Vital community supports for the people of Cashel and the surrounding areas are provided by the wonderful volunteers and workers of Cashel and District Social Services.
From tasty, hot meals to personal security alarms for the elderly, the work of this group goes on quietly every day but can make a huge difference in the lives of people that they help.
Cashel and District Social Services Ltd was established in 1971 when a small group of people initiated a Meals on Wheels service for a few elderly people in the town.
The local branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society made their house in John Street available free of charge to the C&DSS. This house has been the C&DSS centre since that date.
The C&DSS is administered by a committee of volunteers who provide many services to the people of the town and the surrounding areas.
Meals On Wheels
At present 55 wholesome meals are delivered three days per week in the Cashel area.
This service caters for elderly clients who are unable to wash their own clothes. The laundry is collected, washed and returned with the help and support of Community Employment staff and home helps.
C&DSS is involved in the coordination, installation and ongoing maintenance of Emergency Response Telephones for the elderly and vulnerable. Last year approximately 50 monitored alarms were installed.
Any elderly persons over 65 and living alone can avail of this by contacting Annette on 0851454355.
Community Employment Scheme
C&DSS are the sponsors of a Community Employment scheme which has 11 employees at present. C&DSS coordinates the work of these people who deliver a wide range of services to the local and surrounding areas.
Second Chance Shop
This shop, which can be found on Friar Street in Cashel, provides good quality second hand clothing at affordable prices to those on low income, the travelling community, the unemployed etc.
C&DSS were obliged to borrow heavily to establish this shop.
The group a are currently repaying this with proceeds from the shop.
St. Patrick’s Tuck Shop
This handy shop provides for the daily requirements of the elderly and housebound residents of the hospital. Items such as newspapers and toiletries are made available to be bought here. The shop is staffed by employees of the Community Employment scheme
Dun Henry Quinn Restaurant Parish Centre
Situated at the parish centre, good wholesome, home made meals provided five days per week Monday to Friday, we also deliver free of charge.
Other groups such as Active Retirement, Wheelchair Association and many other groups avail of this service.