Programme Coordinator Ann O’Donovan
Who’s involved in the Dublin City Age Friendly Programme?
The Dublin Age Friendly Programme commenced in 2013. It is structured around 5 Area Alliances with an overarching Citywide Strategic Alliance overseeing the work of the 5 area alliances (see page 7 Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy – September 2014). The members of the Alliance include:
Independent Chairperson, Former Minister for Justice
Lord Mayor Christy Burke, Chair (DCC)
Eugene Bent, Chamber of Commerce, Director of Membership development
Conor Hickey, Crosscare (Director)
Brendan Kenny, Dublin City Council (Assist Chief Executive)
Prof Rose Anne Kenny, Trinity College Dublin (Head of Dept. of Medical Gerontology)
Prof Brian MacCraith, Dublin City University (President)
Hugh O Connor, Age Friendly Ireland (CEO)
Martina Queally, Health Services Executive (Integrated Services Area Manager)
John Twomey, An Gardaí Siochána (Assistant Garda Commissioner DMR)
Membership of the five area alliances are made up of similar representation at a senior level within each of the areas. Each area is chaired by an Area Manager or Deputy Area Manager from DCC.
What did older people tell us?
What did older people across Dublin City tell us? (A snapshot)
The consultation process that took place across Dublin City identified several common issues, particularly in terms of personal safety, isolation and accessing information. Some older people said they just don’t feel safe in the city but feel that their safety concerns are not taken seriously. The lack of walk-in community health centres and local emergency health facilities were also highlighted. Insufficient public toilets and seating sometimes deter older people from getting out and about. An over-reliance on the internet to disseminate information about public services and activities has left many older people uninformed, and changes to Dublin Bus routes have made accessing local facilities challenging.
How has the City responded?
How has Dublin City responded? (An overview)
The Dublin Age Friendly Strategy identifies 43 citywide action points designed to address the specific issues raised by older people themselves. Central amongst these commitments and actions will be:
– The City Council’s Planning Department is to work with Age Friendly Ireland in developing an ‘’Older Persons Impact Assessment Tool.’’
– A Citywide thematic transport working group is to be established involving public, voluntary and private providers and representatives from the Older Persons Council.
– The Housing Department will work with relevant agencies to facilitate, design and deliver a range of homes for older people that enable them to remain in their communities for longer.
– Service Providers will commit to the principle of “no wrong door.”
– An Gardaí Siochána will be appointing a dedicated Garda with responsibility for older people in every station throughout Dublin and introduce high-visibility Garda patrols in neighbourhoods with a high density or footfall of older people.
– Dublin City University’s Age Friendly University Programme Manager will be promoting and providing learning opportunities for older adults.
– The area alliances will encourage the Older Person’s Councils, to participate in the new framework for public engagement and participation through the cities “Public Participation Networks.”
– The Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance and the Health Service Executive will be partnering together on the creation of a network of age-friendly hospitals and GP surgeries.
– The alliance will promote opportunities for dialogue and interaction between younger and older people to facilitate greater mutual understanding.
For more detailed information on these and the other commitments / actions please refer to the Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy which can be found at http://www.dublincity.ie/agefriendlycity
For more detailed information on these and the other commitments / actions please refer to the Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy which can be found http://agefriendlyireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/DCC-Age-Friendly-Strategy-Final-Web-Version.pdf
Programme Coordinator Eithne Mallin
Chair of the Alliance Nora Owen
Who’s involved in the Fingal Age Friendly County Programme?
