Befriending Network Ireland

Befriending Network Ireland is a national support network for befriending services across Ireland led by ALONE. We provide resources and training to new and well established befriending and support services. Training options are available to both the staff of services and their volunteers.

If you would like to attend any of the training sessions listed, please email or call ALONE on 01-679 1032

Please see upcoming training below by clicking on link




First of its kind fund launched to tackle loneliness

A €3 MILLION fund is to be launched to help combat loneliness in the community.

The first of its kind fund will go towards helping local groups and community-based projects, with applications for funding being accepted for between €5,000 and €100,000.

Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly secured the funding, which is separate from the HSE’s mental health budget.


Click on the journal link to find out more

The Nation is Coming To Tea!


This May 2nd Alzheimer’s Tea Day will celebrate 25 years of supporting the 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland.

The Biggest, most powerful and enjoyable tea party in Ireland!

We hope you will support this special day by organising a Tea Day event at your home, workplace, local community centre or parish or somewhere special. Invite your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to have a cuppa and maybe a treat or two!

It’s easy to do and, no Tea Day is too big or too small!

For more information please see:


 Great  to be able to attend  and support this well supported  event by the public.

Irish Farmers Journal Examines Technology for Older People Posted on February 7, 2019 by Toni Bunting

 Frank explained to Irish County Living Editor, Mairead Lavery, how after having suffering a stroke, aged 60, he became more aware of the importance of personal alarms for older people and purchased one for himself. He now accepts applications from many others aged 65 or over, for the Seniors Alert Scheme, Pobal funded alarms



For more information see the article on 

Croom Limerick

Attended  a meeting in the Scouts Den Croom Co Limerick

on Wednesday the 23rd of May 2018 @7.30pm.


Thanks to all who turned out on a fine evening and in particular Fr Willam Fitzmaurice and Christy Murray who organised this meeting.



See the Seniors Alert Scheme Page 

Family Carers Ennis Branch

Thanks to the Family Carers for arranging this event and to the people who attended this event in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon . I gave a presentation on Wednesday the 2nd of May 2018 on Telecare and how our system works even if the person does  press the Pendant button see our A.I.M video 

in the Telecare /Dementia Page


          Commencing on the 07th March our, free of charge,

   Caring in the Home Course will run every Wednesday (excl 4th April)

                    from 7-9pm until the  2nd Of May 2018.

                    in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co Clare


11 April 2018


Epilepsy & Parkinsons Disease


18 April 2018


Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Now changed to 

Wednesday the 2nd of May 2018.


Safety in the Home.

Peter Butler Area Representative for TASK Community Care will

 show    how  Telecare  can help people retain their independence  and live  in their own home and at the same time also  support Carers.


For More Information and/or to Register:- Phone Our Office on 0656866515

Call In To Us At 3 Carmody Street Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare


Limerick Senior Forum meeting.

Thanks for the to the invitation from Noreen Waters from
Limerick Seniors

To attend Limerick Senior Forum Open Meeting
on Tuesday, March 6th 2018 at 2 pm
in the Granary Library Michael Street Limerick.

Thanks to those that attended and who participtated by asking questions.
Hope it was of benefit to those attending .

Kilmihil Active Retirement Group in Clare


Enjoyed meeting the Active Retirement Group  on Friday the 16/02/2018 in the Meadow venue .Hope that those  who attended found it uselfull. People who allready have a social alarm and pendant encourgaed to let a call go through to our monitoring centre and let them know that this is a test call

It was good to chat and the tea and cake went down well also.

Surge in Demand for Social Alarms in Limerick

See the full article by Donal O Regan in the Limerick Leader on the 4th of February 2018


click on  >  Article

"A Good Neighbour deters Crime and helps people to live independently in the Community" Helping to supply Social Alarms since 1996. "

Community Support For Older Persons.

Community Groups have been applying for Social Alarms for persons over 65 years of age living in their Community since 1996.

Originally called Community Support For Older Persons .

In 2010 the grant scheme was reviewed and is now called the Seniors Alert Scheme.

The Seniors Alert Scheme since Sept 2015 is been managed by Pobal


The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons, of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.

See Seniors Alert Scheme Page.

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighourhood Watch First Launched in Ireland in 1986.



What is Neighbourhood Watch?  

Neighbourhood Watch is a crime prevention and community safety programme for urban areas. It operates as a partnership between An Garda Síochána and the public. It works on the basis that every member of a community can help to improve the quality of life in the area by keeping a look out for neighbours and reporting suspicious activities to the Gardaí. 

How do I set up a Neighbourhood Watch.

Contact your local Garda station and see if there is a scheme in existence. Your local Community Garda will also be able to advise in cases where a scheme is in existence but needs to be revitalised

See  An Garda Siochana Neighbourhood Watch Page.  


How to setup A Community Alert


To set up a group in your area, contact your local Garda Station or your local the Muintir na Tíre Community Alert Development Officer (Tel: 062-51163 or view a  list of Development Officers). The group may be set up in response to community demand or as a result of Garda contact. It is important to canvass local residents with a view to securing their support and involvement before introducing a group in the area. 

TEXT Alert

 How theTEXT ALERT Works

A Local Resident observes some suspicious activity and calls  the 24 Hour Garda Station

The nature of the suspicious activity is analysed by An Garda Siochana to determine if an alert is appropriate.   If  decided an alert is  necessary they next question to decide is it appropriate to deliver to all registered households in  the Scheme .

The Garda contact the service provider and the Text Alerts are sent to the Community members in a timely manner.

The TEXT Alerts details sent by the Provider to registered members should not be added to or altered in any way.

The photo shows  4 types of suspicios activity..

If you hear or see something that you think is suspicious phone the Gardai.

An Garda Síochána Publishes Five Year Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016 /2021


Crime prevention will become Gardai  number one policing priority. Improved data analysis will ensure patrols and checkpoints go to areas affected by particular crimes. Gardai  will work closely with public and private sector partners to reduce the opportunities for crime and re-offending. Gardai will provide impactful and engaging crime prevention advice. Gardai will ensure high Garda visibility in communities.

Click on link to full press release