Cork City




Who’s involved?

Who’s involved in the Cork City Age Friendly Programme?

The Cork Age Friendly City Programme was officially launchedin June 2014. The programme is led by Con O’Donnell and Chris Dorgan, Community and Enterprise, Cork City Council. The City Alliance members have been identified and the first meeting will be held on completion of public consultations before the end of 2014.

What did older people tell us?

What did older people across Cork City tell us? (A snapshot)

Cork City have carried out seven public consultations with older people and groups around the city. The first consultation was held in June 2014, following the official launch of the Cork City Age Friendly Programme in City Hall. Further consultations took place on the 23rd, 24th, 25th and 30th September, 1st and 2nd October.

Cork aims to launch its Age Friendly County strategy in 2015. The strategy will identify citywide issues and subsequent solutions designed to address these issues raised by older people themselves. The City Alliance will play a key role in implementing the actions within the strategy and will work with the Older Person’s Council (when set-up) to ensure the voice of older people is heard and acted upon. When formulating the strategy, the issues and solutions will be collated and aligned to the nine Age Friendly outcomes.

How has the County responded?

How has Cork City responded? (An overview)

Following the completion of consultations in Cork City, the next step will be the development of the Age Friendly Strategy and also the set up an Older Person’s Council/Forum to provide the opportunity to share concerns and experiences as well as to ensure consistency of services, supports and outcomes throughout the City. The group will support the Alliance in the implementation of the Age Friendly City Strategy.

Purpose of the group:

–          Provide an active channel of communication between the Older People’s Forum and the Age Friendly City Initiative.

–          Provide the opportunity to comment on and influence Age Friendly City strategies, plans and projects.

–          To work cooperatively and represent the views of older people at local, regional and national level.

–          Identify key actions for implementation with the Age Friendly City Alliance and strive to achieve a number of the objectives in the Age Friendly City Strategy as a Forum.

–          Discuss concerns and issues.

–          Ensure consistency of arrangements across the city in relation to implementation of the Age Friendly City Strategy.

–          Provide advice and information with regards the Age Friendly City Initiatives.

–          To represent older people on sub Alliance committees including the Business Forum, Service Providers Forum and any other working groups that may be directed by the Alliance including Transport, Housing etc.

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Cork County


Programme Coordinator Lorraine Kennedy

Chair of the Alliance James Fogarty



Who’s involved?

Who’s involved in the Cork Age Friendly County Programme?

The Cork Age Friendly County Programme was officially launchedon 6th October 2014. The inaugeral Alliance meeting was held on the 30th September and was chaired by the Divisional Manager, James Fogarty. Other members of the County Alliance include:-

  • Orla Flynn, Vice President of External Affairs,Cork Institute of Technology
  • Gabrielle O’Keeffe, General Manager, PCC Cork South, HSE
  • Mr Michael Delaney, Retired Vice President at CIT
  • Dr Suzanne Timmons, Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, UCC
  • Chief Superintendant Michael Finn,An Garda Siochana
  • Dr Kieran O’Connor, Consultant Geriatrician, Mercy University Hospital
  • Shane Winters, Regional Development Consultant, Age Friendly Ireland
  • Andrew Hind, Senior Planner, Cork County Council
  • Lorraine Kennedy, Senior Executive Planner, Cork County Council
  • Aileen Hurley, Executive Planner, Cork County Council
  • Cllr John Paul O Shea,Chair of Community and Enterprise SPC,Cork County Council
  • Cllr Seamus McGrath,Chair of Housing SPC,Cork County Council
  • Cllr Tim Lombard,Chairman of Planning SPC,Cork County Council

What did older people tell us?

What did older people across County Cork tell us? (A snapshot)

To date Cork County have conducted a number of countywide consultations.  The first took place on October 6th following the official launch of the Cork County Age Friendly Programme in County Hall. Further consultations have taken place in Clonakility, Bantry, Mallow, Macroom, Carrigtwohill, Fermoy, Douglas, Midleton and Bandon.  Further consultations are arranged to take place on Sherkin Island and Bere Island in April.

Cork aims to launch its Age Friendly County strategy in 2015/early 2016 and the focus will then be on implementatation of the actions. The strategy will identify countywide issues and subsequent solutions designed to address specific issues raised by older people themselves. The Alliance will play a key role in implementing the actions within the strategy and will work with the Older Person’s Council (when established) to ensure the voice of older people is heard and acted upon. When formulating the strategy, the issues and solutions will be collated and aligned to the nine Age Friendly outcomes.

How has the County responded?

How has the County Cork responded? (An overview)

Following the completion of consultations in Cork County, the next step will be to set up an Older Person’s Council/Forum to provide the opportunity to share concerns and experiences as well as to ensure consistency of services, supports and outcomes of the Age Friendly programme throughout the County. The group will support the Alliance in the implementation of the Age Friendly County Strategy and the purpose will be to:-

–          Provide an active channel of communication between the Older People’s Forum and the County Alliance.

–          Provide the opportunity to comment on and influence Age Friendly County strategies, plans and projects.

–          Identify key actions for implementation with the Age Friendly County Alliance and strive to achieve a number of the objectives in the Age Friendly County Strategy as a Forum to discuss concerns and issues.

–          To represent older people on sub Alliance committees including The Business Forum, Service Providers Forum and any other working groups that may be directed by the Alliance including Transport, Housing etc.

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