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Midlands Volunteer Group Set Up To Help Elderly And Vulnerable Citizens

They are willing to collect shopping or prescriptions and deliver them to those in need.

A volunteer group is being set up in the Midlands to assist elderly and vulnerable citizens affected by the guidelines on social distance put in place by the Department of Health.

A team of volunteers are willing to collect shopping or prescriptions and deliver them to those in need.

The team will also phone people living in isolation who may simply need a chat.

Longford Westmeath TD Robert Troy says, “Through the work of my constituency office I am aware of many people who may not have anyone to assist them with day to day chores such as shopping or picking up essential prescriptions due to the new guidelines.

“I also know that so many of our citizens are only too willing to help and I am happy to be able to coordinate this service and make sure no one runs short of essential items in the coming days and weeks. It may also be the case that picking up the phone and having a chat with someone who hasn’t gone out for a few days is all that’s needed.

“My office will be working hard to provide this link and get in touch with as many people as possible.

 Deputy Troy is also advising people to think of others before panic buying. 

He says "There are many people who are not able to get to the shops at present or are waiting for pay day to do their shopping. Retail Ireland and all of the major retailers have given the strongest assurances that supply lines are strong and there will be no shortages. There is absolutely no reason to stockpile goods but there are thousands of reasons not to.” 

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