Galway City Community Network
The Public Participation Network in Galway City

7th April 2020
Below please find:
  • Domestic Violence Supports - read here
  • App for Domestic Abuse Victims - read here
  • How to be Vetted for a Volunteer Role during COVID-19 - read here
  • Crime Prevention Advice and other Garda COVID-19 resources- read here
  • Additional An Post Services - read here
  • COVID-19 Supports for Artists and Those Working in the Arts Sector- read here
  • Online Cultural Resources - read here
  • Online Library Resources - read here
  • Exercise Ideas for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Alert - read here
  • FoodCloud - read here
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Women’s Aid, the national organisation supporting victims of domestic violence have created a poster outlining all of the support points for anyone who may be in unsafe and abusive homes.  Included there is a website for details on your local services as well as the Male Advice Line. The poster can also be downloaded here.
 App for Domestic Abuse Victims
Among the Support Services identified by An Garda Síochána there is Bright Sky Ireland, a free app available on Google Play and Apple App Store.
The app connects victims of domestic and sexual abuse to advice and support services across the country. It enables users to locate their nearest support centre by searching their area and provides information about different forms of abuse such as domestic abuse, sexual violence and harassment. It also provides a journal to record incidents of abuse by text, video, voice recording or photography.
Read the An Garda Síochána Domestic Abuse Disclaimer with further information here.

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How to be Vetted for a Volunteer Role during COVID-19

The Garda National Vetting Bureau (GNVB) has recently received many COVID-19 related queries from members of the public, inquiring about how they can volunteer in their community and how they are vetted for such roles.
Vetting for volunteer roles is coordinated by Volunteer Organisations registered with GNVB as a Relevant Organisation. Not all Volunteering roles will require Garda Vetting, but if the position you are volunteering for does require it, the vetting will be organised through your Local Volunteer Centre. All valid COVID-19 related vetting applications received at GNVB from Relevant Organisations are currently being processed within 2 working days.
For further info on Volunteering in Galway City go here.

 Crime Prevention Advice and other
Garda COVID-19 resources

In line with the National Garda Diversity & Integrationnstrategy 2019-2021 An Garda Síochána have developed bespoke Crime Prevention Advice for all persons during the current Covid-19 crisis to ensure all individuals are alert to bogus callers, online scams and home security.
All Garda COVID-19 resources, including the crime prevention leaflet translated in 11 different languages, are available here (see bottom of the page).

Additional An Post Services
In relation to the postal operatives checking in on older and vulnerable people on their daily routes, An Post have added an additional element to this initiative. Family members of an older or vulnerable person currently cocooning will now be able to request a specific An Post Check-In by the local Postal Operative.
Family members can register for the free Request a Check-In service here. You need to complete the postal address and Eircode of the customer and An Post will assign the request specifically to the delivery route the person lives on.
Additionally, An Post’s Newspaper Delivery service was also launched. This will provide same-day delivery to households nationwide Monday to Friday. Customers can find out more about ordering their chosen newspaper through

COVID-19 Supports for Artists and Those Working in the Arts Sector

The Arts Council Ireland has launched a €1m fund to enable artists to make new and original work during the COVID-19 crisis. The award is open to professional artists across the widest possible range of art forms - writing, music, visual art, performance, film, online collaborations and more.
Online applications are now open here.
See details on this and other supports here.

Online Cultural Resources
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is bringing a series of cultural resources together to highlight many of the online resources available. The list  is divided in three main areas as follows:
1. Irish Language and Gaeltacht
2. Heritage
3. Culture
See further details here.
Online Library Resources
Check out the Libraries Ireland information on their user guides and video tutorials for
using eLibrary resources including Borrowbox & online magazines. Click here for more information.
Exercise Ideas for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Alert
Chair Based Programme For Older Adults

HSE Ireland has created an Easy Exercises Booklet that includes a chair based programme for older adults. This can be a helpful resource for anyone cocooning. Why not download/print a copy here and share it with an older person you care about?

Siel Bleu Ireland are hosting online exercise classes with trainers to ensure older people are keeping active during COVID -19. Interested in participating?
These classes are hosted twice daily seven days a week via Facebook Live and YouTube.
Find out more here.

Growth Fund Awardee FoodCloud have being doing extraordinary work during these difficult times. They have seen a 50% decrease in surplus food donations from supermarkets as a result of stockpiling. Their moto during this time is 'No one should go hungry during COVID-19." With their network of 500+ community partners, they are endeavouring to provide food to communities across the country. Learn more here.
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