Befriending Monaghan

Monaghan Volunteer Centre

Befriending Monaghan

Befriending Monaghan is a service for older people and others in Co. Monaghan who are living with social isolation or loneliness. Our volunteers offer regular weekly social contact to people in the comfort of their own homes. There is a choice between face-to-face visits or phone calls. People using the service can switch between the face-to-face and phone service if necessary, such as when the Covid-19 situation prevents home visits. Referrals can be made by family, neighbours, social services, health agencies or self-referral.

Each befriending relationship is different – we will try to make sure that each service user has a befriender with whom they have a shared interest. They will provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time. All volunteers with Befriending Monaghan are Garda vetted and reference checked, for the protection of our service users.

You can listen to an interview with previous coordinator Marina, volunteer Geraldine and service user Carmel on Northern Sound.

Similar services have been running around Ireland for many years but it is quite new in Co. Monaghan so you probably have some questions:

Who is the service for?

Anyone living in Co. Monaghan who is over the age of 60 or otherwise isolated and who would benefit from some company.

Who runs Befriending Monaghan?

Befriending Monaghan is run by Monaghan Volunteer Centre, part of Monaghan Integrated Development CLG (MID), the local development company for Co. Monaghan. You can find out more about MID  HERE

How does befriending work?

Befriending is a regular, one-to-one service where a volunteer visits an older person in their own home or phones them, usually once a week.

What does the volunteer do?

The volunteer can provide you with company and a chat. If you have face-to-face visits he or she can also enjoy a cup of tea or maybe play a card game or watch a TV show with you. We will try to find someone with similar interests to you, whether it is sports or soaps!

Can the volunteer help me with housework or with personal care issues?

No, the volunteer is not a home help or a carer and will not be in a position to undertake such roles. If you need further support, you should contact your Public Health Nurse (047 30477) or your GP’s clinic.

Do I have to pay for this service?

No, Befriending Monaghan is a free service.

How often will my befriender visit or call?

Visits are once a week, for about one hour. Calls are once a week and can vary from 5 mintues to half an hour, depending on what suits you. 

I would like a befriender, what happens next?

If you would like a volunteer befriender to visit you, contact Befriending Monaghan coordinator Liza Hackett on 087 0656793. Liza works Wednesdays 1.30pm to 5.00pm and Thursdays and Fridays 9.00am to 5.00pm. Outside of these hours you can leave a message on her phone.   Liza will arrange to visit you. After the visit you will be matched with a suitable befriender. This can sometimes take a while as we try to find a good match. If you are having visits,  the co-ordinator will visit you with your new befriender and introduce you to each other. If you are having calls the coordinator will tell you when to expect a your first call from your befriender. 

What should I do if I have a problem?

The befriending co-ordinator will liaise with you and with the befriender to make sure everything is going well. However, if there is something you need to discuss or are not happy about you can contact the co-ordinator and she will do her best to get things sorted.

How do I contact Befriending Monaghan?

If you or anyone you know would like to use Befriending Monaghan or just find out more, please call 087 0656793 or 047 72191 and ask for Liza or email liza@volunteermonaghan.ie  If you have an urgent query and Liza is not available please contact Sinéad Keenan at 087 0937054

 

Image below: Carmel, who uses the befriending service, Liza Hackett, Sinéad Keenan, volunteer Jo Mulholland and Brenda Donohue from RTE who interviewed us for the “Countrywide” show. 

 

Helping Hands

Launched in 2011, Helping Hands is a Minor Repairs and Odd Jobs Service for Older People and People with disabilities living in Co. Monaghan. The service uses a pool of Garda vetted volunteers to carry out necessary small repairs and improvements to the homes of Helping Hands clients, enabling them to live independently in the community in increased comfort and safety. The work is co-ordinated from Monaghan Volunteer Centre and delivered free of charge. To be eligible for the service clients need to be over 65 years of age or have a disability, have no family members who could carry out the work on their behalf and not be in a position to engage a paid professional to do the work.

 

What work can be done by the project?

Minor gardening (e.g. trimming hedges)
Minor home decorating
Installing handrails
Tacking down carpets
Changing plugs, fuses and light bulbs
Installing security locks and chains
Hanging curtains
Installing domestic smoke alarms etc

 

To Use the Service

Simply call the Helping Hands coordinator Liza Hackett at 087 0656793 and give the details of the job to be completed. Liza will then try to  arrange for two Helping Hands volunteers to assess and complete the task. If no volunteers are available in your area Liza will let you know. Where a job is not suited to Helping Hands, the volunteers will inform Liza, who will offer alternative solutions if possible. Liza  works Wednesdays 1.30pm to 5.00pm and Thursdays and Fridays 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Outside of these hours you can leave a message on her phone or with Sinéad Keenan at 047 72191.