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COVID19: Community Engagement

We are pleased to support community groups and local organisations in their positive response to the Covid-19 pandemic, giving help to those most vulnerable and in need.

Individuals and families
We have collated a list of community support services in the Local Support Directory below. The table lists organisations in the area who can assist individuals and families right now. Search for specific help such as ‘food’, or search by location to view community groups offering support near you. Alternatively, browse the table to find a match that best suits your needs. If you can’t find what you need, have a look at the Community Information Signposting section below for useful links to other community services and advice.

Community organisations and charities
We are trying to assess the requirements of existing community organisations and charities so that we can support the important work being done as part of the Covid-19 response. The information you provide is vital to ensure that regional and central government have a clear understanding of the needs of the grass-roots organisations carrying out this important work in our area. To add your community organisation’s details to the Local Support Directory, or if you’d like help or advice for your community group click here.

Local Support Directory

Who can helpGeneral LocationService ProvidedContact Details
Women's Aid Armagh DownArmagh, DownSafe refuge accommodation and community based support to women, children and young people. Examples of Support includes: 1-1, emotional support, information and guidance, Advocacy, Risk assessment and Risk Management, Safety and Protection planning. Helen Cranney // // www.womensaidarmaghdown.org
Voice of RecoveryArmagh, Banbridge, Craigavon1. Dedicated helpline to those in recovery from addiction 2. Counselling including bereavement 3. Emotional and mental health support via phone and Microsoft Teams 4. Volunteers for practical supportSheila Smyth //
Vibe NIArmagh CityPhone calls, grocery and perscription collection
Plus emergency food supplies
Ian Liggett // 07515571385 // // www.vibeni.com
Via WingsDromoreFood parcels for people in need
Pastoral support/ phonecalls
Kids activity packs
Support for people with mental health issues
Gail Redmond // 07833625469 or 07946783279 // or // www.viawings.co.uk // facebook.com/ViaWingsDromore/
The Storehouse - Banbridge Community FoodbankBanbridgeWe are allowing clients to self-refer to the Foodbank and we are offering an initial 3 food parcels to support those who have lost their jobs or who are having to self-isolate. We are arranging for parcels to be dropped off if needed or picked up from the Foodbank. We are also trying to provide support with nappies for young families. facebook.com/StorehouseBanbridgeFoodbank/
Tannaghmore Ladies Club Tannaghmore, CraigavonFood parcels for the elderly // facebook.com/goodnightscraic/
Tandragee Royal British LegionTandrageeOur branch of the RBL is collecting dry goods and cleaning products for delivery to the local vulnerable and elderly residents.
We have donations from the branch funds and individual members of cash and items. A small team is coordinating the collection and another team will be delivering.
Joe Gibson // 007751266367 //
St. Mary's GAC AghagallonAghagallonHelp with deliveries - groceries, prescriptions, coal & gas in the Aghagallon areaColumb Walsh // 07803628408 // facebook.com/stmarysaghagallon
St Paul's GFC LurganLurgan We have a group of over 50 volunteers, delivering food packs to a list of houses that are self isolating or facing hardship. We have also been collecting prescriptions and walking dogs.Daire O'Dubhthaigh // 07825518527 // // facebook.com/stpaulsgfclurgan/
St Michael's MagheralinMagheralinSt Michael’s GAC Magheralin have come together with Magheralin Village FC, Ballymacmaine Community Group, Magheralin Community Association, Kilwarlin Residents and St Michael’s Youth Club to support the Magheralin and Kilwarlin Areaas. We have over 60 volunteers and have divided the volunteers into different areas and housing developments. We have started a small foodbank and have offer local people LC befriending services over the phone and trips to the shop and pharmacyfacebook.com/stmichaelsgac/
Richmount Rural Community AssociationRichmount, PortadownOur Primary Service would be for older people within a 5 Mile Radius of Scotch Street, BT62 1QU. Telephone call service to older people to make social contact, establish if they are OK, establish if any needs, signpost to other services. Generally try to reduce the feeling of social isolation. Print and deliver leaflets in the area all ages; Deliver food to older people at door steps; Facilitate online shopping ordering where older person cannot access this service. (Done over phone); We also have the potential to cook and deliver meals to older people; We have some 15 "younger volunteers" for on the ground work and several older people for telephone assistance. Scotch Street Youth Club has offered to assist us with volunteers. We are receiving a small amount of money from CFNI to help cover volunteer costsJoe Garvey // 07934186635 // // richmountruralcommunityassoc.btck.co.uk/ // facebook.com/groups/359392197497621/
