Here are some useful links for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations
HSE - the place to go for the most-up-to-date and reliable information on COVID-19
Department of Rural and Community Development - the Department of Community and Rural Development is leading the government effort to encourage and faciliate a community response to COVID-19. You, Your Community and COVID-19 contains a great list of resources.
Wicklow Public Participation Network - a very useful list of Wicklow and national COVID-19 resources
Community Foundation for Ireland - have established a new fund to help vulnerable communities with COVID-19
Wicklow County Council - statement on COVID-19
Volunteer Ireland - lots of good resources for volunteer involving organisations on managing and recruiting volunteers in response to COVID-19
An Garda Siochana. This is a link to all local Garda Stations in Wicklow
COVID-19 - our response
County Wicklow Volunteer Centre , the network of volunteer centres and Volunteer Ireland want you to know that we are working collectively with all relevant government Departments, national organisations and local community groups to support the response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are delighted to see and value the community based volunteer response that is mobilising and want to provide organisations and members of the public wishing to volunteer with practical advice and guidance, bearing in mind that as a community and as individuals our main task is to minimise the spread of coronavirus.
We are working to make sure the most vulnerble members of our communities are looked after during this time. We are doing this in the following ways:
Prioritising recruitment, support and promotion off volunteer roles related to the COVID-19 response
Communicating with local volunteers and organisations to let them know what is happening and connect them where relevant
Providing advice and guidance on volunteering safely when dealing with vulnerable members of the public
Sharing stories of those volunteering and raising awareness of the positive impact of volunteers
FOR ALL THOSE WHO WISH TO VOLUNTEER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Before considering volunteering ask yourself - Am I well enough to volunteer?
Remember your satfey and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is the main priority.
County Wicklow Volunteer Centre along with the network of volunteer centres and Volunteer Ireland ask that you adhere to te HSE Instructions on how to avoid COVID-19, in work, in the community and at home.
If you are well enough and wish to volunteer, there are two main ways you may be able to help
The first is by registering with us on www.volunteerwicklow.ie, alternatively you can contact us directly on either 085 862 2152 or 086 325 8803. If you are living in another county you can register with your local volunteer centre here http://www.volunteer.ie. We will try to match you to the most suitable opportunity for you. Please be aware that many organisations are currently in the process of closing or curtailing their services and many others are only beginning to decide their response to COVID-19, so volunteering opportunities may be limited. Once you register we will keep in touch and let you know what is happening locally.
The second way to help is informally in your own community. If you know people in your community who may be vulnerable and you can contact them safely (phone, text, a note through the door) just let them know that you are available and can assist with shopping etc.
DO NOT ASSUME THAT SOMEONE NEEDS HELP OR CALL DIRECTLY TO SOMEONE'S HOUSE UNANNOUNCED, as some people may be very anxious making face to face contact, particularly if they have a medical condition or are living alone.
Is someone asks you to do something that you can't do, please let them know and recommend that they contact us (085 862 2152 0r 086 325 8803) and we will try to find a solutuon to their problem
It is really important to realise that not all volunteers who contact us will be assigned to a role and there will be delays. We are getting a huge number of new registrations from people who are interested in helping, but at the moment the suppy is greater than the demand.
Thanks to you all - it is great to see such a positive community response.