IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID 19 - Undocumented

This is an uncertain time for us all. Many people working in sectors like care, fishing, retail, hospitality, construction and agriculture are worried about losing their jobs and income, and having access to healthcare due to COVID-19. 

We are working hard to make sure no-one is left behind in responses to the Coronavirus.

Through our work, the state is responding to the needs of migrant workers. 

  • International Students and undocumented migrants are now eligible for the COVID19 Payment if they lose their jobs and have a PPSN.  
  • Undocumented migrants can also apply for Supplementary Welfare Allowance, if they have no PPSN and have lost their jobs
  • We have confirmed with the Department of Justice that there will be no data sharing between Government departments on undocumented migrants 
  • We have also confirmed that a person's immigration status will not be affected if they apply for social welfare payments at this time

We are delivering our services virtually and if you, or anyone you know, have questions we are taking calls and answering emails. 

Rest assured we have your backs. We’ll get through this together! ❤️

Keep safe everyone,

Edel + the MRCI team 
 

We are here to help.

You can call us Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm on 01-8897670.

You can also contact our caseworkers on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and through https://www.mrci.ie/contact-us

Mental Health Services during COVID-19

Looking After Our Mental Health

 Social connectedness has never been so important to ensure everyone stays well psychologically – a challenge when we have to stay apart. However, there are creative ways that will hopefully help. Please see attached some information from the World Health Organisation and also from the HSE Heads of Psychology. You can also find some information here: www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html

www.connectingforlifemidwest.ie

The first port of call if someone is experiencing distress or suicidal thoughts is still the GP.

 

Provision of National Services

Please see below re the status of provision of services from the national Connecting for Life partners: 

www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/news/supports-and-services-during-covid-19.html

Video: Connecting for Life Mid West Video

Website: www.connectingforlifeirelandmidwest.ie

Find out more about mental wellbeing on www.yourmentalhealth.ie  or call the Samaritans on 116 123 for a listening ear and for 24/7 emotional support.

Need information and advice on COVID-19? Go to www.hse.ie/coronavirus

Minister Ring launches COVID-19 Government Action Plan To Support The Community Response

For information on volunteering, please visit www.volunteer.ie

Older people who have questions or concerns can contact the Alone helpline on 0818 222 014 or the Senior helpline on 1800 804 591.

Additionally the Action Plan is now live on gov.ie here > www.gov.ie/en/publication/58a0a9-you-your-community-and-covid-19/

Message from the Department of Rural and Community Development

24th March 2020

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&This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Kind regards

The Department of Rural and Community Development

Updates from Citizens Information

The Government has announced a special new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This new emergency payment will be available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work.

https://whatsnew.citizensinformation.ie

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