COVID-19 Information & Updates

COVID-19 Information & Updates

Stay local. Stay Safe. Protect Each Other

The COVID-19 crisis continues and it’s vital that we #holdfirm and continue to limit social contact as well as practice good hygiene. Most of all we can come together by staying apart – at least two metres apart when walking, shopping, or spending time outdoors.

These posters, booklets and social media icons are helpful reminders to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community. Please share them online as much as you can!

When You Can Stay Home Covid-19 Stay Home

Léargas Working Arrangements

We in Léargas are following Government guidance and will continue working from home until further notice. You can reach staff by email as normal, or by phone in cases of emergency (we have call forwarding in operation).

Covid-19: Stay Home for the greater good

National and Digital Opportunities

During this time when physically travelling to another country is not possible, there are ways to remain connected and continue learning and working internationally.  Our European programmes include national and digital opportunities in youth, education and training, including volunteering in Ireland and virtual youth exchanges. Read more about these opportunities on our blog.

Covid-19 Induction Session for the Youth Sector

To support the phased resumption of full youth services in the Youth sector, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and NYCI have produced the ‘Covid-19 Induction Session for Youth Sector’ resource which should be completed by all staff and volunteers.  Download the Guidance for Youth Organisations on Resuming Full Services After Covid-19 (pdf) from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Covid I9 Induction Session for Youth Sector

Advice for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Project Participants and Beneficiaries

Léargas recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly affects ongoing or planned activities under Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and other European programmes.

As far as possible within the regulations of the programme concerned, we will facilitate realistic alternative project activities. However, all project activities must be carried out in full adherence with the national and local regulations in place in the sending country, and in the receiving country. Project activities should only take place after a review and due consideration of the policies of all partner organisations. Organisations should undertake their own risk assessment and assume ownership of the subsequent decisions taken.

If your Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps activities involve travel to or transit through affected regions, or hosting participants from those regions, please take the following steps:

  1. Check the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website for travel advice
  2. If there is a DFA travel alert for COVID-19 in place for the region involved, travel should be postponed or cancelled
  3. Contact your project partners to establish if additional local restrictions are in place
  4. Document all evidence of the reasons for the decision, including screenshots of the DFA travel alert
  5. Immediately inform the Léargas Programme Finance and Operations team at opsfin@leargas.ie that you wish to postpone or cancel travel – include your project reference number (e.g. 2018-1-IE01-KA102-100100) and the details of your query
  6. The Programme Finance and Operations team will advise you of any additional documents or information you need to submit as a result of the postponed or cancelled activity
  7. If your project is funded through a different National Agency, please also contact them immediately.

If you have already had to cancel project activities and wish to apply for force majeure, please download this zip file with the forms and procedure:
Force Majeure Process & Forms 130320

If you want to apply for an extension to the duration of your project due to COVID-19, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the Change Amendment Form for your project type:
  1. Fill in Section A. Change to Grant Agreement Duration giving full justification for your extension request. You must outline how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your project activities, and why the extension is necessary.
  1. Print the form and have it signed by the Legal Representative of your organisation.
  1. Email a scan of the signed and completed form to Weronika Gasior, Senior Operations and Finance Officer, at wgasior@leargas.ie.

We will review your request for an extension and contact you for further information, if required. If your extension request is approved, you will receive a letter signed by the Léargas Executive Director. This letter will state the amended end date for your project with a reference to the relevant article of your grant agreement.

If you have questions about the impact of COVID-19 on your Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps project, please check this FAQ from the European Commission: COVID-19 Impact Q&A for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes.

If you have general queries related to travel in your Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps project, please contact our Programme Finance and Operations team at opsfin@leargas.ie. Make sure to include your project reference number (e.g. 2018-1-IE01-KA102-100100) and as much detail as you can provide.

Information for Other Participants & Beneficiaries

To protect the health and well-being of participants, but with sincere regret, we decided to suspend IAESTE Programme activities up to 01 September 2020. Separate to that decision and following a programme review, Léargas has decided to cease delivering the programme.

If you were planning to travel as part of any other programme, please email the project officer listed in our Meet the Team section. If you are currently on a placement in Ireland or abroad, it is your responsibility to follow the travel advice issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and by your local or national government. Please maintain contact with your project officer during your placement.

General Covid-19 Information and Advice

We urge all beneficiary organisations to remain guided by the national advice issued by the Health Service Executive and the sectoral guidance of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Covid-19 Protect each other Shop apart 2 metres

We wish you all strength and solidarity in this very challenging time.