Westmeath Community Development’s Home Visit Service recently celebrated its first year anniversary. The Home Visit which is run in conjunction with Cairdeas, who are a group of agencies in the Athlone Area working with Older People,is a project within Westmeath which aims to combat isolation and loneliness felt by the Older People in Urban and Rural Areas of Westmeath.

The Home Visit Service was rolled out the Home Visit Service as a Pilot Scheme in Athlone town in the second quarter of 2013 and since then over 100 visits have been completed. Many of the Older People availing of the Home Visit Service are individuals who are living alone and are isolated as a result of family emigrating or moving away to other areas. 

The Home Visit Service has recently marked its first year anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary Westmeath Community Development hosted a celebration in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone. This event brought together the volunteers who volunteer their time for both the Care and Repair and Home Visits.


Volunteer and Clients of the home visit service at the 1st Year Anniversary Celebration of the Home Visit Service


Anne Campbell of the Care and Repair Project explained “the work of the volunteers involved in this service is invaluable, these volunteers dedicate themselves and their time to the elderly in their local community”. Frankie Keena, a local councillor for the Athlone area, praised the work and commitment of Anne Campbell of Westmeath Community Development and the Westmeath Volunteer Centre for establishing the New Home Visits Service. 

For further details contact Anne Campbell or Marion Gallagher in Care & Repair in Westmeath Community Development on 044-9348571 or email acampbell@westcd.ie.



From Left to right: Patrick Morrissey volunteer, Anne Campbell of WCD Care & Repair, Paul Mulvey volunteer, Ian O’Flynn of Westmeath Volunteer Center and Frankie Keena volunteer