Launch of our new Welfare Response service
25 March 2020:
Today we launched a new Welfare Response service, utilising our existing mobile response vehicles, for those who may not be able to leave their home due to social distancing, self-isolation or childcare restrictions.
The new service will see Elevare deliver food and other essential items in the Cork city region.
Currently, we are offering this free service to SHARE, a charity which provides support and services to older people in the Cork community, as well as our 250 employees.Our control centre will co-ordinate requests with the company’s existing mobile response units making the drop-offs the next day. The service will operate daily between 10am and 4pm.
Founder and CEO of Elevare, Ger O’Donovan said: “Elevare is a family business and one of our core values has always been that people are more important than anything else. We wanted to do something proactive to support the most vulnerable in our community who might need some help. This would include those who may be high-risk or are living with family members who may be elderly or have underlying health conditions. Our mobile response units will be on-hand to make sure those who are unable to easily leave their homes still receive essential items.
“At the moment, we will be offering this service to those supported by SHARE as well as our own employees. We have worked with SHARE for the past 10 years, providing response services to residents who are in distress. We are expanding that service to cover the daily provision of essential items, while current measures to slow Covid-19 are in place. This is who we can help immediately, but we will be monitoring who else we can assist as the weeks go on.
John Walsh, Coordinator at SHARE added: “This is a really worrying time for the older members of our community, as accessing basic items has become increasingly difficult due to the current restrictions. We are delighted with this new initiative and will be working closely with Elevare to ensure they are connected with those that need this service most.”
To date, Elevare has partnered with SHARE to respond to distress alarms installed at live units located at several different locations around Cork city, providing access to emergency services should a resident be in need of help.