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Christmas care packs

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Westmeath

Programme: Westmeath

WHO Theme: Community Support And Health Services

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

Resources Required: Community Support, Financial, Paid Staff, Premises, Services, Volunteer Staff, Local businesses providing free items and reduced cost purchased items

Cost: 0-500

Description

Items for 1000 care packs including hand sanitizers, soap, Christmas ornament, tissues, stationery items, chocolates, Ireland’s own Christmas issue and other items were purchased and put together and distributed to as many areas as possible in our county. through the civil defence and contact with the age friendly community groups.

Aim of Initiative

This was aimed at mainly the elderly but through one of our family resource centres some care packs were distributed to vulnerable families.

Who is it aimed at

This was aimed at mainly the elderly but through one of our family resource centres some care packs were distributed to vulnerable families.

Steps critical to success

  1. Funding to ensure items were purchased
  2. Cooperation with the Civil defence in putting together and distribution of the packs
  3. Relationships with our age friendly groups ensuring the care packs went to the right people

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Ensuring the distribution covered as many areas as possible throughout Westmeath
  2. Without the help of the Civil defence in their bag filling production line operation, we would not have had these distributed before Christmas
  3. Purchasing up to 1000 bags and items to fill the bags from local shops proved to be quite challenging.

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Feedback from our elderly members was extremely positive.
  2. Stronger relationship with our age friendly community groups
  3. A great feeling within the community Dept. of achieving something that was so appreciated.

Evaluation / Report:
https://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/yourcouncil/keepwell/newsletters/#d.en.30744

Contact:
Annette Barr Jordan & Margaret Egan, Westmeath County Concil, margaret.egan@westmeathcoco.ie

Website:
https://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/