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.
HSE INFORMATION IN RELATION TO COVID19
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
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.
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
You can register with your local library for free and avail of audio books and ebooks through www.longfordlibrary.ie . 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.