#Covid-19: Vodafone Ireland announces new measures to help vulnerable and isolated people during coronavirus outbreak
Vodafone Ireland has announced a number of new measures to help vulnerable and isolated people during the coronavirus outbreak.
In an effort to help the older members of the country, Vodafone will be donating 1,000 new smartphones - as well as 2,000 €20 top-ups - to ALONE.
The smartphones will be distributed by ALONE and its partners, who are working together to support older members of our community during these difficult times.
Vodafone Ireland has ensured that these smartphones are pre-loaded with a number of useful applications including WhatsApp, Facebook, Spotify, RTÉ News along with information about online food deliveries and other important phone numbers, including the ALONE national helpline.
The company is also making an emergency donation to Women's Aid, so that the charity can provide immediate assistance and services to women identified as being under increased threat from abuse and violence during this time.
“At Vodafone, we believe that technology and connectivity is vital, especially for those who may be more vulnerable and isolated in our communities during this very difficult time for our country. We want to ensure that wherever possible we keep people connected with family and friends, their local supermarket or any other critical services they may require.,” Anne O’Leary, CEO at Vodafone Ireland said.
“We are very happy to be able to support ALONE and Women’s Aid, organisations that are working tirelessly to ensure those in need are being cared for.”
“We are hugely grateful to Vodafone for their support, particularly at this difficult time for all of us. This crisis is proving particularly challenging for older people and especially those who are most vulnerable and living on their own. It is vital that older people are able to reach the people and organisations they need, and that they know that while we all may be staying apart, they are not alone,” Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said.
“This support from Vodafone will enable older people we work with to stay linked in, and able to access any assistance they need at this time. As we are all physically distant at the moment, staying connected is more important than ever.”
Under Government advice, Vodafone Ireland retail outlets will remain open, with reduced opening hours, to ensure that customers and businesses are supported during this time with access to top ups, remote working tools and connectivity support.
To ensure those most at risk are safe and get access to these services, Vodafone has implemented priority assistance for the elderly and for vulnerable groups from when stores opens until 12pm and until 2pm.