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Free “walk-in” COVID-19 test centre in Waterford

A free “walk-in” COVID-19 test centre has been established in Waterford by the HSE.

In line with similar facilities established elsewhere, the centre located at the WIT complex in College Street, Waterford, it will operate from 11am to 7pm each of five days from Saturday 10th April to Wednesday 14th April inclusive.

The walk-in test centre can be accessed by anyone resident within 15 kilometres of Waterford City.

The HSE’s South East Public Health Department and South East Community Healthcare, working with the National Ambulance Service aim to carry out 200-300 COVID-19 tests per day.

The criteria for the free walk-in COVID-19 testing service are:

  • Aged 16 years and over
  • Do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested
  • Live within 15km of the walk-in testing centre
  • You have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last six months

Process for Self-Referral:

Each person presenting will be requested to provide ID e.g.:

  • A valid passport (passport book or passport card)
  • A current driving licence (Irish, UK, EU, US)
  • A Public Services Card
  • A National Age Card (issued by An Garda Síochána)
  • An identification form with a photograph signed by a member of An Garda Síochána
  • Free Travel Pass
  • A valid student identity card issued by an educational institution
  • A bank card

Members of the public will need to bring photographic ID with them and provide a mobile phone number in order to provide test results. The normal social distancing measures will apply and people have the option to return at another day or time if the waiting times are too long.

The public are being advised that they should not attend the walk-in clinic if they are showing symptoms (high temperature, a new cough, shortness of breath or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste) of COVID-19. The HSE are continuing to advise people with these symptoms to self-isolate and phone their GP straight away, who will advise if they need a free COVID-19 test.

Welcoming the opening of the test facility in Waterford, Dr Carmel Mullaney (Director of Public Health with the HSE’s South East Public Health Dept.) said:

“This is an additional tool in the fight against COVID-19. It is an opportunity to find cases which may not otherwise come to light, to prevent further spread and to better understand emerging trends in the incidence of Covid19. The fact that the centre is easily accessible will enable people to avail of testing who might not otherwise do so. Though the daily numbers are lower in Waterford in recent weeks, there are still cases appearing and we would encourage anyone who is concerned to take advantage of this opportunity to be tested.”

Free “walk-in” COVID-19 test centre in Waterford

A free “walk-in” COVID-19 test centre has been established in Waterford by the HSE.

In line with similar facilities established elsewhere, the centre located at the WIT complex in College Street, Waterford, it will operate from 11am to 7pm each of five days from Saturday 10th April to Wednesday 14th April inclusive.

The walk-in test centre can be accessed by anyone resident within 15 kilometres of Waterford City.

The HSE’s South East Public Health Department and South East Community Healthcare, working with the National Ambulance Service aim to carry out 200-300 COVID-19 tests per day.

The criteria for the free walk-in COVID-19 testing service are:

  • Aged 16 years and over
  • Do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested
  • Live within 15km of the walk-in testing centre
  • You have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last six months

Process for Self-Referral:

Each person presenting will be requested to provide ID e.g.:

  • A valid passport (passport book or passport card)
  • A current driving licence (Irish, UK, EU, US)
  • A Public Services Card
  • A National Age Card (issued by An Garda Síochána)
  • An identification form with a photograph signed by a member of An Garda Síochána
  • Free Travel Pass
  • A valid student identity card issued by an educational institution
  • A bank card

Members of the public will need to bring photographic ID with them and provide a mobile phone number in order to provide test results. The normal social distancing measures will apply and people have the option to return at another day or time if the waiting times are too long.

The public are being advised that they should not attend the walk-in clinic if they are showing symptoms (high temperature, a new cough, shortness of breath or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste) of COVID-19. The HSE are continuing to advise people with these symptoms to self-isolate and phone their GP straight away, who will advise if they need a free COVID-19 test.

