If you wish to apply for a Covid19 social welfare payment please go online to www.welfare.ie
If you are an older person please contact the Irish Red Cross /Alone to avail of a once off grant of €500 to replace small items of equipment in your home during this isolation phase. Go to www.redcross.ie to download the application form.
www.revenue.ie have a lot of useful information about payments to employers who are retaining staff
Women's Aid helpline is 1800341900 if you are experiencing domestic violence or www.womensaid.ie to chat online and get support, you can also contact SafeIreland.ie for information on local supports in your area.
NALA helpline for people with literacy and numeracy problems have a free phone and online service to support people cope with the overwhelming amount of information on 1800 20 20 65 or www.nala.ie
Money Advice Bureau, MABS are there to help and give advice if you are struggling financially as a result of COVID19, MABS helpline is 0761072000 or www.mabs.ie
Contact An Garda Síochána at any local station to get support from the Community Gardaí at this time who are helping out in lots of ways around the city.
An Post are offering a number of services to those who are cocooning at present such as ‘Request a Check-In’. Please visit www.anpost.ie for further information
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has announced that all major telecom providers have committed to a number of measures to help people stay in touch and work from home during Covid19. Go to https://bit.ly/34OaQAp for further information.
Mental Health Reform is the leading national coalition on mental health in Ireland with over 70 member organisations, representing a broad range of interests. Their services and supports can be accessed at www.mentalhealthreform.ie
HSE Health and Wellbeing are offering a free Stress Control programme online via www.Stresscontrol.org from the 13th April. Stress Control is an evidence-based programme that teaches you practical skills to deal with stress. Dr Jim White will live-stream the classes, free-of-charge, starting on Monday 13th April.
Cork Sports Partnership along with other partner organisations have developed a Keep Cork Active Booklet and online resource for people of all ages www.activecork.ie
The Department of Justice and Equality have just launched a new website which brings together all of the domestic violence supports and services information. go to www.stillhere.ie
Applications for the Susi college grant are opening today. Due to the current crisis many more students may have become eligible for the grant. www.susi.ie for further information.
The Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). This new initiative was developed as part of our Covid–19 response. It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland.You can also get in touch with Jigsaw clinicians by text message or email and ask for a return support call. www.jigsaw.ie
The government has recently launched a Mental Wellbeing campaign. The campaign offers support and resources for people to help deal with the stress, isolation and helps people maintain wellbeing and cope at home during this time. The campaign is running on all National and Local radio channels, as well as across social and digital platforms. The website is www.gov.ie/together and the hashtag is #Together. We welcome your support on this and branding is available to all stakeholders creating messages in this space.
Barnardos have launched their new National Parent Support line which is available to any parent or family who needs support. The number is 1800 910 123 operating Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm. Further information is available at www.barnardos.ie/supportline. Parents can talk directly to one of our qualified staff who will offer them practical support and guidance in their role as parents during the Covid-19 crisis. The number
Citizens Information are operating a helpline service on 0761 076850 which available Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Further information can also be obtained at www.citizensinformation.ie
The Connect Call Service is an initiative of Cork City of Sanctuary Movement Covid-19 Task Force. It offers a free confidential phone call up to 5 days per week to those living in direct provision accommodation, or who have been moved from DP into self-isolation facilities, and to migrants living in the community under lockdown.
Connect Call Service offers support in many languages to facilitate wide access by the migrant community.
To access the Connect Call service contact Cork Migrant Centre on 086 824 6087
National List of Drug and Alcohol Services [including Cork] can be found at http://www.services.drugs.ie/
HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline
This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service (email@example.com).
Ask About Alcohol – Alcohol – HSE.ie site with lots of information on alcohol https://www2.hse.ie/alcohol/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_fWwt7aN6QIV0u7tCh2poA5rEAAYASAAEgI1k_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
AA Online meetings https://www.alcoholicsanonymous.ie/aa-meetings/online-meetings.1607346.html
The Citizens Information Service is available at 0761 076850 locally and the www.citizensinformation.ie website for queries related to income supports, employment rights etc. during the pandemic.
Family Carers Ireland have developed an Emergency Care Plan booklet for family carers to record the details of their caring role in case they are suddenly unable to continue caring because of Covid-19. It can be downloaded from www.familycarers.ie. Their Freephone National Careline number is 1800 240724.
Back to School Footwear and Clothing Allowance is provided by the Department of Social Protection. Applications are due to open online from the last week in June at www.mywelfare.ie. Any person whose circumstances have changed should contact the Department of Social Protection at 1890 662244/ 071 9193318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Getting Started KIT is made up of seven How To guides that will support older people to learn, use, and be confident using smartphones and applications. The Getting Started Kit has been made into video tutorials. The video’s are presented by Mary Kennedy and have been shown on the Today programme with Maura and Dáithí. The video tutorials are available to view on: https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-kit
Libraries are re-opening on the 9th June. Library users can call or email to reserve books and priority hours for collection and return will be 10am-11am for seniors and vulnerable users. The reference library is available on 021 4924911 or email: email@example.com. www.corkcitylibaries.ie
Cork Education and Training Board is offering an Introduction to Online Learning course. The course duration is4-5 hours and starts on the 29th June. Application details and further information are available at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Policy and Support Line
The Department’s new mental health policy, “Sharing the Vision: A Mental Health Policy for Everyone” was launched last week. A new Crisis Text line – Text 50808 was also launched. The new text-based mental health service will provide support to anyone struggling with any issue, big or small for free and at any time of any day. The service is staffed by 300 trained crisis volunteers and people can access support by texting 50808.
The COVID Tracker phone app is an important tool we can all use to reduce the spread of the virus. It supports the HSE’s Contact Tracing team by keeping an anonymous record of people with whom the user is in close contact. The Covid Tracker App allows many of us to play an important part in helping everyone to stay safe and protect each other. The more people who download and use the app, the more effective it will be in helping us to suppress Covid-19. You can find more information on www.covidtracker.ie.
Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 10 Aug 2020
Young asylum seekers no longer have to spend three years in the Irish school system in order to qualify for educational support at third level, the Government will announce.
The latest revision to the student grant scheme for young people in direct provision, to be announced today, means asylum seekers will no longer need to have completed the Leaving Cert or have spent three years in an Irish school to be able to apply for a student grant when moving into third level.
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Access to COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment for people in Direct Provision
Any worker (including non-nationals) can get Enhanced Illness Benefit from day 1 if they need to self-isolate. Social Protection Minister, Heather Humphreys TD, has today reassured workers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or certified by a medical doctor to self-isolate because they are a probable source of COVID-19, that her department’s Enhanced Illness Benefit payment is available to them.
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Applies to those who were employed up to 13th March & lost their job because of the Pandemic and are not in receipt of support from the employer!
Journal.ie 6th August 2020
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE Pandemic Unemployment Payment has now been extended to people living in Direct Provision after they were originally excluded from the scheme.
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