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Sensory Boxes for older adults

Age Friendly Ireland

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Programme: Cork City

WHO Theme: Community Support And Health Services, Respect And Social Inclusion

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Physical Activity, Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Staying Connected, Your Body Your Health

Funding Stream: Sec 39 HSE Funding

Resources Required: Community Support, Financial, Volunteer Staff

Cost: 0-500


Sensory garden box consisting of perennial flowers, herbs delivered to cocooning older adults in Cork North. The initiative targeted those with little or no access to outdoor space and linked with meals and wheels and befriending services in the area to deliver the sensory boxes by volunteers known to the recipient.

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

Older adults

Steps critical to success

  1. Community involvement
  2. Volunteer involvement
  3. Ongoing support

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Funding
  2. n/a
  3. n/a

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Improved mental health
  2. Improved wellbeing
  3. Decreased social isolation

Evaluation / Report:

Micheàl O Connor, HSE HAZ community health worker Cork North