Big jump in people using ALONE services


October 24, 2018

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  • There was a 100% increase in the number of older people availing of ALONE services between 2016 and 2017, however donations during the same period only increased by 15%, the charity has said.

    ALONE supports older people to age at home and according to its 2017 Annual Report, the number of people availing of its services in 2017 doubled to 1,903 when compared to 2016.

    The charity offers services aimed at helping older people to cope with a range of issues, including loneliness, housing and poverty.

    "ALONE achieved a great deal during 2017 and we're proud to have supported twice as many older people. However, the demand for our services is a cause for concern and we expect the number of people we support to double yet again in 2018," warned ALONE chief executive, Seán Moynihan.

    He pointed out that Ireland is facing ‘an ageing demographic' and as a result, the number of people who need support is expected to increase.

    "Many more older people will be experiencing issues such as loneliness or homelessness in the coming years. We need support from the public to increase so that we can continue to meet the demand," Mr Moynihan said.

    The Annual Report also revealed that over 750 volunteers gave their time to ALONE in a number of ways, including by befriending older people, helping with events, and working in administration.

    Almost 700 people were supported by ALONE's befriending service. This provides companionship to older people who are socially isolated, through a weekly volunteer visit.

    Almost 1,500 older people were also helped by ALONE staff with issues such as housing and finances.

    Meanwhile, nine new tenants and six people from emergency cases and homelessness were housed in ALONE accommodation.

    "Our vision is for every older person to have the opportunity to age happily and securely at home. As we continue to grow ALONE supports nationwide, we look forward to collaborating with other charities and the Government to ensure that the needs of older people are met," Mr Moynihan said.

    For more information on ALONE, click here

    *Pictured at the launch of the 2017 Annual Report is ALONE chief executive, Seán Moynihan, and service users, Ann Parsons and Joseph Hevey


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