Council workers across the board in Cork have seen their job descriptions change in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of those is Jerry Crowley who is an outdoor worker with Cork County Council.
His normal duties include road resurfacing, repairs and masonry, but he has taken on a brand new role in recent weeks.
Jerry is now assisting with the delivery of food and medication to the vulnerable and elderly across the county, as part of Cork County Council’s Covid 19 Community Support team.
Jerry said that he is finding his new role very rewarding: “Our Community Call Helpline recently took a call from a man in Canada looking for help and support for his mother, as he is living so far away. Council staff got in touch with the supermarket who kindly agreed to prepare the grocery shop.
“I delivered these groceries along with some medication from a Pharmacy in Mallow to them and this will be an ongoing weekly arrangement from now on. It’s great to see how someone can access support for their loved ones from so far away and different groups then pull together to meet those needs,” he said.
“I have to say while it’s quite the change from my normal work I’m finding the experience really rewarding, to be part of a team who are helping out our vulnerable community members at a time like this. We get really warmly greeted at the doorsteps and it’s a privilege to bring a smile to someone’s face, especially now. There really is a great spirit of cooperation and community spirit around and it’s a good feeling to be a part of that,” he added.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said that staff have embraced the changes “with willingness and flexibility” and said they had been doing fantastic work.
Cork County Council’s COVID-19 Community Support Programme assists those in need with non-medical, non-health related issues that have arisen as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.
People can freephone 1800 805 819 daily from 8:00am to 8:00pm, text (085) 8709010 or email email@example.com.