison officers are also available to provide services to people who need assistance and the community should not hesitate to call their local station if assistance is needed.
Achill information helpline
Achill Community Futures are one of the community groups who are involved in community response and have set up a community response information helpline which will be staffed at the Achill Tourism offices.
The information helpline was set up following an emergency meeting between the parish’s GPs, businesses and community groups last week in response to the coronavirus crisis. Achill has a predominately elderly population and two leaders have been designated from each of the island’s villages to respond to calls in each area, as they arise.
For the duration of the current Covid-19 crisis, Achill Tourism staff will now respond to calls from people who may be living alone and cannot leave their homes.
“The call centre is for people in our community who become vulnerable due to self isolation or not being able to access services as a result of Covid-19. A team of volunteers in each village are on hand to help get shopping, posting letters, getting prescriptions etc. Should you wish to use the service please call 098 20400 between 9am and 5pm seven days a week and we will direct the volunteers to you as soon as possible,” a spokesperson for Achill Tourism wrote on its Facebook page.
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