A great evening of entertainment and dancing was enjoyed by all at the Kilkenny & Carlow Contact/Gardai Afternoon Tea Dance .
Nearly 200 senior citizens travelled from towns and villages around the county for the social event at the Ormonde Hotel along with gardai stationed in the region.
Garda Chief Superintendent Mick McGarry spoke about about reducing the fear of crime among older people, assuring them that gardaí are there to protect them when they walk the streets or sit in their homes at night.
“It’s about communication with elderly people, it’s about community gardaí working with elderly people, knowing who the people in their districts are that could be at risk,” he said.
The main message of the day he wanted to get across was to remind older people not to keep large amounts of cash in your home. He advised people to use banks, building societies, credit unions and post offices. He also thanked all 150 volunteers in Kilkenny and Carlow Contact for their vigilance in their befriending role with elderly people living alone, and ensuring that they have various security devices, and support around dealing with any unwanted callers to their homes.
Responding to requests for information on the Phone Allowance for pensioners being discontinued in the budget Eleanor Doyle of Kilkenny & Carlow Contact advised pensioners to think long and hard before deciding on removing their landline. She urged them to ask their phone providers to look at a better rate of rental for the line.
“There are various GSM devices on the market with wireless connection, which can replace a mainline phone to monitor a personal alarm. Please ring Kilkenny and Carlow Contact at our main office in the Fr McGrath Centre on (056) 7751988 extension 6, for any advice you need,” she said.
If you want to volunteer with Kilkenny & Carlow Contact to visit an older person ring to register your interest or for further information. Volunteers are particularly needed in Bagenalstown, Thomastown, Callan and Graignamanagh contact (056) 7751988.