Connecting with other people is really important for our mental wellbeing and has never been as important as it is now. Having someone to connect with can provide emotional support or gives you an opportunity to provide support to others.
Full details on the Health Ireland Initiative can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/6ac21-keeping-in-contact/
The opening hours of the Kildare Community Call Helpline are 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday Many of those most in need have now been linked to community supports, which they access on an ongoing basis. The Helpline team will continue to monitor local needs and respond appropriately.
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Older Voices Kildare Is a Social Inclusion Initiative which specifically targets isolated categories of older persons, including Older LGBTQI persons, Travellers, People with Disability, and Individuals who are experiencing social exclusion through lack of or limited social capital. The contact numbers for this service are Denise Croke, 087-1411669 and Susan Higgins, Befriending Support Worker, 087-1149175.
KIT supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now it is more important than ever to keep in touch with family and friends so Age Action drew on their Getting Started programme which offered face to face digital skills classes, to create easy How To Guides. The Getting Started KIT is made up of seven How To guides that will support older people to learn, use, and be confident using smartphones and applications. RTÉ broadcast the video tutorials which were presented by Mary Kennedy on RTÉ One on the Today with Maura and Dáithí programme in April. The video tutorials are available to view on the Age Action YouTube Channel.
Kildare Libraries will soon begin an Age Friendly - Online Tutoring programme in partnership with Libraries Ireland. More information to be provided soon
Your local Kildare Libraries are always running bookclubs give your local library a call and see if there is a book club you would like to join and they can organise a delivery of the books to you. For a list of Kildare Libraries click here. For more information on our once a month Facebbo Book Club check out our page here.This group hosts a chat on Facebook but the meeting is every month on Zoom so you don’t need to be a regular Facebook user. The books borrowed are all available through Borrowbox.
It is very important that social contact is maintained with people who are isolated in their homes at this time, even if it's a friendly phone call. Even if you are not a formal volunteer, checking in via call or text with a vulnerable person in your locality can make a huge difference. There are also a range of initiatives that people can avail of during this time:
ALONE provides a telephone support line, seven days a week from 8am – 8pm, for all older people, their families, and those who are medically vulnerable. If you need any advice, reassurance or additional support call them at: 0818 222024
Gardaí – if you have any safety concerns, or need any essential items brought to you, contact theGardaí, they will be more than happy to assist you or direct you to relevant services
Third Age Ireland have a Seniorline which is a confidential listening service for older people, with trained volunteers. Freephone 1800 804591
Friends of the Elderly also run a friendly call service for those who just need a chat. Its available free and nationwide. Call 01 8731855