Homeless and disability groups have issued an urgent appeal for "ordinary heroes" to help them continue services during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Crisis Cover Initiative brings together organisations including Depaul, Novas, Dublin Simon, Walk and Sophia Housing.

It is now looking for people with relevant qualifications and experience to register as Covid-19 emergency relief staff to cover if people fall ill and need time off. All applicants will be Garda vetted.

Speaking on behalf of the initiative, Aoife Dermody of Quality Matters said: "In the next few weeks, they anticipate that they are going to need additional staff in their services.

"Everything from support workers, to cleaners, cooks, healthcare assistants, administrators and everything in between."

David Carroll, CEO of Depaul added: "We are worried that we will be left in a position where we must close services due to too many staff having to take time off.

"We need people to step up and become ordinary heroes. We know it’s asking a lot, but it’s no more than we are asking of doctors, nurses, gardaí and others who have to go to work every day at this difficult time"

For more information about the Crisis Cover Initiative is available on their website here.