The Irish Red Cross have been coming to the assistance of people cocooning and in isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organisation’s volunteers have been delivering vital prescription medications and food supplies to older and vulnerable people in communities who are unable to leave their homes.
These emergency drops have proved to be essential for people who are otherwise unable to access shops and pharmacies due to travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus.
In partnership with Age Action, the Irish Red Cross has also set up a Hardship Fund, which will be available to older people who are struggling financially during the pandemic. The organisations have already been inundated with applications for the fund and it has been welcomed by older people, their families and their carers.
Pat Carey, Chairperson of the Irish Red Cross has appealed to the public to look out for their neighbours, some of whom are in isolation or cocooning and in need of assistance.
“It’s important that we all keep an eye out for each other at the moment, especially for older people in our communities who are not able to access the services they need. The Irish Red Cross is committed to assisting people on a local and national level during this crisis.
“As a humanitarian organisation the Irish Red Cross provides both first aid and community social responses to people who need to stay isolated at the moment.”
The Irish Red Cross is assisting the National Ambulance Service with our fleet of ambulances and other support vehicles. The importance of such a role during the Covid-19 emergency cannot be overstated and our volunteers will be on-hand to assist the NAS, initially with interfacility transfers throughout the country.
Qualified IRC practitioners will also be available to assist the NAS with other duties, as required.
The HSE has asked for IRC volunteers who would be willing to lend their services for logistical, clinical and administrative roles in static test centres and at field hospitals, which may be required in the future.
The volunteers are assisting in the delivery of food supplies and prescription medications to people who are in isolation. The IRC has offered to support Alone with any requests they can’t accommodate and will also assist older vulnerable people in partnership with Age Action via a Hardship fund.
Our in-prison volunteers, with the support of the Prison Education Service, are assisting in protection work against the virus in all prisons by using specifically designed leaflets, posters and messaging.
The IRC psychosocial peer support group is available to support members and it is reviewing possible supports to other volunteers outside the IRC.
Given the expanding nature of their work, the Irish Red Cross is calling for new members to join the organisation. Anyone who feels that they have the time and the drive to be an Irish Red Cross volunteer should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.redcross.ie
During this unprecedented crisis, the Irish Red Cross is also asking for donations from the public to ensure that the crucial work of the volunteers can continue uninterrupted. The IRC are committed to helping Ireland’s most vulnerable and isolated people during the Covid-19 pandemic and would appreciate all donations.
Please visit www.redcross.ie for more information