16 April 2020

Cork County Council: COVID-19 community support programme

Cork County Council has set up a COVID-19 community support programme. The programme aims to help coordinate services provided to vulnerable citizens across County Cork.

Through its programme, Cork County Council will make sure that groups working across the county to help people in need, will work together in an organised way. 

The Council’s COVID-19 community support programme will make sure resources are used in the best way, whether that is collecting medication, food shopping, social support or making contact at what might be a lonely time for many.

On Sunday 29 March 2020, the Chief Executive of Cork County Council held (by teleconference) the first meeting of the Cork County Council COVID-19 community support response forum. The forum committed to supporting the Council on its COVID-19 community support programme. The forum represents a multi-agency approach and included senior representatives from statutory and voluntary agencies across Cork County. 

The organisations involved are county-wide, including:

  • An Garda Siochana
  • HSE South
  • local development companies
  • An Post
  • the Civil Defence

There are also many more voluntary groups, whose local knowledge and experience will inform a single contact point and system, set up by Cork County Council.

Community call helpline

Cork County Council has set up a free dedicated community call helpline:

  • Contact number: 1800 805 819 

Lines are open from 8:00am to 8:00PM seven days a week.

If calling from outside of Ireland seeking assistance for a relative of a friend, call:

  • +353 21 4285517

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