Avondhu Blackwater Partnership adapting to the new Covid 19 realities:

Jerry Barrett, Tús Supervisor with Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, pictured recently giving a Covid 19 induction to Tús participants who were returning to their outdoor work. Jerry is one of the company’s nominated Covid 19 Compliance Officers helping staff adjust to the new work practices being introduced to help prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus. 

Along with being Health and Safety Officer for the company and a trained emergency medical technician with the Civil Defence in Mallow Jerry is perfectly placed to understand the requirements for workplaces to adjust to the Covid 19 crisis. 

“Key practical solutions can be implemented to help workplaces control the spread of the virus. Improving washing facilities, introducing adequate hand sanitising stations and putting up desk screens whether by improvised plexi-glass screens or other materials all go a long way to help the fight against the spread of the virus. We have seen retail stores implement similar steps within a relatively short period of time”.

Jerry goes on to say that the most important factor is educating people on what needs to be done and making sure they understand the reasoning behind it, as a mind shift is needed in the way we interact with others at least for the immediate future.

While Jerry has also been helping out with Mallow Meals on Wheels by delivering food to those most in need, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership’s other Covid 19 Compliance Officer Dave Clarke, has also been doing his bit. While Dave can usually be seen around Fermoy and the surrounding villages doing grass cutting and landscaping work with his team, during the crisis he has been busy collecting and delivering shopping to those who have been cocooning during lockdown. No stranger to this type of work, Dave for a number of years now has been volunteering with the Simon Community’s Soup Run in Cork City. 

He says “I wanted to be able to contribute and help people particularly those in a vulnerable position. I find it rewarding to be able to help others and was only too happy to offer my services. It has been great to see how communities have come together to help and protect their most vulnerable members. If there is a silver lining, surely that is it”.

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership will continue to adapt and deliver its services throughout the Covid 19 crisis and beyond. You can contact Avondhu Blackwater Partnership at or follow us on twitter @avonblack and Facebook