Louth Age Friendly

Ardee Age Friendly Town

As part of the Louth Age Friendly County Programme, Louth County Council took the opportunity of making Ardee the first Age Friendly Town in Ireland when renewing its Local Area Plan. The vision included providing a choice of homes for older people supported by a range of services, facilitates and meeting places in close proximity to enable them to remain active, healthy independent and contributing to their community. A desktop research was carried out followed by a survey in the community and a workshop where all community groups and public bodies were included. A submission was prepared by the Louth Older People’s Forum for the Local Area Plan with key issues identified as:

1.       The rapid growth of an ageing population

2.       Housing for older people—providing choice

3.       Mobility—safe environments 5 minutes walking from essential services

4.       Public Facilities—seating and toilets in particular

5.       Recreation amenities—accessible safe outdoor spaces

6.       Economy and Employment

7.       Town Centre—pedestrian and cycle path circuit of the town

The implementation stage was captured in a review carried out by Louth County Council on behalf of the Louth Age Friendly Alliance and can be accessed here

Drogheda and District Support 4 Older People (DDS4OP)

 The main objective of DDS4OP is to provide support for the health, safety, wellbeing and community involvement of older people residing in Drogheda and the surrounding area.

This is achieved by harnessing the many skills and talents of older people so that the community will benefit from, and value, the wealth of their experience and wisdom.

Background

Set up in early 2010 DDS4OP (a registered charity) is dedicated to the health, safety, wellbeing and community involvement of older people living in Drogheda and surrounding areas, a catchment area of approximately 40,000 people. To date there are over 70 ‘older’ volunteers working on the six main activities which are:-

 Good Morning Drogheda” – a free morning phone call to older people living on their own to check that they are safe and well. This reduces feelings of isolation, insecurity, loneliness and vulnerability.

 The “Care and Repair Team” – mostly retired handymen or tradesmen assist in giving a minimum cost service to older people doing small maintenance jobs and repairs in their homes and gardens.

 Computer Classes – volunteer tutors assist older people on a one-to-one, one afternoon a week, to get them up and running with e-mail, exploring the internet, Skype etc.

 Failte Isteach – a fun way of teaching conversational English to new immigrants two evenings a week, using older people as the teachers.

Befriending Drogheda – matches older people with a suitable volunteer who will visit them at home on a regular basis.  The volunteer Befrienders are trained and Garda vetted to provide a confidential service.

Support – The Parlour an office where older people can go to find out about  their rights and entitlements, and be given information and advice on grants and anything else they may be having problems with, as well as filling in forms and making phone calls on their behalf.

 

Please click on the following link to hear from the volunteers who work centre - https://youtu.be/HoySQURMVM8

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