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Lets Stay Connected : Keep Well Information Newsletter

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Longford

Programme: Longford

WHO Theme: Communication And Information, Community Support And Health Services, Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

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

Cost: 0-500


The Newsletter contained information on the wide range of services that were available to them. This was particularly aimed at those who were more isolated and did not have internet access

Aim of Initiative

the more isolated and vulnerable in our community

Who is it aimed at

the more isolated and vulnerable in our community

Steps critical to success

  1. the cooperation of all the members of the County Community Forum
  2. the ability to distribute accross the county through the support of Community Gardai, family resource centres,libraries,civil defence
  3. Longford Older persons Council database

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. the collating of all the information
  2. reaching out to those who were most isolated
  3. Covid 19 level 5

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Increased awareness of the many valuable services that are in the county
  2. Greater engagement and cooperation among all the key service providers
  3. Increased usage and more positive experience in their use of these services by older people

Evaluation / Report:
Very positive experience for all involved. A good example of what can be achieved when all the services work together. Changed working practices in, and between, statutory and community and voluntary organisations delivered improved outcomes, and this has important longer term implications for ways of working and funding; Inter-agency structures made a significant difference to the ability to coordinate and deliver the leaflets. The community and voluntary sector played a key role in identifying and supporting the most vulnerable and ensuring that they were reached.

Mary Reynolds, Longford County Council,