DfC: COVID-19 and other DfC Services

COVID-19: Other DfC Services

This page provides the latest information about COVID-19 and a number of DfC services. It will be updated regularly with the latest information.

This information is for Northern Ireland only, if you live in England, Scotland or Wales please visit GOV.UK

For general heath advice relating to COVID-19, please visit the Public Health Agency's website. Key information is also available in Sign Language on this PHA page.

Other DfC Services 

Community Response Plan

The Department has produced a COVID-19 Community Response Plan which summarises the range of actions being taken forward by the Department and its partners to enable the community response on the ground to COVID-19.


Weekly food boxes

The delivery of weekly food parcels to those in greatest need was developed as one of the key strands of the Department’s emergency response to the current crisis situation. A large number of boxes have already been delivered to those in need via partnership working between Councils and our grass roots Community Organisations. When the scheme opened it was envisaged that approximately 10,400 food parcels would be needed, but due to the current situation the Department has delivered thousands more.

Our current suppliers have now informed us that it not possible at present to go beyond a supply capacity ceiling of 18,000 food boxes per week. This is due to the sourcing of food, the capacity of suppliers to pack, prepare and distribute at volume - and additional limitations such as the need for social distancing requirements. We will continue to deliver to the thousands already receiving the parcels and the Minister will be holding  meetings with officials to explore all available options.

This service is one element of our overall food support programme, aimed at those who are in most critical need. People can also use the helpline to be connected to other means of support, including volunteers who can collect shopping, or community groups and food banks who can provide support. For those people who still require access to such help contact the COVID Community Helpline on 0808 802 0020 in the first instance.



The Department for Communities continues to support employers who urgently require staff to keep vital services operating. The free Employers Online NI job service enables employers to register and advertise their vacancies on the same day.

Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme

Due to the cancellation of this year’s Gaeltacht Summer Courses, the 2020 Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary scheme will be rolled over into 2021. Find out more on www.liofa.eu.

Historic Environment & Love Heritage NI


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dunluce Castle and Carrickfergus Castle are closed to the public until further notice and all events at State Care Monuments are cancelled. However most outdoor spaces at State Care Monuments will re-open to the public from 28 May.

A small number of sites will remain closed to the public. 


The Department continues to operate its job vacancy website, JobCentre Online, providing available vacancies on a daily basis to support individuals who may have lost their job or who are temporarily out of work as a consequence of COVID-19.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will be closed to until further notice. Staff are no longer working from the PRONI building and will be unable to respond to any written enquiries or operate a fee-paying search and copying service until further notice.

A range of digitised records, databases and other resources are also available online at www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni

The Appeals Service (TAS)

The President of Appeals Tribunals in consultation with the Appeals Service (TAS) has suspended all oral hearing with immediate effect until further notice.  Anyone who has received notice of a scheduled hearing will be contacted by TAS by telephone and/or letter.


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