Limerick City and County Council in partnership with the HSE, An Garda Síochána, GAA, IRFU, FAI, Liveable Limerick, the Catholic and Church of Ireland and multiple sporting and volunteer groups will from today collaborate in the most concerted, organised and official volunteer response from any one county to support people during the crisis.
The ‘Limerick COVID-19 Community Response’ will see a coordinated centre in place at the Limerick GAA headquarters at Castletroy, where volunteer staff will answer calls to a dedicated helpline – 1800 832 005 – from vulnerable people seeking assistance with daily needs. These will include shopping, prescriptions, supplies, information or other suitable requests.
The centre, which will operate from 8a.m. to 6p.m. seven days per week, will officially commence tomorrow.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Michael Sheahan, says:
“While this is potentially the single biggest crisis we have faced as a nation in living memory and long before, one cannot be but heartened by the incredible spirit of volunteerism that has poured out in response to this crisis. The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response is a perfect example of that and I’m proud as Mayor of Limerick that, not only have we got this incredible public reaction but we have the wherewithal and focus to pull it altogether with this coordinated response.”
Those wishing to volunteer are asked to contact [email protected]. All volunteers will work to agreed guidelines and regulations and will sign a health protocol before they commit to involvement.