During the latest Covid-19 restrictions, Galway Rural Development (GRD) and its army of SICAP, Tús, RSS and CE staff have turned their focus to providing companionship and keeping-up the spirits of those cocooning.
Galway Rural Development remains at the forefront of the county’s efforts in the latest phase of the nation’s Community Response to the pandemic and GRD is now focusing on wellbeing initiatives and mental health supports.
“This remains a mental health challenge as much as a physical health challenge,” said CEO Steve Dolan.
“The pandemic has been experienced differently by us all but we must ensure no one is left behind from a mental health perspective.
“Through its SICAP grants, GRD provided almost €100,000 county-wide to organisations for essentials and resource packs since the start of the Summer, however the focus of mental health initiatives and supports is now central to GRD’s mission.”
Steve said that they know that many of the people they work with through different programmes are struggling with isolation or depression. And his message is that the team is there to help.
“Our entire team have been working to pinpoint and assist isolated and vulnerable persons, provide companionship, and signpost supports,” he said.
Aware of the pressure and stress that people are experiencing, Galway Rural Development has an information booklet available, a guide to supports and services which promote positive mental health in County Galway.
“The booklet is available on our (Galway Rural Development) website as a PDF to download and there is also as a handy A5 booklet available which can be posted out,” added Steve.