Programme Coordinator Margaret Moore
Chair of the Alliance Mary White
Who’s involved in the Carlow Age Friendly County Programme?
The Carlow Age Friendly County Programme was launched in March 2012, with the County Age Friendly Strategy launched in February 2013. The strategy, and the very specific plans it contains, are overseen by Carlow’s Age Friendly County Sub Group or the Alliance, which is independently chaired by Mary White.
Mary White, Independent chair – former green party TD
Margaret Moore ,Carlow County Council
Derek Whyte, Age Friendly Ireland
Fiona Dunne, Carlow Education and Training Board
Karl Duffy, Carlow LEADER Development Partnership
Sandra Corrigan, Carlow County Council
Regina Duane, Volunteer Carlow
John Foley Garda Siochana
John McHugh, Carlow College
Niall Morris, St. Catherines Daycare Centre
Derek O’Connor, Carlow County Council
Teresa Hennessy, HSE
Patricia McEvoy, HSE
Josephine Coyne, Carlow Town Library
Ann Shortall, Manager of Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre
Jen Dawson, Manger of Forward Steps Resource Centre in Tullow
Caroline Kennedy, Alzheimers Association
Teresa Philips, Garda Sgt
Eleanor Doyle, Co-ordinator of Carlow/Kilkenny Contact
What did older people tell us?
What did older people across County Carlow tell us? (A snapshot)
The consultation process that took place during 2012 across County Carlow identified three key areas that were of critical importance to older people and these included; Outdoor Spaces, Physical Environment and Public Services; Housing and Respect and Social Inclusion.
How has the County responded?
How has the County Carlow responded? (An overview)
Key highlights on outcomes in response to the three key areas are:-
- Outdoor Spaces, Physical Environment and Public Services: Carlow Local Authorities in partnership with the Age Friendly County Sub Group is due to complete a Green Spaces Review, to examine how park areas, green spaces and vacant lots, could be enhanced to provide spaces and amenities which are attractive for older people to ‘come out and stay out’. This will include elements such as:-
- Creating meeting spaces in public parks which are age friendly.
- Proposal for the development of an age friendly park café which is run by older people for older people.
- Developing a band stand outdoor concert venue.
- Designating public spaces for healthy active living programmes.
- The Library Service of Carlow Local Authorities will consult with older people when considering Library Services development plans and will establish an ongoing liaison group. All Library buildings will be audited for accessibility to ensure that the library network of 4 branches is fully accessible and includes appropriate signage. They will also ensure loop systems are available at all library buildings.
- Housing: Regarding home maintenance Carlow County Development Partnership currently has over 100 older people registered with their County wide Care & Repair service. Areas of focus include
- Rathvilly, Hacketstown, Tullow Road, Carlow, Graiguecullen, Old Leighlin and Tullow. The Partnership has added information on socially monitored alarms and the ‘Message in a Bottle’ programme is added to their Care and Repair brochures.
- Respect and Social Inclusion: The Health Promotion Department is currently delivering an 8 week Age & Opportunity programme “Ageing with Confidence” to older people throughout County Carlow, providing an opportunity to enhance their health through group work and building capacity. Those living in isolated areas are the particular focus of the programme.
For more detailed information on these and the other commitments / actions please refer to the Carlow Age Friendly Strategy which can be found HERE