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Friday, 23rd October 2020

Louth Community Call Forum prepares for challenges of Level 5

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As the country enters into COVID-19 Level 5 restrictions the newly expanded Louth Community Call Forum will meet next week to ascertain the level of response needed for this new phase to deliver services to assist those in need.

Forum Chairperson and Louth County Council Chief Executive Joan Martin, said today that the Council was ready to support the most vulnerable and isolated in the county.

This will be done by “continuing to respond to callers to the Call Centre (1800 805817), support social inclusion groups carrying out their work in the most disadvantaged communities and work with past and new volunteers to boost an already efficient response” she said.

“The lockdown phase in the springtime was a very different challenge when for example cocooning prevented people over 70 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions from going about everyday tasks.

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“This new response to Covid 19 phase sees the introduction of support bubbles which will provide support to people who live alone, one-parent families with children under 18, people who share parenting or custody arrangements, people living with a partner who has dementia and needs full-time care and people who live alone and have the support of a Carer.

“The Louth Community Call Forum is aware of volunteers who assisted those cocooning in the spring and many of these volunteers are still in contact and often carrying out tasks as needed.

Chief Executive Joan Martin also remarked on the great work the NGO sector did by taking on the management of new clients. This she said was” typical of the response of the people of Louth whenever they are called upon to support their wider community.”

The Louth Community Call Forum is supported by a working group made up of Louth County Council officials, The Louth Public Participation Network, Louth Volunteer Centre and Louth Leader Partnership. This working partnership covers all aspects of the practical back up necessary to respond to the demands of the Call Centre.

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