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Westmeath Care and Repair Service is operated through Westmeath Community Development Ltd. (WCD)

The Westmeath Care and Repair Service consist of the following;

1. The Repair Service – available throughout Co. Westmeath. 

2. The Home Visit Service- Pilot Scheme being rolled out in Athlone Town in conjunction with Cairdeas ( a group of agencies in the Athlone Area working with Older People).

3. The Trades Referral Service (A register of reliable tradespersons).

About Care & Repair Service

The service is available to people over 60 years of age. 

 Repair Service 

  • The service is free of charge. 

  • The maximum allowable time for a care and repair job is 90 minutes. 

  • All Volunteers are Garda Vetted and have ID cards.

  • The Volunteers cannot provide materials for the job; these must be supplied by the client. 

  • Care and Repair Service does not do guttering work or roofing work.

  • The Volunteer is covered under the Care and Repair public liability insurance. 

  • Where the request falls outside of these rules, Care and Repair can give you a list of recommended and trusted trade’s persons who would be able to deal with a job larger than the Care and Repair service cover.  The engagement of this service, and any costs involved would then be between you and the trade person, and would not be part of the Care and Repair service.

About the jobs undertaken.

Jobs can vary from fitting a light bulb to fitting smoke alarms, putting up shelving, moving light pieces of furniture,  minor gardening, sweeping up leaves, mowing lawns,  fixing a door handle to cleaning out a stove/solid fuel range, installing security locks and chains, home decorating interior painting etc.

Should you require any further information on any parts of the service.

The service is available to people over 60 years of age. 

Care Service 

The Home Visit Service- This is an initial Pilot Scheme being rolled out in Athlone Town in 2013, and if successful it is hoped to extend the service to other areas.

This is being developed in conjunction with CAIRDEAS, a group of agencies in the Athlone area working with older people, including, Meals on Wheels, Helplink South, Westmeath County Council, An Garda Siochana, Athlone Community Services Council, Athlone Chamber of Commerce, Irish Wheelchair Association, Athlone Rotary Club and WCD.

Why is this needed? We are all aware of the isolation that some older people suffer from, and that as people get older their network of friends and activities may diminish and that the opportunities to meet with other people reduces, and this can lead to loneliness and isolation. 

What is it? Under this service an older person can avail of a regular weekly home visit from our volunteers. Each person will be assigned 2/3 volunteers who will call weekly and spend time with the older person.  

  • The service is free of charge. 
  • A Home visit will be approximately one hour per week.
  • Two/three volunteers will be assigned for each home visit.
  • This service will not carry out any medical or household tasks.
  • All Volunteers will be Garda Vetted and have ID cards.
  • All Volunteers will be covered under the Care and Repair public liability insurance. 

If you would like to avail of the Care and Repair Service, or if you would like to volunteer with Care and Repair, or if you would simply like to know more about the service please contact Anne Campbell or Marion Gallagher in Care and Repair: on 044 -9348571 Mobile 087/6524528, or email acampbell@westcd.ie

 

 
More Information on Care & Repair
 

Volunteers needed for the Home Visit Service

Westmeath Community Development’s Care & Repair service are actively seeking volunteers for the Home Visit Service in Mullingar and the surrounding area.

If you have one or two hours a week to spare and would like to volunteer for this worthwhile cause we would love to hear from you:

Through the Home Visit Service, we aim to combat feelings of isolation with the help of our friendly volunteers.

Home Visit

The home visit service consists of: one hour visit one day or evening a week, volunteers are specifically volunteering for companionship and are not required to do any tasks i.e. medical cleaning etc.

All Volunteers are Garda Vetted and are issued ID cards.

For more information please contact Anne Campbell or Marian Gallagher on 04493/48571

Mobile: 087/6524528 or email acampbell@westcd.ie  

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CELEBRATION OF NEW HOME VISIT SERVICE IN ATHLONE

Westmeath Community Development’s Home Visit Service recently celebrated its first year anniversary. The Home Visit which is run in conjunction with Cairdeas, who are a group of agencies in the Athlone Area working with Older People,is a project within Westmeath which aims to combat isolation and loneliness felt by the Older People in Urban and Rural Areas of Westmeath.

The Home Visit Service was rolled out the Home Visit Service as a Pilot Scheme in Athlone town in the second quarter of 2013 and since then over 100 visits have been completed. Many of the Older People availing of the Home Visit Service are individuals who are living alone and are isolated as a result of family emigrating or moving away to other areas. 

The Home Visit Service has recently marked its first year anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary Westmeath Community Development hosted a celebration in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone. This event brought together the volunteers who volunteer their time for both the Care and Repair and Home Visits.

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Volunteer and Clients of the home visit service at the 1st Year Anniversary Celebration of the Home Visit Service

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Care & Repair Service in 2013

Westmeath Community Development’s Care/Repair project which makes a significant difference to Older People in Westmeath saw an increase in demand in 2013, with Care & Repair Jobs up by 70% and the introduction of the new Home Visit Service which was rolled out in the Athlone area.

WCD, in conjunction with Cairdeas, who are a group of agencies in the Athlone Area working with Older People, rolled out the Home Visit Service as a Pilot Scheme in Athlone Town in the second quarter of 2013. Following on the success of this scheme in Athlone in 2013, we hope to develop a similar service in Mullingar this year.

During 2013, 95 Older People in Westmeath have availed of the Care & Repair service, with almost 450 jobs completed including Gardening, Home Repairs and Home Visits, with gardening being the most common request. The Home Visit service commenced in April and almost 100 visits have been completed by the end of 2013.

As part of Care and Repair, we offer a Trusted Trades Referrals service, and 25 Older Persons availed of this in 2013.

We increased our volunteers with Care and Repair by 30 in 2013.

Westmeath Care and Repair Project is part funded by the Local and Community Development Programme through POBAL and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. It is operated nationally by Age Action and It forms part of the Westmeath Age Friendly Programme of Westmeath County Council.

If you would like to know more about Care and Repair click here, or contact Anne or Marion on 044 9348571, or email acampbell@westcd.ie or mgallagher@westcd.ie.

If you would like to volunteer for Care and Repair you can contact the Ian or Michelle in the Volunteer Centre at the same number or email ioflynn@westcd.ie or mraleigh@westcd.ie

      

      

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Care & Repair Service 2013

  

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.

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