Our Stories

Stephanie’s Story

Sitting alone in the bedroom Stephanie* shared with her husband Richard*, she watched a spider crawl along the windowsill. “That...

‘If I could choose a job…I would choose COPE Galway’ – Áine & Richard Hickey

Mother and son Áine and Richard Hickey have helped to make thousands of nutritious meals for older people over the...

‘You’re doing something for the people of Galway’ – Senan, Charity Shop Volunteer

I love doing it because I’m helping out where possible and I just enjoy the experience of volunteering. It’s a totally new thing for me but I enjoy it”

‘An encouraging word means a lot’ – Tom Burke, Volunteer Driver

As important as the meal itself is, it’s also the fact that you’re contacting people who are living on their own - a form of regular contact for them...” - Tom, Volunteer Driver.

‘It’s my home in Galway’ – Aoife Barrett, Volunteer Arts Facilitator, Sonas Day Centre

I absolutely love going in there. They’re so welcoming. It’s a real family environment. It’s a little small space but there’s really nice, warm energy in there.

‘Volunteering is about giving, but you get so much out of it’ – Mary

Volunteering is about giving but you also get so much out of it in terms of friendship and the people you meet.

Saibh’s story

Volunteer profile of Saibh Egan, Food Rescue Volunteer with Community Catering. A native of Galway, Saibh Egan has been volunteering...

Sandra’s Story

It was a long and arduous road that ended with *Sandra, a 48-year-old mother-of-four, sleeping out on the streets of Galway.

Niamh’s Story

“Niamh” (not her real name) and her partner were together for over 15 years. Looking back now, still shaken, she...

Peter’s Story

For such a simple concept, the effect that COPE Galway Community Catering Meals on Wheels has on the lives of...

Nelly’s Story

Originally from Monivea in Athenry, 98-year-old Nelly* moved into Galway City 22 years ago. Living with her cousins for 14...

Sonya’s Story

It was September 2015 when, faced with a month’s eviction notice, *Sonya, a single mum of two young girls, was...