In a previous post reminding you that postage rates are increasing in a weeks time (May 27th), I mentioned An Post’s community focus supports such as calling in on vulnerable citizens, free postage to and from care homes, and free newspaper delivery for older customers will also be extended until at least the end of the year. It will then be reviewed in light of the prevailing situation with the covid crisis.
In response to queries on how this works here is the link to An Post’s Community Focus page for the details of each of the supports offered.
In summary the services provided to help elderly or vulnerable people include:
- Free Delivery of newspapers. Subscriptions to weekday newspapers (not weekend) can be purchased and An Post will not charge for delivering them to elderly or vulnerable people.
- Free mail collection. If an elderly person has a mail item they need collecting, they can put a sign in their window that says I HAVE MAIL and the postal delivery staff will collect it for free on their route. The postal delivery staff will apply a postage mark in the local mail centre before onward circulation.
- Request a check in service. Customers can request that postal deliver staff call to the front doors of older and vulnerable customers along their delivery route to check thy are OK.
- Free postage to or from care homes. Just write FREEPOST where the stamp would normally be affixed, An Post will carry cards, letters large envelopes and packets weighing up to 2KG without a postage stamp.
- Address Point. A free service that provides a fixed address to those without a fixed home. It enables them to receive regular post and access essential services.
With restrictions easing as the vaccine roll-out progresses, the levels of isolation in the community should reduce. Non-the-less, there will still be people who would benefit from these services, which An Post has committed to keeping in place to at least the end of the year.