Regenerate NIPortadownRegenerate are building a data base of volunteers. Mainly telephone based to contact community members and signpost to help available in their area // facebook.com/Regenerate-835237673219313/ // regenerateni.com
Rathfriland Young Farmers ClubRathfrilandHelp for the elderly & those who are vulnerable by grocery shopping, lifting prescriptions etcRathfriland Young Farmers Club // 07786811591 / 07713814465 / 07871039833 // // facebook.com/rathfrilandyoung.farmers/
Queen Street Residents AssociationLurgan We will give help to anyone that needs it under the circumstances Norman Wilkinson // 07900178682 // //
Portadown CaresPortadownCollection and delivery of foods and medicinesDavid Taylor // 07787364226 // // facebook.com/PortadownCaresx/
Portadown BBOB FCPortadownTo make essential hampers for elderly and vulnerable people within the areaRobert Love // 07967313105 // // facebook.com/pbbobfc/ //
Mourneview & Grey Community Association inc hospital estateMourneview & Grey EstateWe are sign posting people to the right channels as there is a lot of others doing deliveries and such.We are also working with regenerate on a phone service tackling mental health and social isolation.This service will continue after this virus all being well.https://www.facebook.com/pg/Mourneview-and-Grey-Estate-Community-Assoc-inc-Hospital-Estate-525568434149278/about/?ref=page_internal
Lurgan Rugby ClubLurgan Food Aid Packages; A call service for the lonely and isolated; Dog walking; Getting messages; Getting medical prescriptions; Providing a visible presence on the ground and within the communityRaymond Acheson // 07565 096275 // // facebook.com/PollockParkSport
Lurgan Area Community AidLurgan Lurgan Area Community Aid is a myriad of local sporting organisations and schools which have come together to provide support to the entire lurgan area in a time of crisis. It is cross-community and providing a service to both north and south Lurgan. Emergency well-being packs, food parcels, prescription collection and dog walking services are all being delivered by a large number of volunteers.Carol McCafferty
Loughshore Care PartnershipSouth Lough NeaghLoughshore Care Partnership plan to support the elderly and vulnerable within the sough Lough Neagh area by providing a coordinated volunteer service to help with picking up shopping, posting mail, delivering urgent supplies, cooking and delivering meals or if we had the resources will also making a phone friendly call. Mary McAlinden // 02838340540 //
Links CounsellingArmagh, Banbridge, CraigavonTelephone, video and instant messaging counselling for young people, adults and families. Laura Wylie // 02838342825 // // linkscounselling.com // facebook.com/linkscounselling // Insta: @linkscounselling // Twitter: @linkscounsel
Laurencetown, Lenaderg & Tullylish Community Association (lltca)Laurencetown, Lenaderg, Tullylish, BanbridgeDaily phonecalls to any person who is self isolating (especially but not exclusively the elderly and those who live alone)
Service to buy and deliver household items - food etc
Prescription collections service
Postal service
Claire Patience // 028 4062 3770 // // lltca.com // facebook.com/LaurencetownLTCA/
Kinallen Rural Community Development AssociationKinallen, Dromore, DromaraFood parcels, phone calls, skype, Facebook FaceTime. Prescription collection. Andrew // 02897533352 // // facebook.com/KRCDA/
Home Start CraigavonCraigavonVolunteer home-visiting befrienders to families with young children under 5 years of age to offer emotional and practical support has been suspended and replaced by telephone and digital support for current families. 028 38 345 357 // // www.home-start.org.uk
Grace Generation ChurchBanbridgeweekly food parcels targeted to the size and needs of households
toiletries; nappies and baby products; baby food; fresh fruit & veg as available; frozen bread
Glenavon FCGlenavon, LurganIn support of the Glenavon community, the Club has launched a Covid-19 Response Initiative to provide long term assistance to those who need it most. This could be those who are ill or self-isolating, or for whatever reason cannot get out to get essential items.Leigh Livingstone / Adam Topping // 07717295928 / 07763907454 // // glenavonfc.com/2020/03/20/glenavon-covid-19-response-initiative/
Gilford YouthGilfordGilford Youth is planning to work with the most vulnerable young people in Gilford during the Covid-19 crisis. We will aim to provide diversionary activities, mentoring support and social education, particularly around health, as this is especially relevant. Matthew Crozier // 07740502928 // // facebook.com/gilfordyouth/ // twitter.com/GilfordYouth
Friends of the birches The BirchesLifting / delivering essentials like groceries and prescriptions
Lifting and delivering other items to those in isolation
Arranging and ordering and delivering hot and cold meals from local restaurants/ cafes
Donations of donated vegetable packs
Food bank of donated fruit and vegetables setup like an honest box but free.
A game/ book/ jigsaw/ dvd swop
A friendly ear telephone service
Weekly competitions to raise morale
Coordinated Litter walk to get people on the move and also improve the local area - everyone starts at a different area to minimise congregating
“Play along“ Yoga and exercise promotion from your homes
