Short Term Actions (2017)
Carlow Older Persons Forum supported by Carlow County Development Partnership, Carlow Regional Youth Service and Carlow Men’s Shed will run an intergenerational cross-cultural “adopt a granny and granddad programme” so that older generations through hand-written letters, may interact with and communicate with school children who do not have grandparents and also improve respect and understanding across the generations.
Kilkenny & Carlow Contact Befriending Service will continue to recruit volunteer Befrienders with a particular focus on those over 70 living alone in rural areas supported by Public Health Nurses and other service providers.
Carlow Volunteer Centre plays a central role in the social participation of older adults,by supporting members of the public including older adults seeking to volunteer, helping them to identify volunteer opportunities suitable for them and referring them to the volunteering organisation. Follow up contact is provided. In addition, Carlow Volunteer Centre promotes social participation of older adults as volunteers are referred to volunteering organisations that support social participation. These include but are not limited to Kilkenny & Carlow Contact, Day Care Centres (different locationMeals on Wheels, St. Fiacc’s House Sue Ryder Foundation Volunteer Management Training is also available for organisations that depend on volunteers. Carlow Volunteer Centre has successfully supported the referral and placement of Transition Year students from St. Leo’s College in St. Fiacc’s House Griaguecullen as part of the
Enrichment programme. St. Fiacc’s house has and continues to be a hub of intergenerational conversation, learning and fun between young students and older
adults with the support of Carlow Volunteer Centre and St. Leo’s College.
The Kilkenny Carlow Education and Training Board, Community Education Facilitator will continue to work with older peoples groups to identify and meet their training needs within budgetary constraints.
The Health Service Executive will promote and empower older people to remain socially engaged within their own community through existing structures, processes and networks.
County Carlow Local Sports Partnership will work with Age & Opportunity to organise Go for Life Games, Go for Life Sports Taster and Go for Life Physical Activity Leader Training. They will also conduct an audit of Indoor Bowls clubs, identify issues arising and offer support where appropriate.
County Carlow Local Sports Partnership will develop walking, swimming, cycling for all age groups and taster sessions for particular sports that aid functional fitness e.g. indoor rowing. They will also support and collaborate with local clubs to promote Age Friendly sports clubs – a particular focus for 2017 will be to link with the Health & Wellbeing Officers in the local GAA clubs and the GAA County Board.
Health Promotion within the Health Service Executive will link with the library service, and community organisations in promoting, recruiting for and delivering programmes to older adults such as Age & Opportunity’s Taking Stock and Ageing with Confidence 8 week programmes, both in Carlow town and in rural settings.
Carlow County Development Partnership will continue to inform older people of activities/training etc. through Care and Repair, company website, PPN newsletter and the Older Persons Forum. Carlow County Development Partnership will outreach in partnership with other agencies.