ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, wish to offer their sincere thanks to all volunteers, donors and partner organisations for their continued support for their work with older people.
As the organisation celebrates National Volunteer Week this week, the organisation said that they believe it is important to highlight the work carried out by its volunteers since the arrival of COVID-19 in Ireland.
In a statement, the charity said: “Volunteering has been a key principle of ALONE’s vision where staff and volunteers work together to support older people to age at home.
“The organisation would not be able to provide such a wide range of services to the older people who need them without the support of their network of volunteers, donors and partner organisations.
“ALONE is grateful for the hard work and dedication of its volunteers, and would like to remind all volunteers of the importance of taking some time out to focus on their own individual health and wellbeing during these uncertain times.”
The organisation currently has volunteer working across a wide range of support services, including National Support Helpline Volunteers, Telephone Support and Befriending Volunteers, Visitation and Support Befriending Volunteers, and more.
Since the onset of COVID-19, ALONE have adapted their volunteer training and are currently using a blended approach to deliver training modules to volunteers across the country, with over 1,200 volunteers have completed training online.
Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, “On this National Volunteer week, it is important to acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers. Volunteering is intrinsic to ALONE’s work and is interlinked in all areas of our organisation. Put quite simply, ALONE would not be able to provide the services it does to the Older People of Ireland without the support of our amazing network of volunteers, therefore we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to each and every individual involved with our work.”
He continued, “One of the positives that we have seen through the course of the pandemic is the amount of people wanting to volunteer and to see the wonderful work they do every day to help support older people throughout Ireland. Our volunteers quietly go about their work, with great humility and compassion and change older people’s lives for the better every day.”