Volunteers taking part in Care & Repair Blitz in Athlone Front row L-R Helen McCaul, Anne Campbell, Joan Wykes, Joan Dolan-Baker, Back row L-R John Flynn, Brian Hynes
2013 marked a hugely successful year for our Care & Repair Service, both for the older people availing of the service and the volunteers working with the service.
Over 400 Care & Repair jobs have been completed this year, an increase of over 70% on our 2012 jobs completed. Nearly 100 older people have benefited from our jobs in 2013, again a marked increase on our 2012 figures.
Our biggest development this year is our Home Visit or "Care" service which has been rolled out in the Athlone area. The response to this new service has been very positive. One of our clients who has been receiving weekly Home Visits since it was launched in April of 2013 said that the "Volunteers are like angels from Heaven they are so nice and caring in every way". She eagerly awaits their visit every week. One of our volunteers visiting an older person, discovered that they both came from the west of Ireland, and they both had an interest in Irish music, so they went on to have a session on the accordions, as both of them have a passion for playing music. The older person is in her nineties, and was delighted to get the chance to once again take up her passion. Around 100 home visits will have been completed by the end of the year.