Suas Ireland Covid 19

Volunteer Communication

 

Dear Volunteers,

With cases of COVID-19 having been confirmed in Ireland, Suas would like to suggest some precautionary steps for volunteers to follow in order to ensure the potential impact upon yourself and others remains as low as possible. The Suas Ireland team are working to provide guidance to our volunteers in the current containment response phase and/or in the event of a change in the current circumstances. This means we should all be taking actions to prevent or limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Volunteer Commitment:

Due to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, we anticipate that some volunteers may feel hesitant to continue with their volunteer commitment. This may be due to volunteers identifying themselves in the ‘high-risk’ category or for other personal reasons. If this is the case, please get in touch with your Suas Ireland Project Manager as soon as possible. In addition, if there are any changes in the situation of the schools in which you are volunteering, then we will inform you immediately. However, If your placement continues as agreed then we ask that you observe the hand washing and prevention guidelines provided by the HSE and outlined below.

Hygiene and Prevention:

The most important action we can all take now is to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Basic hygiene is perhaps our best defence in that regard. We encourage you all to read the HSE’s Coronavirus information page, including the following do’s and don’ts: 

Do:

  • Wash your hands properly and regularly
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
  • Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Don’t:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Hand Washing:

  • The HSE has also issued the following essential advice on when precisely to wash your hands: 
  • After coughing or sneezing
  • After toilet use
  • Before eating
  • Before and after preparing food 
  • If you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
  • If your hands are dirty
  • If you have handled animals or animal waste

Read this step-by-step guide on how to properly wash your hands and avoid infection.

The safety of our volunteers is of the utmost importance to us at Suas Ireland.

Thank you for your cooperation

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