€3.5 million in state housing funding awarded to ALONE

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Charity acquire 16 new homes in Dublin 8 to house older people

Dublin, 26 April 2018: ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has acquired sixteen units to house older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The units were bought by ALONE using funding made available by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government through Dublin City Council (DCC), combined with loan finance advanced by the Housing Finance Agency (HFA). The purchase of the units is part of the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland action plan. ALONE will now renovate these homes to an age-friendly standard with assistance from Community Finance Ireland (CFI).

This is the biggest ever acquisition of new property by ALONE.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said: “None of this would have been possible without the assistance of the Department of Housing, the HFA, DCC and CFI. We would like to sincerely thank them for their assistance with this project.”

We are delighted that we will be able to offer these soon-to-be renovated homes to older people who have housing needs. When the new tenants move in this summer they will have a home of their own, with their own front door and a life-long tenancy. And ALONE will be there to support them all the way.”

Moynihan also drew attention to the developing housing crisis among older people. “While this will make a huge difference in the lives of the older people who move into these homes, we also recognise that we must compare this to the number of older people who have housing difficulties. There are almost 200 people on ALONE’s waiting list for housing.”

At a recent ALONE property allocation, the charity had to make the difficult decision of choosing one person who was in most need of housing to offer the home to. Just one person of the 24 people aged over 60 who wanted the property could be offered it.

Moynihan believes that with continued expansion, ALONE will be able to deliver more housing for older people in need. “Over the next five years, we plan to more than double the number of our housing units so that we can continue to support the growing numbers of older people who have housing difficulties. These homes in Dublin 8 are a fantastic addition and will help in our mission for every older person in Ireland to age happily and securely in their own home.”

He added once more his appreciation to the state agencies and staff who worked so hard and were so supportive of ALONE to achieve this result. “We hope that we can all continue to work together to make sure that no older person is left without a home.”

Barry O’ Leary, CEO of the HFA said, “We are delighted to collaborate with ALONE to fund the purchase of these new homes for older people. Our low cost finance has enabled the delivery of these age friendly homes which offer older people peace of mind and security for the remainder of their lives.”

“This integrated approach of housing bodies and organisations is essential for the proper development of further housing for older people. We look forward to seeing the newly renovated units which will offer older people a secure, age-friendly home and community.”

This announcement comes during the charity’s housing campaign ‘How will you pay the rent when you retire?’ which calls on the government to provide funding towards developing new, age-friendly models of housing to reflect the needs of an ageing Ireland.

 

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 over 1,000 older people nationwide every week.  ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, lauren.freir@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 087 238 0853

How will you pay rent when you retire? Vincent Browne launches ALONE housing campaign

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Dublin, 27th March 2018 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the hidden housing crisis among older people. The organisation is calling on the Government to provide funding towards developing a new, age-friendly model of housing and to update Rebuilding Ireland to reflect the needs of an ageing Ireland.

At the launch of the campaign, former broadcaster and journalist Vincent Browne urged the government to prioritise housing for older people, “I am here today to support ALONE as they work to prevent the housing crisis faced by older people from becoming a homelessness crisis. With the number of over 65s set to increase dramatically in the next couple of decades, the situation for older people trying to secure rented and lifetime accommodation is set to get worse!”

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “As people age, they can often no longer afford to rent. Rents are currently exceeding their former peak in 2008.  The contributory state pension is €1,032.63 per month, but average market rent in Ireland is €1,227[1]. At the moment, an older person relying on their contributory pension can’t afford to rent a home. There is an assumption within the pensions system that older people do not need to rent or do not have accommodation costs, yet in 2016, there were 15,883 people over 60 in the private rental sector.”

ALONE’s campaign also highlights the falling rates of home ownership in Ireland which will impact the housing crisis further as the population ages. In 2016 there were 876,423 people aged over 60 living in Ireland. By 2031 it is estimated that this will grow to 1.42 million. ALONE believes that the problems older people face in obtaining rented and lifetime accommodation will only get worse unless action is taken.

