Our offices will be closed to the public in line with Public Health Guidelines.
Louth VC team members are still available at the end of a phone or email if you need any support in the coming weeks. We will continue to provide a service to all organisations but our response time may be slower than normal as we prioritise support for those on the front line of this emergency response.
When quarantine ends, will you be ready to reopen your organisation?
Many of us are eager to get back to our workplace.Before you reopen your organisation, it is important to make a plan.For example, consider the following:
- How will you physically adjust your workplace to accommodate the 2 metre distance between your team and groups of service users?
- Do you have the equipment to make that happen? (Tables, work benches, desks, private offices, floor signage, reception and counter space?)
- Can you organise to keep service users and the public (if appropriate) separated by 2 metres as they enter and leave your building?
- Can you protect the health of both your employees/volunteers and your customer?
- How will you deliver your products and services under these conditions?
- How many team members? Which team members? What will be your hours of operation?
- Do you need more than one shift?
What's Your Plan
Some additional resources
If an organisation is not already registered and wishes to vet volunteers, the organisation must firstly contact the Garda National Vetting Bureau, available in this link
We also wanted to remind you that we are part of Louth Community Call Forum set up by Government to ensure the most vulnerable individuals receive the support they need at this time.There is a freephone number managed by Louth County Council 1800 805 817.
Louth Community Call Forum
On 27th March 2020 Minister Eoghan Murphy called on local authorities across Ireland to establish Community Call Forums which would draw the statutory and community sectors together to ensure that the most vulnerable in our communities can stay safe at home. Louth Community Call Forum is led by Louth County Council and consists of 20 organisations including Louth Volunteer Centre, Louth PPN, Louth Leader Partnership, An Garda Síochána, HSE, GAA, Red Cross and more.
Central to the work of the Forum is the freephone helpline, 1800 805 817 which is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm and managed by Louth County Council and which is available to all members of our community.
Useful Documents and advice from Government
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is leading the public health response to COVID-19 and a National Action Plan was published on 16th March, setting out a whole-of-society response and mobilisation of resources across Government and society to fight the spread of the virus. This Community Response Action Plan supports the National Action Plan and is focussed on our initial response in supporting a community response to COVID-19.
The Department of Rural and Community Development have produced a Communications Pack for community and voluntary groups and members of the public which can be found via the links below:
Volunteer Ireland Guides
While we are all getting used to working and volunteering from home, it is the ideal time to think about how to engage volunteers in a different way. Our colleagues at Volunteer Ireland have devised two handy guides for organisations that might be thinking about doing this:
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