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23 March 2020 (VOL 15 WEEK 13)

Our drop-in service is temporarily closed but we are still working.
Just to let you know we are still working here in KDRC during the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, to keep all our customers, service users and staff safe, our drop-in service is temporarily closed.

We are working behind closed doors with our customers by text, email, fax, letter, mobile, telephone, Facebook, Messenger, FaceTime etc.

We hope to continue providing services unless directed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and/or the Irish Government.

Our office hours remain the same so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. For any video calls, please text or email in advance so we can book a time for you as video calls are very busy due to people wanting information face-to-face.

As all public events and gatherings have temporarily stopped, this has impacted on our ability to have a weekly newsletter. However, we will continue to post regular updates including important Covid-19 updates and posters on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf.

Finally from all of us in KDRC, stay safe and healthy.
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16 March 2020 (VOL 15 WEEK 12)

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9 March 2020 (VOL 15 WEEK 11)

Bogus / fake collectors pretending to be from Deaf organisations
Last week we were informed that a man was going around the Racecourse Road / Racecourse Lawn area in Tralee saying he was from the Deaf Association of Ireland. When question about his ID, he had none on him. He was trying to sell toys.

We immediately put this up on our Facebook page and the information was shared widely across social media. For those who are not aware of the issue, in one house, the resident there said the person "pushed his way into our hall passed our daughter. He didn't realise my husband was behind the door. He's wearing a yellow padded jacket, a wool hat and has a backpack. Please be careful".

We have since been informed that another person is now calling door to door, this time it is a woman. One of our Facebook readers informed us that "There is also a lady going around yesterday that called to my house and handed my mother a laminated card saying "I am Dumb" she was selling door decorations and when my mom said in sign "no thank you" and she blew her back a kiss thinking she was saying "thank you".

We have now been informed of bogus collectors calling to houses in The Kerries, an area outside Tralee and in Listowel town too. We do not know if this is a team of people or whether they are acting alone. However, we can assume that they are travelling throughout the county. These are not one-off incidents unfortunately as know from friends and colleagues working in the deaf community throughout Ireland, that bogus/fake collectors have been seen in other counties too.

Our advice to everyone last week and it is the same this week, is not to give these people any money. We are not aware of any collections being held in Tralee or the surrounding areas. Generally, house to house collections do not take place and if they did, the person would have to have official ID with them and a Garda Collection Permit also.

As the resident in one of the houses have said, please be careful and if you have any concerns, please report this to the Gardai. If you are aware of any further incidents, please let us know and we will pass this on to Gardai stations in the area. Thank you.
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2 March 2020 (VOL 15 WEEK 10)

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