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Rockmount Care Centre

Age Friendly Ireland

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Programme: Kerry

WHO Theme: Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Local AF Programme Funding, RTE Comic Relief

Resources Required: Paid Staff

Cost: 1000-5000


The project’s overarching aim was to keep the older people around Killorglin/ Killarney and the surrounding areas connected digitally. When Covid-19 struck, They needed to find a way to stay in touch with their clientele and to enable them to stay in touch with family and friends.

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

Digitally isolated older people in the Killorglin/ Killarney area

Steps critical to success

  1. Access to Local papers
  2. Training/Support
  3. Communication

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Delivery of tablets, centre was closed , going to their own homes
  2. Next of kin who could help with Wifi issues/ connecting to the wifi
  3. Rural Location

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Acorn supoort
  2. Local connected to mass & newspapers
  3. Digitally connected seniors

Evaluation / Report:
Feedback from the Acorn users has overwhelmingly been positive with many now using the Acorn every day to access local news and stay in touch with family.

Mary Hussey //