Annual Retreat 

We have a Retreat each year where we bring our older friends together for a spiritual ceremony followed by a lunch. We usually hold this in Spring. Date for 2022 TBC.


Galway Contact Flag Days 2022

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. We also greatly appreciate the help we receive from our volunteers who give up their time to fundraise. Dates for 2022 will be communicated when known.


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. Galway Contact processes hundreds of new applications and replacement applications each year and providesfollow-up support.


Befriending

The aim of Galway Contact's befriending service is to offer friendship to older people who are feeling lonely and isolated through weekly 1:1 visits from our garda vetted volunteers. 

During the pandemic our befriending volunteers continued to stay in touch with their older friend by eg. phone calls, writing letters, forming a support bubble where necessary. Thankfully, our volunteers can now visit their older friends in a safe manner visiting them on a weekly basis to have a chat and check their older friend is ok.  

We always welcome new referrals from older people who would like a weekly visit.


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 got enjoyment from watching their flowers bloom over the Summer months (see Gallery for photos).  


Summer Party

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. Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic our 2021 Summer Party did not take place. However, we look forward to 2022 when hopefully we can bring our older friends together again in a safe environment in line with health guidelines.


Mass for Deceased Members & Friends 

Our Annual Mass for deceased members and friends of Galway Contact takes place each year at 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, date TBC.


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 take place on Sunday 5th December in the Connacht Hotel in line with government and health guidelines. We hope it will also be a celebration for our older friends and volunteers to mark our 40th anniversary in Galway.


Weekly Lunch & Social Club

Each week we bring some of our older friends in to Croí na Gaillimhe, Galway city on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1.00pm - 3.30pm for dinner followed by bingo, exercise and music, friendship, fun and much more. We provide transport to and from the club for those in need of transport.


Friday Morning Club

We also hold our own Friday Morning Club every second Friday in Árus de Brún, Galway city from 11.00am - 1.00pm where our older friends 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.