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Council opens dedicated Covid-19 helpline

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Anton McNulty

A DEDICATED Covid-19 community support helpline has been established by Mayo County Council to assist at-risk members of the community in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports.
The new helpline went live yesterday (Monday) and is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. It was established by the new Covid-19 Mayo County Council Community Response Forum, which includes the HSE, An Garda Síochána and over a dozen agencies and organisations.
At the instigation of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, each county in Ireland has put in place a Covid-19 Community Response Forum to be co-ordinated by each local authority.
The role of the forum is to ensure that there is a co-ordinated community response to limit the spread of Covid-19 and to enable all voluntary statutory agencies to collaborate in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members.
Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes said there were a number of groups doing excellent work in the community and the Council was there to provide a targeted, integrated and coordinated approach to the delivery of these much-needed services for vulnerable groups.
“Mayo County Council is ideally placed both statutorily and regionally to channel this great work and provide the governance structure in partnership with all stakeholders. Our staff whose day-jobs have changed due to this crisis, will be a key resource in the management and operation of this community support programme in collaboration with our partner agencies/groups,” he said.
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy added: “This public health crisis has changed life for so many, and we are there to help with that change. The role that Mayo County Council will play in leading the community response will ensure that there is a co-ordinated all county response in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members.”
The dedicated helpline, 094 9064660 is open from 8am to 8pm and the dedicated email address is covidsupport@mayococo.ie.