Carlow Older Persons Forum aims to set up an age friendly, easily accessible website for all older persons, which will contain details of the age friendly strategy and its goals, all services, activities and events of interest to the older person and annual updates and reports of progress etc.
Carlow Volunteer Centre as part of its communication plan is committed to developing and expanding its use of traditional media as a means of engaging with older adults. Carlow Volunteer Centre has increased its coverage in local newspapers in 2016. For the lifetime of this plan Carlow
Volunteer Centre plans to engage more with local radio and parish newsletters as a means of communicating with members of the public and older adults in particular. Carlow Volunteer Centre actively promotes across all media volunteering by people of all ages.
An Garda Síochána in their weekly and monthly local radio contribution will include one item of interest for older adults including driving conditions, behaviours towards older drivers and other areas of interest. 90% of older adults listen to the local radio and this medium will be used to
maximise ongoing policing message.
An Garda Síochána will also engage in a “Know your Neighbourhood Garda” road show, which will be a targeted community engagement with 10-15 Gardai visiting and introducing themselves to communities. This will increase trust and confidence by lessening the fear of crime.
The Health Service Executive, Health & Wellbeing Division will support the roll out of “Making Every Contact Count- MECC” which is an approach to behaviour change which will use the thousands of day to day interactions that the Health Service Executive and other organisations have with people to encourage behaviour change and have a positive effect on health, such as smoking cessation and alcohol reduction.
Kilkenny Carlow Education Training Board is committed to providing information and education programmes information in an age friendly format.
The Health Service Executive will design and produce a new patient leaflet for primary care teams in order to enhance knowledge of services and awareness of how to access Health Service Executive Primary Care services i.e. Public Health Nurse, Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy.
Carlow County Development Partnership will continue to inform older people through Care and Repair, parish newsletters and mainstream media. Carlow County Development Partnership will continue to support Carlow Older Persons Forum in their communication strategy, written, oral and on line.
The Health Service Executive will continue the roll-out and development of http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/ and #Little Things Campaign, to promote positive mental health.
County Carlow Museum will continue to provide their services in an Age Friendly way as outlined in their Age Friendly Charter including providing high contrast of colours on information panels for ease of reading.
The Arts Officer will ensure that a basic effective communication system reaches people of all ages and all on line content is updated and user-friendly.
The Health Service Executive will co-coordinate through SAGE briefing sessions in the Carlow area on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. The ADM (Capacity) Act 2015, passed into law in December 2015, is the statutory duty to use a human rights based approach to support decision making. This legislation has implications for a broad range of professionals, frontline service providers, voluntary and community organisations and businesses.
The Chief Superintendant of An Garda Síochána will assign an Older Person’s Champion within the force who can be a touch point for older adults and their groups.
Health Promotion will work with library Services and other stakeholders to provide educational and information support about health and wellbeing and work to ensure maximum dissemination of promotional material and information on National Screening Services such as Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening as well as glaucoma for diabetics.
Carlow Library service will actively communicate information on services, facilities and programming in a strategic and focused manner including:-
Update community information notice boards regularly with Age Friendly information and library services. Highlight and promote library services using relevant organisations. Make staff aware of the needs of older people and the services they require from library space. Circulate information highlighting appropriate events and services to all active retirement groups in the county. Visit some Carlow town and county active retirement groups to detail services. Provide weekly updates on events and services through parish notes / local notes / local radio. Display posters / flyers in parish centres countywide
Develop a section on their website to provide links to relevant sites whose focus will be on older people.
The Community Section of Carlow County Council will widely distribute information on a regular basis in a suitable format including texting rather than just other social media formats.
Kilkenny & Carlow Contact Befriending Service are committed to distributing information and giving support to older people on any issue which may support them to live independently in their own home and community.
St. Catherine’s Community Service Centre, Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre, Forward Steps Tullow and others will provide computer training to older people who have never used the internet to allow them access services online under the Digital Skills for Citizens programme.
An Garda Síochána will launch an Age Friendly Text Alert System in consultation with Carlow’s Older Persons Forum.