Fingal County Council and Fingal County Development Board launched the Fingal Age Friendly County Initiative on September 9th 2011. The initiative was endorsed by the County Manager David O’Connor who appointed a Project Manager, Eithne Mallin, from the staff of the Fingal County Development Board.Following ratification by the Council members and the CDB a Strategic Alliance was formed and the voice of older people sought. The process passed an historical milestone with the signing of the Dublin Declaration in September 2011 by the County Mayor. The initiative engaged in a broad consultation phase and since September 2011 several consultation days/group development days have been held throughout the county with older people including Senior Citizens/Active Retirement Groups. Additionally, an Age Friendly County baseline questionnaire was rolled out around the County. 622 responses were submitted by older people who wanted to have a say on what makes a county Age Friendly. The strategy was officially launched on Tuesday 26th June 2012 by Minister for Health James Reilly. The strategic Alliance is made up of the following members:
Independent Chairperson, Former Minister for Justice
Fingal County Council, Chief Executive
Fingal County Council, Director of Services
HSE, Area Manager
An Garda Siochana, Chief Superintendent
Netwell Centre, Director
Dublin City University, President
Age & Opportunity, CEO
Older Peoples Forum, 3 Representatives
Age Friendly Ireland, Regional Programme Manager
Dept. of Transport, Former Assistant Secretary (Awaiting new appointment)
National Transport Authority, Head of Transport Planning
County Dublin ETB, CEO
Blanchardstown IT, CEO
What did older people tell us?
What did older people across County Fingal tell us? (A snapshot)
Across all of the eight strategic themes (as outlined by the World Health Organisation) Transport has emerged as the most pressing issue. Specifically older people had difficulties attending medical & health appointments particularly those living in the North of the County.
How has the County responded?
How has the County Fingal responded? (An overview)
– Based on the feedback from the consultation process and the fact that Transport was the key issue for older people in Fingal, the Council in association with the Charity ‘Vantastic’ and the Fingal Older People’s Forum rolled out a pilot transport initiative which has subsequently been evaluated. Based on the cost effectiveness this route/service is now funded by mainstream HSE funding through the PTS strand. In addition Fingal have reconvened the Fingal Development Board’s Transport Working Group to consider transport issues with a view to exploring opportunities to resolving them.
– Consultation for the Fingal Age Friendly County Strategy revealed that many older people in Fingal had access to or owned a computer but were unsure how to use it for anything other than solitaire. While children of older people had bought them laptops to help them keep in touch, many were not being used for this purpose, and some older people were too nervous to even turn them on.
Other older people could already use computers but were keen to expand their knowledge, and learn how to carry out banking transactions, upload photographs and keep in touch online with friends and family living abroad. Computer training courses tailored to the needs of older people were rolled out by Fingal County Council and Fingal Senior Citizen’s Forum in association with Digitise the Nation. Digitise the Nation provided a mobile classroom with a tutor and 10 computers on board, while community centres and GAA clubs provided their car parks and electricity.
Over 120 older people availed of the computer training in Portmarnock, Skerries and Mountview over a three week period. Participants learned how to get started with email and the internet, making it easier for them to stay in touch with family and friends. They learned how to use the internet to search for jobs, news and other information, and even to save money.
– Older people in the Fingal area made it clear when consulted that they want to stay fit and healthy for as long as they can, using local facilities to do so. As a result the Health, Fitness and Well Being Initiative was developed. Under the banner of the Fingal Age Friendly Strategy, the Sports Development Department in the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown worked in partnership with Fingal County Council and the members of the Fingal Senior Citizen’s Forum to develop this initiative. The first phase of the initiative saw 50 older people from Dublin attend a 10-week course on health, fitness & well-being. The course was designed by 4th Year sports students in consultation with older people, and as part of the course, each participant was challenged to follow an exercise regime tailored to their own needs. For the second phase of the initiative, the 4th Year students developed a two-day course for 45 older people from around the county. This “taster day” course offered sessions on nutrition, horticulture and computers, as well as instruction on how to use gym equipment safely and demonstrations on using the Tone Zone equipment in local parks.
For more detailed information on these and the other commitments / actions please refer to the Fingal Age Friendly Strategy which can be found HERE
Chair of the Alliance Danny McLoughlin
In September 2011, South Dublin signed up to the goal of becoming an Age Friendly County. In January 2012 an Age Friendly Alliance was established and is chaired by the South Dublin County Council Chief Executive. This Alliance includes representatives of agencies who are providing services to older people. Through their membership of the Alliance these agencies are committed to working in a creative partnership to improve the quality of life of older people in South Dublin.
The launch of the Older Persons Council and the Service Providers Forum took place in October 2012 and the South County Dublin Strategy was launched on the 8th November 2012.
South Dublin is now well into the implementation phase of its age friendly journey.
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