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Westmeath Care and Repair Service is operated through Westmeath Community Development Ltd. (WCD)

The Westmeath Care and Repair Service consist of the following;

1. The Repair Service – available throughout Co. Westmeath. 

2. The Home Visit Service- Pilot Scheme being rolled out in Athlone Town in conjunction with Cairdeas ( a group of agencies in the Athlone Area working with Older People).

3. The Trades Referral Service (A register of reliable tradespersons).

About Care & Repair Service

The service is available to people over 60 years of age. 

 Repair Service 

  • The service is free of charge. 

  • The maximum allowable time for a care and repair job is 90 minutes. 

  • All Volunteers are Garda Vetted and have ID cards.

  • The Volunteers cannot provide materials for the job; these must be supplied by the client. 

  • Care and Repair Service does not do guttering work or roofing work.

  • The Volunteer is covered under the Care and Repair public liability insurance. 

  • Where the request falls outside of these rules, Care and Repair can give you a list of recommended and trusted trade’s persons who would be able to deal with a job larger than the Care and Repair service cover.  The engagement of this service, and any costs involved would then be between you and the trade person, and would not be part of the Care and Repair service.

About the jobs undertaken.

Jobs can vary from fitting a light bulb to fitting smoke alarms, putting up shelving, moving light pieces of furniture,  minor gardening, sweeping up leaves, mowing lawns,  fixing a door handle to cleaning out a stove/solid fuel range, installing security locks and chains, home decorating interior painting etc.

Should you require any further information on any parts of the service.

The service is available to people over 60 years of age. 

Care Service 

The Home Visit Service- This is an initial Pilot Scheme being rolled out in Athlone Town in 2013, and if successful it is hoped to extend the service to other areas.

This is being developed in conjunction with CAIRDEAS, a group of agencies in the Athlone area working with older people, including, Meals on Wheels, Helplink South, Westmeath County Council, An Garda Siochana, Athlone Community Services Council, Athlone Chamber of Commerce, Irish Wheelchair Association, Athlone Rotary Club and WCD.

Why is this needed? We are all aware of the isolation that some older people suffer from, and that as people get older their network of friends and activities may diminish and that the opportunities to meet with other people reduces, and this can lead to loneliness and isolation. 

What is it? Under this service an older person can avail of a regular weekly home visit from our volunteers. Each person will be assigned 2/3 volunteers who will call weekly and spend time with the older person.  

  • The service is free of charge. 
  • A Home visit will be approximately one hour per week.
  • Two/three volunteers will be assigned for each home visit.
  • This service will not carry out any medical or household tasks.
  • All Volunteers will be Garda Vetted and have ID cards.
  • All Volunteers will be covered under the Care and Repair public liability insurance. 

If you would like to avail of the Care and Repair Service, or if you would like to volunteer with Care and Repair, or if you would simply like to know more about the service please contact Anne Campbell or Marion Gallagher in Care and Repair: on 044 -9348571 Mobile 087/6524528, or email acampbell@westcd.ie

 

 
More Information on Care & Repair
 

Age & Opportunity Bursaries

Age & Opportunity are launching two bursaries as part of their 25 year celebration;

The Life is for Living Bursary (for one lucky individual to travel and fulfil a dream) and The Voltage Bursary (for an older group to make their community a better place).

The Life is for Living Bursary is €5,000 for someone aged 60 or over to spend on amazing adventure to finally fulfil that opportunity that has burnt in their heart for all these years.

The Voltage Bursary is €5,000 as well as some in-kind support from Age & Opportunity for an older group who want to make a difference in their community.

For further details on these two bursaries go to the Age & Opportunity website: www.ageandopportunity.ie

                                          

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Care & Repair

The Care & Repair service has seen a significant increase in demand in recent months.

Westmeath Community Development are the contracted agency for Care and Repair with Age Action in Westmeath. We currently offer three services, the repair service, the trusted tradespersons referral service and since April this year, the Care, or Home Visit service, which is available in Athlone.

These services are available to people over 60 years of age and they are free of charge. All the people involved in Care and Repair jobs are volunteers and as part of the recruiting process, every volunteer is Garda Vetted by the Volunteer Centre of Westmeath and are issued ID cards. In the first 6 months of 2013, 141 Care and Repair jobs have been completed and demand has been growing each month.

