An Garda Síochána praised a local initiative, which took place during the Covid-19 pandemic in Ballina and Belmullet, in their annual report today.
The Ballina/Belmullet Community Engagement Gardaí collaborated with the Ballina Lions Club and their local pharmacies to come up with the initiative of a ‘Message in a Bottle’. The aim was to encourage the elderly and most vulnerable to keep their basic personal and medical details in a common where is could be easily retrieved in the event of an emergency.
This became increasingly important during the pandemic. Gardaí delivered plastic containers and self-adhesive green cross sticker on their daily community check-ins. Residents were asked to complete the information, put it in the bottle and place it on the shelf of the fridge door. The stickers could then be placed on the fridge, and front and back doors, to indicate that the information exists.
The Gardaí highlighted this initiative as an example of successful community policing during the pandemic.