Laois County Council have launched a new Community Support helpline to help people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This helpline will operate seven days per week from 9am to 8pm.
It is aimed at assisting older and vulnerable people in accessing non-medical and non-emergency services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
While it will also work with community and voluntary groups in order to get help to those who need it the most.
It will provide the following services:
Collection and delivery of food, essential household items, fuel and medication in line with guidance.
Transport to Community Testing Centres, Clinical Assessment Hubs, as well as GP and hospital appointments.
For those suffering with social isolation, supports and engagement will be provided.
This is a FREE helpline and can be accessed at 1800 23 2010.
Speaking about the new helpline, Fine Gael Councillor Conor Bergin said: “Following our monthly meeting by telephone yesterday, Laois County Council has launched a new free helpline for anyone who might need assistance, such as people living alone or older people for getting groceries, Medication, meals or accessing GP services and Covid-19 testing.
“This initiative is being rolled out by the Council working in conjunction with the Civil Defence, Gardai, GAA and IFA, amongst others to ensure a co-ordinated effort to assist vulnerable members of the community during these difficult times.
“All of the community and voluntary groups and organisations should be commended for their hard work and dedication, along with Gardaí and healthcare workers who are on the frontline during this unprecedented crisis.”