15 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Support Network

In response to the evolving Coronavirus outbreak, Roebuck Residents’ Association has established a Support Network for our neighbours who may, in the coming weeks/months, be restricted to their homes, or otherwise be unable to get out and about.

Through a network of local volunteers, we will arrange for a nominated resident to collect food, medicines, etc. on your behalf and deliver them to your home. In addition, Lynam’s have indicated they are happy to make local deliveries, and can be contacted directly at 01 298 1061. Roebuck Pharmacy can be contacted at 01 298 1295. Goatstown Pharmacy (beside The Goat) can also deliver, help to source items and offer advice and guidance. Phone number:  01 296 5244, email: goatstownpharmacy@gmail.com and mobile: 086 3100 749

If at any time over the next few weeks/months you wish to avail of the service, you can email us at roebuckresidents@gmail.com, giving your name, address and phone number. We already have a large number of volunteers who are keen to help so don’t be slow to request assistance. If you or a member of your household is unlucky enough to come down with Covid-19 and/or you need to self-isolate, get in touch with us. We will identify a volunteer from your immediate neighbourhood where possible to support you with shopping and other such tasks. Our approach will be always be to operate within the most recent HSE Guidelines. Please note that volunteering will not involve physical contact with people who have been unlucky enough to be infected or who are self-isolating.

Detailed information on the Coronavirus and protecting yourself and others is available from the HSE on their website, www.HSE.ie, and includes:

  1. An overview of the Coronavirus
  2. How to protect yourself and others
  3. Self-Isolation

The HSE website is updated on a daily basis and we are all are advised to check it frequently. You can also phone their information number 1850 24 1850.

Here are a few specific pointers that you and the volunteers will need to pay attention to in order to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 to 2 metres – this is important in order to limit the spreads of the virus any further.
When the initial contact has been made, try to limit all further contact to phone conversations.

People with the virus or self-isolating should:

  • If possible, wear a mask when answering the door to the volunteer
  • Do not shake hands
  • Place your shopping list and money on the ground outside the front door and stand back from the door
  • Wash your hands before preparing and avoid coughing/sneezing on any shopping list or money you are giving to the volunteer

Volunteers should:

  • Ring the doorbell and step back while waiting for the person to answer the door
  • Do not shake or touch hands
  • Ask them to leave money and lists on the doorstep and to step back into the hall while you pick them up.
  • On return, leave the items on the doorstep, ring the bell and step back.
  • Wash your hands immediately after visiting someone who is self-isolating
  • Avoid touching your face

Also, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has passed on information regarding a FREEPHONE service (from www.thirdageireland.ie) called SeniorLine, which older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800 804 591.