Welcoming the opening of the test facility in Waterford, Dr Carmel Mullaney (Director of Public Health with the HSE’s South East Public Health Dept.) said:

“This is an additional tool in the fight against COVID-19. It is an opportunity to find cases which may not otherwise come to light, to prevent further spread and to better understand emerging trends in the incidence of Covid19. The fact that the centre is easily accessible will enable people to avail of testing who might not otherwise do so. Though the daily numbers are lower in Waterford in recent weeks, there are still cases appearing and we would encourage anyone who is concerned to take advantage of this opportunity to be tested.”

Online ‘Physio-Pilates’ classes

Colette O’Flynn from PhysioNow Ireland will show you how to stay energised, fit and healthy during the pandemic, with this free introduction to Physio-Pilates on Wednesday 21st April at 12.30pm.

To register for free, please click here.

The exercises are ideal for house-bound people of any age or fitness and can be done at any time with little or no equipment. There is no need to change into gym gear. All you need is a mat and some space.

PhysioNow is a network of chartered physiotherapist clinics, operating across Dublin and online. During the lockdown, they developed a series of online ‘Physio-Pilates’ classes, which combined the principals of Physiotherapy and Pilates and has since become very popular with companies and individuals.

This webinar is part of the Waterford Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information, please go to our website, here.

For more information, please phone 0761 102141 or email library@waterfordcouncil.ie

#KeepWell #BeWell #HealthyIrelandatYourLibrary #HealthyWaterford #HealthyIreland

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021

Waterford City & County Council now seeks expressions of interest from towns and villages for funding of suitable projects under this initiative.

Expression of Interest forms and details of the Scheme outline can be obtained by emailing townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie and completed Expression of Interest forms are to be returned before 5.00pm Friday 23rd April 2021.

Let Dandelions Bee!

Let Dandelions Bee!

A campaign to let dandelions bloom for a short few weeks to help feed bees this Spring. They are our wild bees’ most favourite food. Help halt the bee decline by simply leaving dandelions to grow in your garden this March and April. The best way to help our bees this year is to do nothing! For more information, see www.letdandelionsbee.ie or https://pollinators.ie/resources

The competition is to take a photo of dandelions in bloom and send it to letdandelionsbee@gmail.com, like and share this post. Closing date: 5pm 30th April 2021. Prize: the winner can choose either a €100 Dungarvan Chamber gift voucher or €100 Waterford Chamber gift voucher.

Waterford Council to open applications for Fáilte Ireland’s new ‘Outdoor dining enhancement scheme’

Waterford City & County Council to open applications for Fáilte Ireland’s new ‘Outdoor dining enhancement scheme’ on April 12th.

In accordance with the new Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Outdoor dining enhancement scheme’ for tourism and hospitality businesses launched this afternoon Waterford City & County Council will be accept applications from April 12th.

This scheme will be open to attractions, hotels, restaurants, cafes, public houses and other establishments where food is sold for consumption on the premises.

Applicants can apply for a grant of up to €4,000 for up to 75% of the ex VAT cost of equipment purchased. Eligible expenditure will include: outdoor tables, chairs, umbrellas, electric heaters, screens, wind breakers, plant stands and wooden platforms.

Expenditure must have been incurred between 1st April 2020 and 30th September 2021.

The provider of the hospitality offering must hold a section 254 licence in accordance with section 254 of planning and development act 2000.

No fees will be applied for the 254 licence in 2021.

Full details of the Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Outdoor dining enhancement scheme’ scheme along with the application process will be available on Waterford City and County Council’s website waterfordcouncil.ie on April 12th.

To Let – Opportunity for combined retail and residential on Main Street, Tramore, Co. Waterford

To Let- Opportunity for combined retail and residential on Main Street, Tramore, Co. Waterford

Waterford City & County Council invite submissions of Expressions of Interest for a commercial partner to work jointly on the development of an exemplar ‘living above the shop’ project at 9 Main Street, Tramore, Co. Waterford.

The property includes ground floor commercial space of 306m2 and a first floor two bed apartment of 80m2. The ground floor commercial unit may be eligible under the Economic Incentive Scheme for a grant to cover the cost of commercial rates for a period of up to three years.

Waterford City & County Council are interested in bringing a commercial partner on board prior to works commencing to tailor works to meet the tenant’s requirements.

