Much like the rest of the world, Ireland faces a period of uncertainty whereby mobile and broadband connectivity is critical to remote working and keeping friends and family connected. While we continue to invest in its network to ensure people’s connectivity remains resilient, the company has also implemented important measures to help the most vulnerable and isolated during the Coronavirus crisis.
Older members of our society are more at risk when it comes to the virus, and they are quite rightly being more cautious. Recognising that self-isolation can impact the mental health and wellbeing of the elderly, especially if they live alone and are unable to see family and friends, Vodafone Ireland donated 1,000 smartphones, along with 2,000 x €20 credit top ups to ALONE, an NGO which supports older people in Ireland.
Vodafone Ireland also ensured that these smartphones are pre-loaded with a multitude of useful applications including Facebook, WhatsApp and RTÉ News, along with helpful information about online food deliveries and essential phone numbers, including the ALONE national helpline.