Building on the Community Call response earlier in the year, Laois County Council will be providing a local community helpline. This is a confidential service 1800-832-010. Help someone to ‘Get Started’ online or with new technologies by sharing a link or printing a guide from the Age Action resources. There are a range of guides helping people to get online, use video calls etc. For more information click here.
ALONE’s Support & Befriending service provides companionship to older people who would like extra social contact through a weekly volunteer visit or telephone call.
The service is designed to alleviate the negative impacts loneliness has on mental and physical health. Volunteers are trained and supported by professional staff. If the older person’s needs change, staff also work with them to coordinate the additional supports they need to age at home.