COVID-19 Plans, Support & Resources

Local

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. 

 

COVID Wicklow Community Helpline

COVID-19 Information Hub on the Wicklow County Council website

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.

Wicklow Citizens Information

Due to the COVID-19 emergency the CIC is not providing a drop-in service.  

Find out how to contact your local office.

County Wicklow Volunteer Centre

For COVID-19 information and material and supports on recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers click HERE

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.

Bray Area Partnership
Has developed a COVID-19 information and resource document with useful information and links. 

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.

View the Six Videos on YouTube

For more information and resources check out:

Wicklow County Council Keep Well

Healthy Ireland Keep Well

HSE – Mental Health Supports

HSE – Mind Your Wellbeing

National

Access the latest information from Government on COVID-19 statistics, plans, symptoms and supports.  

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. 

HSE

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.)

HSEAdvice on how to mind your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Citizens Information

For more on all things COVID-19 related  visit the Citizens Information website.

International

WHO – World Health Organisation (click for resources)
Advice for the Public – includes simple posters & resources about protective measures for communities and work places.

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:

Find out about the amount of Community Call work carried out, both nationally and by local authorities.

List of Community Group providing COVID-19 Response services in Co. Wicklow.

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. 

Volunteer Ireland Resources

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

Remember to have a look at our Funding Handbook & Calendar on our Members’ Page and the New Options for Funding online training course resources on our Train & Support page.

COVID-19 Emergency Fund 2nd Round

Applications must be made by 4pm on Friday 26th February 2021.

This funding will provide grants to community groups to assist them:

  • to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality and
  • to become more involved in the National and Local ‘Keep Well’ campaign.  

Applications must be made on the grant application form and submitted to the Local Community Development Committee.  Click on  the document link below for more information on this funding  

 COVID-19 Emergency Fund 2nd Round Grant Information

Grant application form in pdf  (For a word version of the application form email: ccsdadmin@wicklowcoco.ie)