Launch of Age Friendly Skerries Information Pack

On Tuesday 25th August, the Skerries Age Friendly Town Working Group launched an Information Pack for people over 65 years. Cllr David O’Connor, Mayor of Fingal launched the Booklet in the Skerries Harps GAA Club to an audience of more than 170 people. The Information pack was developed to address the information needs of older people in the town, in particular our most vulnerable older people. It not only provides vital details on emergency services but also provides information on clubs and leisure activities for older people and will be an asset for all.

It will be distributed to all of the established estates in the hope to reach will get most of the older people. The information pack is also going to be available in Skerries Library and in the Citizens Information Office, New Street, as well as at Reception in our Community Centre.

Click into the pictures to see them in full-screen mode; click on “close” to return to the blog post. Photographs by Brendan Sherlock and John Coleman.

Jane Landy, one of the Directors of Skerries Community Association and involved with the age-friendly project from the start, reminded the audience that of the aim of Skerries Community Association – to help to make a great town even better.

Jane continued: For many years we aspired to do more for older people in relation to this but the challenge of understanding exactly what to do and how to do it proved very daunting. We realised that whatever we did, we had to be part of something bigger. So when we learned that our old friend Eithne Mallin of Fingal County Council was looking for a town in Fingal to become “Age friendly”, we asked her if Skerries could come on board and she agreed. It is fantastic to hear of all the groundwork that has been done over the past two years since the initial research started. I am delighted to say that three of our directors Mary Conway, Brendan Sherlock and Nunce McAuley have been involved from the beginning.

On behalf of the SCA I want to congratulate everyone who has participated and say how delighted we are to work with Fingal County Council, the HSE and the Age Friendly Association on this important and innovative programme. We wish you the best of luck with it and look forward to realising our collective aspiration to make Skerries a great place in which to live, work and grow old. 
For more information on the Age Friendly Skerries initiative, see this page with information on the Age Friendly Skerries Committee as well as this collection of posts about it.