County Council Seeks Applications for Next Age Friendly Town Programme

A joint initiative between Cork County Council and the Cork County Age Friendly Alliance, the Age Friendly Towns Programme sets out to significantly improve the quality of life for older adults living in the towns and to engage with older people in shaping their communities. The current programme will build on the success of Kinsale as an Age Friendly Town.  A primary objective of an age friendly County is a place where older people can stay living in their own homes and communities, lead healthy and active lives and are valued contributors to the lives of people in their communities. Age Friendly Towns will enable Cork to be an excellent place in which to live, work, enjoy live and grow older.

The Age Friendly Towns Programme involves profiling the town, consulting with older people, key agencies and services leading to the development of an Age Friendly Town Plan. Subsequent engagement with older people ensures the successful delivery of these plans. The Age Friendly Town Plan will now be expanded across three towns in County Cork, one each in North, South and West, with the idea being to support a network of Age Friendly Towns across the County.

The Age Friendly Programme is seeking interested groups to submit applications for selection as the next Age Friendly Town. Funding of €5,000 will be made available to support the introduction of age friendly initiatives in the towns with administrative supported provided by the Cork County Age Friendly Programme. Criteria that will support a successful application will include the availability of an engaged volunteer group with ideas for age friendly projects, the commitment of a named champion amongst the group to drive the process and the willingness of local key professionals/agencies to participate in the consultation, planning and implementation process.

Applications can be made to the Age Friendly Programme office and application forms and other details are available by email from aileen.hurley@corkcoco.ie or telephone 021 4285900. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st January 2017.

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