Eircode: what every nonprofit should know
Today (13 July 2015) Ireland's new postcode system, Eircode is being launched. You may hear and see reports and advertisements on television, radio and in the papers about it over the coming days. You'll also get a letter to your own home in the next few weeks with the Eircode for your address and advice on how you can use it.
If you don't want to wait, you can get further information and look up the Eircode for any address using the Eircode Finder tool online at www.eircode.ie. Remember, addresses will not be changing - an Eircode will simply be added to current addresses.
You can watch a short video explaining the letter:
- In English at: http://www.eircode.ie/getting-an-eircode.
- As Gaeilge ag: http://www.eircode.ie/gaeilge/conas-eircode-a-fháil
- Using Irish Sign Language at: https://vimeo.com/132412840
- Or watch the new Eircode TV advert here: https://vimeo.com/132084090
The introduction of Eircode will bring numerous benefits. Not only will it make the delivery of services and goods to households easier, but in the case of a medical emergency, being able to accurately and quickly identify an address can save valuable minutes.
The Wheel, working closely with Irish Rural Link, has been driving the work of the Eircode Community Outreach Programme. You'll be pleased to know that our appeal for help to ensure that people do not get left behind has met with an overwhelmingly positive response from people throughout the community and voluntary sector and wider civil society.
So far our 23 'Outreach Champions' have recruited over 9,000 volunteers from over 3,500 local organisations to take part in this huge community effort. These volunteers have already reached out to over 100,000 people in our target group, offering them basic information and reassurance on the change.
Our work is continuing throughout this month. As people hear more about Eircode, and as they receive their notification letters, we want to make sure that we continue to reach people who need assistance and reassurance. We particularly want to encourage people to reach out to people they know in their own community: friends, family and neighbours, who are older, isolated or vulnerable and may not understand or may be confused by what this change means.
What You Can Do
If you hear of anyone who you think could do with some assistance, or if you would like to assist in any way, please get in touch with the Outreach Champion for your county - click here to download their contact details (you can also find them at at www.irishrurallink.ie/eircode).