Befriending Monaghan

Monaghan Volunteer Centre

MID Services for Older People

MID offers three services for older people in Co. Monaghan:

"Good Morning Monaghan" Phone Calls
Befriending Monaghan Visits
Helping Hands DIY Service

What is the “Good Morning Monaghan” Phone Call Service?

  • Good Morning Monaghan is a FREE Service providing a phone call 5 days a week: Monday to Friday.
  • Your friendly caller will chat to you about your day and will check on how you are feeling
  • The service provides friendship and security making you feel safer at home
  • If you do not answer the phone, the caller will phone a member of your family, neighbour or friend
  • If you need other services (such as grocery deliveries during the Covid-19 crisis, we will provide assistance to you on this).

Good Morning Monaghan” is available to:

  • Older People or Individuals who may feel lonely, isolated and vulnerable
  • People with Chronic Illness
  • Anyone who cannot engage in an active way in the wider community

You can contact Caoimhe or download an application form here:

Good Morning Monaghan Application

Monaghan Integrated Development CLG Privacy Notice

Contact Caoimhe Rudden

087 7189396 or 042 9749500


Monaghan Integrated Development
9 Drumillard Business Park, Castleblayney





Befriending Monaghan is a service for older people 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. 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.

Image on right: Coordinator Marina with Joe Finnegan of Shannonside – Northern Sound, befriending volunteer Geraldine and Carmel, who Geraldine visits.

Similar services have been running around Ireland for many years but it is 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 and would benefit from some company. 

Who runs Befriending Monaghan?

Befriending Monaghan is run by 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, usually once a week.

What does the volunteer do?

The volunteer can provide you with company, enjoy a cup of tea and a chat 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?

Once a week, for about one hour.

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 time, we  On the first meeting, the co-ordinator will visit you with your new befriender and introduce you to each other, where you can discuss details of visits etc.

What should I do if I have a problem?

The befriending co-ordinator will liaise 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

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. mowing lawns)
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 arrange for two Helping Hands volunteers to assess and complete the task. 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. 

Volunteers Needed

Do you have DIY skills and some spare time on your hands?
Can you do small jobs around the house?
Can you do minor domestic repairs?
Can you lend a Helping Hand?
We are constantly seeking volunteers of all ages, both male and female, who are interested and have the skills to do the work outlined above. Volunteers with specialist skills (e.g. joinery) are also welcome. We are particularly interested in attracting retired persons as volunteers. All volunteers will be vetted and carry official Helping Hands Identity Cards.

For more information about the Helping Hands Programme, please contact Liza on 087 0656793 or email