A lease for a minimum of 4 years and 9 months will be available.

Applicants are invited to submit a detailed Expression of Interest outlining their interest in the property including details of proposals for the commercial ground floor unit.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday 28th May 2021.

Council Issues Road Safety Advice as Clocks go Forward this Weekend

Summer Time arrives as the clocks go forward an hour on Sunday, March 28 2021 at 1am.

So as the country prepares to “spring forward” – and with the Easter school holidays- March 29 to April 12 – road safety professionals in County Councils across the Country are reminding drivers to take extra care on the roads as children begin to play out in the evenings and more will be out walking and cycling.

“It’s that time of year when the county’s children traditionally start to come out of hibernation,” says Jemma Jacob road safety officer Waterford Council.

“They’ve spent the wet winter months cooped up indoors and even more so with Covid19 restrictions, with the arrival of the lighter evenings will be raring to be off and out, making the most of that extra daylight.

“With that in mind, all road users need to take extra care, not just on main roads but in built-up residential areas and anywhere where there might be an attraction for children, such as parks or green areas.”

Motorists are advised to:

  • Be aware of children using roads, both as cyclists and as pedestrians
  • Watch out for children attempting to cross between parked cars
  • Watch out for children playing around parks and open spaces and remember that they can become easily distracted

Parents are advised to:

  • Remind their child to give the road their full attention
  • Ensure they choose a safe place to play – not the road
  • Ensure their child is familiar with the route they will be taking and the safer crossing places available
  • Make sure they take off headphones and not use their mobile phones when crossing the road
  • Ensure they wear a cycle helmet and light/bright clothing when cycling.

GIY aim to get half a million people growing food with Grow It Forward

In partnership with Healthy Ireland and Libraries Ireland, GIY today announced the launch of Grow it Forward. Through this initiative, 50,000 free food growing kits will be given away, participants are asked to use the kits to share the experience with ten people, enabling half a million people across Ireland to enjoy the wide range of benefits that come from growing food at home.

Budding GIYers are invited to claim a Grow it Forward pack at giy.ie/growitforward or by contacting their local library, as all 330 branches nationwide are helping to drive the effort. As part of the Government’s Keep Well programme, this campaign is designed to help the nation eat well by inspiring and supporting people to grow some of their own food at home while connecting with friends and family to join them.

Each food growing pack includes seeds for beetroot, carrots, salad leaves, peas and tomatoes; a guide to help grow them and a postcard and gift tags to help share them. Those who sign up will also receive regular e-mails with growing support, video clips and ideas for how to ‘grow it forward’ by passing on seeds, seedlings or produce in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Speaking at the campaign launch, Michael Kelly, Founder of GIY said:

“The pandemic has seen a record number of people turn to growing their own food and discovering the joy and pride that brings. The process of seeing a seed turn into a seedling and eventually food you can eat is full of magic and no shortage of optimism. Grow it Forward is all about sharing that feeling as far and wide as possible at a time when we need it most. That’s why we’re inviting people to get free seeds and do good deeds.”

Speaking in support of the campaign, Frank Feighan TD, Minister of State for Public Health and Wellbeing said:

“During these challenging times, it is vital that we do everything we can to look after our wellbeing. Right now there is a great need for positive, outdoor activities and creativity in how we stay connected to one another. Evidence suggests that being out in nature, spending time in green space or growing some plants at home can help lift our mood and have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. I would like to congratulate GIY for this Grow it Forward project as part of Healthy Ireland’s Keep Well campaign – this simple idea can really bring great joy, foster wellbeing and can also help revive community spirit. I encourage everyone to get involved.”

