Programme Coordinator Mary Blowick

Chair of the Alliance Peter Hynes


Who’s involved?

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

Alliance is chaired by Peter Hynes (CEO Mayo County Council)

Executive :

Peter Hynes, CEO Mayo County Council
Pat Diskin, Chief Superintendent
Martin Greaney, HSE
Mary Blowick , – Mayo County Council

Kathy Rowland – Mayo Volunteer Centre
Frances Maloney, Community Action on Dementia
Deirdre Waldron – Castlebar Social Services

Sarah Togher – Manager Local Link Transport

Charlie Lambert – Mayo Sports Partnership

Geraldine Horkan – A/CEO Westport Chamber

Dorothy Devine – HSE

Jeananne Garavan   – HSE

Pat Howley – MSLETB

Cllr Blackie Gavin,

Marie Flanagan – Chair Mayo’s Older Peoples Council

Cathy Behan – Vice Chair Mayo’s Older Peoples Council

What did older people tell us?

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

As a rural and dispersed county, transport emerged as the key factor in allowing older adults to stay engaged in their community. Older adults identified that the current system just does not meet their needs and is creating a situation whereby people can go for weeks without seeing another face.

Given the isolated nature of many homes, people have real concerns about bogus callers and crime and feel that this issue is growing in significance.

An over-reliance on the internet to disseminate information about public services and activities has left many older people uninformed.

Other issues identified include better access to outdoor spaces and public buildings and

Improvements in health support facilities and health services to reduce stays in  hospitals and nursing homes and to allow people to stay living in their homes for longer.

How has the County responded?

How has the County Mayo responded? (An overview)

The consultation with older people was completed in 2014.

In June 2016, Mayo launched its first Age Friendly Strategy 2016-2020 which outlines how the issues of concern to older people will be addressed.

The Strategy contains a series of actions  under the 8 themes of Public Realm, Transport, Housing, Value and Respect, Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information and Health and Wellbeing to be implemented over the 5 year period.

In 2016 Mayo’s Older Peoples Council was set up. Mayo’s OPC  are

instrumental in monitoring the implementation of actions committed to by Mayo’s Age Friendly Alliance in the Age Friendly Strategy.

Initiatives implemented that aim to improve the lives of older people include Older Road Users Information Day, Walkability Study of Ireland West Airport Knock, Intergenerational Conference and Events including Skills Sharing Day, Cultural and Sporting Events and the development of a Communications strategy for older people to help they stay informed of services that support healthy and active living.