ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age happily and securely at home, has launched a campaign to attract more volunteers in Mayo.
The charity has a particular need for volunteers in Belmullet, Ballina, Charlestown and Swinford.
This year, ALONE has partnered with Humans of Dublin to share the stories of how friendship from thousands of ALONE volunteers has changed the lives of older people in Ireland.
The charity is also calling for new volunteers to experience it for themselves, and to volunteer just an hour a week to bring friendship to the life of an older person near them.
Loneliness impacts the lives of thousands of older people across Ireland every day. It can have serious long-term impacts on both mental and physical health. Last year, ALONE volunteers gave 121,588 hours of valued support to older people nationwide.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, research has shown that older people are experiencing higher levels of loneliness. Demand for ALONE’s services is higher than ever.