Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed €1,028,563 for community based and voluntary groups in health and social care across County Roscommon. This funding was announced by the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to support cost of living pressures for community groups. Nationally €81 million will be allocated to 1,450 organisations.
So many groups across our county give real assistance to people across our county in need. This fund of over €1 million is to assist with cost of living pressures for community and voluntary groups in County Roscommon. Groups like Brothers of Charity are well known with residential units in towns all over. Ability West support the special school St Teresa’s which gives such a lifeline for children with intellectual and physical disabilities.
It is incredible to think we have 26 organisations in County Roscommon that provide this type of support to vulnerable people with disability, older people, people with addiction, mental health concerns and life limiting illnesses. Many of us know the Social Services and how day services can be a hub of activity for older people as well as providing Meals on Wheels. Cancer Services are also an important group who will receive funding. The Melting Pot café in Roscommon town with Roscommon Leader Partnership is a new group that has made a big impact with meals for €7 and free delivery in the area as well. The HSE will shortly issue letters to groups with further details on payments.
To thank the managers and teams in each of these groups as well as the volunteers for helping people in these organisations.