A family-run dairy farm has partnered with ALONE to produce a series of online videos which encourage younger people to "ask a few simple questions" to older members of their communities.
Glenilen Farm, Drimoleague, Co. Cork is owned and managed by husband-and-wife-duo Alan and Valerie Kingston.
The objective of the collaboration is to highlight the importance of social engagement with older members of the community, and to emphasise how every member of our society deserves the time and space to tell their own personal story.
The videos depict Julie, aged 5, from Mallow in Co. Cork, meeting and conversing with some of the older members of the West Cork community, and asking them simple questions about what their life was like growing up in rural Ireland.
In this first video, we hear a charming and heartwarming account by West Cork native, Betty Levis, who is 95-years-old; she worked as a farmhand in Ilen Farm in Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
‘Threads of the fabric of our community’
Alan Kingston, co-founder of Glenilen Farm, commented: “ALONE is a charity we have long admired and felt an alignment to.”
“We want to help them in whatever capacity we can to spread awareness of the services they offer and the important work that they do.
He said that they want to preserve the stories of older community members. These stories, he added, form the threads of the fabric of our community and of our homes, and every community has this, unique and distinct to their own locale and people.
Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, added: “We are delighted to partner with Glenilen Farm to demonstrate the importance of community connections, of listening and simply giving older people the opportunity to speak to someone when they might not otherwise.”
“In Ireland, 60% of older people aged 80 and over live alone. Together, we need to build a community infrastructure that changes the tide of ageing in Ireland and gives people the supports they need to age happily in their own homes,” he concluded.
The series was produced and edited by Storicreative – based in The Ludgate Centre in Skibbereen
That’s Farming will be sharing these videos in the coming days.