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Coronavirus Covid-19 Information for Parents

* Just click on an area in the map to see the Covid-19 updates from services in that area

Useful Numbers

GALWAY COUNTY
Dedicated Community Support Helpline 1800 928894 (for Non Medical / Non Emergency queries)

GALWAY CITY
Dedicated Community Support Helpline 1800 400150 (for Non Medical / Non Emergency queries)

ROSCOMMON
Dedicated Community Support Helpline 1800 200727 (for Non Medical / Non Emergency queries)

Public Health Advice

Coronavirus Covid-19 Information

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Covid 19 Updates from Services in Athenry CFSN Area

NAME
ROLE
AREA
CONTACT DETAILS
COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Louise Cosgrave
Educational Welfare Officer (EWO), Tusla Educational Support Service (TESS)
Galway
Educational Welfare Services are part of the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS).

We offer support to children and families who have difficulties in relation to school attendance, participation, or retention and operate under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

The aims and objectives of this statutory service are to ensure that every child either attends school regularly or otherwise receives a minimum education; to ensure and secure every child’s entitlement to education.

Educational Welfare Officers work with families and children in a child-centred way to overcome barriers to their school attendance, participation and retention; and work closely with schools, educational support services and other agencies to support school attendance and resolve attendance problems for the benefit of children & families.

Covid 19 Updates from Services in Ballinasloe CFSN Area

NAME
ROLE
AREA
CONTACT DETAILS
COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Louise Cosgrave
Educational Welfare Officer (EWO), Tusla Educational Support Service (TESS)
Galway
Educational Welfare Services are part of the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS).

We offer support to children and families who have difficulties in relation to school attendance, participation, or retention and operate under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

The aims and objectives of this statutory service are to ensure that every child either attends school regularly or otherwise receives a minimum education; to ensure and secure every child’s entitlement to education.

Educational Welfare Officers work with families and children in a child-centred way to overcome barriers to their school attendance, participation and retention; and work closely with schools, educational support services and other agencies to support school attendance and resolve attendance problems for the benefit of children & families.

Covid 19 Updates from Services in City East CFSN Area

NAME
ROLE
AREA
CONTACT DETAILS
COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Imelda Gormally
Community Development Worker
Galway City Partnership

Galway City Partnership is a member of the Galway City Community Response Forum.

We have been meeting regularly to develop and implement responses to the ongoing pandemic. GCP is supporting the Community Response Helpline by responding to the more complex referrals along with GCCN.

Our TUS team have been providing support to St Vincent de Paul in the form of delivery of groceries and food packages to those cocooning in their homes.

GCP is also providing support to individuals with information, advice and guidance given on Social Protection supports available to them.

Staff are keeping community groups and individuals across the city informed of HSE COVID 19 advice, mental health supports and practical ways to get through the crisis.

Currently developing Care boxes, Flower boxes and book service for those cocooning. Also hoping to pilot a supported Smart Tablet initiative for older people.

Lisa Ní Dhomhnaill
Foróige Youth Worker
East Galway
Foróige Ballybane continues to run youth groups online with young people from the area who are aged 10-18 years.
Please contact Lisa or Martin for more information.
Louise Cosgrave
Educational Welfare Officer (EWO), Tusla Educational Support Service (TESS)
Galway
Educational Welfare Services are part of the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS).

We offer support to children and families who have difficulties in relation to school attendance, participation, or retention and operate under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

The aims and objectives of this statutory service are to ensure that every child either attends school regularly or otherwise receives a minimum education; to ensure and secure every child’s entitlement to education.

Educational Welfare Officers work with families and children in a child-centred way to overcome barriers to their school attendance, participation and retention; and work closely with schools, educational support services and other agencies to support school attendance and resolve attendance problems for the benefit of children & families.

Covid 19 Updates from Services in City North CFSN Area

NAME
ROLE
AREA
CONTACT DETAILS
COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Louise Cosgrave
Educational Welfare Officer (EWO), Tusla Educational Support Service (TESS)
Galway
Educational Welfare Services are part of the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS).

We offer support to children and families who have difficulties in relation to school attendance, participation, or retention and operate under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

The aims and objectives of this statutory service are to ensure that every child either attends school regularly or otherwise receives a minimum education; to ensure and secure every child’s entitlement to education.

Educational Welfare Officers work with families and children in a child-centred way to overcome barriers to their school attendance, participation and retention; and work closely with schools, educational support services and other agencies to support school attendance and resolve attendance problems for the benefit of children & families.

Covid 19 Updates from Services in Connemara CFSN Area

NAME
ROLE
AREA
CONTACT DETAILS
COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Louise Cosgrave
Educational Welfare Officer (EWO), Tusla Educational Support Service (TESS)
Galway
Educational Welfare Services are part of the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS).

We offer support to children and families who have difficulties in relation to school attendance, participation, or retention and operate under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

The aims and objectives of this statutory service are to ensure that every child either attends school regularly or otherwise receives a minimum education; to ensure and secure every child’s entitlement to education.

Educational Welfare Officers work with families and children in a child-centred way to overcome barriers to their school attendance, participation and retention; and work closely with schools, educational support services and other agencies to support school attendance and resolve attendance problems for the benefit of children & families.

Covid 19 Updates from Services in Doughiska CFSN Area

NAME
ROLE
AREA
CONTACT DETAILS
COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Louise Cosgrave
Educational Welfare Officer (EWO), Tusla Educational Support Service (TESS)
Galway
Educational Welfare Services are part of the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS).

