Carers and cared-for now have a freephone helpline
The Carers Association officially launched its 'Freefone Befriending Service' in Wexford as part of National Volunteering Week.
Speaking at the launch, national volunteering manager Arlene Carroll said: 'National Volunteering Week is the one week of the year when we encourage everyone in Ireland to give volunteering a try because as well as making a big difference to people's lives it can also be a lot of fun. It also allows the opportunity to shine a light on the inspiring work of volunteers and highlight the value and impact of volunteering to Irish society.
'The Carers Association recognises that our volunteers make a huge contribution to our work and that their roles are very important and unique.'
Arlene said: 'By sharing their skills and knowledge, volunteers can make a positive impact on the lives of some of Ireland's most vulnerable family carers. Not everyone has a family or friend support network that they can rely on for guidance and advice to help them through difficult times. Volunteers can help to fill this gap by offering their free time and providing support.'
As part of National Volunteering Week, the freephone services was launched in Wexford and surrounding areas.
The free and confidential befriending service will link carers and cared-for persons with volunteers who will accept a telephone call from a carer or cared-for persons to check on their health and well-being and promote social inclusion and in doing so reduce feelings of loneliness, fear and isolation.
The service will be provided Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Friday until 5 p.m. The Careline is 1800 240724.