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Making Connections Christmas Appeal

Making Connections Christmas Appeal

Ever think of the impact of the long dark Winter days on the older generation in your family? Did you know, research shows loneliness and isolation is worse for our health than smoking fifteen cigarettes a day and twice as deadly as obesity? In our own community, many older people are facing endless days alone… Read More


Happy smiling pretty woman choosing clothes to wear in wardrobe. Gorgeous young girl customer shopping in mall shop. Fashion clothing sale concept.

Designer Rail Sale

Making Connections Designer Rail Sale Sat 12 November 2016 Wigwam 54 Middle Abbey Street 12.00 – 2.00 Presale Exclusive with Prosecco & Afternoon Tea (€50) 2.00 – 4.00 Regular Admission (€20) A one-time only chance to bag yourself some real fashion treats, Dublin-based charity Making Connections is hosting the fashion event of the season. Take… Read More


Pictured L-R: Nick, Pat, Aisling Deirdre with Gráinne Kelliher, CEO, Airfield and Mary O’Donohue, CEO, Making Connections

Making Connections Kicks off the dlr Festival of Inclusions

Making Connections helped kick off the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Festival of Inclusions 2016 with the “Connecting Generations” event hosted by Airfield estate Dundrum on Saturday 8th October. The CEO of Airfield, Gráinne Kelliher, warmly welcomed everyone and praised the work of Making Connections; “I am so impressed by the obvious friendships that have blossomed through… Read More



Give an hour gain an hour

Connecting the generations when the clocks go back When the clocks go back an hour, it’s an extra hour in bed right? But what if we could gain so much more? Non-profit organisation, Making Connections has launched Give an Hour Gain an Hour to challenge people to use their extra hour to share some good… Read More



The RHA annual Exhibition

Making Connections volunteers invited by a supporter of the charity to the RHA Annual Exhibition Left to right: Chris Shauna Suzanne Mary Rocio Emma Sue and Joe  



Sharing befriending experiences

At Making Connections, volunteers are the real heart of the organisation. This month, a group of existing volunteers joined us for an evening to share their befriending experiences and to share their ideas about the growth of the organisation. We also hosted an induction meeting to welcome a new group of new volunteers to the… Read More



UCD Mind Body Soul Festival

Making Connections were invited to be part of the UCD Mind Body Soul Festival. UCD Students Union are partnering with Making Connections this year to implement ‘Give an Hour Gain an Hour’ an exciting new campaign pilot project. We were amazed by the interest and positive feedback from all the UCD students.



DLR 10k

Congratulations to the Making Connections Team who were jumping for joy after completing the DLR 10k to support the volunteer befriending programme that we do in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. We even got a mention by Dublin’s Q102 at the start line!



Celebrating Our 6th Birthday at Dublin Mini Marathon

Congratulations to the Making Connections team who braved the rain to complete the Mini Marathon 2015. We really appreciate the training and fundraising efforts, and for joining us to celebrate our 6th birthday. Many thanks to all of our supporters who have helped us to get so far. We look forward to enjoying many more… Read More



Volunteer Recognition from the Irish Times

We are delighted to see Making Connections Volunteer, Camilla Mahon profiled by the Irish Times as part of National Volunteering Week 2015. Here are some highlights from her interview; Camilla, who has just finished a degree in psychology decided to become a volunteer after seeing how her grandfather’s death affected her grandmother… “I’ve seen how… Read More



Local Businesses Team Up with Making Connections

Making Connections Supporter Ròisìn Horan with volunteer Camilla Mahon held a charity pub quiz and raffle in Mother Reilly’s Rathmines last Tuesday raising €625 well exceeding their goal for the evening. We would like to thank the girls and all the help from the staff, generous donations from local businesses and everyone who was involved.… Read More



Valero Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations to David Compier, a Making Connections befriending volunteer – who was awarded Volunteer of the Year 2014 by the company he works for in Liffey Valley Business Campus, Dublin. Left to right: James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations; David Compier, Accountant Valero; Mary O’Donohue, Executive Director Making Connections; Eric Fisher, President Europe Valero



Welcome to the team

We are happy to welcome Lauren Ryan, a 3rd yr Psychology student from DCU who has joined the team to complete a 14 week Internship with us. The work placement is an integral part of her course. Lauren has a keen interest in working in the voluntary sector after completing of her degree. She has… Read More



Students forfeit holidays to volunteer

In partnership with Making Connections, a team of 8 students and a Project Manager volunteered a week of their time to support a family in need. They scrubbed, cleaned, disinfected, de cluttered, fumigated and painted the house where living conditions were a health hazard. The family – who were finding it difficult to cope –… Read More



Making a difference in Dublin

Making Connections was contacted by Dublin South FM, community radio station to take part in a documentary series called ‘Making a Difference’ about people and organisations making a significant impact in the community. Mary O’Donohue Executive Director spoke about the loneliness older people feel when connections are cut and Esther Seoighe, a volunteer with the… Read More



The Polytunnel Lads

At Making Connections, we go to great lengths to match the volunteer with the person they visit based on shared interests. This is a good foundation on which they can build a lasting relationship. It also facilitates the older person reengaging in an activity they once loved, which can have a very positive effect on… Read More



Joining Forces for the Women’s Mini Marathon

This year Making Connections saw a variety of enterprises and counties – Dublin Galway Limerick Sligo Wicklow – come together to represent the organisation in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. We were thrilled to have such enthusiastic and energetic people, our largest number of participants to date. The team consisted of our vivacious volunteers, committed… Read More



The Great Limerick Run for Making Connections

A huge thank you to Kate, Anne, Ciara and Ellen pictured above (left to right), who put on their running shoes and took part in the Great Limerick Run on Sunday 4th May for Making Connections. This annual event saw over 12,000 people get involved. The six mile – or 10km – event which the… Read More



Making Connections invited to launch of Valero Volunteer Programme

Making Connections was warmly welcomed by Valero to the launch of their 2014 Volunteer Programme on Thursday, April 10th at their Dublin head office. Mary and Shauna were delighted with the opportunity to share information about the charity with employees and to explain the different volunteering options open to anyone interested in supporting older people… Read More



Pub Quiz for Making Connections

We would like thank two of our volunteers, Lucy Johnson and Camilla Mahon who organised a pub quiz to raise money for Making Connections. Lucy and Camilla are students of Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and both have recently joined the Making Connections team. The quiz took place on the 11th of… Read More