Community Care Archive

Steps Toward Community Health

Irish Red Cross healthy steps

Irish Red Cross healthy steps

After beating cancer, Thomas and his wife Mary were determined to continue leading a very active social life, they found that there was a lack of health based programmes for their age group in their local area. Then they found something in their local paper…

Creating Lasting Friendships in Ireland, Christmas 2016


annual celebrations bring together the community, helping to stave off loneliness and create lasting friendships among people who wouldn’t always have the opportunity to socialise due to health issues, transport difficulties or often because of a sheer lack of confidence.

Monaghan Man Shortlisted for National Award for 20 Years Fulltime Care of mother with Alzheimer’s

John* from Cloynes, county Monaghan, was shortlisted for 2014 national Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year after winning the regional heat for Ireland’s North-East. John came joint-runner up for the national title at the annual Irish Red Cross awards ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Friday, 14th November 2014.

Cork Regional Carer: 53 Years of Dedicated Care for 10 Family Members

Nora Doherty from Doneraile, county Cork, has devoted 53 years of her life to caring for more than 10 members of her family and extended family. All of whom were sick or unable to care for themselves. Mrs Doherty, who is in her 80’s, now cares for her husband, also in his 80’s, who has hip knee and heart problems.

A Busy Spring for Red Cross Lifeboat Team

The spring months have been a busy time for the Irish Red Cross Corrib Mask Rescue team, with lake and river call-outs in the Galway region. Spring’s stormy weather has created difficult conditions for many people. In February, the team rescued two people near Oughterard who were caught out in a storm.  Whilst  April saw […]

Interview with volunteer James Lafferty

What made you want to volunteer? I was kidnapped in Accra Ghana in October 2007 and held for six Days.  I swore to myself, if I got away, I would do something usefully with my time for charity. There was an advert on Clare FM for volunteers to fundraise for Cahercalla Hospital and in turn […]

Dalkey’s Life Saving Community

Andrew Patton, a 23 year old Irish Red Cross volunteer and medical student, has spearheaded a life saving community project by setting up the Dalkey Community First Responders.

As well as setting up life-saving community groups, Andrew helps promote first aid as local Irish Red Cross mascot the First Aid Fox.

Andrew Patton, a 23 year old Irish Red Cross volunteer and medical student, has spearheaded a life saving community project by setting up the Dalkey Community First Responders. A Community First Responder is a volunteer trained in basic life support and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who assists the ambulance service by […]

Your 90 Days of saving flooded families

Caring for Nana Mary

Caring for Nana Mary

Fifteen year old, Caroline lives with her family on their farm in Bandon, county Cork.  Caroline nominated her mother for the Irish Red Cross Carers Award in 2013 stating that “to say my Mother is a multi-tasker would be an understatement”.  Here she tells us why she felt her Mother should be nominated. “Firstly, I […]

Transforming Prisoners Lives

In Ireland’s 14 prisons, special-status Irish Red Cross volunteers* use the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to change the lives of troubled men and women, transform prison culture, reduce violence and improve the physical and psychological health of inmates. They are part of an award winning Irish Red Cross prison […]