Annual Retreat 2021

Due to the COVID pandemic and in line with government and HSE restrictions no date has been set for our 2021 Annual Retreat at this point in time.


Galway Contact Flag Days 2021

Flag days are an important part of our fundraising efforts which are vital for us in providing much need services in the community. We are always very thankful for the support we receive from the public and Galway businesses. However, in light of the COVID pandemic we have no dates scheduled at this point in time for 2021. 


Seniors Alert Scheme personal alarms

Galway Contact process grant applications on a daily basis to enable older people to receive a personal alarm. This alarm notifies their loved ones in the event of an accident or health scare in their home and these alarms give families and friends peace of mind that the person is safe and enables older people to stay living in their home for as long as possible.


Befriending

During this pandemic our befriending volunteers have continued to stay in touch with their older friend by eg. phone calls, writing letters, forming a support bubble where necessary. They make contact on a weekly basis to have a chat and check their older friend is ok. As society reopens and in line with government guidelines our volunteers are beginning to resume their visits. We welcome new referrals from older people who would like a weekly visit from one of our garda vetted volunteers. 


Projects

As part of our involvement in the Healthy Galway City Initiative we have been working on helping to bring technology to older people so they can stay in touch with families and feel less socially isolated and lonely. This involves helping older people use eg. smart tablets to access important information, communicate with family and participate in programmes of benefit to them. We would like to thank Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway City LCDC, Healthy Ireland Fund, Pobal, Government of Ireland and the Community Mental Health Fund, supported by the Dept of Health for their support.


Other Activity 2021

In relation to COVID vaccination for over 65s we contacted GP surgeries and primary care centres offering transport assistance and as a result we have provided transport for those who had no means of transport to get to and from their COVID vaccination appointments using our Galway Contact minibus.

On 3rd June we participated in the Galway City Partnership initiative by delivering 40 window boxes to older residents around the city. Our Chairperson and bus driver put in a long, but rewarding day and we hope the recipients will get enjoyment from watching their flowers bloom over the Summer months (see Gallery for photos).  


Summer Party 2021

Our annual outings are a great opportunity for our older friends to enjoy a lovely day out and socialise over a 3-course meal with music and dancing. Due to the COVID pandemic unfortunately our 2021 Summer Party will not take place. We look forward to when events like this can resume in a safe environment in line with health guidelines.


Mass for Deceased Members & Friends Nov 2021

Our Annual Mass for deceased members and friends of Galway Contact takes place each year in the Cillín, Barna Church in the month of November. It' s celebrated by Fr. Michael Brennan. We remember those who passed away since the previous year and welcome their families and volunteers. Our 2020 mass took place but, due to COVID, volunteers and families could not attend and instead viewed it via the Barna Church webcam. This year's mass is scheduled for Nov 2021 and it's format will depend on COVID government and health guidelines at that time.


Christmas Party 2021

Our annual Christmas Dinner Party for our elderly friends normally takes place on a Sunday in December. Guests are treated to a lovely Christmas dinner followed by music and dancing and Santa usually drops by with Christmas presents. Transport is provided for those who need it. Unfortunately, due to COVID our 2020 party did not go ahead. Our 2021 party will depend on COVID government and health guidelines at that point in time. We hope it will be a celebration for our older friends and volunteers to mark our 40th anniversary in Galway.


Weekly Lunch & Social Club

Under normal circumstances we bring some of our older friends in to Croí na Gaillimhe, Galway city every Wednesday from 1pm - 4pm for dinner followed by bingo, exercise and music, friendship, fun and much more. However, due to the COVID pandemic this has been paused but from July we will be supporting Croí na Gaillimhe again when they reopen with a Monday & Wednesday social club for reduced number. We will be providing transport to and from the club for those in need of transport.


Friday Morning Club

We also normally hold our Friday Morning Club every second Friday in Árus de Brún, Galway city where our members enjoy a cuppa and chat followed by activities such as bingo and meditation. We provide transport to the club for those who need it and new members are always welcome. Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic our Morning Club is temporarily closed in line with COVID restrictions. We hope to resume the club in September in line with government guidelines.