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ALONE, in partnership with NetwellCASALA were one of four organisations presented with the THINKTECH award, an initiative led by Social Innovation Fund Ireland and sponsored by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The  grant,  of €170,000 cash and €50,000 non-financial support helps to grow and sustain technology driven ideas for a better Ireland. The ALONE Platform is a  technology platform that redefines care for the older person. This platform enables them to monitor their wellness, better communicate their needs with carers, volunteers and their support organisations, which ultimately empowers them to age well at home.

 

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Dublin, 6th December 2016  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has today launched a video showing the positive impact of befriending for older people. In the video a number of older people, who avail of ALONE’s Befriending Service, thank their volunteers who have made a huge difference to their lives.

 

Check out ALONE’s Thank You Video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQzblWU0qxw

 

In Ireland, one third of older people live alone. ALONE’s Befriending Services provides companionship to over 500 older people who are socially isolated through a weekly volunteer visit as well as a range of social events. ALONE are continually developing the service to ensure that all older people who require it will have access to a quality assured befriending service.

 

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “We have created this video to thank the hundreds of volunteers in ALONE who offer the Befriending Service to older people every week. This video shows what a difference a little friendship that make to the lives of older people who are living alone – their volunteers have become close friends and are a lifeline to them in times of need.”

 

He continued, “As an organisation that works with older people, we interact first hand with the effects of loneliness every day. I don’t think that people are aware just how devastating loneliness can be for your general health. Not only can loneliness lead to depression, but it is also a predictor for dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity. Loneliness is twice as dangerous to the health of an older person as obesity, and is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

 

He concluded, “ALONE’s Befriending Service is a preventative health measure. We receive no day-to-day government funding for our services so we depend on donations. We hope that this video encourages the general public to offer their help and support to older people by donating to ALONE this Christmas.”

 

At Christmas, ALONE’s activities include; the organisation of 500 volunteers who visit older people each week, a Christmas dinner dance for older people and volunteers, the delivery of 500 Christmas hampers to older people in need and a special Christmas Day dinner delivery for 100 older people.

 

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032. To make a donation and help aid ALONE’s work this Christmastime visit www.alone.ie/donate .

ALONE – Show an older person you care this Christmas

Dublin, 23rd November 2016 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, today launched their Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmastime. At the launch of the campaign Anne Doyle, one of Ireland’s best loved broadcasters, urged members of the public to reach out to the older members of their community this Christmas and offer support to those who are living alone.

 

Anne Doyle commented at the launch, “I have been an admirer of the work of ALONE for many years and I am delighted to help them launch their Christmas campaign this year. Loneliness and isolation can be real problems for older people and it’s important that we are all aware of this.”

 

She continued “Today, with our hectic lifestyles, many of us know little or nothing about our neighbours. ALONE are asking people to check on their older neighbours, they may need something, even if it’s only your company and your time. If an older person knows someone is looking out for them it gives them an enormous sense of security and comfort. This Christmas let’s show them someone cares.”

 

As part of this year’s Christmas Campaign, ALONE is also urging older people not to be afraid to ask for the care and support they deserve and are entitled to.

 

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, “ALONE’s Christmas Campaign this year is not just about charity, it’s about rights. Older people not only deserve to live with dignity but they have a right to. We want them to know that they have a right to be supported, to receive the care they need and to live in a place of their own choosing.”

 

He continued, “Over the winter period calls for support dramatically increase and loneliness is one of the main issues that older people face. Many older people think that by asking for help and support they are bothering people. We want them to know that they deserve more than a little help and support and they shouldn’t be afraid to ask for it. For those who may feel that they have no one to ask for help, ALONE offers supports and services that can link older people back in with their community and neighbours.”

 

ALONE say that there are a number of ways that the public can help an older person this Christmas some of these are; calling by an older persons house to say hello, ensuring they have enough food, medication and heat, bringing them out for a drive or to a social event and giving them a hand with their shopping.

 

At Christmas, ALONE’s activities include; the organisation of 300 volunteers who visit older people each week, a Christmas dinner dance for older people and volunteers, the delivery of hundreds of Christmas hampers to older people in need and a special Christmas Day dinner delivery for a number of older people.

 

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032. To make a donation and help aid ALONE’s work this Christmastime visit www.alone.ie

ALONE publishes 2015 Annual Report

We are delighted to present you with our 2015 Annual Report.  In ALONE we are committed to transparency and 2015AnnualReportaccountability to ensure that our supporters can see the work we do and the impact we make on the lives of the older people we support.

The number of over 65s living in Ireland is expected to increase from 606,000 in 2015, to 1.4m by 2046.  In ALONE we believe that in order to meet the challenges that lie ahead we must plan now for effective, high quality low cost models of services that will improve the lives of older people for years to come.

2015 was a year of enormous growth and development in ALONE as we expanded our support services nationally to face the many challenges that come from our ageing population. The issues we will face in the years ahead are complex and require equally complex solutions. Working with others in the sector we are paving the way in defining and solving these problems as they emerge. This is not an easy task but working together we can continue to meet the needs of older people as they arise and make sure the supports are in place to help them age at home.

