06 Apr 2020

Even more Updates…

Another edition of the Corona Times. We’re delighted to say the lost camera has found its way back to its owner through the power of social media! Also, we’re again asking that people not park on footpaths and grass verges. With the 2m distance requirement it’s more important than ever to ensure the footpaths and verges are clear.

1. Art Competition
2. An Post – Request a Check In

3. DLR Community Call helpline
4. Creative Projects for All Ages

5. Some Exercise Ideas for Cocooners
6. Finding it Hard to Sleep?
7. Poetry Corner
8. Personal Alarm for the Elderly
9. Latest Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support (includes information for carers who provide services to people with disabilities)

1. Art Competition
We’re having an art competition! Kids (of all ages) are being asked to decorate their homes with Easter themed art. Lovely prizes up for grabs. Looking forward to seeing all the art, so get making, colouring, painting, drawing etc. etc.

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2. An Post – Request a Check In
Postmen and postwomen across the country will call to the front doors of older and vulnerable customers along their delivery route. You can request a check in on the website: https://www.anpost.com/Community-Support/Request-a-Check-In

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3. DLR Community Call helpline
Just a reminder that the DLR Community Call helpline is open seven days a week, 8am to 8pm, for assist you, or someone you may know who is cocooning, elderly or vulnerable. Call them on 01 271 3199 or email covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie. Apparently it’s getting a good few calls, and is working very well so far.

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4. Creative Projects for All Ages
DLR have sent us on links to a booklet containing some creative projects that re-use items commonly available within a home. They hope it may be helpful for families, at this time. The booklet contains 31 projects for all ages. Please feel free to share the booklet anywhere you wish. 

The booklet can be found at:

Electronic Book: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/479637/38/
Online PDF version: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/environment/environment-awareness-education/activities-and-projects-home-april-2020

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5. Some Exercise Ideas for Cocooners
We know there are loads of YouTube videos etc. out there to look at, but thought these two weren’t bad.
How to keep your immune system working efficiently whilst self-isolating: https://youtu.be/k6_zJtbzMho

30 Min Exercise for Seniors:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLSFVV0U_IM

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6. Finding it Hard to Sleep?
Paul D’Alton, Associate Professor of Psychology at UCD and Principal Clinical Psychologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital has some good podcasts on RTÉ Drivetime’s website.

Finding it hard to sleep: https://www.rte.ie/radio1/drivetime/highlights/2020/0327/1126844-finding-it-hard-to-sleep/

Three simple steps to help calm the mind: https://www.rte.ie/radio1/drivetime/highlights/2020/0327/1126843-three-simple-steps-to-help-calm-the-mind/

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7. Poetry CornerThe latest poem sent into us is by the poet laureate of Twitter, Brian Bilston (you can see more of his work here).

On Leaving the House and Encountering Another Human Being

I’m sorry I dived into the bushes.
It’s not personal, you understand.
You happened to walk in my direction
and nerves got the upper hand.

I’m sorry I screamed when you came near me.
Don’t take my angry shrieks to heart.
Idiomatically, let’s stay in touch –
and physically, six feet apart.

Apologies if it seems like you repulse me,
that I recoil when you come near.
In other times, we might have spoken,
shared a joke or had a beer.

or waltzed together down the footpath,
perhaps we may yet still one day.
But just for now, embrace the margins
and wave to me from far away.

Brian Bilston

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8. Personal Alarm for the ElderlyDid you know there is a government scheme to provide personal alarms for elderly people (that you wear around your neck on a pendant). It isn’t means-tested. You can find more information here: https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/justice/crime_and_crime_prevention/seniors_alert.html. It’ll take a couple of months most likely to get it, but if you, or someone you know, could benefit from this, it’s well worth applying. It is simple to install, and at the moment, for health and safety reasons, the installer is not going into people’s houses. Instead the person getting the alarm can install it, or a trusted family member can do it. We realise this isn’t strictly adhering to the current cocooning guidelines, but seeing as it will probably take a couple of months to get it, hopefully the restrictions may be relaxed a bit by that stage.

