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Over 13,500 Midlands Volunteers Answered The Call To Help During Pandemic

The aim of this programme was to ensure no one was left without support when coronavirus hit.

Over 13,500 volunteers in the midlands answered the call to help those in need during the pandemic.

The Covid-19 Community Outreach Programme was launched at the beginning of lockdown by The Wheel - the national association of chairities - and the Moate-based Irish Rural Link.

The aim of this programme was to ensure no one was left without support when coronavirus hit Ireland and the country went into lockdown.

A total of 13,553 people volunteered to help - 410 in Westmeath, 1,393 in Laois, and 11,750 in Offaly.

That was along with 554 local organisations, such the development, youth and farming groups, and the GAA.

2,305 supports were given, including practical assistance and advice, especially to those cocooning.

Seamus Boland, CEO of Irish Rural Link, is commending those who helped:

The service has now closed, but the government says it will consider running the programme in the future.

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