I would like to sincerely thank the Board of Trustees, volunteers and staff for all their hard work and on their dedication to ALONE. The work of each person has a massive impact on the lives of so many older people. We ask a lot of you and you give your all to ensure we provide the quality and consistent services that older people deserve.

Next year we will continue to grow and develop our partnerships to extend our knowledge reach and our use of technology.  This will increase the level and quality of the services we provide for the older people we work with and help us continue to support them to age safely and comfortably at home. Partnerships with other organisations also ensures the best use of resources and maximum impact for the older people we help.

Thank you again for your support and we hope you will continue to support us as we try to build a brighter future for older people in Ireland.

Kind Regards

Sean Signature

ALONE CEO

 

ALONE publishes 2015 Annual Report

Dear Supporters

I am delighted to present you with our 2015 Annual Report.  In ALONE we are committed to transparency and 2015AnnualReportaccountability to ensure that our supporters can see the work we do and the impact we make on the lives of the older people we support.

The number of over 65s living in Ireland is expected to increase from 606,000 in 2015, to 1.4m by 2046.  In ALONE we believe that in order to meet the challenges that lie ahead we must plan now for effective, high quality low cost models of services that will improve the lives of older people for years to come.

2015 was a year of enormous growth and development in ALONE as we expanded our support services nationally to face the many challenges that come from our ageing population. The issues we will face in the years ahead are complex and require equally complex solutions. Working with others in the sector we are paving the way in defining and solving these problems as they emerge. This is not an easy task but working together we can continue to meet the needs of older people as they arise and make sure the supports are in place to help them age at home.

I would like to sincerely thank the Board of Trustees, volunteers and staff for all their hard work and on their dedication to ALONE. The work of each person has a massive impact on the lives of so many older people. We ask a lot of you and you give your all to ensure we provide the quality and consistent services that older people deserve.

Next year we will continue to grow and develop our partnerships to extend our knowledge reach and our use of technology.  This will increase the level and quality of the services we provide for the older people we work with and help us continue to support them to age safely and comfortably at home. Partnerships with other organisations also ensures the best use of resources and maximum impact for the older people we help.

Thank you again for your support and we hope you will continue to support us as we try to build a brighter future for older people in Ireland.

Kind Regards

Sean Signature

ALONE CEO

 

ALONE – “It is time for all charities in Ireland to get serious about quality and transparency”

Dublin, 3rd November 2016  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has today welcomed the launch of Charities Institute Ireland, a new regulatory body for charities. The organisation, which was formed through the merger of Fundraising Ireland and the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTR), represents 180 of Ireland’s main charities including ALONE.

 

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “ALONE are delighted to welcome this new regulatory body for charities in Ireland.  We hope that this initiative will encourage other charities to get serious about quality and transparency in order to restore public trust and confidence in the sector.”

 

ALONE was the first charity in Ireland to achieve the internationally recognised Quality in Befriending Award, the second organisation to receive the ISO Quality Standard for services delivery and it has also achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard.

 

Moynihan continued, “In ALONE we take a leadership position around transparency and accountability. We have a strong ethos around how we manage money which has been donated and we respect the generosity and intention of all those who support ALONE because they share our passion to improve the lives of marginalised older people in need.”

 

Moynihan concluded, “We do none of these things because we have to but because we know them to be the right things to do. The launch of Charities Institute Ireland is a step forward for the charity sector. It is time that all charities in Ireland raised standards and the bar of trust. Charities Institute Ireland will implement transparency and accountable in all Irish charities and we believe that this is necessary to ensure the future of this sector.”

 

Established in 1977, ALONE is an independent charity that supports vulnerable older people to age at home.  They work with those who have issues with social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Supportive Coordination, Befriending, Supportive Housing and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week.  They receive no Government funding for their day-to-day activities so rely solely on the generosity of the public to continue their work.  ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

ALONE have received the following internationally recognised awards for their services:

  • ISO Quality Standard for services delivery.
  • Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard
  • Quality in Befriending Award

 

For more information on ALONE’s work and the charity’s external and internal audits visit www.alone.ie.

ALONE call on the general public to be mindful of their older neighbours this Halloween

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is asking people to be mindful of vulnerable older people over the Halloween period. For many older people Halloween can be a distressing time with people calling to the door or setting off bangers and fireworks.

 

ALONE are asking parents, who may be out with children trick-or-treating, to keep an eye on their older neighbours. While many older people may welcome trick or treaters and want to engage in the fun of Halloween while others may not like to answer calls to their homes after dark. What a young person may consider to be harmless fun can be very frightening to someone who already feels vulnerable. Children and teenagers should be reminded not to disturb and upset people who may be fearful.

 

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented “We are urging the public to keep an eye on their older neighbours, particularly those who may be living alone, and to consider their needs this Halloween.  We are not asking people to curtail their festive fun, but we are appealing for them to be aware of the older people in their community and to have some consideration for the effect Halloween activities may have on them.”

