Minister Mr. Jim Daly, T.D., Minister of State at Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People visited the Leitrim Calling service in Drumshanbo last week to mark it’s ten year Anniversary in operation.
He also unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 10 years of service.
Leitrim Calling – a confidential friendly telephone call service available to older and vulnerable people across our communities was set up in late 2007. It started from humble beginnings with 7 service-users operating one hour per week to where it is today – operating Monday – Friday, all bank holidays, holiday periods and also available on Christmas Day.
Leitrim Calling strives to address issues of loneliness and social isolation and this would be primarily the springboard for it’s set up. The service works collaboratively with a range of statutory and community organisations all of whom have care of older and vulnerable persons at the core of their focus.
Approximately 150 service-users have, to date, taken up the service which would account for almost 400 phone calls being carried out on a weekly basis. Leitrim Calling, as a service, is very well placed to signpost service-users to other services and supports when appropriate.
Minister Daly complimented the founders of Leitrim Calling in setting up a Service which addresses with care people suffering through isolation and loneliness and also referenced the example of great community spirit which is very evident within the Organization.
He made two phone calls to service-users during his visit. He thanked the volunteers working on the Service and the various local groups who contributed financially including the local HSE bodies in supporting the Service over the years.