Age Friendly City

What is the Age Friendly Programme?

Over the next 30 years the number of people in Ireland over the age of 55 will double and the number over 80 will quadruple. Ireland is now in an ideal position to prepare for successful population ageing.

Ireland’s Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is a national programme being rolled out across the country to ensure that our counties, cities and towns are age friendly and meet the needs of older people.

It is adapted from the World Health Organisation’s Global Age Friendly Cities’ and Communities’ programme, which says that

“ In practical terms an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.”

Dublin was the first capital city in the world to adopt a city-wide approach to becoming age-friendly.

Dublin Age Friendly City Strategy 2014-19

 

Dublin City’s Age Friendly Strategy 2014 - 2019 is a five year plan to improve the quality of lives of people over the age of 55. The strategy was launched on 10th September 2014.

The implementation of the strategy is being led by Dublin City’s Age Friendly Alliance -a group of organisations, led by Dublin City Council which includes Age Friendly Ireland, An Garda Siochána, Crosscare, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin City University, the HSE, and Trinity College Dublin.

Download the full “Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy” in pdf format by clicking here

The Five Areas that make up Dublin Age Friendly City

For administrative purposes Dublin City Council is divided into five areas. An Age Friendly Alliance has been set up in each of these areas. These are cross sectoral groups.

The following are the details for each of the areas within Dublin City.

South East Area

The South East Area Age Friendly Alliance is comprised of representatives from the following organisations: Dublin City Council, An Garda Siochana, HSE, Crosscare, Dublin City Business Improvement District, Rathmines & Pembroke Community Partnership, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ageing Well Network and Older Peoples Council.

The South East Area Age Friendly Programme includes regular Alliance meetings, consultations with older people from the area to gather their concerns and ideas towards improving the quality of community life, events and activities such as Let’s Walk & Talk, Dance for Life, Neighbours Day at St. Patrick’s CYMS, Beech Hill Knitting Group & Terenure Tea Dances. Seasonal Arts & Cultural events are organised in all Older Persons complexes.

For further information please contact the South East Area co-ordinator Declan Hayden on (01)2223413 or e-mail declan.hayden@dublincity.ie

South Central Area

The South Central Area Age Friendly Alliance is comprised of representatives from the following organisations: Dublin City Council, An Garda Siochana, HSE, Canal Communities Partnership, Iveagh Trust , CDETB ,Older Peoples Council and Dublin Bus.

The South Central Age Friendly Programme includes regular Alliance meetings, consultations with older people from the area to gather their concerns and ideas towards improving the quality of community life, events and activities such as The Showcase of Talents, a Bowling Blitz and the development of an integrated choir for those with Alzheimer/Dementia related illnesses. Fire safety & personal safety talks also take place. Men’s Sheds and Men’s Groups Network comprises local groups from across the area who meet regularly to exchange information and plan events that engage older men in positive activities.

For further information please contact the South Central Area co-ordinator (01)2224664

Central Area

The Central Area Age Friendly Alliance is comprised of representatives from the following organisations: Dublin City Council, An Garda Siochana, HSE, Dublin Institute of Technology, The Larkin Unemployed Centre, Dublin City Business Improvement District, Older Peoples Council, Croke Park, Alone, An Siol & the Welcome Cafe (Dublin Migrant community).

The Central Area Age Friendly Programme includes regular Alliance meetings, a project to provide Men’s Shed and community facilities in the Community Garden in Rutland Street, raising awareness of the “Trusted Tradesman” scheme, influencing AIB and Bank of Ireland to improve customer service for older persons and assisting Croke Park in achieving an “ Age Friendly Stadium” status.

For further information please contact the Central Area co-ordinator Brian O’Connell on (01)2222089 or e-mail brian.oconnell@dublincity.ie

North Central Area

The North Central Area Age Friendly Alliance is comprised of representatives from the following organisations: Dublin City Council, An Garda Siochana, HSE, the Northside Partnership, An Garda Siochana, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, local businesses, Dublin Bus and Vantastic.

The North Central Area Age Friendly Programme includes regular Alliance meetings, development of Men’s Sheds in Priorswood, Donaghmede, Ayrfield and Artane/Coolock, HSE &DCC Community Walking Programme, Aqua Aerobics & Swimming to Music, Age friendly events in Memorial Park and Priorswood Park, roll out of Age Friendly Ireland Business Recognition Scheme and information sessions for older people on services and entitlements.

For further information please contact the North Central Area co-ordinator Aileen Doyle on (01)2228865 or e-mail aileen.doyle@dublincity.ie

North West Area

The North West Area Age Friendly Alliance is comprised of representatives from the following organisations: Dublin City Council, An Garda Siochana, HSE, the Ageing Well Network, Ballymun Whitehall Partnership, St. Vincent de Paul, Older Peoples Council & Dublin City University.

The North West Area Age Friendly Programme includes regular Alliance meetings, an information fair for older people in each area of the Northwest, an intergenerational learning programme, Older Peoples Council conducting a “busability” project to assist in the request for a more efficient public transport service for the area and taster sessions for new activities.

For further information please contact the North West Area co-ordinator Larry Dooley on (01)2225404 or e-mail larry.dooley@dublincity.ie

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