Moynihan continued, “The housing crisis will only get worse as our population ages. The current generation can’t buy homes, but if nothing changes, huge numbers won’t be able to afford to rent as they age either. The private rental market is not suitable long-term for older people. Rented properties offer little security of tenancy and, in the current competitive rental market, we have heard from older people who are afraid to tell their landlord about issues with their accommodation in case their rent is increased. For most people when they retire, they lose 60% of their income.The thousands of older people who retire every year in private rented accommodation face a very uncertain future.”

ALONE works every day with older people who are losing their homes in the private rented sector, whose homes are unsuitable for them to live in, or who are homelesss. “We have begun to find occasions where we can’t provide a solution to some of the housing problems older people face, because appropriate rental accommodation and social housing is not available. From late 2015 to early 2018 the number of housing applications received by ALONE more than doubled. ALONE receive 20 applications for every house available, and there are 174 people currently on our waiting list. In terms of housing, our resources are stretched to maximum capacity,” said Moynihan.

Moynihan concluded, “We are calling on the Government to engage with ALONE and its partners in the Age Alliance to meet the commitments outlined in the National Positive Ageing Strategy since 2013, and to update Rebuilding Ireland to reflect the needs of an ageing Ireland. If nothing changes, the housing crisis is only going to get worse for older people. We need to act now to prevent a homelessness crisis among the over-60s, now and in the years to come.”

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 or visit www.alone.ie.

 

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 358 7153

[1] https://www.daft.ie/report/2017-Q4-rental-price-daft-report.pdf

ALONE invites collaboration from other organisations to tackle loneliness

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Charity sets up Loneliness Taskforce in partnership with Senator Keith Swanick

Dublin, 13th March 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has collaborated with Senator Keith Swanick to form the Loneliness Taskforce, an initiative to coordinate a response to loneliness and social isolation in Ireland. The Loneliness Taskforce intends to increase awareness about the issue and to produce a set of recommendations for Government, state agencies and all policy makers. The Loneliness Taskforce, which is made up of a range of people from the community and voluntary sector, nursing, sport, business, medicine, youth work, psychiatry and NGOs, are currently looking for interested individuals, groups and other organisations’ input into a report. The report, which will be published in the coming months, will focus on what is needed to tackle the issue of loneliness in Ireland.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “Loneliness is one of the greatest public health risks today. One in every ten older people suffer from chronic loneliness, and the problem is now also prevalent in young people. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health and are worse for us than well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity.”

He continued, “ALONE has been working to fight against loneliness in older people since 1977, however, the issue has been growing among all ages over the last number of years and we can’t tackle it alone. This is why we have taken the lead with Senator Swanick to establish the Loneliness Taskforce. We are asking interest groups and other organisations to submit short term, medium term and long term proposals that could make a significant change to the issue of loneliness in Ireland.”

Senator Keith Swanick commented, “The decision to establish the Loneliness Taskforce arises from a passion to address the epidemic of loneliness and social isolation. Every day of my professional life I meet people who are lonely and this loneliness can have a devastating impact on the mental and physical health of people, with corresponding challenges for public services to meet these demands.  “We know that loneliness never discriminates between young or old, between rich or poor and between urban or rural and the Loneliness Taskforce is working to increase awareness about the issue and to produce a set of recommendations for Government, state agencies and all policy makers.”

ALONE’s Befriending service provides companionship to older people who are socially isolated. In 2014, it took the lead to establish Befriending Networks Ireland, which supported 6,500 people across the country in 2016.

Submissions or suggestions to the Loneliness Taskforce can be made via www.lonelinesstaskforce.com or by post to: Dr. Keith Swanick, Chairperson of the Loneliness Taskforce, Seanad Éireann, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The deadline for receipt of submissions is Monday 9th April 2018.

