2019 Volunteer Recruitment drive – 31st January 2019

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 – September 2018

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


RHA exhibition – August 2018

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 – July 2018

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 – May 2018

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 – April 2018

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 – February 2018

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!


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