With more restrictions now in force due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, services such as the Knocknagoshel Over 55’s Social Club are going to be more important than ever to the older and vulnerable people in our society.
That’s why the news this week that the group is one of four Kerry-based groups to receive funding from the COVID-19 Stability fund is hugely welcome. The group – which operates a ‘Meals on Wheel’s service in the community four days a week and whose main aim is to look after the physical and mental well-being of these members of our community – received €37,286 in funding.
This money, Chairperson Catherine Lenihan said, will be hugely beneficial to the group over the coming months.
“All summer, we’ve had a load of volunteers, kids from school, things like that, who were willing to help but they’re all gone back now.,” she said.
“We would be really stuck coming up to Christmas trying to pay staff for the extra hours and what not, so this money is going to be very beneficial, it’ll be a great help. The money will help keep the meals rolling out,” she said, speaking to The Kerryman.
As well as the ‘Meals on Wheels’ service, the group also provides an outreach service which seems them make phone calls and small visits to elderly and vulnerable people in society to make sure that they’re okay.
“It could be a very busy time for us, especially if we go back into any form of lock-down,” Catherine said. “We are stepping up our outreach programme for the older people, we’re not going to let them alone this winter,” she added.