Annual Report 2020

Click to explore Making Connections’ Annual Report 2020 Pivoting to respond to the emerging needs of older people throughout COVID-19 lockdowns


Smiles All Round as Making Connections volunteers visit people again

Making Connections befriending volunteers and the older people they visit are enjoying long awaited in-person reunions this month. We are hearing uplifting stories about café and market visits but most of all, it’s the joy of face-to-face interaction after the long months of isolation. Although volunteer phone calls were a lifeline to many, the presence… Read More


Making Connections Letter Connections

We are delighted to share with you a glimpse of the Making Connections Letter Connections project in this short video. Click on the icon in the bottom right of the video to enjoy it in full screen.  


Garden Concerts – A Covid-19 Solution

| Enjoying Garden Concerts and New Hobbies at 85 | We are excited to hear that Christy (85 years old) has taken up the piano accordian and has learned two tunes already. Wow! Christy was inspired by professional accordionist, Gerry Kelly, who played for him in is garden as part of the Making Connections garden… Read More


Making Connections Feature by The Irish Times

The positive impact of Making Connections and our volunteers has been making a splash. We were excited to have our garden concerts featured in an article by Sylvia Thomson in the Irish Times. Click here to read the full article online or explore excerpts below “Making Connections for older people – one garden concert at… Read More


Covid-19 Supports & Salsa Dancing

We are making a difference in different ways… At 91yrs, Gerry is still able to live independently at home with supports such as meal delivery, grocery shopping and befriending provided by Making Connections. After weeks of lockdown, he felt weary. As part of our well being initiative we found out that ballroom dancing was his… Read More


Volunteer Impact – Meal Delivery and More

Doorstep Chats – a little thing that makes a big difference. During the Making Connections meal deliveries, our volunteers have discovered that stopping for a few moments to chat to them is as important as the delivery itself. We thank all our Delivery Volunteers who are not just bringing nutritious meals, but are serving them… Read More


790 Meals Delivered

A new meal delivery initiative has been added to our supports. Thanks to Making Connections volunteer drivers, 790 nutritious have been delivered since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. We have also received support from Airfield Estate Restaurant, Mao Restaurant & Home and Starbucks – all of whom have helped to make this initiative possible.


Virtual Guided Walk of Dublin

Our supporters are finding new ways of fundraising. Do you miss being able to amble around freely? You can join Simon Scriver on a virtual walk of Dublin via Google Maps street view. The tour was recorded live as a fundraising event in support of Making Connections COVID-19 response to support older people during this… Read More


Making Connections Launches Covid-19 Response

Since 2009 Making Connections Befriending & Supports is providing volunteers supports for older people experience loneliness and isolation in Dublin South. In the light of Covid-19, Making Connections is now offering additional support for all vulnerable older people who may need practical help. The age cohort of people we are prioritising is 80 years and… Read More


Volunteer Recruitment Drive

The response to Making Connections new year volunteer recruitment drive showed huge interest in supporting older people experiencing loneliness and isolation in our community. The charity hosted induction training for new volunteers on January 29th. Training was provided by Mary O’Donohue and participants engaged in a lively discussion about the negative health effects of loneliness.… Read More


Award for Making Connections

Making Connections was honoured to have been selected in the Small Business category of the Dunlaoghaire Rathdown County Business Chamber awards 2018, held in Fitzpatrick Hotel Killiney on September 27th 2018 This award was for businesses who have shown growth and quality of management. It was sponsored by Bank of Ireland and the charity was… Read More


Give an Hour Gain an Hour Campaign

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… Read More


RHA Exhibition

Making Connections befrienders & befriendees who have an interest in Art were lucky to get a private tour of the RHA annual exhibition followed by light refreshments on the terrace of Coppa Café. Making Connections participants at Royal Hibernian Academy


DBS Student Union partners with Making Connections

Mary O’Donohue speaking with Dublin Business School Student Union about the work of Making Connections & discussing ways they can get involved with the charity in the coming academic year. Mary O’Donohue with DBS Student Union


Panel Discussion around Healthcare in Ireland

Muireann O’Shea a 3rd yr medical student representing AMSI UCD organised a panel discussion around Ageing Ireland, the Reality of Healthcare. The panel included experts on geriatrics gerontology and speakers with personal experiences of navigating the healthcare system. Mary O’Donohue Making Connections & Muireann O’Shea 3rd yr Medical Student UCD


Intergenerational Jigsaw Club

The aim of the club is to facilitate inter-generational human connection by bringing together UCD Community with members of the wider community. People from 12 to 112 years old will come and have fun enjoying the company, conversation, and puzzle completion. Club will run for 2 hours and people can drop in for as little… Read More


Age Friendly Communities

Helen, who is a team member of Making Connections, actively participated in the Touchstone Course held in the O’Brien Centre UCD. The objective of the course was to develop the skills and knowledge of people wanting to make their communities more age friendly. Helen Collings from Making Connections with Holly Dignam UCD in the Community


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


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!