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The Meath Age Friendly Programme was launched in 2011, and operated under a five year strategy which began in 2012. The programme is hosted under the leadership of Meath County Council, is supported by Age Friendly Ireland and operates within the World Health Organisation framework.

The programme is built on the recognition of the valuable role that older people can and should play in shaping their communities. Our current strategy was just recently launched and will run from 2023 to 2028.

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“Meath Cares About Older People” information day, May 2023 with Meath County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nick Killian

Our newly formed OPC meets every 4 – 6 weeks. Training was provided to the executive OPC members earlier this year on what it takes to be an executive member, and the role of the OPC and also the wider OPC.

In May 2023, an information day was held, called “Meath Cares About Older People” and it was held in Fairyhouse Racecourse. Attendance was very high, with over 220 people attending on the day, from all across Meath. The event was a showcase of the many supports and services available to older people in County Meath. At the event, Expression of Interest forms were available for attendees to complete, in order to become a member of the wider OPC. We extended our wider OPC membership by doing this.

The Executive OPC is currently addressing the actions in the new Meath Age Friendly Strategy and in our most recent OPC meeting, we welcomed the chairperson of Meath Age Friendly Alliance, Michael Finnegan to meet our members and speak about the structure of the Alliance, the achievements that have been made so far, and the role that the OPC has in relaying important information to the Alliance.

We are actively planning a walkability audit of Laytown, which will hopefully take place in the Autumn. This will be the first walkability audit since the new OPC group formed, so we are all learning.

We will be working our way through the strategy and completing actions one at a time. The chair person of our OPC, Ita Healy will be speaking on LMFM this week to discuss the importance of older people making sure that their information on the register of electors is correct and up to date. Help is available for them to complete this and we are making sure that the correct information is available to all older people.

Age Friendly Towns

Completed the four stage process:

  • Athboy
  • Enfield
  • Kells
  • Slane
  • Summerhill
  • Trim

Contacts

Local Programme Manager
Valerie Mc Hugh
Local Housing Technical Advisor
James Kiernan
Local Older People’s Council Chair and vice Chair Person
Chairperson: Ita Healy
Vice Chairperson: TBD
Local Age Friendly Ambassador
Sean Boylan