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Befriending Service

Age Friendly Ireland

AF Clare Full Col 150 dpi

Programme: Clare

WHO Theme: Respect And Social Inclusion, Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid, 8500

Resources Required: Family Resource Centre and Clarecare staff & volunteers

Cost: 5000-10000


Befriending Services during Covid that Clare Co. Council supported partners through the Community Resilience Fund to provide vital befriending services during Covid. Clare Co. Council and the KeepWell Committee approved funding under the Community Resilience Fund to support 5 agencies around County Clare who were already providing Befriending Services on a voluntary basis. €8500 was approved and split between the 4 Family Resource Centres & Clarecare who were tirelessly providing befriending phone calls, visits to gardens & meals to older people who were rurally, socially & digitally isolated as a result of Covid.

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

Older People feeling lonely

Steps critical to success

  1. Using the system that was already there
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Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Volunteers required to carry out the befriending
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Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Social connection with people who really needed it
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Evaluation / Report:

Karen Fennessy, Age Friendly Clare //