Dear Members of the IASW,
We are aware that some of our members, their friends, family members and colleagues may need support during these unprecedented times.
We have put together a list of organisations that may be in a position to offer advice, a listening ear, a meal, a friendly chat, help with online shopping, etc. during these difficult times:
Aware - You Supporting Light Through Depression
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.
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.
Unemployment Payments During COVID-19
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.
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.
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 9 March when the new payment rates begin.
If you are on an employment programme such as Community Employment
Further list of organisations that might help you:
We wish you and your family good health.
The National Social Work Organisation of Ireland CLG
T/A Irish Association of Social Workers
St. Andrews Resource Centre,
114-116 Pearse Street,
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 12:00
Company Reg No 518634 – Registered in Dublin
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