St. Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely, established in 2005, has had an active role in promoting and developing community involvement within the Parish. St. Munchins Community Centre is managed by a Voluntary Board of Management who live and or work in the local Community.
The centre not only provide a central accessible community hub in their area but also offer a very valuable service to all of the people of Limerick, with their ‘Meals on Wheels’ service.
Linda Ledger, the centre manager talked about why they felt the need to provide this service for the people of Limerick, “We wanted to address isolation and social exclusion for the older members of our community. I’m so passionate about it because it is a way of keeping people out of hospital, being able to check in on people to see if they are okay. I know we are making a huge difference because the amount of people who are isolated and need our service is increasing all the time. There is so much loneliness and isolation in the community and our services provides more than just food, it’s a friendly call, someone for people to talk to everyday.”
Liam Galligan works with Linda on the ‘Meals on Wheels’ initiative and explains what the service is about. ”We deliver hot dinners & dessert 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday. We cover mostly north side of Limerick but because the need for our services have increased to surrounding areas. We currently deliver to 80-90 people a day, some days there is more than others as some only get food one or two days a week.”
Liam states how vital the service is to the community: ‘It’s important as it provides a fabulous service. Not only do we deliver food, we have a friendly call service every Monday or every second Monday where we ring up to see if they are okay and if everything is fine and if there was something wrong, like if they needed a bulb changed or had a problem with a window, we would help out or get someone to get to go down.