Two Sisters Pub raise €1000 for ALONE through Good Friday Market

twosisterschequepresentation2

Dublin, 10th May 2017 The Two Sisters Pub, in Terenure, raised €1000 for ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, through a Spring Market which was held in the pub on Good Friday. The Spring Market consisted of a variety of stalls by local craftspeople and artisan producers. Proceeds from all teas and coffees sold on the day went directly to ALONE.

Commenting on the donation, Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said, “I would like to thank Deirdre in the Two Sisters for this fantastic donation to ALONE. The Two Sisters has been very supportive to ALONE through this fundraising event and through their promotion of the Dublin Amber Pale Ale, in which fifty cent from each pint goes to ALONE.”

Deirdre Devitt, of the Two Sisters Pub, commented, “We are delighted to be able to support the important work that ALONE does in helping older people to stay in their homes and remain active in the local community.”

The Two Sisters Pub, as a member of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), is currently offering a limited edition beer, ‘Dublin Amber Pale Ale’, brewed by Guinness. A joint donation of fifty cent for each pint of ‘Dublin Amber’ sold in participating pubs will be made to ALONE by Guinness and the publican to support the expansion of ALONE’s Befriending Service. The LVA launched this charity initiative as part of its bicentenary this year and hopes to raise €200,000 for ALONE.

Lisney host Charity Auction in aid of ALONE

Ireland’s leading estate agents assist in supporting older people to age at home

21st April 2017 Lisney, the leading estate agents in Ireland, are hosting an auction in aid of ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, in Farrier & Draper on South William Street on Thursday 27th April at 6.30pm. The auction, which is part of a new charity partnership between Lisney and ALONE, is free to all members of the public but guest list places must be reserved by emailing marketing@lisney.com.

Items for auction on the night include a signed Dublin GAA Football jersey, VIP tickets to Taste of Dublin, Weekend Longitude tickets, an iPad and tickets to the Ireland VS South Africa November Series Rugby game on 12th November.

As part of the ALONE partnership Lisney staff will be holding further fundraising events in aid of ALONE throughout the year including a Tidy Up of ALONE Housing on 21st July and the assembling and distribution of 500 hampers at Christmas. The company will also support employees in becoming ALONE befriending volunteers.

Commenting on the new partnership with Lisney, Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said, “I would like to thank Lisney for choosing ALONE as their charity partner this year. The auction is an exciting event to launch their new partnership and the funds raised will make a huge difference to ALONE and the work that we do.”

Ross Shorten, Director at Lisney, added, ““We are really pleased to announce ALONE as our charity partner. Lisney has over 100 staff and we aim to be a true partner to ALONE this year by volunteering our time and our professional skills including offering ALONE strategic advice on their supportive housing portfolio. ALONE will also be the sole beneficiary of all our fundraising efforts in 2017.”

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded by Willie Bermingham. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing. ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

ALONE engages in government consultation on new home care model

PRESS RELEASE

 13 charities collaborate on home care submission to Department of Health

Dublin, 24th April 2017  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has aligned with 12 other charities and advocacy groups in response to a new review on the regulation and financing of homecare by the Health Research Board that was published by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD earlier this month.

ALONE and the other NGOs, which include Age Action, Alzheimer Society of Ireland and MS Ireland among others, have worked together on a submission paper that outlines the regulations and standards they believe should be incorporated into the new statutory home care scheme as proposed by Minister McEntee.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “A coordinated approach is required from all agencies and advocacy groups involved in enabling home care. We commend the Minister on establishing a dedicated unit within the Department of Health to progress this work as a matter of urgency.”

He continued, “We look forward to being part of the consultation process and the implementation of this new national home care model. It is vitally important that NGO’s, recipients of care, carers and social services are all engaged in the process. All four countries included in the Health Research Board’s recent report involved NGOs, private home care providers and family carers in significant decision making in the setting up and operation of their national home care model.”

The submission paper submitted to the Department of Health by the alliance outlines the key elements they believe should be incorporated into this proposed home care scheme. The group has requested that the scheme provides a robust set of processes that will assure quality of care for those who receive home care such as the assurance that home care staff are paid and supported appropriately and that a clear inspections and complaints policy is in place.

Sean Moynihan added, “A robust home care scheme should interact with pre-existing policies around health and wellbeing, the dementia strategy, the carers’ strategy, the national positive ageing strategy, the ratification of the CRPD and the national neuro-rehabilitation strategy. As the healthcare sector focuses on maintaining and building health and resilience, home care can provide rehabilitation and avert the requirement for higher levels of support.”

