Galway City Community Network
The Public Participation Network in Galway City

23rd April 2020
Below please find:

Funding Updates
  • COVID-19 Hardship Fund For Older People - here
  • Funding To Tackle Illegal Dumping - here
  • ICT Funding For Schools - here
  • Local Enterprise Business Continuity Vouchers - here
  • Stability Programme Update 2020 - here
Guidance and Resources
  • CHILD ABUSE: Recognise & Report Guide - here
  • Long-term Health Conditions - COVID-19 Leaflet - here
  • Exercise Leaflet for Older Adults - here
  • Resources and Support for Women - here
  • NALA Plain English Guide to COVID-19 and Further Sevices - here
  • Managing Volunteers Webinars - here
  • Parenting Teenagers During COVID-19 - here
  • Support for Young People, Parents & Guardians - here
  • #calminourcommunity - Free Webinars - here
  • GRETB Community Education - here

Services and Support
  • COVID19 Community Assessment Hubs - here
  • Deaf Community Support and Information - here
  • Rape Crisis Helpline - here
  • One Parent Family Payment - here
  • New RSA Transport Regulations - here
  • Bank of Ireland Service for Healthcare Workers - here
  • An Post Newspaper Delivery Service - here
  • Irish Wheelchair Association - Transport to Tests - here
  • Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan - Temporary Process - here
  • Safety and Protection for a Vulnerable Adults - here
  • Seniors Alert Scheme Befriending Service - here
Open Calls and Surveys
  • “Open Call to Teenagers”- COVID-19 Solutions - here
  • Survey: Disruption to Work During the COVID-19 Crisis Research here

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Funding Updates
COVID-19 Hardship Fund For Older People
Age Action has launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund in conjunction with the Irish Red Cross to respond to the immediate needs of older people in vulnerable situations across Ireland experiencing additional hardship as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. Read more here.
For applications and further details go on the Irish Red Cross website here.

Funding to Tackle Illegal Dumping

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton announced on Wednesday the 22nd of April that €1m of funds from the Anti Dumping Initiative will be ring-fenced to support efforts to tackle a reported increase in illegal Dumping during the current COVID-19 crisis. Read more here.

€10 Million ICT Funding for Schools
The Department of Education and Skills announced a €10million package for schools to support the provision of IT equipment to students who don’t have access to technology. This will help to support students with continuity of learning during the period of school closure.
Schools will also be provided today with guidance on continuity of learning for students with special educational needs and for students at risk of educational disadvantage. Read more here.

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Local Enterprise Business Continuity Vouchers
The new Business Continuity Voucher, now open for applications. is available through Local Enterprise Offices and is designed for businesses across every sector that employ up to 50 people. The voucher is worth up to €2,500 in third party consultancy costs and can be used by companies and sole traders to develop short-term and long-term strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more info or to make an applications click here.

Stability Programme Update 2020
The Minister for Finance and for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D. published the Government’s Stability Programme Update 2020 (SPU). The SPU sets out a macroeconomic and fiscal scenario for the period 2020-2021 which incorporates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more here.
Services and Support
COVID19 Community Assessment Hubs
The HSE have 16 Community Assessment Hubs now up and running around the country, with more opening shortly. If you have or are suspected of having COVID-19, your GP will refer you to a hub for a face to face appointment with a GP.
Read more here.
Support Information for the Deaf Community
An Garda Siochana have released a video showcasing important support information for the Deaf Community. One thing they are making people aware of is that the Emergency Call Answering Service ECAS provides an emergency text messaging service for registered users. Before you can use the 112 SMS service, you will need to register your mobile phone on
See more info here.
Rape Crisis Network IrelandRape Crisis Helpline

The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland is working closely with Rape Crisis Centres around Ireland to provide regularly updated details on supports available to sexual violence survivors during this difficult period. Information can be found here.

  • Galway Rape Crisis Centre Helpline: 1800 35 53 55
  • National Rape Crisis 24-Hour Freephone: 1800 77 88 88
One Parent Family Payment
If a One Parent Family recipient is no longer receiving maintenance for their child due to the other parent losing their job during the COVID-19 pandemic, the One Parent Family recipient should contact their local Intreo Centre to request a 12 weeks payment. See more details here and here.

New Transport Regulations
Road Safety Authority
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has announced the details of the legislative steps he has taken in support of the necessary closure of a range of Road Safety Authority services as result of the ongoing COVID 19 situation. Read more here.
Bank of Ireland Phone Line For Healthcare Workers
To support healthcare workers Bank of Ireland have a dedicated phone line 1800 946 146 for all healthcare workers' banking needs, it is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Mon-Fri. Alternatively, healthcare workers can request a call outside normal banking hours by emailing
Check out this video explaining some other changes they have made to services during COVID-19.