 

ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 for those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in the community or visit www.alone.ie  The charity, which depends on donations from the public, has staff and volunteers ready to act on calls and requests for assistance.

ALONE call on the general public to be mindful of their older neighbours this Halloween

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is asking people to be mindful of vulnerable older people over the Halloween period. For many older people Halloween can be a distressing time with people calling to the door or setting off bangers and fireworks.

ALONE are asking parents, who may be out with children trick-or-treating, to keep an eye on their older neighbours. While many older people may welcome trick or treaters and want to engage in the fun of Halloween while others may not like to answer calls to their homes after dark. What a young person may consider to be harmless fun can be very frightening to someone who already feels vulnerable. Children and teenagers should be reminded not to disturb and upset people who may be fearful.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented “We are urging the public to keep an eye on their older neighbours, particularly those who may be living alone, and to consider their needs this Halloween.  We are not asking people to curtail their festive fun, but we are appealing for them to be aware of the older people in their community and to have some consideration for the effect Halloween activities may have on them.”

ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 for those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in the community or visit www.alone.ie  The charity, which depends on donations from the public, has staff and volunteers ready to act on calls and requests for assistance.

ALONE launches Ireland’s first contactless collection boxes

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, today launched Ireland’s first contactless collection boxes for the Christmas period. The boxes will be in The Butler’s Pantry’s ten shops from the end of November until January 2017.  Ireland’s most famous duo Jedward joined today’s launch and called on the public to ‘tap to give’ and support older people this Christmas.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “We have partnered with All Points Payments and The Butler’s Pantry to be the first charity to roll out contactless collection boxes in Ireland. The initiative is designed to allow people who do not carry cash to give money, even when they have no coins to throw into a traditional collection bucket. It is the latest sign of how Ireland is moving towards becoming a ‘cashless’ society. Donating just €2 when you are picking up your coffees helps us to continue to provide services to older people nationwide.”

Jacquie Marsh, Managing Director The Butlers Pantry, commented at the launch, “We are delighted to work with ALONE, to create awareness for their great work in supporting older people to age with dignity at home.  We have a really good feeling about the new ‘tap and give’ facility, it is quick, customer friendly and allows us engage with our customers about ALONE. Win Win all the way!”

ALONE are continually developing new and innovative technology to meet the needs of their service users. As well as launching the contactless donation boxes, the charity are researching and developing new technologies that will assist older people to age at home. ALONE has been shortlisted as one of 11 finalists in THINKTECH’s social innovation fund, a €1 million project to grow ideas for a better Ireland today.

Moynihan concluded, “As we approach the festive season, it is important to remember that Christmas can be a particularly isolating time for older people who are living alone. We are calling on the general public to contribute to the issue not only by donating money but also by thinking of older people in your locality and visiting them over the Christmas period.”

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in the community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032. To make a donation and help aid ALONE’s work this Christmastime visit www.alone.ie

 

ALONE join with leading NGO’s to call for an increase in investment in Home Care in Budget 2017

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  Leading NGOs Call for Increased Investment in Home Care in      Budget 2017

A group of Ireland’s leading not for profit organisations and campaigners    came together today to call for increased investment in home care in  Budget 2017.

The majority of people coping with the effects of ill health and disability, which includes a large number of older people and people with chronic and long-term progressive illnesses, want to remain living in their own homes, and to die at home if that is their wish. As a society we are failing to provide these people with the support they need.

Home care is often seen and used as a solution to the hospital crises, but it should be seen as an integral part of long-term care in its own right.

The difference that appropriate home care can make to a family cannot be underestimated — it can support people to live well in the community, to stay out of hospital and long-term residential care, and to remain in their own homes with their families throughout their lives.

Home care is also vital in supporting Ireland’s 200,000 family carers, who provide the vast majority of care for people at home. The system relies heavily on these carers who provide nearly €4bn worth of care every year and who need our support.

Research recently published by the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD, Age Action, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Irish Association of Social Workers found that more than half of older people could remain in their own homes instead of going into long-term care if more home support services were available.

The report also showed that a multiple of resources are being invested in long-term care rather than in community-based care, despite the fact that Government policy is to support people to remain at home.

Our ageing population requires a significant annual increase in home care support. The cuts to home care provision over the years have not been restored to the levels required to keep pace with the significant ageing demographics. Provision needs to increase by 4% per year to merely keep pace with these pressures. Research from Care Alliance Ireland suggests an ongoing deficit of 1.6m home care hours in 2016.

This group is calling on the Government to urgently increase investment in home care in Budget 2017 so that people can remain living in their own homes for as long as possible.

This call is supported by the following organisations:

  • ALONE
  • Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
  • Active Ageing Partnership
  • Active Retirement Ireland
  • Age Action
  • Age and Opportunity
  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  • Care Alliance Ireland
  • Disability Federation of Ireland
  • Family Carers Ireland
  • Irish Association of Social Workers
  • Irish Heart Foundation
  • The Irish Hospice Foundation
  • MS Ireland
  • Neurological Alliance of Ireland
  • Sage
  • Third Age