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9. Latest Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support (includes information for carers who provide services to people with disabilities)

We are very thankful for your ongoing support every day in helping to share information about Coronavirus COVID-19.

Below are a few updates for you:
 
Digital Partner Pack Update

Guidance and Resources for Disability Services
COVID-19 Guidance is now available for staff and carers who provide services to people with disabilities.

This guidance will ensure that staff and carers are fully aware of the steps they need to take during the outbreak.  

All of the materials are available to download here.

The HSE convened a group made up of representatives of the voluntary sector disability service providers to develop disability specific guidance and resources.  These are in line with nationally approved guidance issued by the HSE and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Where necessary, guidance has been reviewed by clinical leads and approved by the HSE’s Vulnerable Person’s Group, convened to lead the response to the needs of vulnerable people during this pandemic.

The Easy Read version of the COVID-19 Public Information Booklet
The Easy Read version of the COVID-19 Public Information Booklet will help those who sometimes find content hard to read, understand or act on. The Easy Read is also available to download here along with the original information guide which has been translated into many languages and is available as an audio guide.

You can also order hard copies of the Easy Read version on www.healthpromotion.ie if you click into “Order Publications”.

Posters
There are a number of updated and new posters, including one on cocooning. All of the materials are available to download here

If your organisation has any specific requests or urgent needs in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know.

Thank you in advance for your support at this important time.

Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

01 Apr 2020

More Updates and Ideas

1. Covid-19 Dedicated Phone Line and Community Support – DLRCoCo

2. Cocooning Information

3. Parking, Dogs, Bins etc.

4. Shopping Info

5. Planning – IGB and OLG

6. More online resources

7. Teddy in the window

8. In The Gazette

9. Pandemic Poetry

10. Latest Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support via DLR PPN

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1. Covid-19 Dedicated Phone Line and Community Support – DLRCoCo

A dedicated community support helpline is now available 9.00 am to 5.00 pm for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, for those who may find themselves in need
Phone:     (01) 271 3199
Email:      covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie

Read more here: http://dlrppn.ie/dedicated-community-support-helpline-available-from-9am-monday-at-01-271-3199/
A dedicated community support helpline is now operating to assist citizens, who may be at risk, to access non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. Led by the new COVID-19 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations, this confidential phoneline and email service will focus primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community, or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.

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2. Cocooning

There is some really good information here for those cocooning. It is also worth reading if you are living with, or caring for, someone in this situation.

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/923825-guidance-on-cocooning-to-protect-people-over-70-years-and-those-extr/#how-to-look-after-your-mental-wellbeing

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3. Parking, Dogs, Bins etc.

Parking – With the 2m distance requirement it’s more important than ever to ensure the footpaths and verges are clear. We’re asking people to be mindful of where they park, and in particular to not park on footpaths or on the grass verges.

Dog Poo + Keep on Lead – We ask that dog owners be vigilant about picking up the poo. There seems to be a large increase in poo on the footpaths and verges around here since this all started. People have to walk on the verges as well as the paths now, so clean up after your dog. It is a health hazard. You are also asked to keep your dog on a lead at all times.

These are part of the Covid-19 Guidelines for use of Open Public Spaces published by the HSE/Gov.ie: “If you are taking your dog with you, please keep it on a lead at all times, and always be sure to clean up.” See here.

Dog Walking – If you are unable to walk your dog yourself, please contact us. We have plenty of volunteers on hand to do this for you.

Bins – The binmen have made some residents aware that it’s important to disinfect bin handles after the bins are emptied.

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4. Shopping Information

Lynam’s and Roebuck Pharmacy Free Deliveries + New Opening Hours:

Lynam’s and Roebuck Pharmacy are offering free deliveries to vulnerable and cocooning residents. You would have received a leaflet with details. You can contact them at info@lynams.ie or 01 2981061. Roebuck Pharmacy can be reached at 01 2981295.

New opening hours for Lynam’s: Mon to Sat 8am to 6pm, Sun 8am to 1.30pm

Airfield Market Boxes:

Airfield Market is now doing click and collect boxes of food. You can find more information here. Order by Wed 8pm, collect on Friday.

