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  • Dementia Advisors

    The Dementia Advisers service is currently open and running.
    We will be working from home and meeting people by conference calls or phone.
    We can send information to people with dementia or their family members by email where required.
    All meetings with other staff will also be done remotely where possible.
    The Dundalk Alzheimer Café is postponed until further notice we hope to be back when it is safe for people to meet again.
    Stay safe,

    Maeve

    Maeve Montgomery,
    Dementia Adviser, Cavan/Monaghan/Louth
    Alzheimer Society of Ireland,

    Mobile: 00353 87 7489258

  • Dundalk Lions Club

    During the current social restrictions, Dundalk Lions Club members want to make it known that they are available to assist the Senior Citizens, Persons with disability or who are in difficulty in and around the Dundalk area and who do not have family or help, to collect essential groceries or prescriptions.
    Please phone 085 227 9273 (David Larkin – President)
    Whilst we have very limited resouces in this regard, hopefully we can help.
    Stay Safe.

    Dundalk Lions Club

  • Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre

    In accordance with the HSE guidance on Coronavirus containment, the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre is now closed up to and including 29th March 2020.
    Telephone enquiries to 041-9805100 – Mon-Fri 11am – 3pm
    Email: aileen@gkcancersupport.com or ann@gkcancersupport.com
  • The Wheel

    Events regarding COVID-19 have clearly escalated in recent days. I wanted to reach out to you, to let you know how we are continuing to respond to the situation, as well as to point you towards some important resources and links we think you should be aware of.

    Firstly, with your safety being the first priority, we continue to encourage you and your colleagues to adhere to HSE instructions on how best to avoid COVID-19, both in the work environment and at home. Click here for Full Instructions List

    As we all know, prevention is the best line of defense we have.

    Information for Nonprofit Employers

    We have created a special section of our website, highlighting best practices for employers in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak in Ireland, including the importance of creating a contingency plan for your organisation. Click Here

    We invite you to download our Business Continuity Planning spreadsheet here

    Decision to Postpone Our Events

    We are postponing our events that are in the calendar up to 29 March (which is the Government’s review date for current guidelines).
    We are actively looking into the possibility of providing access to some of these planned events via online platforms. If you are booked into any such training, you will hear from us. The situation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and is likely to evolve further.

    For updates on specific events, visit www.wheel.ie/training or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also email my colleague, Sinéad Vaughan, if you need further information: sinead@wheel.ie.

    Focusing on the Sector ‘Big Picture’

    I would like to take the opportunity to update you about our ongoing efforts to represent our members’, and the wider sectors’, needs, as we respond to this fast-moving national emergency.

    I have been appointed to a newly formed ‘Advisory Group on Community Response to needs of Vulnerable People’, that was established on Tuesday of this week by the Department of Rural and Community Affairs. Chaired by Bairbre NícAongusa, Assistant Secretary of DRCD, its purpose is to ‘encourage and facilitate community engagement in response to the needs of vulnerable people living in their own homes in the community’.

    Additionally, we have been engaging with the National Public Health Emergency Taskforce (NPHET) to ensure that charities, community & voluntary organisations, and social enterprises are enabled to effectively contribute to help tackle the crisis. Some of the questions that we have heard from our members that are becoming increasingly urgent to address include: how will organisations have resources to do their necessary work and report back on issues arising? This is particularly relevant in the context where income from fundraising events and income-generation is dramatically reducing, if not disappearing altogether. How will organisations deal with and respond to requirements from individuals or families with huge financial, health, emotional or other issues linked to C19 or self-isolation? How will organisations deliver additional supports within their normal remit, or work where demand has escalated in the absence of a clear government strategy and resourcing?

    A ‘rescue package’ and government plan has been put in place this week for SMEs. The equivalent for our sector is now urgently needed, and one which enables the above questions (and others) to be addressed. The Wheel will continue pressing this on behalf of our members, and the wider sector, in the coming days.
    For more information contact Ivan Cooper at: ivan@wheel.ie

    Moving Forward

    I encourage you to keep a close eye on our COVID-19 information page here in the coming days for additional updates, useful links and practical information.
    Finally, I’d like to assure you that we will do everything in our power to make sure that our sector is fully supported in the challenging time ahead. Rest assured, you are part of a supportive community that will work collectively to ensure the best outcomes for our organisations and the people we support.

