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Do you ever think of the impact long dark Winter days can have on the older generation in your family?

Did you know that loneliness and isolation is worse for your health than smoking fifteen cigarettes a day and twice as deadly as obesity?

In your own community, many older people are facing endless days alone in their homes. Loss of mobility, friends passing away, and other age-related challenges leave people extremely vulnerable. The impact of loneliness can be devastating.

 “Loneliness is the sudden realisation that you are not needed anymore, by anybody, for anything. It’s worse than pain or illness, it feels like you’re just waiting to die”

Margaret, Making Connections beneficiary (2017)

 Making Connections (CHY21301- CRA 20149635) is a local charity with a vision of communities where no older person is lonely or isolated. We know older people need more than ‘services’, they need company, human warmth, genuine interest and meaningful interaction. We provide these through our model of befriending.


-          Older people in critical need of social support are referred to Making Connections

-          Volunteers are screened, garda vetted, trained and provided with ongoing support

-          Volunteers are matched with an older person based on shared interests e.g. gardening,

           walking, music, art, and sports, to name a few

-          Each volunteer visits the older person for an hour a week in their own home

Making Connections was established in 2009 in response to the demand for new social support initiatives for older people in our community. 

Your donation will support the Making Connections Befriending Programme tackling isolation and loneliness for vulnerable older people in the community.


Contact Details

Glenard, 36 Roebuck Road, , Clonskeagh, Dublin , , IRELAND - D14 R6C1

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 21301

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