Age Friendly Ireland | Shared Service function of Local Government
Established in 2018 as a shared service function of the local government sector Age Friendly Ireland coordinates the national Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme. The national Age Friendly Ireland Office is hosted by Meath County Council on behalf of the local government sector.
Since 2009, an Age Friendly Programme has been developed in each of the 31 local authority areas following application of a consistent methodology and governance structure which supports cities and counties to be more inclusive of older people by addressing their expressed concerns and interests under the eight defined World Health Organization (WHO) programme headings.
Within the framework of the WHO’s Age Friendly Cities and Communities model, city and county-based stakeholders are making commitments to shared action plans addressing pillars spanning housing, our health services, built environment, transport and employment. Under the leadership of the local authority Chief Executive’s and senior managers, governance is anchored in the multi-agency Age-Friendly Alliances, supported by broadly representative Older Peoples’ Councils actively engaged as co-design partners.
As a shared service function Age Friendly Ireland brings together, supports and provides technical guidance to the 31-local authority-led, multi-agency Age Friendly City and County Programmes
Reporting to a National Advisory Group comprising senior representatives from Government Departments and agencies, the local authority and business sectors Age Friendly Ireland has responsibility for:
In each local authority area, an Age Friendly Alliance is established, involving senior decision-makers from public (Local Authority, HSE, An Garda Síochána etc.), commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Through the establishment of an Older People’s Council in each participating local authority area older people exercise a strong, guiding influence on age-friendly local development. Age Friendly Alliances plan and implement strategies and oversee progress in each county. Many thousands of practical steps have been taken at local level under the guidance of these Alliances.