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29 May

Clare Cultural Companions - an Age & Opportunity Inititiative

Clare Cultural Companions - an Age & Opportunity Inititiative

Many of us would probably go to a lot more plays, films, shows, concerts, exhibitions, or other events if we had someone to go with. There’s a thriving social and arts scene out there to be enjoyed if only we had someone with the know-how, the transport or the shared interest to get us going. That’s where Cultural Companions comes in.

Testimony from Dublin Cultural Companions’ member
It’s been great being part of something like Cultural Companions. For me, it’s just great now knowing what’s going on from month to month. When I think of all the shows that I’ve missed over the years because I didn’t know they were on. I’ve met some really nice people over the past few months and there is a small group of us who now phone each other all the time and go to various shows together or even meet up for a coffee sometimes. What I wanted to get from Cultural Companions was to meet new people and get out more. It’s that simple for me.” Marie Ryan, Cultural Companions member.

Cultural Companions is an Age & Opportunity Initiative comprising a network of older people interested in arts and culture who attend events together as a group.  Its aim is to provide increased opportunities for older people to engage with Ireland’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. Volunteer members are facilitated by the Clare Age Friendly Programme to draw up a calendar of events to choose from every two months. All Members receive the calendar of events, posted out by the volunteers, and independently book and pay for those events they wish to attend. The members meet up at an allocated time prior to each event and attend together usually with a social get together built in. Membership is FREE. 
The Clare Cultural Companions initiative is supported by the Clare Arts Office and Clare Older People’s Council.

How it works…
When it comes to Cultural Companions, the emphasis is on peer support, independence and choice. Members can use the network at two different levels, depending on your needs at a particular point in time:
1. Be part of the larger network by attending regular, organised Cultural Companions events.
2. Network independently, using the Membership Directory.

Become a Member 
If this sounds like something you might like to join then, find more information here, or please contact Karen Fennessy in Clare Co. Council: 
Tel: 065 6846489 or Email: kfennessy@clarecoco.ie                 

Become a Volunteer Companion
By recruiting Volunteer Companions (people who enjoy socialising, have an interest in the arts or regularly attend events themselves), we hope to facilitate a more active social life for older people who wish to broaden their horizons, meet new like minded people and get out more. A Cultural Companion could well be the additional stimulus someone needs to decide to go to something, to participate, to get involved. Volunteer Companions can be any age but we would especially welcome older volunteers.

All Volunteer Companions will be Garda vetted.

If you would like to become a Volunteer Companion or would like more information then please contact Karen Fennessy in Clare Co. Council: 
Tel: 065 6846489 or Email: kfennessy@clarecoco.ie