He concluded, “As part of the consultation process we hope to explore types of assessments which could be used to understand how best to allocate services in a timely and equitable way as there does not appear to be clarity about how this currently happens. By placing the scheme on a statutory footing, it should provide people with care as needed, regardless of age, geography or economic circumstances.”

Other elements highlighted in the submission paper are the necessity for funding mechanisms that will ensure that a robust home care scheme can be delivered year-on-year, accessible to those who would most benefit from it.

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie

Read the submission here.

ALONE welcomes progress on ageing at home and right to homecare

11th April 2017 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has welcomed a new review on the regulation and financing of homecare but would like further information on means testing older people for this service. The Health Research Board’s review of the regulation and financing of homecare in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland was published today by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “We welcome this research as we believe that there needs to be consistency in homecare services across the country with real and transparent regulations and standards. It is necessary that homecare staff are paid and supported appropriately for effective supports at home to work. Further investment in technology is also required to develop new ways in assisting older people to remain in their own homes.”

He continued, “While we recognise that there may be a case for some form of means testing, we strongly advise that any means testing is mindful of the existing stresses on older people’s finances and that the testing framework does not disadvantage older people further. Currently all HSE home care packages are provided free, without a means test, after an older person’s needs are assessed. This report shows that older people in Germany and the Netherlands are paying compulsory long-term care insurance and are also liable for means-adjusted co-payments, while in Scotland the threshold for access to professional home care has been raised and only people with the highest level of needs are cared for.”

According to The Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative’s 2016 report 48% of older people reported that they experience some or extreme difficulty in maintaining their home. Older people need both physical and social supports to age at home as well as care supports. Through its Support Coordination, Befriending and Housing with Support services, ALONE provides vital supports to older people to assist them in remaining at home. They also help older people to navigate the system and access the services that they require. Often older people do not know what services and entitlements are there for them.

Sean Moynihan continued, “A robust homecare scheme should interact with pre-existing policies around health and wellbeing, the dementia strategy, the carers’ strategy, the national positive ageing strategy, the ratification of the CRPD and the national neuro-rehabilitation strategy. As the healthcare sector focuses on maintaining and building health and resilience, homecare can provide rehabilitation and avert the requirement for higher levels of support.”

Moynihan concluded, “A coordinated approach is required from all government department and agencies in enabling older people to age at home. Home care supports need to be factored into a holistic approach to support older people to age at home and to reduce the amount of older people being moved into nursing homes unnecessarily. We commend the Minister on establishing a dedicated unit within the Department of Health to progress this work as a matter of urgency and we look forward to working with her during the consultation process. This report is an important step in developing a new statutory homecare scheme in Ireland.”

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie

ALONE welcomes inaugural National Positive Ageing Forum and commends Minister McEntee for giving a voice to the Aging Sector

30th March 2017 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has commended the first ever National Positive Ageing Forum which was launched today by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee T.D., as part of the implementation of the National Positive Ageing Strategy.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, speaking at the launch commented, “ALONE welcomes the fact that the government is listening to the organisations working on a day-to-day basis with older people as part of the implementation of the National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS). All of the Ageing Sector organisations are aligned in their recommendations to the government, so it is fantastic that we finally have the opportunity to come together and engage with the relevant Government Departments on the key issues facing older people in Ireland.”

He continued, “On an individual and community level, we really need to look at how we want to take care of our older population. We need to keep planning and looking long term every year, as Ireland’s older population is set to reach 1.4million over the next 30 years. With the older demographic growing at such an unprecedented rate, it is necessary to have government backing for our solutions.”

Moynihan concluded, “We would like to thank Minister McEntee for initiating this forum and allowing the voices of the Ageing Sector to be heard. In responding to the current needs and demographic change a cross government department, agency and sectoral approach is essential. By coming together we will truly make Ireland a great place in which to be and grow old.”

ALONE works with older people who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing. ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week.

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie

ALONE & HSE launch New Support Coordination Services for Older People in North Dublin

23rd March 2017  A new Support Coordination Service for older people in the Dublin North City and County area was launched in Swords County Hall today. ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has partnered with the HSE to expand its support services to all older people living in these communities.

