This is a collection of resources and links to help you stay connected.
Community is about reaching out with compassion, staying connected and sending love to each other. That’s why An Post, have created Community Focus. You can now send love to those living in care homes across Ireland with free postage. They have a friendly check-in service, and they have a post pick-up for the elderly service and vulnerable, just give your post to your local postmen and women. An Post goal is to help ensure everyone stays connected and supported.
This Toolkit is designed for use by managers and staff, in particular care setting creative activity coordinators, as well as non-arts professionals interested in arts in care contexts. It is informed by Age & Opportunity’s work over many years to ensure meaningful engagement in care settings and make the arts and creativity intrinsic to care. It draws especially on the experience of those involved in our 2019 Artist in Residence in a Care Setting Initiative, and on its evaluation, to make key lessons better known for the benefit of others. We have also consulted with care settings in the development of this Toolkit with the view to making it as practically useful for staff in their day to day work, as possible.The Toolkit aims to strike a balance between being inspirational and providing practical suggestions and resources. It may be read from start to finish or (perhaps more realistically) sections may be consulted for practical information or advice.
It will help care settings staff to:
1. Understand the value and benefit of arts activity in the care setting
2. Think about different ways of working
3. Learn about funding opportunities and how to access them
Clare County Council and other partners are working on the National Keepwell campaign. One of the themes is “Switching off and getting Creative”. With this in mind the wonderful Christmas booklet created by the staff, clients and management of Carrigoran house was designed and printed. The booklet is a beautiful reflection of Christmases gone by and includes some sudokus and quizzes.
The booklet is available online and in hardcopy at local Clare Libraries or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
The County Clare's Information Guide 2020 Services for Older People will help you find out important information on a range of topics that will help you in your day to day life.
The guide has 9 main parts and these are colour coded for ease of reference
1. Advice and information
5. Safety and Security
6. Social and Leisure
7. Transport (including information about driving licences)
8. Support groups
9. Organisations for Older People
For more information on County Clare's Age Friendly Programme then please visit the Age Friendly webpage
Connecting with other people is really important for our mental wellbeing and has never been as important as it is now. Having someone to connect with can provide emotional support or gives you an opportunity to provide support to others.
The Community Call programme was introduced in the spring through the Local Authorities, to provide practical supports, information and befriending. This programme will now be expanded, and work with the Gardai, HSE, Local Authorities, An Post, community groups, charities, residents associations, and so on, to reach out to any vulnerable person, or those in isolation all across the community, regardless of age, gender, nationality or geography
3. Other Countywide Supports
It is very important that social contact is maintained with people who are isolated in their homes at this time, even if it's a friendly phone call. Even if you are not a formal volunteer, checking in via call or text with a vulnerable person in your locality can make a huge difference.
Cultural Companions is an Age & Opportunity Arts Initiative, funded by the Creative Ireland Programme, comprising a network of older people, interested in arts and culture. Its aim is to provide increased opportunities for older people to engage with Ireland’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. If you would like to learn more about County Clare's Cultural Companions visit their webpage or contact Helen Moloney on (065) 6846240 or by email on email@example.com
Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. We all are feeling the effects of social distancing, and older people are particularly impacted being asked to cocoon at home. Now it is more important than ever to keep in touch with family and friends so Age Action drew up the following helpful technology guides for everyone.
1. Download the how to set up an email account on your smartphone: Android smartphone and iPhone guide.
2. Download the how to download apps to your smartphone: Android smartphone and iPhone guide.
3. Download the how to use WhatsApp to make video calls on your smartphone:Android and iPhone guide.
4. Download the how to use FaceTime on your smart device guide.
5. Download the how to use Zoom on your smartphone and laptop guide.
6. Download the How to avoid false information about COVID-19 guide.
7. Download the How to use the internet on your smartphone: Android and iPhone guide.
8. Download the How to use the COVID Tracker App on: Android and iPhone guide.