Older people in Kildare need your support

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people to age at home, is recruiting volunteers in Kildare. The organisation is encouraging more members of the public to get involved in their local community by volunteering to participate in their Telephone Support & Befriending programme. Older people are waiting to hear from someone like you.

ALONE is looking for volunteers urgently in the Kildare area.

Volunteers play a vital and active role in all of ALONE’s services and are involved in every level of the organisation. ALONE’s Support and Befriending service is designed to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, provide assistance to solve everyday problems and enable older people to feel secure at home.

ALONE’s Telephone Support & Befriending service is a free and friendly, support and information telephone service for older people. It provides personal daily or weekly contact to ensure that recipients are safe and well in their home. Volunteers provide companionship and support such as appointment reminders, medication prompts, and information on local activities and relevant initiatives. ALONE asks that interested Telephone Support & Befriending volunteers to commit to one set shift of 2 hours per week between the hours of 9am and 4pm, Monday – Friday, for a minimum of 6 months.

A long-standing volunteer with ALONE recently reflected on her own Support & Befriending journey, “My older friends invited me into their lives, I shared their hopes and dreams and they shared mine, I saw their heartbreak and they saw mine. They gave me a sense of the long view – a view of the world from people who were a little bit ahead of me on the path. I am a better person for having them in my life.  When I think and talk of my older friends, I will smile and be filled with gratitude for all we shared.

She continued, “Befriending truly does change lives. They most definitely made a difference to me… so if you haven’t tried it yet – here’s to finding an older friend – and here’s to my friendships that spanned generations.”

ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan said, “Our Telephone Support & Befriending volunteers support older people by offering social interaction, a regular friend to chat to, providing access to various supports while also ensuring older people maintain their health and wellbeing. We provide training to volunteers and we are always on hand to support both the older person and the volunteer. We are asking anyone who may be interested to extend a helping hand and help us to support and empower more older people to live happily and securely at home.”

ALONE is also encouraging older people who may need support to get in touch.

Moynihan continued, “We can offer support with problems large and small. Many older people may feel like they are putting someone out by asking for help, but we want them to know that help is what we’re here for – all they need to do is lift the phone,” continued Moynihan.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with ALONE. Please access ALONE’s Volunteer Expression of Interest form available from www.alone.ie.

If you have concerns about your own wellbeing or you are an older person who would like to receive ALONE’s Support & Befriending services, contact ALONE on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.