Volunteers play a hugely important in the running of the Nas na Riogh Housing Association. But more are needed.
The NnRHA was set up 14 years ago with the aim of addressing the isolation of older people, who had an established housing need.
Based in McAuley Place, Sallins Road, it has provided 53 self contained apartments with on-site intergenerational facilities, to ensure that people don’t feel isolated. An army of 80 volunteers help keep services running and bringing older people to the heart of a vibrant community. NnRHA’s vision is a belief that fostering a cultural entitlement including opportunities for arts making, is one of the ways of maintaining the social, mental and emotional health of its residents.
There is a staff of 18, mostly part-timers supplied by Fas and Tus, a community work placement initiative providing short term opportunities for unemployed people.
“The volunteers are vital to the running of the centre and in the tearooms alone we rely on a team of 48 volunteers to keep going. But we need more to work in the area of housekeeping and general security especially ,” said volunteer coordinator Sally Logan.
Aspiring volunteers undertake training some of which emphasises a circle of friends ethos which encourages people to befriend a resident and become a friend and who may be entrusted with routine tasks on behalf of a resident.
“Volunteers are needed six days a week and we foster a culture of caring and at the centre of this is respect; respect for everybody who lives here and works here in any capacity,” added Ms. Logan.
She said all the volunteers come with different skills and attributes and, with training, they leave with a new or improved skill.
Ms. Logan can be contacted at 897833 or 087-4119027.