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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach


Published on 23/01/2023

old man and old womanALONE is currently seeking Visitation Support and Befriending Volunteers, to cope with a growing appeal from older people seeking support. 

What is Support & Befriending?
ALONE’s Support & Befriending service provides companionship and practical support to older people who would like extra social contact. Trained and Garda-vetted volunteers provide weekly visits or telephone calls which enable older people to feel secure and supported at home. The service provides assistance to solve everyday problems, offers friendship and companionship, and links the older person in with local events and activities. ALONE’s support staff are on-hand to provide the older person with further support as and when required.

Why is ALONE recruiting?
ALONE is recruiting volunteers as there are older people in the Galway, Mayo, and Roscommon areas who want to avail of the Visitation Support & Befriending services ALONE offers. Older people have recently been identified in these counties and ALONE would like to recruit volunteers in these areas to create lasting friendships. Older people are now emerging from long periods of social isolation and their re-emergence journey needs to be made as easy as possible with a friend by their side. 

For more information on Visitation Support & Befriending please see the volunteering page on the ALONE website at

If you are an older person who is seeking support, ALONE’s National Support Line is available on 0818 222 024 from 8.00am–8.00pm, seven days a week. Contact for any further information.