Programme Coordinator Bernie Donnellan

Chair of the Alliance 

Who’s involved?

Who’s involved in the Galway Age Friendly City & County Programme?

Chaired by Iognaid O’Muircheartaigh (President Emeritus NUIG)

Executive :
Iognaid O’Muircheartaigh,
Kevin Kelly (CEO Galway County Council),
Bernie Donnellon (AO Galway Age Friendly),

Membership:
Tom Scharf, NUIG,
GREBT, To be elected
Brendan McGrath, CEO,Galway City Council
Sharon Lawless, Galway City Council
Jackie Horan, CEO COPE Galway
Denise Feeney, Coordinator Galway Community Forum
Marie Skehill, An Garda Siochana
Frances O’Reilly, Galway OPC
Joan Kavanagh, Galway OPC
Evelyn Moran, Galway OPC
Sarah Wetherald, Regional Development Consultant Age Friendly Ireland
Declan Brassil, Galway City Partnership

What did older people tell us?

What did older people across Galway City & County tell us? (A snapshot)

The consultation process in Galway raised key issues around community healthcare, transport provision, social participation, accessing information and influencing change in the community.

In line with national finding, transport emerged as the key factor in allowing older adults the freedom to live their lives the way they want. They felt that not enough was being done to utilise and coordinate all the transport alternatives in the city and county and that rural communities were suffering as a result. Healthcare, and particularly prevention and community based supports, was something that older adults felt would have a huge impact on their quality of life and that of their families. They highlighted that Galway is evolving so quickly and often they don’t feel that they have a real opportunity to feed into this process and ensure that the needs of older adults are prioritised as highly as that of the young population. Broadband and internet access were a barrier to inclusion and participants felt that organisations were relying too heavily on these mediums without implementing appropriate training for the community.

How has the City & County responded?

How has Galway City & County responded? (An overview)

Galway Age Friendly Alliance has laid out in their strategy for the city and county a number of opportunities for action including;

–          A partnership programme with Galway Healthy Cities and Galway City Partnership to support the development of Galway City as a dementia friendly community.

–          The commitment to incorporate Age Friendly Principles into all future Local Area Plans and maintenance schemes.

–          The creation of an ongoing partnership with NUIG which will see NUIG become an Age Friendly University. Some individual actions include;

  • The creation of a programme partnership with NUIG Clubs and Societies Department
  • Annual project development with the Skills For Life module
  • Influencing and informing Click and Connect programmes for students to deliver to older adults
  • The expansion of semester times to incorporate lifelong learning opportunities
  • The utilisation of the Project Lifecourse building as a home for Galway Age Friendly

–          Galway OPC will develop an outreach partnership with Age & Opportunity to enhance the opportunities for rural and island communities to stay engaged with the Age Friendly Programme

–          The creation of Galway’s first Age Friendly Library in Ballinasloe

–          The transformation of the city museum into an Age Friendly Cultural Space

–          The roll out of Age Friendly outdoor equipment across parks and green spaces

–          A pilot of the ‘Be Active 55’ programme with leisure centres and gymnasiums across the city and county

For more detailed information on these and the other commitments / actions please refer to the Galway Age Friendly Strategy which can be found HERE

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