About Us

Making Connections is a not for profit volunteer led organisation providing Befriending, Supports and Social Events for older people in Dublin South since 2009. Our work aims to alleviate loneliness and isolation for adults aged 65 years and over needing support to live independently at home and to stay socially connected.

Board of Directors

Adrienne Gormley (Chair),  Helen Boyd (Company Secretary), Laura Ryan, Shane Mooney, Joe Coleman, Tara Ryan

Our Commitment to Good Governance

Making Connections is a registered charity (Company Number 559418 | CHY21301 | CRA 20149635). We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland. governance-code

Our Supporters

Making Connections is grateful to all our supporters who have donated services, skills, time and funding. If you are interested in supporting us please check our Support Page or contact us for further information by emailing info@makingconnections.ie  

Our Impact

Making Connections: Covid-19  Response

Making Connections joined dlr Community Response Interagency Forum which was first established in March 2020 as an emergency response to the COVID-19 restrictions. Led by Dunlaoghaire Rathdown County Council, the forum still meets regularly and includes representatives from up to twelve organisations who provide a collaborative and unified response to deliver effective results in a short timeframe.
  • In response to the crisis, Making Connections pivoted quickly in March 2020 and mobilised 100 volunteers to provide a variety of services.
  • In partnership with Airfield Estate and HSE, volunteer drivers delivered over 3,800 nutritious meals to older people in need.
  • The charity provided grocery shopping, pharmacy pick up and pension collection for those cocooning or unable to leave their homes.
  • Befriending volunteers supported people experiencing a severe sense of social isolation through regular in person visits or phone support.
  • Making Connections also partnered with dlr Arts office and the Arts Council of Ireland and organised garden concerts to lift the spirits of older people and their neighbours at the height of the crisis
Making Connections Spirit of Christmas 2020
A new Christmas project.

Our Work

Making Connections’ work aims to alleviate loneliness and isolation for adults aged 65 years and over needing support to live independently at home and to stay socially connected. We achieve this through the following initiatives.
  • Befriending: Fully vetted Befriending Volunteer are assigned based on shared interests for regular visits.
  • Good Food Delivered: Making Connections has partnered with the HSE and Airfield Estate Dundrum to provide a new meals service called Good Food Delivered. Our Volunteer Drivers offer more than a delivery service – they also provide a friendly face, a happy wave, and when the weather permits – the joy of chats on the doorstep.
  • Social Events/ Activities: Making Connections organises various social events and activities to theathre, cinema, museums, or garden concerts organised in neighbourhoods to bring people together.
  • Campaigns: Our campaigns aim to raise awareness of social isolation, to highlight the valuable contribution of older people and to build connected communities. Our Give an Hour, Gain an Hour campaign has reached over one million people and inspired so many especially young people - to reach out and connect with older people in their communities.

Useful Covid-19 Information

Good News About Our Covid-19 Response

   

Volunteer

Why Volunteer

As a Making Connections Volunteer you help to build a community where an older person can live an independent life without the fear of isolation; where the joy, laughter, hope and support of meaningful human connections comes to life.

Volunteer Options

  • Befriending & Supports Visits: After vetting and training Befriending Volunteers are connected with an older person in Dublin South – primarily for company and conversations. The commitment involves regular visits for on year. During Covid-19 other supports may be involved.
  • Telephone Befriending: Support an older person with regular check-in calls.
  • Community Meals Driver: After screening and training Volunteer Drivers deliver nutritious meals along with a side of friendly conversation.
  • Administrative Support 
  • Specialist Skills 
  • Fundraising

Interested in Volunteering?

Apply Now: Click here to complete an Expression of Interest Form To ensure that we can respond quickly to the needs of older people in our community, Making Connections, aims to recruit a team of suitable Volunteers who are ready and eager to be matched to relevant roles as they arise. This means that after you apply, please be advised that there may be a waiting time until a suitable role becomes available. When a suitable role becomes available, here are the next steps:
  1. Online Training
  2. Phone interview
  3. Role specific registration & Vetting Pack
  4. Induction
  5. Garda Vetting & Reference Checking
       

Referrals

We work with people over 65 years of age. Priority is given to those who are considered most vulnerable due to physical/mental health, because of a lack of social outlets or ongoing experience of loneliness or isolation.

Who Can Make a Referral?

We welcome referrals from all HSE primary care teams in Dublin South. We are accepting referrals for Befriending & Supports & Good Food Delivered.

How to Make a Referral

Click on the links to access the relevant Information Leaflets and online referral form Befriending & Supports  Good Food Delivered    

Contact Us

Would you like to make a referral? 
Click here for information & online referral form
Are you interested in a volunteer role?
Click here to complete our Expression of Interest Form  
Would you like to contact us about something else?
Email us at:  info@makingconnections.ie Or leave a message at: (01) 295 1053 We will get back to you as soon as possible. Making Connections, Glenard, 36 Roebuck Road,  Clonskeagh, D14 R6C1   fb  YouTube  Twitter