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Intergenerational event

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Offaly

Programme: Offaly

WHO Theme: Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health

Funding Stream: Local AF Programme Funding

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

Cost: 1000-5000


A Teddy Bears Picnic bringing younger & older members of the community together with their Teddy Bears. A social event encouraging Older People to socialise in a safe Covid compliant manner This was a collaboration between members of the Offaly Age Friendly Alliance. Offaly Co. Co. Offaly PPN, The Gardai and Offaly Local Development Company. The aim: To create an event that would encourage older people to attend in a safe environment. A Community facility was identified with a large outdoor area. Refreshments were organised, a musician, a Clown, A Mobile Pet farm and Bingo and marquee. The Gardai also had a car and equipment that young and old could investigate. the objective: A great afternoon of socialising mixed with entertainment, was successfully achieved. There was a collective approach to resources including AF funding in conjunction with OLDC SICAP funding the event. The Teddy Bears Picnic was also a fundraiser for the Gardai ‘Little Blue Hero’s’ It was a very successful event with young and older enjoying the opportunity to attend a well managed, safe entertaining afternoon.

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

Intergenerational, Active Retirement Groups and others identified as more isolated in the Tullamore area. It was invite only to manage the numbers ( Covid compliance) Older people were encouraged to

Steps critical to success

  1. Engaging Event
  2. Identification of the Target group
  3. Collaboration

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Covid Compliance
  2. Limited Resources
  3. Unpredictable weather

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Providing a safe space to socialise
  2. Lifting spirits
  3. Illustrating how groups can come together safely

Evaluation / Report:
Report not compiles as the event took place on Aug 22nd 2021

Bridie Costello Hynes /