Good Morning Louth highlighted on RTE

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Good Morning Louth highlighted on RTE

Gene Yore gene.yore@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

Good Morning Louth telephone service featured on last week's ‘Keeping Ireland Alive’ documentary series on RTE 1 televison and showed one of the volunteers Mona making calls to older people throughout the county.

Good Morning Louth is a volunteer led service and has just recently opened an outreach office based in Ardee

The service gives older people who are living alone or spend a lot of time alone, receive a phone call for a chat anywhere from once a morning to once a week, depending on what they’d like.

The service runs from 9am – 1pm and is based in Seatown, Dundalk it is funded by the HSE and is co-ordinated by Netwell Casala at DkIT.

“It is a fantastic service that’s been running for over five years and is going from strength to strength,” said Anne Murphy, Good Morning Louth Co-Ordinator.

“We are making on average 500 calls per week, that’s chatting to over 260 people some of whom may not talk to anybody else that day.

“I believe it’s a very progressive service funded by the HSE with amazing volunteers at the heart of it, and that’s what makes it work.

“We were delighted that our service was showcased on the RTE1 documentary ‘Keeping Ireland Alive’ as it’s a huge endorsement for the work we all do for older people in the community,” she added.

If you know of an older person, who may like a call, or who would like to become a volunteer for Good Morning Louth, please contact Anne on 042-9330103.

There are 53 volunteers at the Good Morning Louth centre at Seatown Dundalk.

And now an outreach office is operating from Ferdia House, Moorehall Lodge Retirement Village in Ardee.