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Older Voices Kildare

We are a Social Inclusion Initiative working to build the confidence and capacity of older people living in County Kildare. Older Voices Kildare (OVK) is focused on creating a Kildare where older persons are included and empowered within a vibrant community.

About Us

Our Aims

⚪️ Assist and facilitate people to explore their own ageing and to challenge the myths and stereotyping that leads to ageism.

⚪️ Provide information on physical, psychological and social aspects of growing older – all of which increase self-confidence and improve mental health.

⚪️ Explore the issues and barriers that older men experience when participating in community programmes and to develop initiatives to address this.

⚪️ Facilitate a befriending service to address high levels of loneliness and social isolation in County Kildare.

⚪️ Develop specific strategies to include more marginalised categories of older people, older LGBTQI+’s, Travellers, people with intellectual or physical disability, older people in residential or long terms care settings, and people with dementia and their carers.

What We Do

We work with people over 65 in County Kildare.

Befriending Service

The Befriending Project relates directly to enhancing mental and physical health and supporting vulnerable members of society. Indirectly, the service can impact on the need for homecare packages, and hospital discharge.

Referrals can be made by yourself, a family member on your behalf (with your permission) or a health care worker. 

Social Prescription

Social Prescription gives an older person a variety of options to explore, and identify themselves, what suits them rather than what a health professional/family thinks they need.

It also allows for the inclusion of people with dementia and their carers. Activities such as Yoga, can be tailored to individual cognitive needs.

Referrals can be made by yourself, a family member on your behalf (with your permission) or a health care worker or service. 

Capacity Building

We offer a variety of Capacity Building/ Personal Development programmes.

  • Aging with Confidence
  • Voices Through Art : Self in The Big Picture
  • On Track (Turning Retirement into Active Citizenship)
  • Agewise Training for Service Providers
  • Felting
  • Voter education
  • Human Rights and Older People
  • Dementia Specific Yoga
  • Dementia Awareness Training for carers and caring staff
  • Volunteer befriending
  • LGBT Awareness Training for Volunteers
  • Including a Person with a dementia in your community group.

Kildare Cocooners

Lockdown Creations

Click here to discover more wonderful stories created during lockdown.

  • Phthisis
    Bernard was my uncle, aged 32 on 17 th July 1955 when he died, he was the youngest of 10 children had a shop beside the Olympia Theatre, and his cause of death was “Phthisis”. He was not married and his sisters cared for him in their home in Dublin. As a child when IContinue reading “Phthisis”
  • The Prayer Book
    I received my first prayer book on the day of my First Communion in 1958, and don’t know where it is now, but can see it as clearly as if it was yesterday, it had a white cover and I was so proud of it. I have many old prayer books in my house nowContinue reading “The Prayer Book”
  • The Measure of a Man
    By Colette Moore John Reilly of the Hill (as he was always referred to) was a first cousin of Daddy’s. Everyone in the town of Portarlington would say “you could set your watch by John Reilly”. John lost his beautiful young son Paddy at a very tender age. While Paddy was very ill, the localContinue reading “The Measure of a Man”

Volunteer

If you would like to be a volunteer and give an hour of your time every week to visit an older person for a cup of tea and a chat, application forms can be downloaded here. Full training and Garda Vetting are provided by Older Voices Kildare.

During the worst of the lockdown, Older Voices Kildare were able to make 1,100 phonecalls to people across the County who needed a friendly voice. This was made possible by the help of wonderful volunteers. If you are interested in being a volunteer with us, initially over the phone but hopefully face to face when restrictions permit, please get in touch, we would love to have you. Training and support will be provided.

A message from Denise, OVK Co-ordinator