On behalf of local authorities and libraries, Colette Byrne, Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council said:

“Local authorities and libraries are delighted to partner with GIY on the GROW It Forward programme. As the days brighten all of us are looking for things to do and what better way than growing your own healthy and nutritious food from seed? When you sign up, you’re not just getting seeds, you’re getting a whole programme

of support and the opportunity to share your new knowledge along with seedlings, plants and produce with friends and family. This could be a lovely intergenerational project where grandparents share seedlings with grandchildren and keep in touch and share photos as their vegetables grow. Library staff will be available to support and guide you through your growing journey so contact your local library today to sign up and get started. You don’t have to be a library member but this is a great chance to join because as well as a free Grow It Forward e-book, you’ll have access to thousands of gardening and cookery books and magazines so you can continue to develop your new hobby.”

Calling on people of all ages to join the campaign, GIY’s Director of Development Karen O’ Donohoe added:

“We encourage everyone to take part regardless of your experience in growing or the space you have to grow. Packs will be given out on a first come, first served basis and we will then teach people how to grow, whether on a windowsill or a large garden. We will also show a wide range of ways to share seeds, small seedlings, plants in pots or the produce at harvest time, to make sure your Grow it Forward experience is as easy as can be.”

Register for a Grow it Forward pack while supplies last by emailing your name and address to tramorelibrary@waterfordcouncil.ie or by calling 0761 102594.

#GrowItFoward

#KeepWell

Anti Dog Fouling campaign launched

Photo Sean Byrne

Have you stepped in it lately?

Waterford City & County Council together with Carlow, Kilkenny & Wexford Councils are launching a new Anti-Dog Fouling campaign asking dog owners to clean up after their dog. The campaign promotes a simple theme… “Bag it & Bin it”.

Launched on 22nd March, this campaign is set to run for the remainder of 2021 and is set to firmly emphasize that dog fouling is your responsibility as a dog owner. The campaign will address a range of issues surrounding dog fouling, from its effect on the public who use our streets, parks and beaches, to attitudes to cleaning up as dog owners, from health issues to civic pride. The campaign will reach across social media, local newspapers, radio, community groups and schools.

Speaking at the launch of the Anti-Dog Fouling campaign Mayor of the City and County of Waterford Councillor Damien Geoghegan explained that “Currently there are some dog owners who do not clean up after their dog and some who clean up but leave the bag on a wall, tree or ground when nobody is watching. We believe that a relatively small proportion of dog owners behave badly in this way but it has a big impact on others who use our public spaces; children, walkers, wheelchair users, runners, ball players, etc. Whether you walk your dog on a street, in a park or on a beach, the message is simple… Bag it & Bin it. “

Cllr Geoghegan went on to say that “We regularly receive complaints about dog fouling from around the county, ranging from owners not picking up after their dog, to those who bag it but leave it on a nearby wall or corner when nobody is watching or to those who simply look the other way as their dog fouls on a green area. The message to anyone who walks a dog couldn’t be simpler… Bag it & Bin it.” If you don’t pass a bin on your walk home, then simply put the bag in your black bin when you reach your house. It may not be the most glamorous part of owning a dog, but it is part and parcel of it all the same. In this campaign we are asking all dog owners to Bag it & Bin it.”

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021

Waterford City & County Council now seeks expressions of interest from towns and villages for funding of suitable projects under this initiative.

Expression of Interest forms and details of the Scheme outline can be obtained by emailing townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie and completed Expression of Interest forms are to be returned before 5.00pm Friday 23rd April 2021.

Applications are now invited for the 2021 Community Heritage Grant Scheme

The Community Heritage Grant Scheme is now OPEN for applications. The Scheme closing date is Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm.

The Heritage Council has allocated in the region of €1,000,000 to its Community Grant Scheme 2021.

The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, or objects (including buildings). The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work in this area or to start new initiatives.

Project Timeframe

Projects that begin after the grant offer date in early May, and are completed by 8th October 2021 can be considered for funding under this scheme.

Who can apply?

• The scheme is open to:
• voluntary and community groups
• heritage-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
• not-for-profit heritage organisations
• Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) participants
• Adopt a Monument Programme participants

Applications from other organisations, private companies or individuals will not be considered.

How to apply

Submit your application via The Heritage Council’s Online Grants System by Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm. Applications or supporting documents cannot be submitted after this time

Full details on the website https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/community-heritage-grant-scheme-2021