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Community Supports COVID19




Hi Everyone,

I hope this finds you all well during these unprecedented times. I know many organisations are closed or people are working from home. If there is anyway we can help you, please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Here are some resources we hope will be helpful to you or the people you work with.


LCRL Community Resources Clg 

LCRL are here to help you if you need help or advice:

  • Have you lost your job or  your work hours are reduced? If you need advice or information, please contact Rita
  • Are you a young person who would like to talk to someone? Contact Sarajane, Mark or Micheal in our Youth Service, they will be delighted to chat with you.
  • Do you own a small business and are struggling at the moment due to the current crisis, please contact Fiona
  • You are part of a community group that needs supports, contact Con or Garry
  • If you require volunteers at this time, or advice on Volunteer Management, contact Terri, Madeline or Angela in the Volunteer Centre

Please call 043-3345555


LCRL - Friendly Phone Call Service 

This service is reaching out to elderly people, who may feel isolated and need support at this time. If you know of anyone who needs this service you can contact 043-3345555.


Longford Warmer Homes are doing shopping and deliveries to vulnerable members of our community in Longford Town and surrounds. Contact Jennifer on 0433393255 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



There is information from the HSE in relation to COVID19 translated into different languages which may be of help. Click here to find out more


Social Welfare/ Pension Payments 

If anyone is unable to travel to the post office and need someone to collect their social welfare or pension on their behalf they need to complete a form to enable them to do so.- click here to download a nomination form


ALONE - Helping the Elderly 

If you know any elderly person that needs help with shopping, or a phone call during this COVID19 Crisis - please call ALONE Ireland on 0818 222 024 and they will try and organise this help for you as soon as they can. 


Ballymahon Day Care Centre, Ballymahon 

Breda Greaves is in daily contact with clients from the centre. With the help of Local Link she is helping and co-ordinating people to get their groceries and medical prescriptions. You can contact Breda on 086-1097682. The Day Care Centre would be happy to receive donations of non perishable foods, which they can distribute to people who may need it during this difficult time.


 Lús Na Gréine, Granard are open.  If anyone needs help, they can call or just ring the doorbell. 043-6660977.

Lús Na Gréine are also part of a North Longford Community Responder initiative  to help people in this time of crisis, in terms of shopping/ going to urgent appointments or need a supportive call. The contact numbers for this are 087-0558549 or 086-8232139


Bridgeways Family Resource Centre, Ballymahon 

  Bridgeways FRC has a community filing cabinet  stocked with covid19 forms, and envelopes.

This cabinet is outside the front of the building for anyone to access.
Grace is in the centre from 12-4pm, If you need help with anything, advice or printing please contact her on 0858668062 or through Facebook or Instagram


Alzheimer Society of Ireland - Longford Branch 

 The office is open, if anyone needs any advice or help. One can contact the helpline on 1800-341-341 or Breda Dunne on 086-3802183


The Community Gardai, Longford  are available to help if you need to contact them on

043 3334104



Longford Meals on Wheels are continuing to deliver meals on a Monday and Friday.  If there are any elderly people who need their service they can contact Elaine Keogh on  043 3350138. 


 Helplink South are still installing personal alarms for elderly people at this time.

Telephone:090 644 5080/ 090 644 5081, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for the link to their website.



NCBI Working for People with Sight Loss

Trisha O' Shaughnessey is available to support people with a sight loss over the phone and can send them information via email or by post at present.  

   Community Resource Worker 


Tel:   0906473575/0868500206 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /Web: 



Library Service

You can register with your local library for free and avail of audio books and ebooks through . If you ring the staff on 0433341124. they can leave out books for collection for you.  You can borrow books through the @borrowbox App. You can also avail of newspapers from all around the world online through PressReader App. Click here for all details


Free Online Resources 

Click here for a list of free Online Resources that may help people cope at home during the COVID19 crisis.



Many community groups already deliver essential services to older people living alone and in remote areas. Services like Meals on Wheels, Befriending Service, Home-help, and many more alike will continue during this crisis albeit with significant changes to the delivery of the service in the interest of their clients, their volunteers and staff.

Volunteer Ireland have developed Guidlines on Managing Volunteer and Volunteering during the COVID19 Crisis. Click here to view them.

Please click here for the Protocol for Community Groups and Volunteers in delivering services devised by Irish Rural Link.

I hope all this information is helpful.

Please contact me if you require any further information. 

Best Regards,




New App Launched to Help People Volunteer

New App Launched to Help People Volunteer

Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres have launched a new app, I-VOL, to help people find volunteer roles in their local area. The I-VOL app is available to download now in the App Store and Google Play Store. The app will allow people to find volunteer roles based on their location, interests and time available. Users will also be able to create a profile to keep track of roles they have applied for and log any volunteer hours they undertake. Click here on how to update the app.

I Vol App

Good Governance Webinar #2: Leading People and Exercising Control -9th Oct 1.45-3pm

Good governance is critical to the performance and impact of community and voluntary sectors across Ireland. Yet many organisations struggle to adopt best practice in governance.

Carmichael, Volunteer Ireland, and Longford Volunteer Centre are pleased to present Good Governance: a free series of short webinars aimed at helping community, voluntary and charitable organisations to adopt best governance practices.

Join us at Longford Volunteer Centre for this series of Webinars delivered by Carmichael Training & Consultancy that will enable your organisation to understand and implement good governance. The seminars topics will cover the six principles of the new Charities Regulator Governance Code, which all charities are expected to adopt from 2020.

Each webinar will consist of a 1 hour video session, followed by a brief group discussion facilitated by Longford Volunteer Centre.

These webinars will suit trustees/managers of registered charities, board members/managers of community and voluntary organisations that intend to register as charities.


  • Be clear on volunteer and/or staff roles
  • Develop a Code of Conduct for volunteers and/or staff
  • Understand your organisation’s legal obligations
  • Understand and manage risk



Derek O’Reilly is Training Manager at Carmichael. He has many years’ experience of governance, management and quality assurance of community organisations in Ireland, Africa and Eastern Europe and is an assessor for the Good Governance Awards.

Contact Angela Killion - to book your place at this webinar - 087 7594770 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The webinar will be held in our office in Templemichael. Eircode N39 RH22

Volunteer Ambassador Longford NVW 2019 - James Quinn


This is National Volunteering Week. Six Volunteer Ambassadors from Longford were chosen to highlight the impact Volunteering has had on their lives.


James QuinnThis is James Quinn's story: "Volunteering has allowed me to develop my interpersonal skills and to help those who need assistance. As a First Aid Volunteer I have been able to help people in a time of need. I enjoy helping as it gives me a great sense of satisfactions knowing I have done my best to provide a vital service. Volunteering for St. John’s Ambulance Ireland has improved my confidence in terms of meeting new people. Giving up my free time to learn new skills, knowing they are appreciated gives me the inspiration to do more. I hope it will encourage others to get involved in volunteering".
#WhyIVolunteer #NVW2019