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5. Planning – IGB and OLG

IGB – A planning notice has just gone up for temporary school buildings on the IGB site. The application isn’t online yet, and the planning office in Dun Laoghaire is closed. The details on the notice says it is for 4 prefabricated buildings on a defined site area of 0.83 hectares, surrounded by a 2m mesh fence. Access gates with associated site works including provision of entrance to site, and hard surface play area. Permission for a period of no longer than 5 years is being sought. It’s dated 27th March, and there is a 5 week window to lodge an observation. Although we believe the new Covid emergency legislation brought in last week includes an extension of three weeks to this 5 week window. You can see the notice here.

The new principal for the Educate Together Secondary School going into this site has been appointed. You can read more here.

OLG – A planning application is up for changing rooms at the back of the secondary school beside the new hockey pitch. One part of the description is interesting – “the construction of a 343 sq.m single storey pre-fabricated building for temporary use a childcare facility for a period of up to 6 months, after which the structure will be reduced in area (by 181 sq.m) to 162 sq.m and will be in permanent use as a school changing room”. More here.

So it looks like this may be a new location for the Grove After School, for a while anyway.

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6. More online resources, ideas, etc.

We’ve had a few more online resources sent into us, to while away the time for those who are currently metamorphosing into butterflies (or moths?) and others.

Nestbox in your Garden + Record Bird Sightings:

https://birdwatchireland.ie/spring-into-action-with-a-nestbox-in-your-garden/

http://www.springalive.net/en-ie

Directory of free products / services available during COVID-19:

https://covid19.shanehastings.eu/giveback/

Digital Concert Hall:

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home

Build a Mini Library for the Green:

If you’re handy, and have time on your hands, we’d love if someone could make us a mini library for the Green in front of the shops. This is the sort of thing we were thinking of: https://littlefreelibrary.org/.

Irish Times Digital Subscription:

If you have a collge student in the family, full time 3rd level students can sign up a free online subscription to The Irish Times.

Online Counselling/ Support:

It’s a tough time, and if you need extra support, it might be worth checking out this artice.

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7. Teddy in the window

A resident has suggested this lovely idea. Put a teddy bear in your window so that when the kids get out they have something to distract them and look out for. It’s taking off around the world: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52108765

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8. In The Gazette

Did you know we’re in The Gazette? We don’t think it made a printed version (due to the virus, they’ve stopped printing for now), but you can read the article here.

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9. Pandemic Poetry This pandemic has really brought out the poetry lovers. Here’s another poem sent in by a resident. If anyone has any other suggestions, send them in to us.

Pandemic by Lynn Ungar

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

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10. Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support via DLR PPN:

We are very thankful for your ongoing support every day in helping to share information about Coronavirus COVID-19.

Below are a few updates for you:
 
Digital Partner Pack Update
The digital partner pack now includes the COVID-19 Information Booklet, which is being delivered to all households from this week on

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/

The digital partner pack now has illustrated stories for children going to test centres for COVID-19 testing. It is hoped that children going for

testing may benefit from the illustrated stories.

The digital partner pack also has the updated resources and materials asking people to stay at home.

The digital partner pack contains:

  • The most up to date posters on COVID-19
  • Videos and audio files that you can share
  • Leaflets, social media assets, the information booklet and more

The main leaflet which is gone to homes will be made available in a number of languages and formats – including audio and braille, which we will include on the digital partner pack as they are ready.

 Cocooning

For information on cocooning, please go to:
https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/at-risk-groups.html
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/923825-guidance-on-cocooning-to-protect-people-over-70-years-and-those-extr/

There is a poster (halfway down) the Department of Health page above regarding cocooning and this will also be available on the Digital partner pack tomorrow.

If your organisation has any specific requests or urgent needs in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know.

Thank you in advance for your support at this important time.

Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

01 Apr 2020

IGB – Planning Application

A planning notice has just gone up for temporary school buildings on the IGB site. The application isn’t online yet, and the planning office in Dun Laoghaire is closed. The details on the notice says it is for 4 prefabricated buildings on a defined site area of 0.83 hectares, surrounded by a 2m mesh fence. Access gates with associated site works including provision of entrance to site, and hard surface play area. Permission for a period of no longer than 5 years is being sought. It’s dated 27th March, and there is a 5 week window to lodge an observation. Although we believe the new Covid emergency legislation brought in last week includes an extension of three weeks to this 5 week window.

The new principal for the Educate Together Secondary School going into this site has been appointed. You can read more here.

27 Mar 2020

Updates and Ideas

Spring Clean + Photos
We had originally scheduled this for Saturday April 25th, but we will have to postpone it. We’ll get back to you with a new date at some point in the future.

In the meantime, you can click here to see some lovely calming photos of the flowers in the area. I’m sure most of you have already spotted all the springtime floral displays while out on your daily constitutional. Thanks to the Tidy Districts Team, and the local grass-cutters for all their great work. The place looks beautiful.

By the way, if anyone wants to send in photos, please do, and we’ll put them on the website. (We did this with the Beast from the East, just over two years ago now. We got some great photos that time.)

Charity
Today is Daffodil Day. There are no collections on the street, but there are still ways to help. You can visit the Irish Cancer Society website, or you can text DAFFODIL to 50300 to donate €4.

Volunteer, if you can
Alone are looking for volunteers…(can volunteer to call people on the phone)
https://alone.ie/Or if you feel you need their support you can call 0818 222 024, 8am to 8pm.

Keeping the kids entertained
Art For Lynam’s:
Some of the kids in the area will be busy creating some masterpieces to go on display in Lynam’s over the next while. We’re expecting some works of art! A great idea.

In case you haven’t heard, from next Monday, 30th, RTE will be broadcasting 1 hour of school from 11am-12pm (Monday to Friday) with a catch up in the afternoon.
https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0320/1124339-rte-to-launch-school-on-tv-teaching-initiative/

There are also a raft of celebrities (some slightly more current than others… ) helping out in their specialist subjects. Details below.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/celebrity-homeschooling-services-joe-wicks-17977894

If young people are finding this time tough, there are some great resources and help at Jigsaw.
https://jigsawonline.ie/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=DublinTown

Culture Vultures
Abbey Theatre – Cypress Avenue is streaming on line: https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/cyprus-avenue/

We also have the https://www.metopera.org/ broadcasting free online.

Every Thursday from the British National Theatre – live streaming of some of their shows.
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/mar/26/national-theatre-to-broadcast-shows-online-on-thursdays

Recommendations from the media20 of the best travel films, according to The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/27/20-best-travel-films-movies-cinematic-stunning-locations-laptop-tv?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

And some Good news stories from around the world
Dutch Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra record Ode to Joy from their home.
https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2020/0326/1126579-ode-to-joy/
Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School):
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-not-good-but-the-news-is-not-all-bad-2020031919247

The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/covid-19-a-good-time-to-look-for-good-news

Prospect Magazine (free online articles & archive until April 20th!)
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/science-and-technology/coronavirus-hand-washing-uk-lockdown-sanatizer

Good News Network
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/another-roundup-of-positive-updates-on-covid-outbreaks/

Finally a beautiful piece from John O’Donohue

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.”

John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings


24 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Info for the Community

Come back Brexit, all is forgiven. Hope you’re all doing as well as can be expected. We thought we’d post some information that has been sent to us:

1. An email from DLR PPN (the umbrella organisation for community groups like ours). There’s a good summary there of the updates from the government today, some useful advice from the Guards, etc.

2. An email from the Department of Rural and Community Development which is organising the community-led response to Covid-19. They have identified three key actions for immediate priority:

a) Encourage and facilitate volunteering

b) Provide community supports for older people –in partnership with ALONE

c) Establish a helpdesk facility for local community groups –in partnership with the 31 Public Participation Networks nationwide

Further information on volunteering (beyond just our Support Network) can be found in the text below. You can also find information on how to volunteer on our website.

