COVID-19: Community Supports

COVID-19: Community Supports

The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenge for individuals and communities across Ireland. In these exceptional circumstances, all community members have a role to play in helping those who need extra support.

Published on: 24 Mar 2020

How can I volunteer?

If you are well enough to volunteer, there are two main ways in which you can do so:
1. Contact Cavan Volunteer Centre by phone on 049-4331957, through the website at or register on the national volunteering database – I-VOL - which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
2. By volunteering informally in your own community – for example by helping those in an at-risk category with their shopping or by collecting their prescriptions etc.


Sensible Volunteering

Some tips for sensible volunteering include:
  • Only volunteer if you are well enough to do so
  • Do not volunteer if you have travelled outside Ireland in the last 14 days
  • Always follow the HSE guidelines for hand washing, sneezing/coughing and practice social distancing

For more, see tips for sensible volunteering


Advice for people receiving assistance

  • Follow the latest HSE guidance on hand washing, sneezing/coughing and social distancing.
  • Clean any object that volunteers or others deliver to your home, if possible.
  • Hug or shake hands with people who are visiting you.
  • Share objects that touch the mouth, such as bottles or cups.
  • Answer the door to someone you don’t know unless you feel comfortable doing so. If someone calls to the door from an organisation, ask to see identification. Call the organisation to check their details if you need to.
  • Let someone into your house unless you know them or it is absolutely necessary.
  • Give cash, your bank details or your credit/debit card to anyone you don’t trust.


For more information, see the following links: