Club Together Initiative Update
In March, the GAA, SuperValu and Centra came together to launch a new initiative, to support the elderly in communities during COVID-19 ‘lockdown’. It’s aim was to help those elderly that had no family and friends around to support them. An urgent appeal to GAA Clubs across the country, to volunteer to be part of Club Together was made – Cuala was one of a number of clubs across Dublin that answered that call.
A dedicated community support helpline was provided by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council to support this initiative – elderly and vulnerable persons could highlight their situation and then linked in with Cuala for any shopping delivery needs.
Over ninety Cuala volunteers have been involved with this initiative since it was established in early March, – delivering not just essential groceries – but also human contact and friendship so that this vulnerable group in our society feel less isolated and alone.
“A number of people that we have engaged with over the past 10-weeks would not have had any human contact from one end of the day till the next until their Cuala volunteer calls” Declan Cronin – one the organising team – offered , “so it’s a moment that they look forward to, if only to have a few minutes of friendly chat and to hear some reassurance that everything will get back to normal soon”.
More than 1,000 deliveries have been made since the COVID-19 restrictions were introduced for elderly and vulnerable members of our community – dogs have been walked, many bins have been put out and that all important ‘chat’ has been had!