Note: There is a request in the email from the Dept of Rural and Community Development to print and distribute an information leaflet (6 pages) to people who do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms. If someone would be willing to take on this job for the residents’ association, please contact us.

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1. DLR PPN Email

Here are some relevant news and updates for the DLR community
– Summary of updates from the Government – 24th March 2020 : welfare entitlements, social distancing, rent, support for businesses and employers, and more. Please read here.

–  If you need to avail of assistance from An Garda Síochána in Blackrock an email should be forwarded to the District Office at  blackrock_ds@garda.ie. To read more, please click here.

(We presume Dundrum Garda Station is the one we should contact. To contact Dundrum station, call 01 6665600)

Airfield Estate are interested to hear from organisations that are in need of hot meals or hot meal supplies during the current Covid-19. Airfield Estate have a broad range of skills and facilities would be delighted to help out in any way they can. To get in touch, please email Aislinn Barrett at aislinn.barrett@airfield.ie

– An Garda Síochána have warned that fraudsters may exploit the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus to carry out various types of scams. The three types of fraud to look out for:
         1. Phising / Smishing / Vishing
         2. Fraudulent Selling / Trading
         3. Social Engineering Scams
Please read here for more information on how you can protect yourself. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime contact your local Garda Station. – Although we hope that you and your family will not need to ever undergo testing for Covid-19, it is important to keep track of all your social interactions, including those of your close family members. Keeping a list of people you have been in contact with in the last days and their contact details would help the contact tracing teams in their efforts, should there ever be a need to do this. Again, we hope no one will need to self-isolate but there is merit in keeping track of all your social interactions on an ongoing basis.  Read more here

– Organisations, residents groups and communities have gotten in touch to let us know the supports they are putting in place for those who are vulnerable. Thank you for that! If you are offering support or if you need support, please let us know. Staying in touch is now more important than ever.

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2. Email from Department of Rural and Community Development

March 24th
Dear All

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is leading our 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.

We have produced a Communications Pack for community and voluntary groups and members of the public and we would appreciate if you distribute this information across your networks, to members of your group, neighbours, friends and recipients of your service.  This pack contains:

1.      Department of Rural and Community Development – COVID-19 Government Action Plan to Support the Community Response.

CLICK HERE

2.      Information leaflet “You, Your Community and COVID-19” – We would ask that you distribute this across your communities, to individuals and in particular, those that do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms.  Maybe include them as part of a meals on wheels drop.

CLICK HERE

3.      How can I volunteer?

 CLICK HERE 

4.      Sensible volunteering – Do’s and Don’ts

CLICK HERE

5.      Advice for local community groups – how can we get volunteers?

CLICK HERE

6.      Advice for vulnerable people who need supports

 CLICK HERE 

7.      How to guard against fraud and generate trust

CLICK HERE

We remind you that the HSE website is the key source for health advice: www.hse.ie/coronavirus. It also includes posters and other resources that can be used in your community.

Our email helpdesk facility is available to assist you with advice or queries and is open 7 days a week – C&VSupports@drcd.gov.ie

We thank you for your assistance in spreading these important messages.

Kind regards

The Department of Rural and Community Development

20 Mar 2020

Join the Library

If you’re not already a library member, you can now join online here:

https://lgma.iii.com/selfreg

While libraries are closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you do not need to finalise your application in the library before being able to use online services accessible at https://www.librariesireland.ie/elibrary

Just fill out the online form. You’ll get a temporary library number and you can set up a library PIN. With those, you’ll be able to access the online services at www.librariesireland.ie/elibrary straightaway.

There are still staff in the libraries during the day to answer any queries. You can phone or send an email.

20 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Volunteering

We know a lot of our members are very keen to volunteer to help the vulnerable in our society at this time of need. We have been so impressed with the response to the setting up of our Support Network.

If you’d like to volunteer for other roles, in a wider geographic area, please have a look at the Volunteer Ireland website. They co-ordinate volunteers for all sorts of organisations, charities etc. They are expecting a large need for volunteers over the coming months.

You can find more information here: https://www.volunteer.ie/about-us/covid-19/