In March 2020 helping people to stay at home became the new role of TFI Local Link Mayo rural transport services when Ireland went into the first Covid-19 lockdown. Since then we have provided almost 30,000 collect and deliver service, from pharmacies and local shops for passengers, delivering critical medical supplies to the elderly, the vulnerable and sick within rural areas.
As the COVID-19 situation continued to evolve, a year on TFI Local Link Mayo reinvented its operations numerous times to respond to community needs. The changes included the provision of library service home deliveries, meals on wheels and food distributions in conjunction with local community groups, delivery of supplies, medical and vaccine transport as well as regular phone call to check in to see what supports were required.
TFI Local Link Mayo where supported by the NTA, HSE and the Local Authority through an uncertain period. The significance of rural transport came to the fore and Local Link drivers were proven to be exemplary in following public health guidelines and they continued to go the extra mile to ensure those most isolated and experiencing the most acute level of disadvantage during the pandemic stayed connected.
Working with Mayo County Council Community Response Team, An Garda Síochána, Civil Defence, Order of Malta and a range of community and voluntary groups was vital to ensure the elderly and vulnerable members of the community had a trusted and coordinated support service thought out this critical time.
The team at Local Link Mayo would like to thank all who have provided support and assistance to enable a successful response.
“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” Henry Ford
0502 – Local Link Mayo team members: Annmarie Carroll (Director); Trish Heaney (Financial Controller); Angela Fahey (Clerical Officer); David O’ Malley (Director); Sarah Togher (Manager); Greg Barry (Director); Jennifer Corcoran (Dispatcher).