From Deirdre Martin - Volunteer & Former Chairperson BRIJ
On Wednesday morning last, 31st March 2021, I got an early Easter present....
I was called for my first Covid vaccine 😄. It was all so easy and only took 20 minutes in all. Getting the injection really didn't hurt. I was a bit tired after it and my arm was sore for a day or so but I am feeling fine since. And it is all free.
I am feeling very lucky as this will protect me from getting very sick from Covid......or much worse!
For explanations about the COVID vaccine from a Doctor & in your own language -see the videos on this website here -/>
Meet on Patrick street and walk around Cork City Centre
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You can visit any clinic 90 days after your last donation. Remember to bring Photo ID and note policy re children under 18 attending. Remember to eat and be well hydrated before giving blood.
You can make an appointment to give blood in St Finbarr's Hospital on the Douglas road in Cork City
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There are also other locations around the city which are available on different dates.
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Click on the image below to see if you are OK to give blood
The Government yesterday launched the "Community Call" initiative to coordinate the efforts of volunteer groups which intend to support vulnerable people and the community in general during the COVID19 crisis.
Being in a Direct Provision centre is harder now than ever before, but there is no need to feel helpless or without a means to contribute to Ireland's efforts to beat the Virus, you too CAN VOLUNTEER.
As well as helping by keeping your own room and common spaces in the Direct Provision Centre clean, you can also help by volunteering in the community. By volunteering, you are focusing your mind on other things, making the day pass more quickly, giving yourself something positive to do whilst volunteering and, most likely, making yourself feel better. Some of you have already signed up for volunteering.
We will provide more details of how you can Volunteer for "Community Call" as soon as we have them, however in the meantime you can keep an eye on the Volunteering Ireland website, submit your name there and see if anything you can volunteer for appears.
You can also just send your details by email to the Cork Volunteer Centre:
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During the Corona Virus crisis many people are volunteering and you can too. To find out how you can volunteer around Cork click here -/>
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Recruitment drive launched by Nursing Homes Ireland
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Potential offered by nursing homes to provide rewarding employment
On St Patrick’s Day, Nursing Homes Ireland has appealed to people within our hospitality and retail sectors to look for opportunities that will present in providing care to older people during the Coronavirus emergency.
Staffing needs will arise for nursing homes in meeting the care needs of older people, with the disciplines in nursing homes being wide-ranging. Roles on a temporary basis that may interest people could include those of healthcare professionals including nurses and physios, healthcare assistants, catering, activities, ancillary or administrative support. NHI has informed Minister for Health Simon Harris of the unparalleled challenges COVID-19 presents with regard to healthcare staffing which will similarly present for nursing homes across the country.
Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO said: “We’re in the midst of a national health emergency and are facing up to challenges that have never been presented to us before. A nursing home has to meet all the care needs of people who require specialised and highly dependent services on a round-the-clock basis. Nursing homes are preparing as best they can to meet the unprecedented challenges that will face them in the coming weeks and possibly months. One considerable concern is to ensure a staffing complement is consistently available to meet the day-to-day social care needs of nursing home residents especially at a time of emergency and with visitor restrictions. Irish people have a tremendous ability to support one another during difficult times and this has never been more required. Nursing homes will need that resilience and flexibility from within their communities in the weeks ahead and opportunities will likely present for roles to be filled.”
NHI has urged people who feel they can contribute to care of older people to present such to nursing homes by way of outlining their skillset in a short email and to present their CV with it. A list of email addresses for nursing homes is available at www.nhi.ie and queries or CV’s can also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Short, medium and long-term contracts can be offered by nursing homes, as well as flexible working arrangements.
Mr Daly said: “As per all health services, nursing homes are under huge pressure with visitor restrictions at present so we ask people to contact their local nursing by way of email. A listing of Nursing Homes Ireland Members is available from our website. We thank people for their support of our sector during this national health emergency.”
He concluded: “Working with older people can bring satisfaction that cannot be achieved in other jobs. Nursing homes are community settings with very special residents and staff. These highly regulated, healthcare settings provide excellent opportunity to enhance people during these challenging times.”
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IRELAND MAY NEED YOUR HELP!If you can Volunteer please do - click the link below to start (don't worry if you don't think you have the required skills - they may need people for all kinds of things and you may be just the right person)
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If you need any assistance comment below
COVID-19 or coronavirus is here and we are asking all healthcare professionals from all disciplines who are not already working in the public health service to register to be on call for Ireland.
We will be creating extra hospital and care beds and will need extra hands to provide the care that’s needed. We need your help to meet the challenge that’s ahead.
Maybe you aren’t a healthcare professional, maybe you’re studying to be one, or maybe you have other skills to offer or just want to volunteer to do your bit if needed.
Hopefully we won’t need to call, and if we do, we may not need every one of you. But knowing you are there if we do will make all the difference.