Case Study- The Order of Malta (Kells)

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, strive to make a difference by providing Community Care, First Aid and Nursing Services, youth development and personal development in a Christian, caring, non-discriminatory environment.

We are a 32 county organisation and part of a worldwide organisation. Our Ambulance and Wheelchair Accessible Minibus, help us provide cover of local events such as cycle races, cross-county riding events, concerts, horse-racing events etc. Our Patient Transfer service brings people to and from Hospital Appointments/ treatments.

Meath Volunteer Centre has been a fantastic resource to Order of Malta Kells. They are so helpful with our recruitment campaigns and are always at the other end of the phone or email. We had an amazing time with Meath Volunteer Centre at the end of last year when one of our own Michael Guerin was shortlisted for a Volunteer Ireland award in their new Emergency and Ambulance Services category. It was wonderful to see another organisation recognising volunteers from all walks of life. It was fantastic to see Sally-Ann there on the night from our local Meath Volunteer office giving her support.

Order of Malta Kells is actively recruiting for new members aged 16+.

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Volunteering with Order of Malta Kells gains you a 2nd family in your life and a wonderful feeling of giving something back.

Co. Meath Good Morning

The Good Morning Programme consists of a daily Good Morning call to elderly people throughout County Meath at a time of their choosing and with no cost to them. The Good Morning programme was established to:

    • Put an end to the sorrow of an elderly person dying in his or her home alone and at times, not being found for a number of days
    • Alleviate loneliness by engaging the client in conversation
    • Remind clients about Hospital and Doctor appointments
    • Advise clients on services they can avail of his or her area
    • Reduce isolation and promote inclusion.

On a recent visit to Good Morning Meath during National Volunteer Week I had the opportunity to meet some of the dedicated volunteers that provide this important service to Meath residents.

While chatting to the volunteers it became very obvious that they all enjoyed what they could give to the organisation and they all saw their work as important however, I was taken aback that they all said that they were at a time in their lives where they could do something for themselves as they had spare time having raised families etc! To do such wonderful work and give up their spare hours was just amazing that they were doing it not only for the organisation but for themselves was an interesting reason for volunteering that I had not considered. To read about the volunteers go to Volunteer Case Studies

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Rehabcare Navan

Martin Mc Laughlin is the Community Services Manager at Rehabcare Navan. Here he manages a Resource Centre for people with intellectual disabilities to provide a respite and promote independent living and social skills. They have almost 80 adults attending their service that range in age from 18 to 65 from all over Co Meath. Martin spoke to us about his experience with volunteers.

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SOSAD Navan

SOSAD Navan is based in bright, welcoming house on the outside of the town.   Every caller is welcomed by a friendly face and a cup of tea as soon as they step inside the door. This informal setting helps create a safe environment for people who are at risk of suicide to come and get help and support.

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National Exotic Animal Sanctuary

The National Exotic Animal Sanctuary is tucked away in the Meath countryside just outside Ballivor – down windy roads and at the bottom of a boreen you come across the humble premises of this fantastic organisation. The sanctuary was set up over a year ago and has been supported by Meath Volunteer Centre from the start.

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