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Eircode Fridge Magents

Age Friendly Ireland

Monaghan County Council Logo

Programme: Monaghan

WHO Theme: Communication And Information

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health

Funding Stream: Healthy Ireland Fund

Resources Required: Community Support, Financial, Paid Staff, Volunteer Staff

Cost: 1000-5000


These fridge magnets are easily read, can be written on with an ordinary pen and will provide peace of mind to older people and their families. They provide a space to include your own Eircode number, your doctors number and who to contact in case of an emergency. County Council staff working on the Community Call Helpline during Covid 19 identified an issue.For any of our callers, one of the key pieces of information we ask of them is their Eircode number. In some cases, it took some time for them to find their number and others in fact weren’t sure of it at all. Knowing your Eircode is vital in the case of any emergency. We thought it would be useful if we produced magnets that would be readily available with all the information needed in an emergency. These were then distributed to members in Social day care services, community alert groups, meals on wheels groups, befriending services with the support of our interagency partners on the Healthy Monaghan committee. Our library service also delivered them as part of their mobile book service and the community garda was also of great assistance in identifying those most vulnerable.

Aim of Initiative

Older vulnerable and isolated people

Who is it aimed at

Older vulnerable and isolated people

Steps critical to success

  1. Determing that there was an identified need.
  2. Prodcuing a quality product that would provide a solution.
  3. Ensuring that those who needed it most recieved it.

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Receipt of delivery of product was slow due to Covid 19.
  2. Demand exceeded quantity so additional order was requuired.

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Great feedback received from those who got a magnet.
  2. Production of product met an identified need.

Fiona Mc Entee - Healthy Monaghan Co-ordinator, Monaghan County Council,