02 April 2020 – Established a scheme to mobilise community organisations and volunteers

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Type of Intervention: Public services
Sectors Involved: Healthcare workers
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The irish Government established a scheme to mobilise community organisations and volunteers, called The Community Call.

The purpose of the Community Call is to coordinate community activity and direct community and voluntary assistance to where it is needed.

The scheme”s immediate focus was assistance for the elderly and vulnerable. The scheme is overseen by a group from the Department of The Taoiseach, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Department of Health, and the County and City Management Association.

The Community Call is managed locally by local authorities, led by the county chief executives. A dedicated phone line is now operational in every county and the national number 0818 222 024 is also now in operation.
Full details here: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/ba4e3d-covid-19-ireland-launches-the-community-call-in-major-nationwide-vol/