D15 Red Cross ask for community assistance in tackling Covid-19

by Rachel Darcy

Volunteers with the Irish Red Cross in Dublin 15 are asking for the community’s assistance in highlighting supports available to residents in Fingal as Ireland continues to battle Covid-19.

The Red Cross are reminding people to reach out to others, particularly if they need help as weather worsens over the coming weeks, or if they or a family member are isolating due to Covid-19.

Assistance is available for a wide range of supports from the Fingal Community Call Helpline on 1800 459 059 or on covidsupport@fingal.ie.

Along with the D15 Red Cross, members of the Helpline include Community Gardai, HSE, ALONE, Civil Defence, HSE, An Post, Citizens Info and other Govt agencies. Whether you need shopping, fuels, supplies or a prescription picked up there is a dedicated team available.

A spokesperson for the D15 Red Cross said: “We have really seen everything from people who are struggling to feed their family, to people who are medically vulnerable and are shielding, to people who are living alone with no social contact throughout the week.

“Our overarching message through all of this is that help is available, please reach out to access services, even if it is just for a chat”.

The local team of volunteers have been helping for the past 10 months delivering medications, food, helping people access much needed supports and providing support to local community services.

“We must all continue to take actions that will help to reduce case numbers and reduce contacts. Simple things like washing your hands, wearing a mask, paying attention to government public health advice, avoiding crowded places and shopping off peak absolutely helps.

“It it is a team effort, and we will continue to support our community for as long as it takes. Please keep up your efforts, we must all stick together to get rid of Covid-19.”

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