A Charleville based service which is providing invaluable service to the elderly and those living alone in the Charleville area is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its formation.

McAuley Day Care Centre Care and Repair Service is available to persons over the age of 65 and in co-operation with Age Action Ireland who run the Care and Repair Service nationwide work to improve the quality of life of all older people and their carers – especially those who are most disadvantaged and vulnerable – by enabling them to live full, independent and satisfying lives for as long as they wish, in their own homes.

The voluntary organisation, which is headed up by chairperson Kevin McSweeney, secretary David Browne and P.R.O Sylvester Barrett has up to twenty volunteers, all of whom are Garda vetted and carry photo ID and who unselfishly devote some spare time to carry out minor jobs that enhance the lives of the elderly in the community. Since it was formed five years ago, McAuley Day Care Centre Care and Repair Service has carried out over 1,000 jobs in the community, such tasks as cutting lawns, changing sockets, replacing door handles and general small chores.

The organisation held its A.G.M. recently at which a vote of sympathy was passed on the death of one of its founding members Sister Colman. Tributes were paid to her for her work. Tributes were also paid to Ballyhoura Development and its Charleville office which is the first point of contact for those seeking help from the organisation.

Anybody wishing to contact McAuley Day Care Centre Care and Repair Service should ring the Ballyhoura Office on 063-30535.

There is now also a very active Care and Repair group operating in Ballyhea.