Ireland’s An Post is introducing two new services to support communities during the current coronavirus crisis.
‘Request a Check-In’ is a facility for family members to request a specific ‘An Post Check-In’ by the local postman or postwoman for an older or vulnerable person during the current isolating period.
Family members can register for the free ‘Request a Check-In’ service by completing the postal address and eircode of the customer at anpost.com/Community-Support.
Managing director Garrett Bridgeman (pictured) says, “Our postmen and postwomen are calling in to older and vulnerable customers along their postal routes but we have been getting messages from concerned family members living in other areas of the country or abroad requesting specific ‘check-ins’ for relatives.
“Working with our dedicated and trusted staff, and the Communications Workers Union, we are delighted to put this new facility in place free-of-charge free, combining the digital and physical delivery sides of the business for the common good.”
An Post is also launching a newspaper delivery service which will provide same-day delivery to households nationwide Monday to Friday.
Once customers have signed-up and arranged payment for their preferred publication, deliveries will be made free-of-charge by An Post for older and vulnerable customers currently isolating.
Garrett adds, “Staying connected as we remain apart is important for everybody so having the national or local paper to read is a real practical support and comfort to customers of all ages.
“We’ve worked at speed with the national and local newspapers to put this country-wide service in place. While delivery services already exist in some urban areas, An Post Newspaper Delivery will be of particular interest to rural customers.”
Physical distancing and safety protocols will be maintained at all times by An Post staff.