Copy

Galway City Community Network
The Public Participation Network in Galway City

5th May 2020
Below please find:
Governmental Info & Updates
  • Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business - here
  • Applications Open for New €2 million COVID-19 Online Retail Scheme - here
  • €18M to Support GAVI Vaccine Alliance in Fight Against COVID-19 - here
  • Further Measures to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 - here
  • National App for COVID-19 - here
  • Emergency Childcare service for Essential Healthcare Workers from 18 May - here
  • Update on COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Enhanced Illness Benefit Payments - here
  • The Initial Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Ireland's Labour Market Working Paper - here
Appeals & Other Updates
  • Appeal for the Donation of Old Laptops - here
  • Calling all Digital Champions to Support Older People to Get Connected - here
  • Age & Opportunity are Keeping Older People Connected - here
  • Resources to Support People With Disabilities and Their Families - here
  • Updates from ALONE - here
  • Wellbeing Initiatives: Reminder - here
Stay up to date on GCCN website
Governmental Info & Updates
 
 
Roadmap for reopening society and business announced | Visual ... Roadmap for Reopening
Society and Business
As you will be aware from Friday, May 1st, the Taoiseach has announced 2 changes to the restrictions put in place to protect us all from the spread of COVID-19 that will come into effect today, Tuesday 5th May 2020. The changes are that:
  • people can travel up to 5 kilometres from their home to exercise;
  • those who are cocooning can leave their homes for exercise so long as they avoid all contact with other people.
In addition, the Government has published a Roadmap for reopening society and business to ease the COVID-19 restrictions in a phased manner which is available for download here your information and attention, in addition to an overview of the reopening phases, to commence 18th May 2020, available for download here.
Find further details here and here.
Minister Humphreys opens applications for new €2 million Covid-19 ... Applications Open for New €2 million COVID-19 Online Retail Scheme
Minister Humphreys TD has announced that applications are now open for the new Enterprise Ireland €2 million COVID-19 Online Retail Scheme to support retail companies to enhance their digital capability. The new fund builds on two previous successful calls of the pilot Online Retail Scheme. Read more here.
The online application platform will remain open until 3pm, Wednesday 27 May 2020. Information on the COVID-19 Online Retail Scheme and details on how to apply are available at www.enterprise-ireland.com/retail.
 €18M to Support GAVI Vaccine Alliance in Fight Against COVID-19
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has announced that Ireland has pledged €18 million as part of global efforts to defeat the coronavirus, in support of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, for use between 2021 and 2025. This funding will support GAVI’s important work in procuring vaccines and distributing them to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries, including a vaccine for COVID-19 when it becomes available.
Read more here and here.
Image Further Measures to Support Businesses Impacted by Covid-19
On Saturday, May 2nd the Government has agreed a suite of measures to further support small, medium and larger business that are negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Read more here and here.
Also, you can see the Business Continuity Planning, a checklist of preparatory actions in responding to COVID-19, here.
 National App for COVID-19

As part of the national response to COVID-19, work is underway to develop a national app for contact tracing and real-time symptom tracking.

The primary purpose of the app is to enable the health services to improve the speed and effectiveness of contact tracing and to map and predict the spread of COVID-19. This is in support of the overall goal to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in our community. Read more here.

Nurses warn significant numbers will not be able to work without ... Emergency Childcare service for
Essential Healthcare Workers from May 18th
Government has asked the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to oversee the provision of childcare in the homes of essential healthcare workers from 18 May. This outreach childcare model has also been supported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) as part of the first phase of easing restrictions.
Read more here.
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment available to those ... Update on COVID-19
Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Enhanced Illness Benefit Payments
Today, May 5th, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection issued payments valued at €209.3 million to 598,000 people in respect of their application for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Around 11,000 people are receiving a payment for the first time.
Read more here.

 The Initial Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic
on Ireland's Labour Market
Working Paper
The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty today, Tuesday, May 5th, announced the publication of a Working Paper on the initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ireland’s labour market.
The Working Paper was prepared by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in collaboration with the Central Bank of Ireland for consideration by the Labour Market Advisory Council and is available for download here.
Read more here.
Appeals & Other Updates
Galway
 Appeal for the Donation of Old Laptops
Galway Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) are appealing to Galway’s business community, community and voluntary organisations and individuals to donate unused and unwanted laptops of other appropriate devices so that we can make them available to Galway’s students. Currently, Leaving Certificate students are prioritised.

With school buildings closed, access to virtual teaching and other online educational supports has become critical for students. However, Galway CYPSC has become aware of a large number of students who are unable to benefit from online resources because they lack a suitable laptop or tablet. Students are being identified and prioritised by schools and by Tusla’s School Completion Programme.

If you want to donate a laptop/device please contact Morgan Mee by phone to (086) 4179046 or email morgan.mee@tusla.ie
  • Laptops/devices need to have a working camera and microphone and to be wifi connectable.
  • Where necessary, machines can be cleaned and written confirmation that this has happened can be made available to donors. Collection can also be arranged.

Galway Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) is an interagency committee that brings together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people.  The committee provides a forum for joint planning and co-ordination of activity to ensure that children, young people and their families receive improved and accessible services.
See more at www.cypsc.ie
 Calling all Digital Champions to Support Older People to Get Connected
Age Action has joined the ChangeX Community Call initiative to mobilise Digital Champions who will support older people to get connected to the internet using the Age Action Getting Started KIT.
 
The Age Action Getting Started KIT is a series of NALA approved How To KIT Guides and a video tutorial, presented by Mary Kennedy, to help people older people to use a smartphone, or other device, to get online so they are more connected, informed and supported particularly during periods of social distancing.
  • The Age Action Getting Started KIT materials are available to download from www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-kit
  • People can call 01 8730372 leave their name and address and Age Action will post the How to Guides within 10 days from 1st May 2020.
  • The video tutorials will be available to view on Tuesday 5th May 2020 using the link above.
Age & Opportunity Age & Opportunity are Keeping Older People Connected
Age & Opportunity are continuing to provide opportunities for older people to be more active; more visible; more creative; more connected; more often, during these difficult times. They’ve gotten creative and transferred a number of initiatives online to reach their audience who are following social-distancing and cocooning guidelines. More info on their website here.
Resources | One Planet Network Resources to Support People With Disabilities and Their Families 
Many organisations who work to support people with disabilities and their families have produced easy to read information guides on COVID-19. Please see Inclusion Ireland, Enable Ireland and National Federation of Voluntary Service Providers websites for easy read information on a range of COVID-19 topics which can be printed off.
 Updates from ALONE
ALONE has developed advice around mental health, wellbeing and specific concerns. Please see the Alone Helpline Q&A file here and note the relevant numbers for support organisations are at the bottom of the Q&A.
ALONE and the Samaritans have created a direct referral line for callers to the ALONE helpline who are very distressed or possibly suicidal and where an ALONE staff or volunteer feels they do not have the competency to give the caller the appropriate support.
 Wellbeing Initiatives
  • Age & Opportunity have plenty of resources to support older people during the pandemic. (Call  (0)1 805 7709 for more info)
  • #InThisTogetherTogether National Initiatives: local authorities are developing, supporting and expanding wellbeing initiatives during COVID 19.  
  • Fitness 15:  daily 15 minutes of exercise on RTÉ One at 2.20pm Monday to Friday
 
Twitter
Facebook
Website
Copyright © 2020 Galway City Community Network, All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp