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Tale-a-Phone Exchange

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Wexford

Programme: Wexford

WHO Theme: Community Support And Health Services

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health

Funding Stream: Keep Well

Resources Required: Paid Staff

Cost: 1000-5000


Wexford Traditional Storyteller Joe Brennan gives older people in County Wexford a chance to take part in The Tale-a-Phone Exchange, a chance to hear one of his wonderful traditional stories in the comfort of their own home. Each Exchange, lasting 20 minutes, is unique to the person receiving the call. Joe has a chat with the person receiving the call first and from this he decides on what story to tell. Each call will be different and even where the same story is told, that telling will be unique to that person, says Joe. No two tellings of a story are the same. The listener, and the circumstances of the exchange, shapes the telling of the story.

Aim of Initiative

Older people

Who is it aimed at

Older people

Steps critical to success

  1. Storyteller
  2. Admin person to book in users & other admin
  3. Local Arts Office

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. GDPR
  2. Time resource – phones calls, booking etc take a lot of time

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Delivering a service to isolated older people in own homes
  2. Cultural experience in own home
  3. Befriending element with phone call & chat