The Irish Red Cross aims to enable healthy and safe living and promote social inclusion in every community in which we have volunteers. In Ireland, our Health & Social Care volunteers provide a range of free services to vulnerable members of the community.
This Christmas, the Irish Red Cross hosted festive celebrations for beneficiaries in Carlingford, Dublin, Drogheda and elsewhere.
The Dublin Community Christmas party was held Friday 9th December 2016 in the Le Chéile Centre, Donnycarney, and Dublin. Members of the local community were invited to attend, as well as other Health & Social Care service users.
More than 60 people attended the Dublin party, including guests form the Louth Carers group and elderly community members from the Dublin area. Volunteers from Canon UK & Ireland helped out as part of the #Selfieless campaign and provided an assortment of baked goods and treats for guests. The Maytree Ladies Variety Group provided entertainment, and were accompanied by Lilian on the piano singing Christmas carols for the afternoon. Party guests enjoyed a free raffle, and were delighted when Santa Claus arrived with presents for all.
These annual celebrations bring together the community, helping to stave off loneliness and create lasting friendships among people who wouldn’t always have the opportunity to socialise due to health issues, transport difficulties or often because of a sheer lack of confidence.
Irish Red Cross Health and Social Care
The Irish Red Cross helps offers a range of community services and supports including therapeutic hand care and skin camouflage services; handbooks for voluntary carers; and community visitations.
Read more about these services on the Irish Red Cross website, www.redcross.ie
Support people in crisis this Christmas by donating to the Irish Red Cross Christmas appeal, www.redcross.ie/donate