Supports for Older People
Leitrim Development Company provide a range of supports to older people in County Leitrim including Active Age & Feel Good Clubs, Befriending Schemes and Day Care Services.
Interested in joining a Feel Good Club?
‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing’ George Bernard Shaw.
Feel Good Clubs are social groups for people aged 55 and over, who are interested in making new friends, exercising their body and mind, gaining new skills and having fun. Feel Good Clubs are voluntary groups, which are run by their members, for their members, they include conversation, courses, information sessions, exercise, outings, social events and a wide range of activities focusing on issues such as health and well-being, creativity, lifelong learning and technology. Leitrim Development Company supports Feel Good Clubs across County Leitrim and West Cavan. All of these Clubs are different and have their own unique identity, which is shaped by its members. There are Club members in Leitrim and West Cavan, who enjoy the friendship, laughter and camaraderie these groups provide.
If you would like to join a Feel Good Club in your area or would just like to know more, contact our Older Peoples Services Coordinator, Anna McTiernan 086 4073492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Befriending Project in South Leitrim
The Volunteer Befriending Project is a social support for Older People living in South Leitrim, who feel lonely and isolated and would benefit from some company and social contact. Most people who avail of this service are referred by their Public Health Nurse or other health professional, however we do accept self-referrals.
We match an Older Person with a Volunteer Befriender, to visit them in their own home for an hour per week at a pre-arranged time, to provide company and conversation. All our volunteers are Garda vetted, trained and monitored. We try and match Befrienders and Befriendees by common interest and proximity. This is a very flexible service, some people enjoy a cup of tea and a chat in their own home with their Befriender, while others like to go for lunch or perhaps a walk, as long as it is agreeable to both Befriender and Befriendee, it is possible.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Befriender or availing of the Volunteer Befriending Service, please contact Anna McTiernan 086 4073492 or email email@example.com
Community Day Care Service
A community Day Service is a social support for Older People and People living with physical or mental disabilities, to enable them to live independently for as long as possible. It offers a safe space for people to socialise, get their personal needs met and to stimulate their body and mind. These services are funded by the HSE.
Leitrim Development Company operates Day Care Service for older people in Carrigallen, Drumkeeran, Ballinaglera and Ballinamore.
For more information on Community Day Care Services, please contact Anna McTiernan on 086 4073492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leitrim's Older People's Council
As part of Leitrim’s Age Friendly Programme, an Older People’s Council was established, to give a voice to Older People and to assist the Age Friendly Alliance in the implementation of the Age Friendly Strategy. Leitrim Age Friendly Older People’s Council is made up of 16 members, both Older People from across the county and staff and volunteers from agencies that work with Older People, who cannot ‘come to the table’ themselves, such as Older People in nursing homes or with dementia. The Older People's Council is supported by Leitrim Development Company and meets on a six-weekly basis in the Leitrim Development Company office in Drumshanbo.
If you are interested in joining, please contact Anna McTiernan on 086 4073492 or email email@example.com