The ALONE Support Coordination Service aims to respond to and address any issues facing older people, which are impacting on their ability to remain living independently in their own home. The charity’s Support Coordinators assist older people who live in a range of accommodation types; privately owned, private rented or social housing homes.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, added, “Repeated studies have demonstrated that ageing at home is the first choice of older people and their families. Our Support Coordination Service addresses issues faced by older people living in their own homes and works with statutory bodies, community organisation and other service providers to ensure that the older people get what they deserve. This can include anything from access to clothing allowances to addressing unsafe living environments, coordinating home adaption’s or linking older people in with befriending services in their area.”

Mary Walshe, Head of Social Care HSE, commented, “Support coordination services in the community are vitally important to empower and help older people to age well at home. It is important that older people feel supported in receiving the care they need and to live in a place of their own choosing. This new partnership between ALONE and the HSE will enhance the supports and services offered to older people in the community and ensure that all older people in the area have access to these services.”

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie

ALONE drives forward with ElectroRoute and Mitsubishi Corporation in supporting older people to age at home

Charity receives donation of Electric Car to mark 40th Anniversary

22nd March 2017  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, today received a donation of a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) from ElectroRoute, the leading Irish energy trading and services firm, and Mitsubishi Corporation, the global, integrated business enterprise headquartered in Japan. This donation marks ElectroRoute and Mitsubishi Corporation’s recent partnership and ALONE’s 40th Anniversary.

The electric car will be used by ALONE’s Support Coordinators to bring older people to hospital, GP and various other appointments, to make deliveries to older people’s homes and to travel throughout the country offering befriending training to other organisations, within the Befriending Network Ireland.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, expressed his delight at the donation, “Thank you to ElectroRoute and Mitsubishi Corporation for supporting ALONE. This car will make an enormous difference to us in practical support, assisting us to provide various services to older people. We are thrilled that the team at ElectroRoute chose ALONE as their charity partner for this initiative.”

Commenting on the donation to ALONE, ElectroRoute CEO Ronan Doherty said: “To mark our recent partnership and our value of Corporate Responsibility to Society we are really pleased to offer a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to ALONE which this year celebrates 40 years supporting older people to age at home.”

Yoshinori Katayama, New Energy & Power Generation Division COO, of Mitsubishi Corporation, added “We are delighted that this car will be of practical use to the team at ALONE in providing its valued befriending, support, advocacy and housing services to older people throughout Ireland.”

In October 2016, the two companies announced a deal that saw Mitsubishi Corporation take a 60% stake in the Irish company. The deal allows ElectroRoute, which already trades across eight European markets, to continue to scale its operations internationally with the support of Mitsubishi Corporation’s extensive global network.

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded by Willie Bermingham. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

On your marks, get set… Go running in support of ALONE at this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

 

Repro Free: 16th March 2017. Lisa Lambe, Irish actress and singer, and a team of ALONE fundraisers launched the charity’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon campaign in Dublin today. ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is calling on women throughout the country to participate in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of ALONE. The charity aims to raise money to go towards the provision of vital befriending services for older people who may be suffering from loneliness or isolation. Pictured with Lisa Lambe was Fiona Dunkin, Imogen O'Rourke and Sophie Ainscough. Picture Jason Clarke

20th March 2017 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is calling on women throughout the country to participate in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of ALONE. The charity aims to raise money to go towards the provision of vital befriending services for older people who may be suffering from loneliness or isolation.

This year the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th June. The course will be 10km long and the event will take place in Dublin City Centre. The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is the largest all female event of its kind in the world and the largest one day charity event in Ireland.

Speaking about the event, CEO of ALONE Sean Moynihan said, “We are hoping that women from around Ireland pledge their support to the older people in our communities and run the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on behalf of ALONE to raise much needed funds for our Befriending Service.”

He continued, “Through the years, a high proportion of our volunteers and donors have always been female. ALONE’s Befriending Service provides companionship to older people who are socially isolated through a weekly volunteer visit as well as a range of social events. We are continually developing the service to ensure that all older people who require it will have access to a quality assured befriending service.”

ALONE’s Befriending Service provides companionship to over 500 older people. Befriending Network Ireland, led by ALONE, is a national network of Befriending Services for vulnerable and older people that aims are to provide training, quality, transparency as well as a national voice for befriending. ALONE is the only Befriending Service in the country to have a quality award and are passionate about ensuring quality across Befriending Services.

Registration for the marathon is now open at: www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie

For more information about how you can help fundraise for ALONE and to receive your ALONE mini-marathon pack email fundraising@alone.ie or call 01 679 1032.

