We hope you are keeping well and safe,
Updates from ALONE
- Attached above is the ALONE progress report for the weeks of July 13th-26th along with a graphic highlighting key numbers. Housing was once again the area of highest need identified by our helpline staff with concerns surrounding electrical appliances and grant applications.
- Recently, a study between TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing) and ALONE was published which explored loneliness and social isolation experienced by over 70s during the COVID19 pandemic. Data provided by ALONE showed an increase in loneliness and associated negative emotions experienced during the cocooning period as opposed to the usual high levels of social ties and interaction found amongst the majority of the older population. This important information is crucial to influencing future policies and services provided to older people. Access to the full article can be found here. More COVID 19 reports can be found on the ALONE website.
- This year, Dragons at the Dock, an annual dragon boat racing competition and fundraiser organised by the property industry, has agreed to raise funds in aid of 5 charities: ALONE, Dublin Simon Community, Women's Aid, Aware and ISPCC Childline. Registration for the event, which takes place on the 3rd of September, is now open.
- The Philanthropy Fund - 'Innovate Together' has issued a second call for applications. The Fund came to fruition through collaborative effort between the Government departments of Rural and Community Development, philanthropists and social innovators with the aim of meeting social challenges that emerged due to the COVID19 pandemic. Those eligibile to apply include charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisations based in the Republic of Ireland who provide services in Irish communities. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday the 5th of August 2020. More information can be found here.
- The COVID19 Stability Fund has announced a further round of funding specifically for Unincorporated Organisations. The fund is being administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development and closing date for applications is Monday the 10th of August at 3pm.
- In the race for a COVID19 vaccine two companies have begun late-stage vaccine trials with hopes that early approval could be sought for these treatments as early as October. More information about the trials can be read here in an article published by the Irish Times.
- The HSE Health and Wellbeing team are offering free online stress control programme starting on the 7th of September. Sessions will be available online for 48 hours after being broadcast in the event you cannot attend at the scheduled time.
- Lastly, we all need some good news during these times and we have found two great sources for you to enjoy: