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Supporting our members, communities and volunteers during Covid-19

The GAA was among the first voluntary organisations to mobilise its members to help assist those in our communities most vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As the crisis continues to evolve on a daily and weekly basis, this page has been created to act as a repository for any Covid-19 material relevant to all GAA units. In particular, it is intended to act as a one-stop shop for good practice guidelines for GAA Covid-19 volunteers, offering clarity and reassurance to:

  • all GAA units coordinating Covid-19 supports in their communities
  • the GAA volunteers operating at the coalface of such responses
  • other agencies that GAA units may be liaising with, such as local Community Response Forums

Due to the varying structures in place across the two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, Ulster GAA has developed its own micro-site with information specific to units in the 6 Counties which can be accessed at ulster.gaa.ie/covid-19

Both sites will be updated regularly due to the constantly unfolding nature of the crisis.

The content of this page is broken down as follows, with each relevant resource available in the download section on this page.

GAA Covid-19 Community Volunteer information document – 26 counties

This document offers an overview of all information pertinent to GAA Covid-19 volunteers operating in the 26 counties, including an outline of what roles GAA volunteers should and should not undertake, vetting requirements, insurance considerations, and general advice.**

Local Authority Covid-19 Community Call Forums overview document and contact details - 26 counties

Each local authority in the 26 counties has put in place a structure to coordinate all Covid-19 community response activities. Each county board is represented on their local forum. All GAA club must register their Covid-19 activities with their local forum.

GAA Covid-19 Community Volunteer information document – 6 counties

This document offers an overview of all information pertinent to GAA Covid-19 volunteers operating in the 6 counties, including an outline of what roles GAA volunteers should and should not undertake, vetting requirements, insurance considerations, and general advice.

Volunteer supports

Volunteering Ireland (26 counties) has developed a broad suite of resources designed specifically to support any organisation managing volunteers during this crisis and intended to support and assist the volunteers themselves. Go to www.volunteer.ie for more information.

Volunteer Now is the 6 County equivalent and their repository of resources can be found at www.volunteernow.co.uk

Health & Wellbeing resources

The Government of Ireland has developed a website containing information relating to one’s health and wellbeing in these challenging times, whether as an individual/family coming to terms with the restrictions of Covid-19, or as a volunteer answering the needs of your community. Go to www.gov.ie/together for more information.

In addition, the GAA’s Community & Health department will each week produce a resource highlighting the supports available to a particular cohort of the population, or will focus exclusively on a particular health theme or topic. You will find some general tips on keeping well during Covid-19 in the downloads section on this page.

Weekly Resources

  1. Older Adults
  2. Minding Your Mental Health
  3. Problem Gambling
  4. Avoiding Volunteer Burnout 

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