Who’s involved in the Laois Age Friendly County Programme?
The Laois Age Friendly County Programme was launched in April 2014. The Alliance is established and the inaugral meeting was held in July. The Alliance, to date, has been chaired by Anne-Marie Deleney, Director of Services for Laois County Council. Other members include:-
Angela McEvoy, Senior Planner, Laois County Council
Anne Goodwin, Laois Partnership
Joe Ruane, HSE
Caroline Myers, Laois Sports Partnership
Jackie McIntyre, Laois Libraries
Brian Bonham, Laois Trip
Shane Winters, Interim Regional Development Consultant, Age Friendly Ireland
Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer
Monsignor John Byrne, Portlaoise Parish
John Scanlon, Chief Superintendent, Garda Siochana
Anna Mai McHugh, NPA
Geraldine Delaney, Community &Enterprise
Ian McCormack, Community & Enterprise
What did older people tell us?
What did older people across County Laois tell us? (A snapshot)
Laois has conducted six consultations throughout the county to ensure that the planned Age Friendly Strategy is informed by the views of older people in Laois. An initial review of findings collated from the ‘Having Your Say’ report reveals that the most common emerging themes and issues across all workshops were on Transportation in rural areas were older people are isolated and rely on the kindness of neighbours to get around; and Communication & Information which included advocacy and the need for a collective point of contact.
How has the County responded?
How has the County Laois responded? (An overview)
Laois aims to launch its Age Friendly County strategy in March 2015. 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 newly formed Older Peoples Council to ensure the voice of older people is heard and acted upon. The Older Peoples Council is coordinated by Ms. Storm Powell, Social Inclusion Manager for Laois County Council.
An example of ways Laois County can respond to the issues raised at consultation is to review the bus routes and stops throughout the county with the Laois Trip service to ensure that the route is being fully utlised by older people. Other potential solutions may involve the provision of a local directory of services setting out entitlements and events for older people. Once the actions are fully teased out, the Alliance and Older Person’s Council will then respond to these issues and needs.