Keeping In Contact

Keeping in Contact

Keeping in Contact– staying connected with people, looking after other people and addressing their isolation, can help your mental health and wellbeing

Connecting with other people is really important for our mental wellbeing and has never been as important as it is now. Having someone to connect with can provide emotional support or gives you an opportunity to provide support to others.



It is very important that social contact is maintained with people who are isolated in their homes at this time, even if it’s a friendly phone call. Even if you are not a formal volunteer, checking in via call or text with a vulnerable person in your locality can make a huge difference.

There are also a range of initiatives that people can avail of during this time:

  • ALONE is providing a telephone support line, seven days a week from 8am – 8pm, for all older people, their families, and those who are medically vulnerable. If you need any advice, reassurance or additional support call them at: 0818 222024


  • Gardaí – if you have any safety concerns, or need any essential items brought to you, contact the Gardaí, they will be more than happy to assist you or direct you to relevant services.


  • Third Age Ireland have a Seniorline which is a confidential listening service for older people, with trained volunteers. Freephone 1800 804591


  • Friends of the Elderly also run a friendly call service for those who just need a chat. Its available free and nationwide. Call 01 8731855


Monaghan Age Friendly Programme is encouraging people to send a letter, card, photo, picture, to the residents in our nursing homes. Postage is free until January 31st, 2021.
  • Write FREEPOST where the stamp would normally be.


  • Put the address of the nursing home or care home on the envelope


  • Put the address of the sender on the envelope


  • You can post it in post box or at your local Post Office.


  • An Post will deliver, letters large envelopes and packets weighing up to 2KG without a postage stamp.

The Community Call programme was introduced in the spring through the Local Authorities, to provide practical supports, information and befriending. This programme will now be expanded, and work with the Gardai, HSE, Local Authorities, An Post, community groups, charities, residents associations, and so on, to reach out to any vulnerable person, or those in isolation all across the community, regardless of age, gender, nationality or geography.


It will ensure that everybody is given the opportunity to engage with the Community Call assistance programme to receive befriending services, practical supports and more complex supports where necessary.


Befriending supports will be rolled out at local and national level and will include phone outreach, access to expertise in the handling of anxiety, stress or mental health issues, linking with volunteers or local authority personnel for practical physical supports, one to one buddying with volunteers and neighbours, and development of virtual group chats between neighbours.


To contact Monaghan Community Call Helpline freephone 1800 804 158 or email

Monaghan Public Participation Network (PPN) is a network of community, voluntary, social inclusion & environmental organisations, working to build a better county for the community of Monaghan. We work to empower the community to be represented in decision making processes that impact citizens through representation on Council committees, consultation processes, policy submissions & more.


How to Join the PPN

Membership of the PPN is open to ALL community & voluntary groups with an address in Co. Monaghan which meet the following criteria:

  • Your group should be in operation for at least 6 months


  • It should have a set of rules, usually a Constitution, which lays out the purpose of the group and how it will carry out its business


  • It should have a Chair


  • It should meet a minimum of once a year


Click here for a registration form


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