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Dear CWI Members,
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The CWI Team
Below please find information on:
  • Message Date: March 21st -  Partner Pack
  • Message Date: March 23rd - DRCD Community Response Action Plan

Message Date: March 21st 2020

Dear Stakeholder,
As you know as part of the national response to Covid-19, the Department of Health, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the HSE are working closely to support stakeholders and community groups.

Partner Pack 
The digital partner pack continues to be updated and can be downloaded online at:

The digital partner pack contains:
  • The most up to date posters on Coronavirus COVID-19 (please display and share these as widely as you can, and please replace any previous posters that you might have used with the updated version)
  • Videos that you can share and display
  • Leaflets, social media assets and more
 Key Updates: 
Here are some important additions and updates for you:
Next Updates expected
Early next week, the digital partner pack is also expected to include a booklet on Coronavirus COVID-19. We will make this available in a number of formats with different audiences in mind.
For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to:  
We would be grateful if you would let us know if your organisation has any specific requests or urgent needs in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19 public health information materials.  
If you do, please email us at to let us know.
Thank you in advance for your support at this important time.
A reminder be mindful of your mental health during this time, try to keep to a routine, maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and remember social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation.
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support
Message Date: March 23rd 2020

COVID-19: DRCD Community Response Action Plan

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 - (read here )
  2. Information leaflet “You, Your Community and COVID-19” - (read here ) – 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.
  3. How can I volunteer? - (read here )
  4. Sensible volunteering – Do’s and Don’ts - (read here )
  5. Advice for local community groups – how can we get volunteers? (read here)
  6. Advice for vulnerable people who need supports - (read here)
  7. How to guard against fraud and generate trust - (read here )
We remind you that the HSE website is the key source for health advice:
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&
We thank you for your assistance in spreading these important messages. 
Kind regards
The Department of Rural and Community Development

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