Launch of new care & repair home visit service in Mullingar and Kinnegad
February 28th 2014
Westmeath Volunteer Centre, Westmeath Community Development and Age Action Ireland today launched the new Care & Repair Home Visit Service in Mullingar and Kinnegad.
This service is a new initiative for the area, and is aimed at older people in the community.
Speaking in Mullingar, Ian O’Flynn, Manager of Westmeath Volunteer Centre said today “I am very pleased to be launching this new service for the Mullingar and Kinnegad areas here today. I am delighted that a wide range of local community organisations in many areas, both rural and urban, have benefited to date from the volunteers who give their time for the betterment of others”. Claire Bellis of Age Action added, “It is an excellent example of community spirit and I wish to congratulate Westmeath Community Development on its tenacity and drive in supporting the project for Westmeath”. Anne Campbell, Co-Ordinator of the Westmeath Care and Repair Programme added, “I greatly value the contribution made by older people to Irish society and I am particularly pleased that our older people in Westmeath will benefit from this initiative. I wish all involved every success with this venture."
The introduction of this service to Westmeath extends a tried and tested model which has been successfully established in other areas of the country. Age Action Ireland is the managing body for implementation across Ireland, and Claire Bellis, Care & Repair Development Officer, says that “the service is currently delivered by so many local community groups throughout Ireland, and I am delighted to see the home visit service extended to residents of Westmeath. The Care & Repair programme is an opportunity to create new services of value to older people”.
This project is based on the Age Action Ireland model, and will ensure that older people have access to someone to call to them on a scheduled basis to spend time with them and provide a social outlet.
Ian O’Flynn added at the launch that “I welcome the introduction of the Care & Repair home visit service to older people living in our community. The Partnership of programmes within Westmeath Community Development are delighted to work with Age Action Ireland in extending this service to Westmeath, and I encourage everyone to make the service widely known to your friends and neighbours in the community”.
The Home visit Service is a home visiting or befriending service using volunteers to provide regular social contact to older people who are at risk of isolation in their own homes.
Pictured at the launch were: L-WeR Back Row: Eilish Murtagh, Theresa Ryder, Anne Cowdy, Amanda Quinn, Eamonn Byrne, Mark Doyle, Paul Te Whata, Peter McGovern, Joe Corrigan, Daniel McDermot, Alice Whooley, Richard McAuliff, Elain McManus, Pat Raleigh, Ian O’Flynn (Westmeath Volunteer Centre Manager) Noel O’Neill. Front Row Left to Right: Claire Bellis (Age Action Ireland), Danni McGovern, Michelle Raleigh (Westmeath Volunteer Centre – Volunteer Support Worker), Ann Campbell (Westmeath Community Development), Liga Daugaviete.
We would like also to thank Mike Fleming and everyone at Conspect Civil Engineering and Renewable energy for their sponsorship of our wonderful Hi-Viz vests for our volunteers! Without the support of people like these, these initiatives would not be so successful.