Sep 16, 2021

Expansion of Care and Repair Programme!

The Care & Repair Programme provides DIY jobs to older people free of charge to help them maintain their homes and independence. During COVID, we piloted our idea to make this service available to people who have recently been discharged from hospital or will be discharged from hospital soon, to ensure they can return to a safe and comfortable home. 

We are delighted to announce that the Care and Repair service is now able to travel ANYWHERE in Ireland to support older people who are or who have recently been discharged from hospital!! 

You can learn more about the programme here: https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/care-and-repair/about 

If you know anyone who could benefit from Age Action’s DIY support, please get in touch to see about opportunities for us to help. And, if you are a medical professional or know a medical professional who is looking for support to help discharge patients to a safe home, call us and ask about our Care and Repair service!


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Aug 26, 2021

Getting Started Update, Summer 2021

"It has given me a new lease on life. I feel so involved now, I used to feel so isolated and never knew what people were talking about regarding internet, email etc. This has been a light in a black tunnel for me. The joy I feel being able to use my tablet is indescribable. I feel connected with the world again and it brings me great joy." -Bridget, Cork

These words come from Bridget, an older person who has been improving her digital skills through our COVID-safe, remote tutoring programme: Getting Started KIT (GS KIT). 

Over the last 18 months, GS KIT has been a crucial resource for keeping older people connected to their loved ones and families during periods of social isolation. We are so proud to report that since the advent of COVID, our volunteers have provided over 3,300 hours of tutoring to over 650 learners, with 7,000+ hard-copy how-to guides posted out to self-guided learners. 

Our online materials are very popular and our wonderful volunteers are continuing to support our remote classes. Many of our volunteers are coming from the corporate sector through their CSR programme and we are working with over 25 corporates currently.

We have also realised that providing a remote option for this programme allows us to reach many more people than we were able to through our face-to-face tutoring alone. This autumn, we'll be beginning our plans for restarting face-to-face classes around the country, while also developing plans to continue remote classes. We'd love to support as many learners as possible in improving their digital skills!

We are looking to update our materials and to add to the suite of training resources available to the public.

Your continued support is vital and we are so appreciative of the good will and commitment that corporate volunteers have shown through these times. 

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May 24, 2021

Care & Repair: 2021 Update

The Care & Repair Programme provides DIY jobs to older people free of charge and a Trades Referral Service where a list of local tradesmen is available to older people for larger jobs. A Hospital Discharge Service has been piloted in Cork. It provides work in people’s homes which enables them to be discharged from hospital.

As part of Age Action Connect, Inform and Support response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Care & Repair was rebranded as HomeSafe in March 2020, focussing on assisting older people who needed work done in their homes in order to be discharged from hospital and on work deemed essential for the health and wellbeing of older people during the pandemic.

Outputs and Outcomes:

In 2020, a total of 2,408 older people accessed the programme.

In the first quarter of 2021, we have completed:

  • DIY Service jobs for 58 clients, during which we did 92 jobs requiring 110 hours of volunteer labour.
  • Hospital Discharge Service to 5 clients, during which we did 10 jobs requiring 5 hours of labour. This service is now available in both Cork and Dublin.
  • Trade referrals to 313 people who needed to employ professionals for larger jobs.

 

We are looking forward to ramping up our work as COVID restrictions lift over the next several months. While our current activity still focuses specifically on older people with urgent and necessary repairs, and outfitting our volunteers with extra training and PPE, we expect that we can reach many more people through this programme when COVID is no longer a barrier to service.

 

This summer, we’ll be doing some COVID-safe outdoor gardening work for our clients. Many older people who call Age Action struggle to maintain their outdoor spaces. Our team takes on jobs like clipping overgrown hedges to ensure that our clients can enjoy their gardens – and this year, with continuing COVID restrictions in place, that access is more important than ever!

 

If you know anyone who could benefit from Age Action’s DIY support, please get in touch to see about opportunities for us to help. And, if you are a medical professional or know a medical professional who is looking for support to help discharge patients to a safe home, call us and ask about our Hospital Discharge Service!

 
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