Programme Coordinator Mary Blowick
Chair of the Alliance Peter Hynes
Who’s involved in the Mayo Age Friendly County Programme?
Alliance is chaired by Peter Hynes (CEO Mayo County Council)
Peter Hynes, CEO Mayo County Council
FInbar O’Brien, Chief Superintendent
Martin Greaney, HSE
Pat McHale, Mayo County Council
Mayo Volunteer Centre – To be elected
Frances Maloney, Community Action on Dementia
Sarah Wetherald, Age Friendly Ireland
What did older people tell us?
What did older people across County Mayo tell us? (A snapshot)
The consultation process in Mayo is due to complete in October 2014. To date it has combined a methodology of targeted focus groups, public events and interviews. The process incorporated a review of the emerging national issues and supplementing them with local issues and ideas. Many of the key points that have emerged to date centre around service provision, personal safety, isolation and accessing information.
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.
How has the County responded?
How has the County Mayo responded? (An overview)
The Mayo Age Friendly Alliance has undergone AgeWise training in partnership with Age & Opportunity. The Foxford Age Friendly Towns programme has to date seen;
– The inclusion of a new pedestrian crossing as identified through the walkability
– New signage directing traffic and highlighting public transport options
– The roll out of age friendly business training
– The creation of a Trusted Tradesmen Programme in partnership with the Gardai and Mayo County Council
– A dementia awareness training event for local community and business
– A submission to CIE on for the development of public transport stops which offer comfort and shelter
Mayo Age Friendly Alliance will begin work on strategy development in October 2014. However, a number of potential actions identified include;
– A walkability assessment of the Mayo Greenway in partnership with Failte Ireland to create a more age friendly tourism experience
– The development of the Mayo Older Peoples Council in late 2014
– The transformation of Ireland West Airport into an Age Friendly Airport
– A review of key points along the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of age friendly planning and tourism opportunities
– The incorporation of age friendly principles into the development of the new Social Services Accommodation Centre
– AgeWise training will be delivered to the An Garda Siochana on a divisional basis to enhance their awareness of the needs and fears of older adults
– A representative from the new LEO has been assigned to the Alliance to explore the development of a business mentor panel comprising experienced older adults.