Galway City Community Network
The Public Participation Network in Galway City

5th June 2020
Below please find:
Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business
  • Further Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions From June 8th - read here
Message from COVID-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support Other Info and Updates
  • Statement by the Minister for Rural and Community Development - read here
  • Extension of Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme until end August - read here
Services and Supports
  • Unlimited Phone Data Usage for those Using Phones for Coursework - read here
  • Online Stress Control Programme: From Monday, 8th June - read here
  • Alzheimer Society of Ireland 1:1 Sessions - read here
  • HOMENAUTS #stayathome Repository of Free Activities/Suggestions - read here
  • Galway City Community Call Helpline - read here
  • Have your Say: safe social distancing and accessibility by foot or bicycle - read here
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Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business

Further Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions From June 8th
Roadmap For Reopening of Society and Business - Phase 2

Today, 5th June 2020, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that Ireland can move to Phase 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business from Monday, June 8th. The Government has also announced an acceleration of the Roadmap: there will now only be 4 phases planned instead of 5. Phase 3 will commence on 29th June and Phase 4 from 20th July.

These are five things you should know for Phase 2 starting on Monday the 8th of June.

✅Stay Local: You may travel within your own county, and up to 20 kilometres from your home if crossing county boundaries.
✅Meeting other people: You may meet up to 6 people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors for social gatherings. Organised outdoor exercise, sporting, cultural or social activities of up to 15 people may take place
✅Shops: All retail is reopening. Shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in your community.
✅Work from home: It is more important than ever to work from home where possible.
✅Transport: Walk or cycle if you can. Only use public transport if you absolutely need to. Public transport capacity is limited because of social distancing requirements.

Useful Links
Find further details on the restrictions in place during Phase 2 at this link here and here.
View the Roadmap for reopening society and business at the link here.
Read the speech of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., announcing Phase 2 at - here.

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Message from COVID-19
Health Communications Stakeholder Support

5th June 2020
Message from COVID-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support
Dear Colleagues,
We hope this message finds you well. We appreciate your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.
#InThisTogether Wellbeing campaign  
Thank you for all of the fantastic support for the #InThisTogether Wellbeing campaign, from the Department of Health and the HSE. This will continue to be on the airwaves in June. The website is and the hashtag is #InThisTogether. Partners are recommended to continue to share their wellbeing content under the hashtag #InThisTogether.

The radio adverts can be found here and include new ads which are being aired on national and local radio relating to:
1.       Social distancing and disability – keeping in mind people with disabilities, including the visually impaired
2.       Sleep – advice for people experiencing disturbed sleep at this time
3.       ‘Small Walk’ - advice for people who are worried about getting back out and about or may be feeling unsteady on their feet  
Family Carers Ireland - offering family carers free counselling sessions
As a carer, there are times when mental health and emotional well-being may be challenged due to a combination of the demands of a caring role, and the additional worries of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family Carers Ireland offer help to family carers, as they believe no one should have to care alone. They have developed a free, short-term online and phone counselling service for family carers, and will connect carers with a qualified counsellor from a panel of approved professionals.
The service can be accessed through the website or through the National Freephone Careline on 1800 24 07 24.
Online Mental Health Supports
As part of their on-going collaboration with HSE Mental Health, Silvercloud Health has made four of their online mental health and wellbeing programs free to access for all health sector staff and volunteers. The four programs cover: Stress; Sleep; Resilience; and Challenging Times, and were developed in response to COVID-19. These programs, which are self-directed, feature evidence-based content in a series of modules that draw on well-established interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy. The HSE and Silvercloud want to ensure that the wider health sector can avail of the programs. To find out more and to access the content, please visit the dedicated landing page and please remember to use the access code HSE2020. Further information on minding your mental health during Covid-19 can be found here.

COVID-19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, communicating in a health setting such as a busy clinic or ward situation can be difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity for many healthcare staff to wear face masks have made communication even more difficult, especially for people who may rely on lip-reading.
The Irish Deaf Society and Chime, in partnership with the HSE, have prepared resources for use by Healthcare workers and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These can be found here and include guidelines for staff, communication supports and videos in Irish Sign Language.  
Institute of Public Health Survey
The Institute of Public Health is inviting people to take part in an online anonymous international survey to help understand how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey has been developed by the International Loneliness and Social Isolation Research Network (I-LINK) that includes the Institute of Public Health along with Ulster University, Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University as well as colleagues from the UK, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. The intent is that the information will help understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted individuals, families, communities, policies and services at both a country and global level. See survey at the link

Public Health Information:
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: and
If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us and to let us know.

Please share and pass on to relevant teams and communities.
Keep well, remember we're #InThisTogether and #HoldFirm
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

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Other Info and Updates
Statement by the Minister for Rural and Community Development on COVID-19
In a statement released on June 3rd the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michel Ring said: "Community organisations, charities, social enterprises and the volunteers who assist them, have been an integral part of our country’s response to this pandemic. And while elements of our society and economy are now beginning to reopen, the reality is that the community and voluntary sector never closed."
Read the full statement here.
Extension of Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme until end August
The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) was introduced on 26th March to support the viability of firms and preserve the relationship between the employer and employee. An extension has now been announced until end of August 2020. See further details at .this link here.
Services and Support
Unlimited Phone Data Usage
for those Using Phones for their Coursework
Find here a step by step guide on how families who are relying on their phone for connectivity can move to unlimited internet without having to pay. This is for families/individuals who need internet for school/college work.
Online Stress Control Programme
Monday 8th June
There will be another Online Stress Control Programme beginning next Monday 8th June.
This 6 session programme is free and there has been very positive feedback to date, so please spread the word to anyone that you think would benefit.
Please see the timetable here. For more information, go to  

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Alzheimer Society of Ireland 1:1 Sessions
with a Dementia Nurse or a Dementia Adviser
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s National Helpline has expanded with a new free call-back service which offers people with dementia and family carers the opportunity to book a 1:1 session with a Dementia Nurse or a Dementia Adviser by calling the Helpline on 1800 341 341. This service creates a space for people with dementia and their families to raise issues that may be arising for them during the cocooning phase of the COVID-19 Emergency.
HOMENAUTS #stayathome
Repository of Free Activities/Suggestions
The HOMENAUTS initiative offers a website community repository for free activities/suggestions to cope with physical distancing measures and staying healthy at home that may be useful for people of all ages! This is a really great list of free resources offered by companies, media outlets and individuals to help you cope with the time at home. Why not give it a look here.

Galway City Community Call Helpline
operating from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

See the full-size poster here.

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Galway City Council Mobility Team
Have Your Say

What would it take to make Galway a safer place for social distancing during COVID-19 and more easily accessible by foot or bicycle?

The Galway City Council Mobility Team are seeking public suggestions on how to best reallocate road space to support social distancing.
What are your ideas? What are your needs?
If you have a few minutes to spare, you can click here to submit a request.
For further details see

You can see the suggestions submitted so far on the map here.

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