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 sever 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

   

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.

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  

Support Us

As a non‐profit organisation, we rely on the generous support of our friends to help us alleviate isolation and loneliness. Whether you are an individual, a company, a trust, or a group of friends, any support you can offer is invaluable to us – especially during these uniquely challenging times.

Support Options

Click on the links for more information including bank details.
  1. Make an Online Donation 
  2. Donate via Bank Transfer
  3. Set up a Standing Order
  4. Organise a Fundraiser
  5. In-Memoriam Gifts
  6. Bequests

Corporate Options

  1. Strategic Corporate Partnerships
  2. Benevity Payroll Giving & Matching
For further information contact us at: info@makingconnections.ie        

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: 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. Click here to apply
  • Support Calls: Support an older person with regular check-in calls. Click here to apply
  • Good Food Delivered: After screening and training Volunteer Drivers deliver nutritious meals along with a side of friendly conversation. Click here to apply
  • Professional Skills: Contact us to express your interest

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 ----------------------------- Important Reminders:
  • It is essential to read the Information Leaflets before making a referral
  • Informed consent must be obtained for all referrals
  • Referral forms are for individuals, not households i.e. a separate referral form must be completed for each individual
   

Contact Us

Our Contact Details

Address: 

Glenard University Residence, 36 Roebuck Road,  Clonskeagh, D.14

Phone:

01 295 1053 Email:  info@makingconnections.ie

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