Lord Mayor Welcomes Volunteers and Clients of Befriending Service

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan was delighted to welcome volunteers and clients from Friendly Call Cork (a Service for People Living Alone) to Cork City Hall for an afternoon tea event.

Friendly Call Cork is a free phone call service for people living alone; developed and managed by Cork City Partnership, it is available in the Cork City area to older people, people with chronic illness and anyone feeling lonely, isolated or vulnerable. It is a volunteer driven project that operates 5 days a week (Monday – Friday) with over 70 Corkonians currently volunteering 160 hours each week with Friendly Call Cork and their additional support services.

As well as providing a daily phone call to Friendly Call Clients and weekly visitations to homes, they also host social events for clients every two months. The afternoon tea events are hosted for Friendly Call Clients in locations throughout Cork, like Cork City Council Chambers and University College Cork.

Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan said: “We need to reach out to those in our community who don’t have a strong support network – Friendly Call Cork provides a fantastic service to people who need it the most. I would like to encourage anyone who can offer an hour or two of their time to get in touch with Friendly Call Cork”.

Ahead of the event, Brenda Barry, Friendly Call Cork Development Worker said: “The clients and the volunteers of Friendly Call Cork are delighted to be invited to meet with Lord Mayor John Sheehan – this is a fantastic opportunity to gather together and celebrate the community spirit here in Cork City”.

For further details please contact Brenda Barry (Cork Friendly Call Development Worker, Cork City Partnership) on 021 430 1700 or 087 636 6407, alternatively you can email: Brenda.Barry@partnershipcork.ie

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