COVID-19 Plans, Support & Resources
Wicklow County Council
The Wicklow County Council’s COVID-19 Community Call Helpline is open every day from 9am to 5pm, it is available to elderly and vulnerable people who need urgent assistance to access support services.
The Hub contains information on: The Community Call Helpline; An Interactive Map of Community Call Services; WCC Updates; Health Advice; Latest Updates; Public Health Measures; Ireland’s Response to COVID-19; Social Welfare Advice; Information from Across Government etc.
County Wicklow Partnership (CWP)
COVID-19 Resources and Information
Includes amongst other information, resources developed by their Wicklow Child & Family Project developed to support families and children during COVID-19.
County Wicklow Heritage – Together Apart
Our Wicklow Heritage are building a ‘people’s archive’ a record of the unprecedented times we live in during COVID-19. Check out their Together Apart webpage to browse the articles and share yours.
Co. Wicklow PPN working in collaboration with Avril Bailey, Human Givens Counsellor & Coach
Supercharge Your Self Care Programme
During 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and bearing in mind the shared Vision for Community Wellbeing developed with communities throughout the County, which highlighted the wish that people be connected and enjoy a good level of social and community support Co. Wicklow PPN decided to develop a resource to help support the wellbeing of individuals and communities. We teamed up Avril Bailey to develop this Super Charge Your Selfcare Programme.
This programme was initially delivered as online training. It has now being developed into a series of six short videos.
For more information and resources check out:
You will also be able to access detailed information on the current COVID-19 restrictions in place.
To access the Government’s current Plan for Living with COVID-19 (over the period Oct 2020 to March/June2021): Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021. This plan highlights the important role that individual and community resilience will play in contributing to our ongoing response to COVID-19.
The government’s “Keep Well” campaign aims to support people and communities to mind their physical and mental health over the coming months. The “Keep Well” campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines. It will provide guidelines, information, and tips on things that will help us keep well through the coming months.
COVID-19 Communication Pack for communities. This Pack provides information, advice and resources for all community stakeholders including volunteers, volunteer involving groups & organisations, local authorities and vulnerable people.
As part of the national response to Covid-19, the Department of Health, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the HSE are working closely to support stakeholders and community groups. These government departments have developed Partner Packs which provide: Audio & Visual Resources, Posters (including different languages), Leaflets, Guides, Social Media material and Guidance & Resources for Groups working with People with Disabilities.
The HSE has prepared Translated resources to help share the messaging about coronavirus (COVID-19) in various languages. These posters and booklets are available for download and printing.
The HSE have developed a video-based mental wellbeing programme called Minding Your Wellbeing which is now freely accessible.
This evidence-based programme provides a unique opportunity for people to learn more about mindfulness, gratitude, self-care and resilience.
HSE – Resources for people living with addiction (lists services operational during COVID-19 pandemic)
HSE – Resources for Marginalised Communities (resources to support the health of marginalised communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Communities in Action
Almost 17,000 people in Ireland have responded to the Government call for community volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis.
To get a glimpse of what community groups in Wicklow have done in response to COVID-19:
- Access the COVID-19 edition of Wicklow County Council’s Countywise magazine.
- Connect with Garden County Radio to listen back to their interviews with Community groups from around the county.
Supporting the Community Response
On the 20th March the Government launched an Action Plan to Support the Community Response to COVID-19.
This plan sets out three key areas of initial focus in supporting a community response:
- Encourage and facilitate volunteering
- Provide community supports for older people
- Establish a helpdesk for local community groups.
Whether you have an existing volunteer programme or are managing volunteers for the first time due to COVID-19, Volunteer Ireland can help. Find their resources for volunteers and/or volunteer involving organisations.
The Department of Rural and Community Development has linked with Pobal to prepare information and resources on ‘Reopening’ for the Community and Voluntary Sector. They have prepared a detailed WEBPAGE providing an overview of the available guidance and resources on how to re-open safely, based on the current recommendations of the Government, the Health & Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and other representative bodies.
Co Wicklow PPN ‘Ready & Able Post COVID-19’, online training delivered by Liam Scollan of the Carmichael Centre for community groups in Co. Wicklow on the 21st July, aimed to support communities to return to activities.
COVID-19 Funding for Community Groups – Currently accepting applications
The Ireland Funds COVID-19 Response Fund
Closing Date: no specific date, recommend apply as soon as possible.
The Ireland Funds COVID-19 Response Fund is supporting charities in the following priority areas at this challenging time:
- Food and Food Distribution
- Disability Support
- Domestic & Child Abuse (Family Support)
- Elderly Services
- Access to Education
- Mental Health
- Community Support