The Home Visit service was developed in conjunction with Cairdeas, a network of groups working with older people in the county, and its aim is to provide a weekly home visit for older people who may be isolated and may not be able to access other services. This service is also free of charge and the visits are carried out by volunteers who are Garda Vetted and are issued with id badges. Each home visit is approximately one hour per week in which two to three volunteers will visit the home of the person who wishes to avail of the service. There has been great interest expressed in the Home Visit scheme to date which commenced in April. Currently they are thirty people volunteering for the Care & Repair service with a further twenty volunteers involved with the Home Visits.

If anyone would like to volunteer with the service, or avail of the service, they can contact Anne Campbell or Marion Gallagher in Care and Repair at 044 9348571 or email, acampbell@westcd.ie or go to www.westcd.ie for further information.

                             

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Free Service for Over 60s In Co. Westmeath

The Care and Repair Service is a free service available to people over 60 in the Westmeath area, this service is run by Westmeath Community Development in conjunction with Cairdeas

Care and Repair jobs consist of minor household repairs such as fixing a door or fitting a light bulb to minor gardening to the Home Visits being offered in the Athlone area

For further information o this service and to avail of it see the link below

westmeath care and repair service is operated through westmeath community.doc

        

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Care and Repair Home Visit Service for Athlone

Care and Repair Home Visit Service for Athlone   

Westmeath Community Development Care and Repair Service, working in conjunction with CAIRDEAS, is piloting a  Home Visit Service in Athlone.

Why is this needed? We are all aware of the isolation that some older people suffer from, and that as people get older their network of friends and activities may diminish and that the opportunities to meet with other people reduces, and this can lead to loneliness and isolation.

What is it? Under this service an older person can avail of a regular weekly home visit from our volunteers. Each person will be assigned 2/3 volunteers who will call weekly and spend time with the older person.  

The service is available for people over 60.

The service is free of charge.

A home visit will be approximately one hour per week.

Two/three volunteers will be assigned for each home visit.

This service will not carry out any medical or household tasks.

All Volunteers will be Garda Vetted and have ID cards.

All Volunteers will be covered under the Care and Repair public liability insurance.

CAIRDEAS is  a group of agencies in the Athlone area working with older people, including, Meals on Wheels, Helplink South, Westmeath County Council, An Garda Siochana, Athlone Community Services Council, Athlone Chamber of Commerce, Irish Wheelchair Association, Athlone Rotary Club and WCD.

If you would like to avail of the Care and Repair Service, please contact Anne Campbell or Marian Gallagher in Care and Repair: on 044-9348571 Mobile 087-6524528, or email  acampbell@westcd.ie

If you would like to volunteer with Care and Repair, contact Ian or Michelle in Westmeath Volunteer Centre,  ian@volunteerwestmeath.ie , or michelle@volunteerwestmeath.ie  or call 044-9348571.

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Care & Repair volunters


The purpose of Care and Repair is to assist older people to carry out necessary small repairs and improvements to their homes, enabling them to live independently in the community in increased comfort and safety. The Repair Service uses a pool of volunteers and handy persons to carry out small repairs and to complete minor home tasks for older people. Volunteers in effect provide a willing pair of helping hands to do a variety of small tasks that an older person may find difficult to do. The most common services required by older people are:

  • Minor gardening (e.g. mowing lawns)
  • Minor home decorating (e.g. interior painting)
  • Installing handrails
  • Tacking down carpets
  • Changing plugs, fuses and light bulbs
  • Installing security locks and chains
  • Hanging curtains
  • Installing domestic smoke alarms.

VCI SwirlA “job” is expected to take no longer than an hour, though many small tasks may be undertaken during the same visit. The service is free of charge; the client only pays for the cost of materials used.

Now that we have existing and new volunteers in place and a dedicated Volunteer Administrator– we will be launching the Service countywide very shortly.

If you are interested or if you have already applied to Volunteer with Care & Repair Westmeath and have already/are submitting your forms  – I would be most grateful if you could follow and complete this link.

If you feel you would be interested in volunteering with the Care & Repair Team – I would be grateful if you could follow and complete this link and we will contact you and provide you with more information.

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