Other services

Community Food Initiative

The Community Food Initiative is a project that works with a small number of families in low income communities in Co Monaghan to promote healthy shopping, improved meal-planning and budgeting, as well as enhanced cooking skills. 
All of these are tangible, transferable skills that can benefit an entire community.For more details on the Community Food Initiative and where it operates in the county contact Mary O'Rourke on 042 9749500 or email .
 

Helping Hands

Launched in 2011, Helping Hands is a Minor Repairs and Odd Jobs Service for Older People and People with disabilities living in Co. Monaghan.
The service uses a pool of Garda vetted  volunteers to carry out necessary small repairs and improvements to the homes of Helping Hands clients, enabling them to live independently in the community in increased comfort and safety. The work is co-ordinated from the MID Castleblayney office and delivered free of charge. To be eligible for the service clients need to be over 65 years of age or have a disability, have no family members who could carry out the work on their behalf, not be in a position to engage a paid professional to do the work.
 
What work can be done by the project?
  • Minor gardening (e.g. mowing lawns)
  • Minor home decorating
  • Installing handrails
  • Tacking down carpets
  • Changing plugs, fuses and light bulbs
  • Installing security locks and chains
  • Hanging curtains
  • Installing domestic smoke alarms etc
To Avail of the Service
Simply call the Helping Hands phone number 042 9754551 or 087 0656793 and give the details of the job to be completed to the Helping Hands staff. The staff member will then arrange for two Helping Hands volunteers to assess and complete the task. Where a job is not suited to Helping Hands, the volunteers will inform the Helping Hands staff who will offer alternative solutions if possible.
 
Volunteers Needed
  • Do you have DIY skills and some spare time on your hands?
  • Can you do small jobs around the house?
  • Can you do minor domestic repairs?
  • Can you lend a Helping Hand?
We are constantly seeking volunteers of all ages, both male and female, who are interested and have the skills to do the work outlined above. Volunteers with specialist skills (e.g. joinery) are also welcome. We are particularly interested in attracting retired persons as volunteers.  All volunteers will be vetted and carry official Helping Hands Identity Cards.
 
For more information about the Helping Hands Programme, please contact the 
Helping Hands Coordinator on 042 9749500 / 087 0656793 or email:

 
Fit For Work and Life
FIT for Work and Life is the name of an eight-week community health and wellbeing programme that empowers individuals and communities to make simple lifestyle choices, which can greatly decrease the risk of cancer and other preventable diseases. The programme is delivered in county Monaghan by a number of trainers from MID and other local agencies. For more information on the programme contact Francis McCarron on 042 9749500 or email .