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

 

 
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