The COVID-19 crisis and the challenges it has posed has been unprecedented. The restrictions imposed on communities and society as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for communities already marginalised by poverty, inequality and social exclusion.

The response to COVID has starkly highlighted the importance of the community development, local development and voluntary sectors. The Community Call has resulted in a much-needed and widely lauded response from people working on a voluntary basis to provide supports to people and communities made vulnerable by the pandemic. Starting where people are at, a universally acknowledged principle of community work, community workers have been to the forefront of dealing with complex needs within the most marginalised communities. While these are receiving less attention, they are essential and underpinning of the most impactful local responses.In order to gather some of these responses, Community Work Ireland invited community workers and community development and local development organisations to contribute to a process of collating and highlighting some of the work that is being undertaken all around the country. It is important to note that this collation is not definitive but rather reflective of responses.

That you to all those that contributed and allowed us to use the names of the organisations.

The report of that survey is now available and can be downloaded here