Making Connections Kicks off the dlr Festival of Inclusions
Making Connections helped kick off the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Festival of Inclusions 2016 with the “Connecting Generations” event hosted by Airfield estate Dundrum on Saturday 8th October.
The CEO of Airfield, Gráinne Kelliher, warmly welcomed everyone and praised the work of Making Connections;
“I am so impressed by the obvious friendships that have blossomed through the connections made by your charity. There is clearly a lot more going on here than just calling in on someone. You can see that these are meaningful relationships. Making Connections is the type of initiative that helps to make Ireland an Age Friendly country to be proud of.
In a spontaneous display of openness, befrienders and befriendees shared inspiring stories about the power of volunteer visits to alleviate loneliness and isolation.
People were moved to tears by Colm’s story of his wife who passed away only a few weeks ago: while seriously ill and hardly able to communicate, the high point of her week was Caroline’s regular visit to paint with her
“It was unbelievable…. I never thought I’d see her hold a paintbrush again. I am so grateful to Making Connections. It meant so much to see the joy this brought back to her life” Colm explained
Volunteers told stories that were full of sparkle and playful humour. Local musician, Andrew Bennet led a lively sing-a-long and Sean, (92yrs) closed the event with an impromptu rendition of his favourite song.
“It was a wonderful event, filled with smiles and kindness.”
Jane, Making Connections Volunteer