Celebrating Rossinver Calling success

Staff, volunteers, clients and their relatives and friends gathered together at the New Ballagh Centre in Rossinver recently for the annual celebration of the Rossinver Calling Friendly Call Service.

Staff, volunteers, clients and their relatives and friends gathered together at the New Ballagh Centre in Rossinver recently for the annual celebration of the Rossinver Calling Friendly Call Service.

The social gathering was well attended and enjoyed by all, with delicious food from the Lough Melvin Holiday Centre and live music by local musicians Rossa Ó Snodaigh, Dee Armstrong and Senan Brennan, with impromptu songs and dancing by a number of Rossinver Calling clients!

The Rossinver Calling Friendly Call Service was started in April 2009 to offer contact and communication for socially isolated older people in North Leitrim, West Cavan and West Fermanagh and to provide reassurance for relatives and carers. The annual celebration provides an opportunity for clients, relatives and friends to meet all the staff and volunteers that run the service and, for clients in particular, to put a face to the friendly voices that they hear each week, increasing trust and friendship.

The Rossinver Calling Friendly Call Service is one of a number of services run by the RISE Project that support older people to live independently within their own community.

The RISE Project is a Community Services Programme funded by POBAL, and supported by HSE West. The RISE Project is particularly indebted to the amazing contribution of its volunteers who help with the running of Rossinver Calling.

The Project is always interested in hearing from caring, committed individuals interested in volunteering opportunities; phone 071 9854030 or email rise@rcdc.ie for more information. Alternatively you can contact Drumshanbo based Leitrim Calling on (087) 9585029.