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Sean Moynihan ALONE loneliness symposium iph

  1. 1. Seán Moynihan, CEO A national response to loneliness and improving the health and wellbeing of older and vulnerable adults in Ireland
  2. 2. Empowering Pat “Sometimes I drive to the local café just so I can have a chat. The great thing about a volunteer is that I know someone is going to ask me how I am that day. But the days are really long and I have nowhere to go.”
  3. 3. Supporting 2,000 people directly 2,000 older people [CATEGO RY NAME] [PERCEN TAGE] Housing 23% Finance 13% Physical health 9% Security 7% Pendant alarm, personal care, other 10% 8%: Under 60 16%: 60-70 30%: 70-80 36%: 80-90 9%: Over 90 2%: Not specified 102,000 Over 50s are lonely 836,000 Over 50s have problems with housing 81,000 Over 65s are frail
  4. 4. Over-65s live alone Older women, and just 16% of men, report positive and supportive friendships Over 50s are moderately or most isolated 40%1 in 10 Population of over 65s Over-60s struggle with chronic loneliness 1 in 3 A changing Ireland 1 in 3
  5. 5. Our services Befriending and Supports: Regular visits and telephone services. Support Coordination: One point of contact to help and facilitate ageing at home. Supportive Housing: Provides age friendly housing to older people. BConnect: Providing technology, training, and knowledge to agencies, family and friends nationally. Improving quality of life Improving independence Improving physical and mental health Increasing wellbeing Our impact What we do
  6. 6. Reaching vulnerable groups Deaf Befriending Deaf An Garda Síochána
  7. 7. The Loneliness Taskforce Our vision is an Ireland free from loneliness
  8. 8. “Saw the video on twitter and decided to get in touch because I’m lonely and I never thought I would ever say that. In full time education in Cork (don’t want to name it because I have no problem with college) and it is lonely. I have a feeling of emptiness that is hard to describe kinda like you ran out of petrol in the car. I’m surrounded by hundreds of people every day but nobody really bothers with me. I see lots of other students that are in the same boat.” “Loneliness is isolation without friends in rural Ireland. I live in pure isolation at home, countryside, no friends, cannot go anywhere, no neighbours. It is ten years since I was on a holiday (I went on my own and that was lonely so never again) and over 20 years since I visited my local town at night-time. I would love to go for dinner in a restaurant but sitting there on my own would destroy me. No one goes out on their own. ”
  9. 9. A Connected Island Recommendations - Annual funding of €3m - Dedicated Government - A public campaign - Supporting initiatives & organisations - Research
  10. 10. ALONE Hubs in 2022 16,000 volunteers 500,000 friendship & support visits 45,000 older people supported 700 Housing with Support homes 100 organisations working with BConnect
  11. 11. sean.moynihan@alone.ie Chief Executive

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