Reducing Social Isolation

At OLDC, we believe that connecting with other communities in our local area is crucial. We know that this kind of collaboration can help us all learn and grow together, as well as discover new resources and opportunities that benefit everyone. The work of OLDC seeks to create connections between people, place and potential and reduce social isolation in our communiites.

Older Persons Network:

Brew Buddies: 

Brew Buddies brings communities together through two of life’s simple pleasures – cuppas and chats! These sessions are open to adults of all ages and aim to tackle social isolation and loneliness by giving people an opportunity to make connections within their locality and beyond.

Brew Buddies has taken place in multiple locations to date and yours could be next! All tea, coffee and sweet treats are provided by Offaly Local Development Company and sessions are facilitated by our staff; all you need to do is bring the conversation.

If you have any queries about Brew Buddies locations or would like to us to come to your community, contact Stephanie on 086 833 6873 or email

Community Lunch Clubs:

Craft Clubs: 

Offaly Crafty Creatures works to support community groups who bring people together through arts and crafts. 

This programme was launched in May 2023 and targeted groups who were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging them to reconnect, meet others with similar interests, learn new skills and engage in peer learning; lessening the feelings of isolation that was voiced by these community groups. 

This project will continue to support community craft groups after the initial launch event in Mucklagh, providing opportunities for social meet-ups and skill-building workshops. More information to follow as this programme develops.

For more information contact Stephanie on 086 833 6873 or email

Community Walks: