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. The document acknowledges the strength of the grassroots community response, outlines the measures being put in place by the department to support this response and points to further sources of information in relation to key actions.
The Community Response Plan describes 15 actions under four themes: coordination of efforts on the ground; encouraging and supporting volunteers; supporting community organisations; and funding. Actions are being taken forward by the Department, in partnership with community organisations and partners in local government and across the Executive. Actions include: providing additional funding to enable support on the ground, establishing a dedicated Community Helpline, supporting the volunteering effort and coordinating the supply of emergency food parcels.
The Department will continue to work closely with community organisations to ensure that efforts on the ground are being coordinated, supported and sustained.
The Community Response Plan has been developed in partnership with the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA).