By Dan Walsh
During the current Covid-19 restrictions neighbour awareness is more important than ever and so the Wexford Keep Well ‘Community Check In’ initiative is doing just that in an innovative and non-contact way with ‘Check in’ cards.
The postcard size cards provide details of the Wexford County Council Community Call helpline on one side, and a friendly message on the reverse. Cards have been distributed to Wexford PPN Member groups who conduct the local check-in activity.
The concept of the cards is that it is not intrusive to the vulnerable or isolated person, and gives them an invitation to connect, should they wish to do so – either with the local person who dropped the card, or with the Wexford County Council Community Call Helpline. PPN Members will only conduct ‘check ins’ within their own 5km radius.
Annette Dupuy, Healthy County Co-ordinator said; “We are delighted to be collaborating with Wexford PPN on this initiative. As a network with over 400 member groups across the county they will ensure a broad reach.”
Wexford PPN volunteer and current Wexford PPN Committee Member John Carr said many member groups had answered the call back in March when the Community Call was looking for support across communities. “We are delighted to answer the call once again by getting involved in this initiative”, he added.
Head of the Community Section at Wexford County Council, Paul L’Estrange, said; “This is just one of a number of ‘Keep Well‘ initiatives where the Community Section and other Departments at Wexford County Council are linking in with communities to support our citizens.”
The Keep Well campaign comes with thanks to Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare fund, delivered by Pobal.