As a Grandpal, you make a difference in your local community by spending time with residents of nursing homes and making meaningful connections with older adults who could do with extra visits.SIGN UP HERE
Grandpal is a two way street where everyone benefits from great social interactions. Our Grandpals give an hour of their time each week to a resident in a local nursing home and are recognised for their positive contribution to society at regular Grandpal gatherings and dinners when we reach group goals.
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Since starting out in the latter half of 2018, our Grandpal community have given and received over 500 hours of companionship with a local older person. We've had over 600 people signed up across the country, wanting to give an hour per week back to someone else. Something as simple as being there for a cup of tea and a chat can make a big difference, and our community of Grandpals are the heroes here.
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The Grandpal App makes it easy for you to get started. After signing up you can take Grandpals lessons, join local events and get paired with a local pal for frequent visits.
Before each visit, schedule the time slot you'll be popping in for and log your visits to keep a diary entry of all your visits. Update your profile, invite your friends and get the most out of the Grandpal community.
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Grandpal offers a way for people who care about their community to become more involved, helping foster even more community spirit. As a way to say thank you and show recognition to our own community, we organise Grandpal coffee mornings, dinners and other social experiences.
These events are optional, but they are a fun way to meet people in your local Grandpal community. You can discuss experiences, share activity ideas or simply have a chat over a cup of tea.
The safety of our community is at the top of our priority list. Everyone that signs up to be a Grandpal is screened by a member of our team over a detailed phone conversation before we run Garda vetting to ensure all is in order.
They are then screened again by the family of the older person plus must complete several training courses on the Grandpal App so that they are fully prepared for making visits.
We donate half of the monthly membership fee to our charity partners as an act of goodwill and to gain momentum on this mission to combat old-age loneliness.
The other half comes back to Grandpal enabling our little team to run and grow so that we can continue spreading positivity and starting conversations all over the country.
“Well whoever you guys are, hats off. I love what you're doing and well done”.
It’s hard to imagine what it was like before Grandpal, we have been engaged with the service for nearly a year now and I have to say it has brought so much more to our home then I originally envisaged, their visits are not only benefiting our residents but also creating a sense of connection to our wider community which holds great value to us.
Thank you for providing such a wonderful service to our residents.
"From the moment we heard about Grandpal, we knew we wanted to be involved. The Grandpals that we have met and commenced with our residents have been so kind, so thoughtful and such an addition to our team and brought new ideas and experiences to our social and activities programme."
"Sometimes the most valuable thing you can offer a resident is time - someone to talk to, a confidant, a pal. The Grandpal service has been a wonderful addition to The Fern Dean and has meant that those who don’t get regular visitors can be prioritised for these visits, ensuring they receive an appropriate level of social engagement."
“Grandpal have been a lifeline for my mum. She’s had to move into residential care due to dementia. Leaving her home, and long term neighbourly friendships, has been a heartbreaking adjustment for her to have to make. Grandpal have given mum an opportunity to form a new friendship, that is enriching and stimulating for her. And also a space in which to talk through her feelings. She is often very animated when talking of her most recent visit. I am indebted to the Grandpal team for sharing their care and compassion with our family. Mum’s carer treats her with dignity and kindness and genuinely cares for her welfare. There’s great peace of mind that comes from knowing your parent has their very own guardian angel, thanks to Grandpal. I couldn’t recommend them more highly”.