ALONE

  • ALONE is calling on people across the Midwest to help older people who are homeless or experiencing the impact of the housing crisis over Christmas, with a record number of people currently on their waiting list.

    There are some 250 people on their housing waiting list this year, the highest number the organisation has ever recorded.  

    They are calling on members of the public to support older people who will not have the security of a comfortable home this Christmas by donating and supporting their work.

    The national organisation will help elderly people spending Christmas in emergency accommodation, in unsuitable housing conditions, or in the knowledge that they have notices to quit their rented accommodation.

    ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan is appealing for donations from the public and is calling on people to volunteer for them in the New Year.

  • A national helpline has  been launched today for elderly people who have concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

    ALONE - the organisation that supports older people - is operating the helpline in association with the Department of Health and the HSE.

     

    The helpline number is 0818 222 024,  and is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.

     

  • Older people should heed the advice of the government on cocooning during the current coronavirus crisis, however difficulty it may be.

    That's according to a spokesman for advocacy group alone, Alone.

    The over 70s have been advised to stay at home until Easter Sunday and to get friends, neighbours or support groups to help with shopping for food and other necessities.

    People are also being advised not to received visitors from outside their household.

    Sean Moynihan from Alone said it's important to remember the current situation will not last forever.

  • A 'Loneliness Taskforce' is looking for feedback to help older people living alone.  ALONE has collaborated with Mayo Senator Keith Swanick to form the taskforce.

    The taskforce wants to increase awareness about loneliness and social isolation in Ireland and produce a set of recommendations for Government.

    The deadline for submissions and suggestions is this Monday.

    There will be more on this story on the Tommy Marren Show on Monday morning just after 10am.