 

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 or visit www.alone.ie.

 

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 358 7153

Take to the streets in support of ALONE at this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

 

8th March 2018 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 for the day to day running of vital services for older people throughout the country.

Entries for the VHI Mini Marathon opened yesterday, 7th March, and this year the Mini Marathon takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd 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 will pledge their support to the older people in our communities and run the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon to raise much needed funds for ALONE.”

“Through the years, a high proportion of our volunteers and donors have always been female. We hope that women will choose to run for ALONE this year as all proceeds from this race will go directly towards services that support older people to age in the community”.

ALONE volunteer Amy Campbell has already signed up to the ALONE Mini-Marathon team. “We decided to do it for ALONE because I have recently started befriending through ALONE. I visit a lovely lady once a week and I feel it’s a good charity to do it for. My main tip is just to sign up and do it. The great thing about an event like the mini-marathon is that once you sign up, there’s no backing out, you kind of have to do it!”

All participants must enter either on the official Entry Form which will appear in The Herald every Wednesday and Saturday or online from 7th March 2018 at 11am. Go to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie and click on the Enter Here button at the top of the page.

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.

 

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 358 7153

 

ALONE urges caution and not to risk slips & falls

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Charity asks communities to maintain contact with older living alone

Dublin, 4th March 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is urging older people to continue to take extra care and not take any unnecessary risks of slips or falls in the aftermath of Storm Emma.  They also ask members of the public to check in on their elderly neighbours.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented, “In the aftermath of the heavy snow, older people may think the paths and roads are now safe to walk on. However, thawing snow and slush can be extremely dangerous and a major fall hazard.  The most dangerous fracture is a hip fracture and sadly up to 24 per cent of patients who suffer a hip fracture die within a year, 33% are totally dependent or in a nursing home and only 40 per cent can live independently at home1.”

He continued, “We commend everyone for their terrific community spirit in looking out for older people over the past week and ask that you continue to remember your older neighbours living alone and to consider their needs, especially those with health issues, and those with limited mobility. A visit from a friend, family member, or neighbour to check on an older person’s heating levels, food supplies and security, as well as to simply offer some company, can make a huge difference.”

“ALONE is urging older people to take extra care and encouraging those who are concerned about their own wellbeing during this adverse weather to call for assistance and help if needed.  ALONE has volunteers and staff ready to assist and advise on issues relating to food, heat, or medication.”

ALONE’s phone line (01) 679 1032 is open 9am to 9pm, during the continuing extreme weather conditions.

ALONE would like to thank staff, volunteers and supporters across the country for their continued hard work in the ongoing challenging weather conditions. A team of 60 made up of staff and volunteers were on call since Thursday. Phone contact was made with 1,000 older people to check they were comfortable. Sixty older people contacted ALONE directly seeking support, and members of ALONE made 20 direct visits to older people to assist with heat, medication and food.

Further information, including advice and tips for older people in adverse weather conditions, can be found at www.alone.ie.

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 or visit www.alone.ie.

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 Note 1 : Source International Osteoporosis Foundation https://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-statistics

 About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 over 1,000 older people nationwide every week.  ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 358 7153

ALONE welcomes government announcement to double fuel allowance

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ALONE welcomes government announcement to double fuel allowance

Charity urges older people to stay warm during red weather alert

Dublin, 28th February 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has welcomed today’s announcement by Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty to double the fuel allowance of €22.50 to €45 for one week in response to the red weather warning by Met Eireann.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said “This weather is a public health issue. Following heavy snowfall overnight, it’s really important that older people stay warm by turning on their home heating, wearing layers of light but warm clothing, eating at least one hot meal a day and staying indoors where possible.”

