The busy centre could not survive now without volunteers. A number of volunteers assist with the annual holiday and some fundraising events. Volunteers are welcome at all times to assist in any way they wish.
We have a bath which is specially adapted for the disabled and is electrically controlled. This, along with the hoist enables wheelchair bound clients to enjoy a bath.
Some clients bring in their own laundry but we also have a Vanette which picks up & drops off laundry to clients at home, mainly meals on wheels recipients. Laundry is normally collected on Monday and returned washed and ironed by Friday.
We have a T.V, radio & C.D player. Newspapers are provided weekly and daily. In the afternoons, we provide gentle exercises to music, card playing and weekly bingo sessions. As we have a small dance floor, we hold dances every Wednesday afternoon. Off the day room, we have a small library where clients can sit and chat, read or snooze after lunch. Books are free to take home. We also have small knitting sessions.
Lunches, Dining and Meals on Wheels
We have seating for 52 clients and recently we fill all seats. Meals on Wheels are delivered to clients at home by 4 vehicles and approximately 40 meals are delivered daily (Monday – Friday). In the centre, clients enjoy a 4 course home cooked lunch. All dietary needs are catered for if at all possible.
Our good-as-new shop, as well as being a source of income for the centre, is also a service for our clients and provides social interaction too. Local people drop in bags of clothes which are sorted by community employment staff and displayed on rails in the shop.
We have a total of 5 vehicles, i.e. 3 mini-buses and 2 Vanettes. The average daily mileage of each of our mini-buses is 100 kilometres – transporting the elderly to and from the centre. The areas we collect from are Ardattin, Clonegal, Kildavin, Kilbride, Ballon, Rathoe, Ballyconnell, Coolkenno, Rathvilly and Tullow town. Two of our buses are adapted with a special hydraulic lift for wheelchairs. We also have a Vanette that can take a wheelchair and also carry 4 other passengers. The elderly benefit greatly from this service as loneliness is a major problem especially for the retired and those living alone. Transport is essential, particularly when relatives work or live elsewhere. Clients are not charged for this service. It is free to all.