Keeping in contact
Local and national level and will include phone outreach, access to expertise in the handling of anxiety, stress or mental health issues, linking with volunteers or local authority personnel for practical physical supports, one to one buddying with volunteers and neighbours, and development of virtual group chats between neighbours.
Go to gov.ie/communitycall for more details.
It is very important that social contact is maintained with people who are isolated in their homes at this time, even if it's a friendly phone call. Even if you are not a formal volunteer, checking in via call or text with a vulnerable person in your locality can make a huge difference.
There are also a range of initiatives that people can avail of during this time:
ALONE is providing a telephone support line, seven days a week from 8am – 8pm, for all older people, their families, and those who are medically vulnerable. If you need any advice, reassurance or additional support call them at: 0818 222024
Gardaí – if you have any safety concerns, or need any essential items brought to you, contact the Gardaí, they will be more than happy to assist you or direct you to relevant services
Third Age Ireland have a Seniorline which is a confidential listening service for older people, with trained volunteers. Freephone 1800 804591
Friends of the Elderly also run a friendly call service for those who just need a chat. Its available free and nationwide. Call 01 8731855