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The dlr Cultural Connections programme aims to create a local network of older people and volunteers interested in attending events in the Pavilion Theatre. Managed by Making Connections via their befriending scheme the programme targets socially isolated older people referred by social workers and public health nurses.  The volunteers are generally younger adults. There are two events coming up one in October and one in November  2018.

In December 2017 volunteers accompanied the people they visit to two shows in Pavilion theatre. Phil Coulter and Emer Quinn wowed the audience with their performances and Making Connections group was lucky enough to meet both artists afterwards

One older lady said it was ‘a surreal experience, I could have stayed there forever’.

Most of these older people find Christmas to be an extremely tough time of the year. Due to loneliness and isolation they generally wish for the holidays to pass quite quickly. One man told Making Connections how he was thrilled to be a part of the evening on the main weekend before Christmas as it made the time pass quickly in such easy company and that he didn’t have to feel alone on that hard weekend.

dlr Cultural Connections is managed by Making Connections, funded by the DLR CoCo/ HSE Arts & Health Partnership with the support of Pavilion Theatre.

 

For more information contact Making Connections: Phone (01) 2951053 or email info@makingconnections.ie

 

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