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Reach Our Be A Good Neighbour is a registered charity, Charity Number CHY11513 whose aim is to highlight the needs of older and vulnerable people living alone especially during the winter months. Since its inception in 1992 Reach Out has consisted of representatives from voluntary and statutory bodies including Local Authorities, Health Board, Garda Siochana, Healthy Cities, ALONE, Energy Action, Security for the Elderly, Crosscare and Society of St. Vincent de Paul amongst others. Reach Out runs a public awareness campaign every year calling on the support of neighbours and friends in making the lives of elderly and vulnerable people living alone safer and richer. Reach Out also provides information on areas of risk to elderly people including safety and security, hypothermia and heating needs, social isolation and elder abuse as well as advice on how neighbours can help.

How we began…

In 1992 a man was found dead in a house in Crumlin. He had been dead for 4 years and his death had gone unnoticed by neighbours and services. In response to this the then Chief Welfare Officer of Dublin City Council (then Dublin Corporation), Michael Kelly, called together a group of concerned statutory and voluntary services to look at what might be done within local communities to prevent such an incident happening again. Reach Out was launched in Dublin on International Day for Older Persons 1992 and launched nationwide 1993.

Our philosophy…

  • Community involvement is a very effective way to offer support to elderly people living alone.
  • Services cannot be available 24 hours a day.
  • Everyone shares responsibility.
"Don't leave it to others - they may have left it to you".
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Copyright © 2008. Reach Out. Tel: +353 (01) 222 3346, Fax: +353 (01) 222 2699, Email: colm.dwyer@dublincity.ie
Reach Out, Dublin City Council, Welfare Section, Block 1, Upper Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Dublin 8.