An Post Newspaper Delivery Service
The An Post newspaper delivery service in urban and rural areas is now available. You can subscribe to your newspaper of choice and An Post will deliver the newspaper. For older people the delivery of the newspaper will be free. They will deliver the paper daily – except for weekend papers which will be delivered on Mondays. Click here to find out which newspapers are available and how to sign up.
Irish Wheelchair Association - Transport to Tests
The Health Service Executive and Irish Wheelchair Association are working together to bring a new community-based testing service for COVID-19 to vulnerable adults using Irish Wheelchair Association’s fleet of buses. Read more here.
COVID-19 : HPL1 Form Temporary Process
Social Housing applicants and applicants for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan should note that in light of the Covid-19 emergency, a temporary alternate arrangement has been put in place. Read more here.
Safeguarding Ireland Safety and Protection for a Vulnerable Adults
If you have a safety or protection concern for a vulnerable adult or you feel you yourself are at risk of abuse you can contact the Galway based HSE Safeguarding service at and on 091-748432.
You can also contact Safeguarding Ireland on 061 461 358 or at See more here.

Seniors Alert Scheme Befriending Service

A new befriending phone-call initiative will support participants of the Seniors Alert Scheme. The initiative will allow older people to receive a regular phone call to check on their wellbeing and needs during the current COVID-19 emergency. Pobal logoThe befriending scheme will be operated in conjunction with POBAL and ALONE.
If you are not a participant in the Seniors Alert Scheme you can avail of the befriending service by contacting ALONE directly on 0818 222 024.
See further details here.

Guidance and Resources
CHILD ABUSE: Recognise & Report
Social isolation due to COVID- 19 makes it harder for authorities to identify child abuse cases. That is why it is important for essential workers with potential access to family homes to be able to recognise signs of abuse and know where to report their concerns. Download the Tusla guide here.
COVID-19n Leaflet for Long-term Health Conditions
An information leaflet has been developed to support people living with a long-term health condition. The leaflet can be downloaded here.
Exercise Leaflet for Older Adults
To promote daily physical activity at home among older adults who are currently cocooning due to COVID-19, Healthy Galway City and Healthy County Galway, in partnership with Galway Sports Partnership have adapted an Exercise Leaflet developed by HSE Physio Services in Cork, for use in Galway. Hard copies of the leaflet are available for distribution across Galway City. If you work with older people or have any suggestions in relation to distributing the leaflets within communities, please contact
The leaflet can be downloaded here.
National Women's Council of IrelandResources and Support for Women

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, The National Women’s Council of Ireland have created a list of resources and supports in relation to the needs of women during this time. This information can be found here.

NALA Plain English Guide to COVID-19 and Further Sevices
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) have developed a plain English guide to COVID19 words for anyone who has literacy difficulties and needs help understanding health terms.
The full list is available here
NALA are also providing a free distance learning service to help people who struggle with reading and writing in this difficult time. Free online courses and phone tuition are available by Freephone 1800 20 20 65 or by Texting LEARN to 50050 or by visiting the NALA website.

Opportunities to
Learn More about Managing Volunteers
Whether your organisation is open or not during COVID-19, Volunteer Ireland are developing many resources to help you learn more about volunteer management right now or to help be ready for when you group gets up and running again. Find the upcoming webinars here.
Parenting Teenagers During COVID-19
Planet Youth will be running online workshops on the 23rd, 28th, and 30th titled Parenting Your Teenager During COVID-19. For more information go here.

eJigsaw LogoInformation and Support for Young People,
Parents and Guardians
While The Jigsaw face-to-face services are temporarily suspended, young people’s mental health remains a top priority. The Jigsaw clinicians are busy developing articles, videos, animations and audio which will be published on the website here regularly. These will all reflect the changing environment we are in, providing information and support for young people, parents and guardians and those working with young people.
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Free Webinars
It can be hard to feel positive during this time of self isolation, lockdown and cocooning, especially when the future seems uncertain. That's why it's important to focus on the things we can control rather than those we can't. 

The International Coaching Federation (ICF), Ireland, is running a series of free webinars each Wednesday lunchtime to help us to do just that. You can attend in listen mode only or ask questions if you prefer.
See more here.
GRETB Community Education

The Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board GRETB have created a the GRETB Community Education YouTube channel. To watch video tutorials including art, fitness, wellbeing, cookery, upcycling and much more go here.

Open Call and Survey
“Open Call to Teenagers” for Solutions to the Challenges of COVID-19
Young Social Innovators (YSI) calls for young people across Ireland to put forward solutions on how to respond to the challenges of coronavirus in their communities.
To sign up for this initiative, go here.
See further details here.

Disruption to Work During the COVID-19 Crisis Research
University College Cork has approved a social research project by Dr Joe Whelan, Dr Fiona Dukelow and Dr Tom Boland.  They are interested in understanding people’s experiences of work disruption, how they react and what they think of the current health crisis.

This survey is for people who have become unemployed or whose work has been disrupted by being put on hold or on reduced hours since the COVID-19 crisis in the Republic of Ireland.

In particular they are interested in:
  • Your experience of stopping work or losing a job.
  • How you have spent your time since the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Your hopes for the future in terms of work and employment.
  • What you think of the government response to the loss of jobs in the crisis.
  • Your opinions on work/life balance in light of the crisis.
The survey can be accessed here:
For further information please contact the researchers at:
Please feel free to circulate this where appropriate
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