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Leader has not stopped work

Francis Carroll talks to Louth leader about Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped Louth LEADER Partnership from carrying on its work.

It is a Local Development Company funded by the Irish Government and charged with the delivery of a range of programmes whose aim is to support specific target groups in County Louth with a view to making a positive difference in their lives. The offices are based in Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee.

During the coronavirus outbreak, managers and staff are busy working behind the scenes to continue to deliver supports and services to their clients, businesses, communities, parents and families.

Ciarán Reid, CEO said: 'In response to the current health emergency, we very quickly adapted our way of working, so that staff could work from home where possible and following the HSE guidelines for those staff members who need to work in the office.

'We communicate to managers via Zoom weekly meetings, and the managers are working closely with their staff teams directing and supporting the areas of work via Zoom, telephone, email and WhatsApp team texts.

'We are very active on Social Media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin and continue to update our website www.louthleaderpartnership.ie to reflect what we are doing.'

Frank O'Brien, Chairperson added: 'I want to pay tribute to the programme managers and their staff for their flexibility and responsiveness to the current health emergency.

'Significant work is underway and we have found new ways of working remotely, remaining in contact with our communities and developing COVID-19 specific programme responses.

'The Partnership is working very closely with the Local Authority's Community Call initiative and we are the community champion for Co. Louth.'

Drogheda Independent