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Older persons

Through the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre we minister to older people. This Centre, in Donnybrook, Dublin, works in co-operation with statutory and other voluntary agencies and includes lay colleagues working alongside Sisters of Charity and many volunteers, is open five days a week. It aims to foster the well-being of older persons in body, mind, emotions and spirit and to enhance the quality of their lives; to provide a service that fosters the core values of dignity, compassion, justice and respect; and to support the family and carers of the older person.

Meals-on-wheels are organised from the centre and are delivered daily, including Christmas Eve, to elderly people living in the surrounding areas.

In recent times the persons being referred to the centre are much frailer and a lot older. Volunteers are greatly valued in this centre, which depends almost completely on their services, and some who have helped for years are now benefiting themselves from the services in their later years.

The main aim of the Walkinstown Social Services Centre is to care for the senior citizens of the area. Voluntary helpers who work with the sisters operate the centre. Meals are cooked and served on the premises. Transport is provided for those who need it. Entertainment and outings are organised and an annual holiday is arranged for those who wish.