Friends of the Elderly are calling on locals to give a helping hand and volunteer in their community to help elderly people. They are a volunteer-based Irish Charity that aims to alleviate social isolation amongst the elderly through friendship.
The organisation currently has quite a number or referrals for lonely and isolated older people in the Clondalkin and Tallaght areas who have been referred to the service by HSE departments, Public Health Nurses, family and friends or self referrals. Many are housebound due to ill health or social anxiety and they would love a friendly face to drop in once a week for a cup of tea and a chat.
The organisation’s core activity is the Friends of the Elderly Home Visitation Service, which involves a trained and vetted volunteer visiting an older person in their home or in a nursing facility to enjoy a chat and to share their time and company. They currently have over 130 dedicated volunteers in the Greater Dublin area who are matched with an older friend who they have committed to visiting for at least one hour every week.
All volunteers are given the opportunity to gain new skills and training and support will be given to all on a continuous basis. Applicants must be 18 years or older, fluent in English, have good communication skills and excellent listening skills. It is also desirable that volunteers have enthusiasm and a desire to improve the lives of older people in their area and can commit to one hour a week for a period of one year to visit your older friend.
Friends of the Elderly will help volunteers develop new friendships and gain new experience, give them an increased sense of belonging to the community, valuable experience in the field of aging and aging sensitive issues, ongoing training and support and a lot of fun!
If this sounds like you, please get in touch with Programme Coordinator Lisa O’Connor on 01 8731855 or by email at [email protected]