Moynihan added, “Cold temperatures can have a serious affect on many older people, in particular those living alone, those with health issues, and those with limited mobility. Given that 50% of Excess Winter Deaths (EWDs) experienced in Ireland can be linked to poor thermal efficiency, that is, poor heating and insulation, in the dwellings[1], ALONE is urging older people to take extra care and encouraging those who are concerned about their own wellbeing during the cold weather to call for assistance and help if needed. ALONE has volunteers and staff ready to assist and advise on issues relating to food, heat, or medication.”

He continued, “We are also calling on the general public to remember their older neighbours living alone and to check on their heating levels, food supplies and security, as well as to simply offer some company.”

ALONE would also like to thank our staff, volunteers and supporters across the country for their continued hard work in the ongoing cold weather.

Further information, including advice and tips for older people in cold weather conditions, can be found on www.alone.ie.

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 or visit www.alone.ie.

 

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 About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 358 7153

[1] (DCENR): A Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty: 2016-2019,p. 27

ALONE expresses concern for older people during Storm Emma

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 ALONE expresses concern for older people during Storm Emma

Charity calls on public to check on older neighbours

Dublin, 27th February 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is urging older people to take extra care following the status red weather warning by Met Eireann this morning. ALONE has backed Minister Jim Daly’s call to older people to prioritise their spending on heating in the coming days.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said “We’re advising older people to stay warm in the cold weather by ensuring they have adequate home heating, wearing layers of light but warm clothing, eating at least one hot meal a day and staying indoors where possible.”

Moynihan added, “Cold temperatures can have a serious affect on many older people, in particular those living alone, those with health issues, and those with limited mobility. Given that 50% of Excess Winter Deaths (EWDs) experienced in Ireland can be linked to poor thermal efficiency, that is poor heating and insulation, in the dwellings[1], ALONE is urging older people to take extra care and encouraging those who are concerned about their own wellbeing during the cold weather to call for assistance and help if needed.”

He continued, “We are also calling on the general public to remember their older neighbours living alone and to check on their heating levels, food supplies and security, as well as to simply offer some company.”

ALONE would also like to thank our staff, volunteers and supporters across the country for their continued hard work in the ongoing cold weather.

Further information, including advice and tips for older people in cold weather conditions, can be found on www.alone.ie.

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 or visit www.alone.ie.

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 About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 358 7153

[1] (DCENR): A Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty: 2016-2019,p. 27

ALONE expresses concern for older people in need in advance of extreme weather conditions

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Charity calls on public to check on older neighbours

Dublin, 26th February 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is urging older people to take extra care during the forecasted cold weather conditions due to hit most of the country over the next few days.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented“Cold temperatures can have a serious affect on many older people, in particular those living alone, those with health issues, and those with limited mobility. 5% of Irish people aged over 65 who lived alone were unable to keep their homes adequately warm in 2012. This figure jumped to 9.8% in 2013.[1] Given that 50% of Excess Winter Deaths (EWDs) experienced in Ireland can be linked to poor thermal efficiency in the dwellings[2], ALONE is urging older people to take extra care and encouraging those who are concerned about their own wellbeing during the cold weather to call for assistance and help if needed.”

He continued, “Following a very serious cold weather forecast by Met Éireann we are calling on all members of the public to remember their older neighbours living alone and to consider their needs. We’re advising older people to stay warm in the cold weather by ensuring they have adequate home heating, wearing layers of light but warm clothing, eating at least one hot meal a day and staying indoors where possible.”

ALONE is appealing to members of the public to look out for the older people in the community who may live alone, have no family or may be at risk of suffering from fuel poverty, illness or loneliness. A visit from a friend, family member, or neighbor to check on an older person’s heating levels, food supplies and security, as well as to simply offer some company, can make a huge difference.

ALONE is encouraging older people to prioritise their spending on heating during the cold weather. For those who are struggling to keep up with utilities bills, you can contact your utilities company to set up a payment plan. ALONE has volunteers and staff ready to act on requests for assistance and can advise on issues relating to food, heat, or medication. Further information, including advice and tips for older people in cold weather conditions, can be found on www.alone.ie.

