Clare TD and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has said that the allocation of €100,000 in funding for Kilmaley’s Voluntary Housing Project is a major boost for the Centre making it easier for their elderly population to continue to live in their own community.
“I am delighted that this funding has now been allocated by the HSE to the Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Project. I have been lobbying for some time for the funding as the Centre was very anxious to employ additional night time staff to support the elderly population in their assisted living units.
“It also comes on top of €25,000 in funding which was allocated last year towards the cost of purchasing a new wheelchair accessible bus for the Day Care Centre Clients.
“The Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Project is a wonderful example of a community coming together to cater for the needs of their elderly population. The 24 purpose built accommodation units ensure that older people can live independently in a safe and secure environment. This funding towards the cost of employing additional night time support staff will ensure that the residents will have the peace of mind of knowing that help is on hand when they need it.
“As well as providing a service to the residents in the independent living units, the Centre also operates a very popular Day Care and Health Centre, where the people of Kilmaley and surrounding parishes can attend and avail of a hot lunch, hairdressing, chiropody, social activities and entertainment as well as having access to GP, Nursing and Community Welfare services and is located in close proximity to the Church, Convenience Store and Post Office.
Helping our older people to continue to live independently with support in their own Community is very important. The Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Ltd are showing communities right across this Country how to maintain our elderly people in dignity and independence in their own community for as long as possible and I would like to pay tribute to the Management, Staff and all the volunteers involved in the project for the great work that they are doing.”