COVID 19 Donegal Community Response Forum contacted over 700 times


The COVID 19 Donegal Community Response Forum was contacted 709 times between March and the beginning of June, according to a report circulated to councillors in Donegal this week.

The forum was one of several established across the country at the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, in the belief that a dedicated governance structure would ensure a more coordinated
approach to managing the effects of this emergency at a community level.

The Community Response Forum membership includes Donegal County Council, the HSE, An Garda
Síochána, Údarás na Gaeltachta, TUSLA, Local Development Companies, The Red Cross, Civil
Defence, the GAA, IFA, and a number of volunteer groups and agencies.

At its root is the 'COVID 19 Community Support Helpline', 1800- 928-982, which has been operational from Monday 30th March 2020, 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

Up until the first of June, there had been 709 contacts. 185 contacts related to medical or health needs, 81 were categorised as being in the area of Collection and delivery of food, essential household items, fuel and medication, and 66 relating to Social Isolation, supports and engagement.

35 were in connection with meals and their delivery, and 12 were garda related.

The remaining 330 contacts related to a number of other areas, including, volunteering, payments & entitlements, medical queries, accommodation, transport, and funding.