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The OPC has met a total of 4 times in 2023, 22nd March, 26th April, 25th May and the 28th of June 2023.  The OPC AGM was held on the 25th of May.  Mr. Bernard Kearney was nominated as Chairperson and Ms. Majella Dodd as Vice Chairperson. There are a total of 15 members sitting on the OPC Committee. We have recently recruited two new members to the OPC. 

We reconvened our Age Friendly Interdepartmental Group in May 2023 where we discussed the eight themes outlined in Age Friendly Strategy e.g. Outdoor Spaces & Buildings, Community Support & Health Service, Civic Participation & Employment, Communications & Information, Social Participation, Respect & Social Inclusion, Housing and Transportation. The meeting was very informative as each Department gave an update of how they are achieving targets for Age Friendly and their proposals for the future. We envisage to meet again in the coming months.

Special Guest Speaker at Roscommon Older Persons Network March 2022

Guest speaker Helen Rochford Brennan at the Annual General Meeting of the Roscommon Older persons Network on Thursday, March 31st 2022 in The Percy French Hotel Strokestown

Alzheimer’s care campaigner Helen Rochford Brennan attended as the special guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Roscommon Older persons Network on Thursday, March 31st 2022 in The Percy French Hotel Strokestown. Helen spoke to great acclaim on the day and made a lasting impression on everyone.

Walkability Audit Roscommon Hospital – 28th June 2023

We met with Ms. Christin Rohan, Patient Advice and Liaison Service Co-ordinator and carried out a walkabout in the hospital which was quite successful. There is a team being organised and we will be an active part of that team.

Consultation Day

We held a consultation day with an Active Age Group in Roscommon with the assistance of our PPN officers. We asked our audience to provide feedback to us on what they see as challenges, positives and opportunities for older people in Co Roscommon. There was very positive feedback in relation to Roscommon town, improved parking, new car park spaces were of good size. However, some of the challenges mentioned was the speed of traffic and the need for speed reduction measures required at pedestrian crossings. 

National Convention

Margaret Mulligan, Majella Dodd, Ruth Wallace and Kathleen Wall, OPC members attended the National Convention in Kerry this year.  They provided the OPC committee with positive feedback of the wonderful event.

2023 National Older Peoples Council Convention in Tralee with the attendees of the Roscommon branch
2023 National Older Peoples Council Convention in Tralee with the attendees of the Roscommon branch

Contacts

Local Programme Manager
Sheila Coyle
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Local Housing Technical Advisor
Patrick Flynn
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Local HAFH Coordinator
Local Older People’s Council Chair
Chair: Bernie Kenny
Local Age Friendly Ambassador
Paddy Joe Burke