We offer support to children and families who have difficulties in relation to school attendance, participation, or retention and operate under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

The aims and objectives of this statutory service are to ensure that every child either attends school regularly or otherwise receives a minimum education; to ensure and secure every child’s entitlement to education.

Educational Welfare Officers work with families and children in a child-centred way to overcome barriers to their school attendance, participation and retention; and work closely with schools, educational support services and other agencies to support school attendance and resolve attendance problems for the benefit of children & families.

Covid 19 Updates from Services in Gort CFSN Area

NAME
ROLE
AREA
CONTACT DETAILS
COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Elaine Quinn
Education Officer GRD
Galway
During Covid 19:

Worked on Resource pacts under SICAP which were disseminated to disadvantaged children in Ballinasloe and Gort.

Continue to support children associated with the Homework Club Tuam.

Continue to support After-school Club Gort

Covid 19 Updates from Services in Loughrea CFSN Area

NAME
ROLE
AREA
CONTACT DETAILS
COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Jason Leavy
Loughrea-Gort Family Services
Tusla
Individual Support to parents and children referred to the service which includes:
  • Parenting Support, Emotional Support
  • Resource allocation and information sharing in relation to COVID 19,
  • Family Routines, and assisting children with the changes in circumstances
2 Drop-In Services operating for families to access brief supports:
  • Loughrea Drop-In Mobile Number: 0860255853 (Patricia)
  • Gort Drop-In Mobile Number: 0868220942 (Reah)
    Charlotte Donnellan
    Resilience Support Worker (RSW)
    ISPCC
    Charlotte.donnellan@ispcc.ie
    • RSW will continue to provide one to one support via phone or video sessions.
    • Continuing to provide regular support (weekly sessions or more if needed).
    • Still accepting new referrals from Tusla SW team.
    • Linking in regularly with referrers and other services if required.
    • ISPCC have a support line to provide guidance, support and information to parents and carers Mon-Fri 9am-1pm.
    This contact number changes daily and can be accessed on https://www.ispcc.ie/ispcc-support-line
    • Childline is available 24hrs to children and young people under the age of 18.
    • https://www.childline.ie/index.php
    Clara Cashman
    Lifelong Learning Officer
    Galway Rural Development
    • Practical Support regarding social welfare, online access to courses, referral to other services, CV and Interview help via phone, email and video call.
    • Local Community Grants offered to LCGs to ensure vital equipment and food can be accessed during current pandemic.
    • Dissemination of accurate information via social media, phone, email, parish newsletters etc.
    Childcare supports to include educational materials, exercise equipment and toys to families identified by Tusla and GRD Education Officer.
    • Working with Irish Rural Link ‘Community Champion’ (Steve Dolan, CEO), to ensure links are made with vulnerable people and support services/LCGs.
    Linda Dermody
    Community based Family Support Worker
    Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre
    familysupport@loughreafamilyresourcecentre.ie 086-0359320
    Individual Support for families via phone and email. Self-referrals welcome.
    • Providing Parenting and emotional support.
    • Information and advice.
    • Link to practical support and local resources during Covid 19
    Liam Rodger
    Educational Welfare Officer (EWO)
    Tusla Educational Support Service (TESS)
    Educational Welfare Services are part of the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS). We offer support to children and families who have difficulties in relation to school attendance, participation, or retention. and operates under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

    The aims and objectives of this statutory service are to ensure that every child either attends school regularly or otherwise receives a minimum education; to ensure and secure every child’s entitlement to education. Educational Welfare Officers work with families and children in a child-centred way to overcome barriers to their school attendance, participation and retention; and work closely with schools, educational support services and other agencies to support school attendance and resolve attendance problems for the benefit of children & families.

    Covid 19 Updates from Services in North Galway CFSN Area

    NAME
    ROLE
    AREA
    CONTACT DETAILS
    COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
    Coming Soon

    Covid 19 Updates from Services in West Galway CFSN Area

    NAME
    ROLE
    AREA
    CONTACT DETAILS
    COVID SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
    Natalie Coen
    Deputy Manager
    Galway City and County
    “No.4 Youth Service continues to support young people aged 13-25 in areas including education, physical and mental health, homelessness prevention and employability.

    Young people can be supported primarily by phone and email. Food boxes to those in need continue to be delivered. Please contact us for further information”
    Maria Powers
    Drug and Alcohol Family Support worker
    Galway and Mayo
    Providing over the phone support for family members effected by a loved one’s drug and/or alcohol misuse.
    Ger Wilson
    Manager
    “Westside Galway City”
    Rahoon Family Centre is an after-school service. During Covid 19 our after-school activities and home work clubs are closed. We are keeping in touch with our families by phone and text. Our website has a number of resources and help lines for parents and young people
    Kirsten Lowe
    &
    Natasha Fahy
    Big Brother Big Sister Programme Officers
    Galway City & County
    During Covid-19 we are working & supporting our current matches. We are still accepting referrals and recruiting volunteers.
    Michelle Moran
    senior Child and Family Network Co-Ordinator
    • Ard CFSN
    • City West CFSN
    • North Galway CFSN
    • Connemara CFSN
    • Ballinasloe CFSN
    • Loughrea CFSN
    michelle.moran@tusla.ie
    Community Resource Centre,
    Ballybane,
    Co. Galway
    t. 091-778953
    m: 086-0203838
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