Useful contacts and Support Services

Aware
 
Tel. 1800 80 48 48 
 
KARE Social Services
 
Tel. 01 8058433
 
Meals On Wheels 
 
Irish Rural Link
 
Tel. 0906 482744
 
Meals on Wheels 
 
Age Action Ireland
 
Tel. 01 475 6989 
 
We have trained information officers providing information over the phone, email and social media on issues facing older people. 
 
Friends of the Elderly
 
Tel. 01 8731855
 
Friends of the Elderly works hard to provide a wide range of social programmes for older people who would benefit from a friendly chat or a social outing. With the help of our many dedicated volunteers and donors we provide companionship, support, social engagement, inter-generational activities and community-based services. 
 
ALONE
 
Tel. 0818 222 024
 
ALONE provides Housing with Support, Support Coordination, Befriending, BConnect training and technology, and Campaigns for Change to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. 
 
St Vincent De Paul
 
Tel. 01 8848200
 
There are a wide range of supports we can offer you, from practical help and advice, to a friendly ear all in the strictest of confidence. 
 
Senior Line
 
Tel. 046 9557766
 
Confidential Listening Services for Older People 
 
Samaritan
 
Tel. 116 123
 
You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. 
 
 Unemployment Payments During COVID-19
 
 
People who have lost employment
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) has announced a new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
 
This new 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. The payment has a simple one–page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to people who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic and give income security during this 6-week period.
 
You can get the application form on gov.ie 
 
If your employer reduces your hours to 3 days or less per week from your normal full-time hours, you can apply for a payment called Short Time Work Support which is a form of Jobseeker’s Benefit.
 
Find out more about your employment rights during the COVID-19 restrictions.
 
(2)  People who are ill
There are changes to the Illness Benefit and Supplementary Welfare Allowance rules to help prevent the transmission of coronavirus. These changes require legislation which is expected shortly.
 
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are medically required to self-isolate, you can get enhanced Illness Benefit or Supplementary Welfare Allowance. When the legislation is completed, workers will be entitled to any arrears due from 9th March when the new payment rates begin.