  • Age & Opportunity

    Due to advice around the recent Coronavirus outbreak many older adults will find themselves house bound over the next few weeks, perhaps not being able to engage in any of the activities or classes that they normally would. To try and incorporate some physical activity into their day Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme will broadcast, via the Age & Opportunity Facebook page, a live 15minute lead seated and standing physical activity sessions that older adults can join along to. We would be grateful if you could share this information through your communication and social media channels. If you are posting on social media please feel free to tag us. Details below:

    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

    The classes will also be available on our YouTube channel in the near future.

    Paul Gallier
    Go for Life Assistant Programme Manager | Age & Opportunity

    St. Patrick’s Hall | Marino Institute of Education | Griffith Avenue | Dublin 9 | D09 K4P6
    DD: +353 (0)1 805 7705 | E: paul.gallier@ageandopportunity.ie
    ageandopportunity.ie

  • National Council of Ireland

    Experience from other countries indicates that in the coming weeks, there is a risk of young people being cast as ‘caring less’ about Covid-19 as they may not be at risk to the same extent as older people, and of the media focusing on ‘gangs of teenagers hanging around’ not taking the social distancing guidelines seriously.

    While those of you working in the sector know that such lazy stereotypes of young people are unfair and counterproductive, it is important that we arm journalists with the tools to counteract these harmful narratives, and give them concrete examples of the positive actions young people are taking during this time.

    We’ll be working to get that message out there, on traditional and social media, but we need your help:
    Please get back to me on communications@nyci.ie with an example you’d like to share. Just a couple of lines describing the positive actions young people are taking, and I’ll follow up with you and we can take it from there.

    For every small group of young people spotted gathering outdoors there are likely hundreds behind closed doors taking part in initiatives like Kildare Youth Services’ Quarantine Festival, or responding to hashtags like #SelfIsolationHelp and dropping groceries at the door of elderly neighbours, but we need to make that visible.

    It’s important that people realise the scale of the sector and how important youth work is in providing alternatives to young people when so many opportunities have been shut down.

    I appreciate your help with this, what with everything that’s going on.
    If you have any questions or ideas on the above, just say the word,

    Kind regards,
    Daniel Meister
    Communications Manager
    National Youth Council of Ireland

    Our mailing address is:
    National Youth Council of Ireland
    3 Montague Street
    Dublin 2, Dublin 2
    Ireland

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  • The Old Drogheda Society and Millmount Museum

    The Old Drogheda Society and Millmount Museum are inviting young people to become involved in a project to record what they are doing and their experiences of being isolated in their homes due to the Coronavirus Emergency. All would agree that these are extraordinary times, and should be recorded for future generations to read about. To build us an archive for this time Millmount Museum and the Old Drogheda Society invite young people get involved in our Tomorrow’s History Today Project in which they can recall their experiences of this unique time and to record their experiences in story, poetry and art. Was there a particular incident which stands out for them – not meeting their friends, having to celebrate a birthday or special occasion just with their family, how they have been using social media to chat with their friends, how does it feel to be confined to their home, worrying about examinations which might not happen. It would be great to record this in picture or writing for their children to see in years to come.

    Millmount Museum hopes to keep all entries in their archives,  like a time capsule for young people in years to look back on and reflect on the year 2020 when the world stopped and people came together by staying apart. It is also hoped there will be a display of the entries received in September in Millmount, when this time of isolation and seclusion will be over.

    We would like to ask parents/guardians to submit the entries as email attachments including the name and age of the young person submitting the work to millmount.tht@gmail.com  Entries can  be sent as email attachments. Written or hardcopy entries can be  scanned or photographed and submitted electronically by email attachment
    Entrants must be under 18.

    Tomorrow’s History Today

    Please send entries to
    millmount.tht@gmail.com
    For enquiries Email: millmount.tht@gmail.com

  • Age Friendly Ireland

  • Creative Spark

    Creative Spark have created a booklet with information for all patrons regarding workshops, courses along with advice for business etc. Click here to download pdf
  • Tusla