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 or visit www.alone.ie.

 

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[1]Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative, Preliminary Report, March 2015, https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/afu/DOH_Positive_ageing_report.pdf

[2] (DCENR): A Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty: 2016-2019,p. 27

 

About ALONE

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

 

For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 358 7153

ALONE “The right to homecare and the provision of community supports for older people are a necessity”

Charity responds to report by Citizens Information Board

 

Dublin, 12th February 2018 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has responded to a report by the Citizens Information Board which has been presented to the Department of Health. The report, which was delivered as part of public consolation to establish a statutory home care scheme, revealed that older people are being forced into nursing homes due to a lack of home care and other community supports.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “The results of this report have come as no surprise to ALONE. Older people need access to home care and support to age in the community. If we are going to respond to the positive that is an aging population, then we need to invest in services in our communities.”

ALONE has met the Minister for Older People, Jim Daly TD, along with 16 other organisations in the hope of shaping a right to homecare. Moynihan commented “we are willing to work with all parties to help older people to age at home.”

Adapting homes is just one aspect of supporting older people to age at home and the government HaPAI Survey 2016 revealed that 48% of people aged 50+ have housing condition problems. In 2017, ALONE supported 200 older people on 345 pieces of work related to housing ranging from work that took a couple of days right up to projects that took a year.

Moynihan continued, “In both of these areas the amount of investment in the last 10 years has dropped while our aging population grows by 25,000 older people every year. We know our hospitals can’t cope and community services are the cheaper and best option”.

In response, ALONE is aiming to grow its services and increase its volunteers from 700 to 7000. ALONE’s Support Coordination Service for older people was recently awarded the overall HSE Excellence Award. This service aims to keep older people living well at home for as long as possible. ALONE is also training and supporting other organisations and community groups to support older people to age at home

Moynihan concluded, “ALONE is asking the government to prioritise the right to homecare and the housing grants scheme and to allocate additional funding to meet the needs of our rapidly growing and ageing population. We want to work with all parties to make this happen.”

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 or visit.

 

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

 

 

Dublin Publicans raise over €200,000 for ALONE to celebrate 200 years of the LVA

To mark 200 years of the capitals’ bars, Dublin publicans have come together to raise a remarkable €200,000 for ALONE.

The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) who represent Dublin Publicans celebrated its bicentenary in 2017 and are delighted to have hit this fundraising milestone –  the largest fundraising donation in ALONE’s 40 year history.

To raise the funds, the LVA’s 550 members embarked on a number of fundraising initiatives including a partnership with Diageo to create Guinness Dublin Amber which was sold in Dublin Pubs for a limited period with 50 cent from each pint going to ALONE (25 cents from the publican and 25 cents from Guinness). Over the course of the past 9 months, 277,628 pints of Dublin Amber have been sold to contribute to the overall total. The LVA expressed its thanks to Diageo for their support of this initiative.

As well as this, individual pubs organised their own fundraising events from sponsored walks, to charity auctions and voluntary donations which allowed the publicans to hit the ambitious total of €200,000.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said: “This wonderful contribution from the publicans of Dublin has exceeded all our expectations and is the largest fundraising donation ALONE has ever received.

These funds will contribute greatly to our goal of doubling the amount of ALONE housing for older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It will also help us to recruit and train volunteers who will bring company, support, and joy to older people in our community. The LVA’s donation will leave an enduring legacy which will benefit some of the most vulnerable people in our society for years to come.”

“This is a unique initiative in that we aimed from the outset to raise €200,000 to celebrate our 200 years, in order to give back to people in our local communities, through the essential work of ALONE,” LVA Chairman John Gleeson commented. “We loved engaging with our customers on this initiative throughout the year and are delighted that we have hit our target to give back to those most deserving – the elderly.”

As well as housing infrastructure, the money raised will also go to ALONE’s volunteer befriending service for older people who are lonely or socially isolated.

 

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