Getting Ready for Eircode
Eircode, the new postcode system for Ireland is launching in July 2015. To begin, all residents and businesses will receive a letter notifying them of the Eircode for their address. An Eircode is a location code for all Irish addresses that will identify an individual address – rural or urban – and help show exactly where it is located. Every residential address and business will receive a unique Eircode. Addresses will not change; an Eircode will simply be added to current addresses.
The Wheel, working closely with Irish Rural Link, are involved in a nationwide effort, to reach out to people who may get left behind when Eircodes are introduced. The Eircode Community Outreach Programme wants to reach out to people who are older, people who have less formal education, or people who are disadvantaged (for example, people who have a disability or who live alone and have few social networks). The programme also wants to include people who live in rural areas to make sure they know about Eircode and how it can be of benefit. To help this to happen, the programme has appointed a number of ‘Outreach Champions’ to raise awareness of Eircode.
Shauna Farrell, the Outreach Champion for Cavan/Monaghan is hoping to get as many community and voluntary organisations as possible involved in the Outreach Programme. Could you get the word out through your organisation? Does your organisation know or work with any of the people that this programme is trying to reach? Could you hold an event this summer to reach out to some of these people in your area?
If your organisation would be interested in helping to build awareness of Eircode in your community, particularly among the people who might be left behind, could you please contact Shauna at Monaghan Integrated Development, Monaghan Road, Castleblayney. Telephone: 0429749500 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org