Sep 15, 2020

Covid-19 Lockdown Support

The first puplic health "lockdown" restrictions were put in place in Ireland in March this year. Older people were among the worst affected, forced to "cocoon" and isolate themselves from society. Age Action's Care & Repair service put safety protocols in place so that it could deliver the service when it was needed most. 

From March 12th, when the first restrictions were enforced, to July 20th when we moved passed phase 3 of the National Covid-19 Response plan and the most stringent elements of the lockdown were eased, our services in Dublin, Cork and Galway provided;

DIY/Home Safe visits to 206 clients, during which we did 342 urgent DIY jobs requiring 430 hours of labour.

Hospital Discharge Service to 14 clients who were returning home from hospital. We did 42 jobs requiring 76 labour hours for these clients.

Trade referrals to 464 people who needed to employ professionals for larger jobs.

Total 684 clients accessed our services.

We will shortly begin a process of conducting feedback calls to gather first-hand information on the impact that our service made in people’s lives. This together with the numerical data will present a picture of how the Care & Repair service responded to the Covid-19 crisis. 

It has been an exceptionally strange and challenging time for everyone in Age Action. I include in that the people who could not work during the lockdown period. Those who remained responded fantastically well to the multitude of challenges, particularly in the early stages when everything moved so quickly in terms of our own internal working arrangements as well as the escalating pandemic.

The dedication and commitment shown by our staff and volunteers were greatly appreciated by the older people whom they supported when needed most. It was and remains a fantastic effort by everyone involved!

Sep 4, 2020

Remote Volunteering with GS KIT Programme

Age Actions Getting Started Keep In Touch Programme is seeking remote volunteers:

 

As a result of the launch of our GS KIT programme as a response to older people becoming even more isolated during Covid 19 restrictions, we have to date trained over 750 older people throughout Ireland with the assistance of hundreds of volunteer tutors, mostly corporate volunteers. We have had such amazing support from many different companies, with employees taking an hour out of their day, once a week for five weeks, to give the gift of connectivity to people who really need it, espeicially at this time.

 

If you think that you could help out, please contact us:

 

Tasks:

Age Action’s Getting Started KIT aims to reduce isolation by helping older people to connect online with family and friends, by up-skilling in the use of their smart device, video communication platforms, internet and general IT skills.

Older people will be connected on a one-to-one basis with a Volunteer Tutor for up to five one-hour remote tutorials.

Tutorials will take place over the phone or by online video link, depending on the students’ level of IT skills and access to technology / connectivity.

Commitment of Time:
Volunteer Tutors are asked to give a minimum commitment is one hour per week.

Volunteer Tutors will:
• Teach learners to use Smartphone / Tablet
• Help students learn how to navigate video calling apps like WhatsApp and Facetime
• Help students learn how to upload apps in their phone
• Teach learners how to use programmes such as Skype and Zoom
• Teach learners how to navigate on internet

 

Contact us at volunteering@ageaction.ie

 

Thank you


Older people will be connected on a one-to-one basis with a Volunteer Tutor for up to five one-hour remote tutorials.

Tutorials will take place over the phone or by online video link, depending on the students’ level of IT skills and access to technology / connectivity.

Commitment of Time:
Volunteer Tutors are asked to give a minimum commitment is one hour per week.

Volunteer Tutors will:
• Teach learners to use Smartphone / Tablet
• Help students learn how to navigate video calling apps like WhatsApp and Facetime
• Help students learn how to upload apps in their phone
• Teach learners how to use programmes such as Skype and Zoom
• Teach learners how to navigate on internets

Links:

May 20, 2020

Age Action Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

This is a very difficult time for older people and Age Action has re-organised and re-branded its services to provide supports during the Covid-19 pandemic. The main activities are as follows;

Call Safe: Age Action staff are calling each of the 11,000 service users and members on our database. We are checking in to see how they are and providing them with information on local and national services that can help them at this time.

Home Safe: This is the Care & Repair programme response to the crisis. In short, it is Care & Repair with social distancing protocols in place, focussing on urgent requests and on supporting older people who are being discharged from hospital.

Hardship Fund: In association with Irish Red Cross.A grant of up to €500 is available for older people who require financial assistance at this time. (Please note that due to the volume of applications, applications have no longer been accepted since April 25th)

Advocacy and Communications: Age Action’s policy team are in regular contact with senior HSE and Government officials to highlight issues that older people are facing.

In terms of Care & Repair, all volunteers who themselves are over 60 years old or have an underlying health condition are not permitted to participate for safety reasons. This resulted in over 90% of our team being ineligible. A major recruitment campaign took place through Volunteer Ireland and a new team of trained and vetted volunteers has been put in place to deliver the service.

We have linked in with Health service structures and with local Covid-19 response groups. They are referring clients to us through their helplines and we in turn are referring people to them. We have been very successful in linking up with local organisations who are collecting shopping and providing other supports for older people.

There really has been a great community response to help older people through this difficult time. My hope is that many of the structures that have been set up at short notice can remain in place for those older people who need them after the Covid-19 pandemic ends.

 
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