We are encouraging everyone into the idea of community and giving what you can when you can whilst taking what you need
Leigh silcock // 07918708890 // // facebook.com/friendsofthebirches/
Edgarstown Residents Association Edgarstown, PortadownWe will supply hot meals 2 days a week to our elderly vulnerable residents and families who are known to us as impoverished. Also to provide shopping runs and medication collections. Daily phone call. Phyllis Abraham // 07809481364 // // facebook.com/edgarstownresidentsassociation/
Drumcree CentreDrumcree, PortadownDrumcree Community Trust has established a community volunteer scheme for the entire Northwest Portadown area (based at Drumcree Community Centre, 3 Ashgrove Road, Portadown) the aim of which is to provide support to, and maintain contact with, older persons aged 65 and over either living alone or with a partner, and also with those persons with an underlying medical condition who will be most vulnerable from Covid 19. Drumcree Community Trust is currently compiling contact details of all persons living in Northwest Portadown who are within those categories.
Drumcree Community Trust is a member organisation of the VERVE Network, a partnership between the Southern Health and Social Services Trust and 10 community & voluntary organisations operating across the Portadown, Lurgan and Craigavon areas.
DART PartnershipDown and Armagh rural areasLogistical & Transport support, at this point we have 7 accessible vehicles with drivers. These vehicles can be used for the delivery of essential items such as food & medicines. We have a virtual office capability with admin staff that can be used as part of any community response.02838317810 // www.dartpartnership.co.uk // facebook.com/dartpartnership
Covid-19 Community Help - Camlough, Bessbrook and surrounding areasCamlough, Bessbrook and surrounding areasA Facebook group of individuals in the local area willing to help those in need. Help is in the form of information and sharing ways to get involved. Hopeing to mobilise support in terms of people offering to go pick up prescriptions and shopping for those isolating, contributing to local food banks and support for DHH.Gillian Agnew // facebook.com/groups/203529607756722/
Coronavirus - Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District RespondArmagh, Banbridge, CraigavonWe are offering people a platform to help one another within our community. We are moderating content and providing informative and relevant content. Tom McCourt // 07912550863 // // facebook.com/groups/2251256088514686/
Community HelpRathfrilandWe have gathered a number of families and adults who are vulnerable and elderly. We keep in contact with them on the phone. House calls, not visits. Weekly food parcel; small weekly sanitary parcel; weekly information leaflet on the covid situation in our area, as many havent internet or fully understand whats going onJoy lapsley //
Clonmore Youth ClubArmaghWe are providing online youth services to support rural based young people. We are also offering a befriending service and collection services. 07496331951 // // facebook.com/ClonmoreYC/ // Instagram @ClonmoreYC // clonmoreyc.org
Clann Éireann Health and Wellbeing Programme // Lurgan Area Community Aid // South Shore WellbeingLurgan We are offering emergency well-being packs, food parcels, pharmacy deliveries, dog walking and telephone befriending services For the elderly and those in the at risk categories. A prayer service is also available through Shalom Church who we are working alongside.Carol McCafferty // // facebook.com/Clann-Eireann-Health-and-Wellbeing-Programme-104432137690201/ // facebook.com/Lurgan-Area-Community-Aid // facebook.com/southshorewellbeing
Carers Trust NIArmagh, Banbridge, CraigavonListening ear over the phone; Texts, email and tel support; Sharing useful info from other organisation and community groups; Sharing info from Helpline services; Taking call and emails from carers and ex-carersMichelle Moult // 07702819111 // // carers.org/country/carers-trust-northern-ireland

Campervan Hire NIBanbridgeWe have caravans and motorhomes available for NHS staff that may need a place to sleep between shifts. We have a 16 seater minibus suitable to transport people or goods to distribute.Alison McCreedy // 07861551189 / 07775971096 // //
Brownstown Owners and Tenants Association - BOATAPortadownSupport to the most in need, Cooked meals delivered, Food parcels were necessary, household supplies, phone calls etc, daily checks. We will make our community centre available to other organisations when necessary. Gordon Blevins // 07591276907 //
Banbridge RFCBanbridgeWe have a large area at our club with a large commercial kitchen.
We also have a huge following over social media
Marc Eadie // 07827338401 // // banbridgerfc.com // facebook/@banbridgerfc // twitter/@banbridgerugby // instagram/@banbridgerfc
Banbridge Community Banbridgecollection of supplies, telephone support, chat, support with housing/redundancy, advice and signposting to other agenciesAdrian Lyon // 07808060007 // // www.banbridgecommunity.org

Community Information Signposting


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Coronavirus Community Fund

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Food Banks

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