Dublin publicans announce community charity initiative with ALONE

 

Pic Maxwells/Julien Behal No Fee 9/03/17 Dublin publicans have launched a new charity initiative with ALONE to mark the bicentenary of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA).  The publicans have an ambition to raise €200,000 for ALONE’s ‘Befriending Services’. ALONE, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is a national organisation that supports older people to age at home by providing community engagement programmes and other services to address social isolation among the elderly. The charity depends on public support to carry out its work with 100% of all donations going directly to the services it provides. Pictured launching the initiative and taking a selfie at The Two Sister’s Pub in Terenure are Noel Murphy (Kilmainham) on right  Annette Egan (Ranelagh) on left  and Befriender Mireya Gines 9centre)  Pic Maxwells/No Fee

Initiative to mark bicentenary of the Licensed Vintners Association

Ambition is to raise €200k for ALONE’S ‘Befriending Services

Thursday 9th March 2017.  The Licensed Vintners Association, which represents Dublin publicans has announced details of a new community initiative with ALONE, the charity that supports older people living on their own at home.

The LVA, which has 600 members, is marking its bicentenary this year and has an ambition to raise €200,000 for the charity through the fundraising initiative.

ALONE, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is a national organisation that supports older people to age at home by providing community engagement programmes and other services to address social isolation among the elderly. The valuable work the charity’s staff and its 500 active volunteers provides, depends on public support with 100% of all donations going directly to providing services to older people in need.

To support the initiative, Guinness has brewed a limited edition beer, ‘Dublin Amber Pale Ale’. A joint donation of fifty cent for each pint of ‘Dublin Amber’ sold in participating pubs will be made to ALONE (Charity No. CHY8259) by Guinness and the publican to support the expansion of its ‘Befriending Services’. The aim of the service is to enhance the lives of older people by introducing them to volunteer ‘Befrienders’ who will provide them with much needed companionship.

The CEO of the LVA, Donall O’Keeffe said the members wanted to give something back to the city. “The LVA is one of the oldest trade associations in the country and since its foundation in 1817 has played a hugely important role in the social, business and cultural life of our capital city. It was really important for our members that we mark the bicentenary with a significant charity initiative, to give something back to Dublin.”

“Community has always been at the heart of the Dublin pub, and we are delighted that we are able to support the important work ALONE does in helping older people to stay in their homes and remain active in the local community.”

Welcoming the initiative Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said the funds raised for the ‘Befriending Services’ would help the organisation reach out to the 1 in 10 older people who experience chronic loneliness.

“Staying connected with their communities is vital for older people living alone. Meeting and socialising with old friends, meeting new ones, encourages and motivates our older people to remain active. The local pub provides a focal point for community events and a place outside of the home for older people to make connections with people from their local area.”

‘Dublin Amber’ will be available on draught in hundreds of pubs across Dublin from March 2017 for a limited time.

ALONE calls on public to visit older people this Friendship Week 13th-17th February

Dublin, 13th February 2017 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is highlighting the importance of their Befriending Service during Friendship Week 2017 (13th-17th February). ALONE believes that Befriending can act as a preventative health measure in tackling the effects of loneliness among older people.

In Ireland, one third of older people over 65 live alone and 60% of people aged over 80 live alone. In recent years, a wide range of studies have shown that isolation and loneliness affect the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of an individual. With the number of over-65s living in Ireland expected to increase to 1.4 million by 2046, ALONE is reminding the general public to extend the hand of friendship to the older members of their communities this Friendship Week.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented, “It is vitally important that as we age we maintain strong links with our local community. Older people need good services of a consistent quality, to ensure that they don’t slip through the cracks and become isolated from other people”.

ALONE’s Befriending Service 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 commented, “As an organisation that works with older people, we see firsthand the effects of loneliness. 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 responsiveness. 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 continued “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.”

Befriending Network Ireland, led by ALONE, is a national network of Befriending Services for vulnerable and older people that aims are to provide training, quality, transparency as well as a national voice for befriending. ALONE is the only Befriending Service in the country to have a quality award and are passionate about ensuring quality across Befriending Services.

Moynihan concluded, “This Friendship Week, we implore older people who are feeling isolated to reach out to Befriending Network Ireland or someone in their own community for help. We’re also asking the public to set aside 10 minutes to call in on any older persons they think may benefit from seeing a friendly face. It could be the highlight of someone’s week.”

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 visit www.alone.ie