GIVE AN HOUR GAIN AN HOUR 2018

 

Alleviating loneliness & isolation

Did you know that by 2030 in Ireland there will be a 60-64% growth in the over 65 population and 89-94% growth in the over 85 population?

If you could tweet your older-self some advice, what would it be?

Feedback from Making Connections befriending programme shows the incredible power of older people sharing wisdom, life experience, skills and craic with a younger generation.

Give an hour Gain an Hour

From now until the clocks go back an hour on October 27th Making Connections is challenging you to spend an hour in the company of an older relative, neighbour, or even that community stalwart you always wished you could chat to.

Share their advice using the hashtag #advicetomyolderself. Making Connections will collect and publish this advice on its website and share it on @connections_ie for the benefit of all.

Just one hour can help tackle stereotyping, isolation and loneliness – and inspire others to connect the generations. It’s fun and simple. All you have to do is:

1. CONNECT

Contact an older person (friend or family) who you know but don’t normally have time for

2. GIVE

Spend an hour together – at home, a café, a walk, anywhere you like

3. GAIN

Ask their advice on whatever you like: something you can share on their behalf online

4. POST

Share the advice on your social channel of choice (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc). It can be in text, image, video, whatever you prefer
…and don’t forget…

5. #advicetomyolderself

By using this hashtag, we can share these nuggets of wisdom, inspire others to connect, gain some valuable insights and have fun in the process

Below is a very short video outlining the message…