Bere and Sherkin Island Consultations in County Cork
As part of the Cork Age Friendly County Programme, Cork County Council in conjunction with Age Friendly Ireland completed a total of twelve Age Friendly consultations throughout the county. The last two consultations were successfully set-up on islands off the coast of Cork County, namely, Bere Island (13th April) and Sherkin Island (20th April).
The primary objective of organising the island consultations was to ensure that the islanders have a say in future plans to make the islands of Cork age friendly. The consultations highlighted unique issues of living on an island and how this differs with living on the mainland and also to ensure that there are adequate supports in place, e.g. to enhance the mobility and independence of islanders particularly those with a disability, to encourage older people to get involved in volunteer work and civic participation activities.
Interestingly, the findings from both island consultations produced similar feedback in areas such as the need for better accessibility for people using the ferry, better coordination of health and emergency services, the need to provide more housing provision for the islands, etc.
The findings from the island consultations will be collated and included as a separate section within the Cork Age Friendly County Strategy and actions for the islands under the various WHO themes will be implemented by the County Age Friendly Alliance.