dlr Age-Friendly Programme
In June 2013, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) signed the Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities & Communities in Europe and is affiliated to the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities & Communities.
This means that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is now committed to working towards becoming an Age-Friendly County by creating an inclusive, equitable society in which older people can live full, active, valued and healthy lives.
The publication of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Age-Friendly Strategy 2016 – 2020 and the establishment of the dlr Age-Friendly Alliance and dlr Age-Friendly Programme were the first steps towards delivering on that commitment.
The dlr Age-Friendly Programme based in dlr County Council is part of a national programme working with partners to improve the quality of life of older people across the county by:
• Collaborating within dlr County Council to provide walkable streets, age-friendly public realm, housing and transport options, age-friendly activities and programmes with dlr Libraries, Arts, Heritage & Tourism Offices as well as DLR Sports Partnership & Active Cities Programme; the dlr Age-Friendly Business Recognition Programme and organising opportunities for older people to participate in community, social, cultural, physical and economic activities across dlr.
• Co-operating with local community & volunteer groups and organisations, Active Retirement groups, Men’s Sheds, older individuals, nursing homes and Day Care Centre’s in supporting older residents needs;
• Providing information on resources and activities available through the dlr Age-Friendly Directory of Activities and Services; the dlr Age-Friendly Magazine and Leaflets; information videos etc.;
• Supporting the dlr Older People's Council, dlr Age-Friendly Alliance and our dlr Age-Friendly Ambassador.
• Organising the dlr Age Well Expo; dlr Festival of Inclusion, UN International Day of Older Persons events and collaborating on Bealtaine Festival events;
• Promoting Digital Inclusion and providing funding to various Age-Friendly projects and groups across dlr.
dlr Age-Friendly Strategy 2022-2026
The dlr Age-Friendly Strategy 2022-2026 was adopted in November 2022 by the elected members of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the strategy will be launched in early 2023. Following widespread consultation, the Strategy offers an exciting and ambitious plan with more than 60 age-friendly actions identified by dozens of groups and organisations and a shared mission of dlr as "a vibrant place where people can thrive and fulfil their potential in their local communities and neighbourhoods throughout their lives".
The dlr Age-Friendly Strategy aims to secure the future of older people in their local areas and to engage positively within their communities for as long as possible with excellent services enhancing the health and well-being of dlr’s older population. It is centred on the needs and aspirations of older people throughout the county and is supported by commitments from stakeholders and partners to work together to make a positive difference and to help make Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown an even better place in which to live and grow older.
dlr Age-Friendly Magazine 2023
CLICK HERE for the online version.
This is the third year of the dlr Age Friendly magazine, and this free resource is packed with information, creative writing, recipes, activities and guidance on the supports and services available to older people across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
The 2023 magazine will be available in hard copy from dlr Libraries, dlr County Council offices, community centres, primary care centres, churches, nursing homes, day care centres and shopping centres around the county.
If you would like a copy sent to you in the post, ring the Community Section, Community & Cultural Development Dept, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire on (01) 205 4893 / email email@example.com
The 2023 dlr Age Friendly magazine is produced by the dlr Age-Friendly Programme, the Community Section of dlr County Council and dlr Libraries and is funded by Creative Ireland, Healthy Ireland and the dlr County Council Community & Cultural Development department.
dlr Age-Friendly Alliance
The dlr Age-Friendly Alliance is a strategic partnership that was set up in 2014 to work collaboratively on supporting older people in the County and to lead on dlr Age-Friendly Strategy development and implementation. The Alliance is made up of representatives from Age-Friendly Ireland, ALONE, An Garda Síochána, dlr County Council, dlr Drugs & Alcohol Taskforce, dlr Older People’s Council, dlr Public Participation Network (PPN), dlr Volunteer Centre, Dublin Bus, Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, Dún Laoghaire Chamber of Commerce, HSE, Institute of Art, Design + Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT), Go-Ahead Ireland, Irish Senior Citizen’s Parliament, Living Well with Dementia, Making Connections, Southside Partnership DLR, Southside Travellers Action Group and UCD.
The Alliance meets 4 times a year and is currently chaired by Eugene Magee, the former Chairperson of the Board of Leopardstown Park Hospital, current member of the Governing Authority of Maynooth University and resident of Blackrock.
dlr Older People's Council (OPC)
Some members of the dlr OPC pictured in April 2022.
The role of the dlr OPC is to:
• identify priority areas of need and to speak with a unified authentic voice on matters of concern for older people in dlr,
• inform and influence the decision-making process of the dlr Age-Friendly Alliance & dlr Age-Friendly Programme,
• represent the diversity that exists among our ageing population in dlr,
• participate in the National Committee of Older People’s Council’s.
Every year, the dlr Older People’s Council run a Small Transport Grant and Events Grant Scheme for its registered member groups to help cover the cost of transport and organising events during the year as well as arranging an annual event and AGM for its member groups. Member groups also receive regular updates on events, activities and funding opportunities and membership of the OPC is free of charge and open to all older people’s groups, clubs, associations, Day Care Centres, Nursing Homes, designated older persons accommodation etc. located in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
The dlr OPC works in co-operation with and receives funding from the Community Section of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and is part of the national Age-Friendly Ireland Programme. The dlr OPC committee meet on a monthly basis in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and from time to time, in the Dundrum area. The dlr OPC have the support of a part-time Administrator, Maria Cullen and Maria is located in the designated OPC Office located in 88 Inagh Court, Ballybrack, open every morning from 9a.m – 12.30p.m and also supplying photocopying and shredder services at a much-reduced rate to our member groups.
Currently the dlr Older People’s Council Committee are looking for new members, especially in the western side of the county, who are committed to improving the quality of life of older people in dlr. Please support us as we continue our work to enhance the quality of life for older people living in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Transport Assistance Grant 2023: The dlr OPC Transport Assistance Small Grants Scheme worth €200 per group supports older people’s groups, clubs and associations in the county with the costs of organising day/evening excursions and trips during 2023. The funding for this project has been granted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Age-Friendly Programme and the application form and details will be made available shortly.
The dlr Older People's Council Membership Application Form for Age-Friendly Groups, Clubs and Associations is available HERE. It is free to register and become a member group of the dlr OPC.
dlr ACORN Tablet
The ACORN tablet is available to loan from dlr Libraries providing age-friendly, easy-to-use technology. The ACORN tablet is designed with the older person in mind, and the principle behind the tablet is to provide more accessible options for those with little or no computer or smart device experience. The home screen is clear and easy to navigate.
ACORN tablets are now available for lending to all dlr Library members. For more information on this lending scheme, contact your local branch.
Ronnie Delany, dlr Age-Friendly Ambassador
As part of the Age-Friendly Ireland national programme, each local authority area is invited to appoint an Age-Friendly Ambassador - an honorary role, carried out by a local high-profile person representing the Age-Friendly Programme on behalf of older people in their city / county.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Age-Friendly Ireland are delighted that Ronnie Delany, Ireland’s 1500m Olympic Gold Medalist from the 1956 Melbourne summer games and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown resident, agreed to take on the role of Age-Friendly Ambassador for dlr in 2022.
Ronnie Delany is very well placed to be an advocate and an inspiration for the older population of dlr. His vast experience, his inspiring sporting, professional and volunteering career as well as his passion and professionalism are qualities that add greatly to the dlr Age-Friendly programme and vision for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown as an Age-Friendly county.
Age-Friendly Information and Support Services
See the latest copy of the annual dlr Age-Friendly Magazine HERE
dlr Libraries, Arts and Heritage Office also organise social and cultural age-friendly events. See more about dlr Libraries: here and Heritage: here
Keep up to date with dlr Age-Friendly news and events by following our Twitter page at: @AgeFriendlydlr
Age-Friendly Active Retirement Associations, Clubs & Groups in dlr
dlr Older People's Council are a representative committee for older people's groups, clubs and associations in dlr and to find out more information on the 40+ groups registered with the dlr OPC - contact the dlr Older People's Council at dlr Older People’s Council, 88 Inagh Court, Ballybrack, Glenageary, Co Dublin, A96 H1F8
The dlr Directory of Age-Friendly Activities & Services 2019 is available to view HERE and the directory is currently being updated. If you would like your age-friendly service, group or activity to be included in the 2023 dlr Directory of Age-Friendly Activities & Services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org / call 01 205 4893
Age-Friendly Physical Exercise & Activities in dlr
The DLR Sports Partnership and Active Cities Programme as well as Southside Partnership DLR's SWAP - Senior Wellness Activity Programme and many of the Active Retirement Associations organise exercise classes (in-person and online) in the county. Age & Opportunity also provide 'Fitline' - a phone and advice service at: https://ageandopportunity.ie/active/
The dlr Leisure centres in Meadowbrook, Monkstown & Loughlinstown also organise swimming and physical activities for 55+ - further details available at https://dlrleisure.ie
DLRCC Housing Adaptions Grants & Information & Grants for Older People and People with a Disability
See more here: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/apply-grant
For more information on the dlr Age-Friendly Programme, contact:
Siobhán Nic Gaoithín, Age-Friendly Programme Manager & Social Inclusion Officer,
Community Department, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council at 01 205 4893 / email@example.com
The 2023 dlr Age-Friendly Magazine can be accessed here
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