Skerries Community Association Accounts 2020

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For information about the AGM on 4th October 2021, and the report for 2020/21 go to AGM 2021: The 2020/21 Report

AGM 2021: The 2020/21 Report

This year, the annual report about the work of the Skerries Community Association and its committees will not be distributed to every household in Skerries. A limited number of printed copies will be available in the Community Centre, in local shops, in the week before the AGM (4th October 2021) and on request by email to chair@skerriesca.com.

Click on the thumbnail below to see the full report with turnable pages.

Skerries Community Association & Committees 2020/21 Report

And if you’d like the links to be clickable, open the PDF here:

AGM 2020: The 2019/20 Report

This year, the annual report about the work of the Skerries Community Association and its committees will not be distributed to every household in Skerries. A limited number of printed copies will be available from 10/10/2020 in the Community Centre, in local shops, and on request by email to chair@skerriesca.com.

Click on the thumbnail below to see the full report with turnable pages.

SCA and Committees: Our 2019/20 Report

And if you’d like the links to be clickable, open the PDF here:

COVID-19 Help Information

Self-Isolation Skerries volunteer group

  • Are you self-isolating owing to health concerns from the Coronavirus?
  • Home alone and unable to go to the shops / chemists?

If so, we are here to help.

We are a group of local Skerries residents, working with the Skerries Community Association and Age Friendly Skerries, willing to help you.

Our services include:

  • Shopping service / collection
  • Prescription collection

If you are in need of some assistance please text or call

085 81 28 509

083 01 05 946

Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Disclaimer:

In using this service, clients understand that this is an informal group of local volunteers. We will be strictly adhering to health guidelines as outlined by the HSE in order to protect both the volunteers, and those we will be helping, from any spread of the virus.

Leaflets with the above text are being delivered by volunteers to Skerries households from 14 to 16 March and are kindly sponsored by the Image Depot Skerries and the Skerries Community Association.

Image of the COVID-19 leaflet being delivered to Skerries households (text is the same as this post).

Age Friendly Skerries Community Transport Initiative

community carGo Car and Fingal County Council are working with Skerries Age Friendly Town to deliver a new community transport initiative for older people in the towns and hinterland of Skerries, and Howth. This pilot initiative is in response to the recent consultation & transport needs survey carried out in the area, it will run over a four-month trial period & is being supported by the Transport Coordination Unit for Louth, Meath, Fingal.
The service will enable older people to continue to be active in their community and to attend hospital, health and wellness appointments. The service will be volunteer led and will be available throughout the week and at weekends depending on availability of volunteers.
To avail of this service you need to

  • Be over 55 years
  • Register with Local Link (see address below)
  • Book in advance by phone, text, email or transport App

Volunteer Drivers Needed

If you are retired and find that you have time to spare, why not become a volunteer driver. If you would like to help get the project started please contact us at Flexibus on 046-9074830 or at the address below
Volunteers will be provided with training and will be Garda vetted before taking to the roads.

Tel: 046 907 4830
Freephone: 1800 303 707

Local Link Louth Meath Fingal 23 Mullaghboy Industrial Estate, Mullaghboy,
Navan, Co Meath C15 WKO9
Tel: 046 907 4830 Freephone: 1800 303 707 Email: imf@locallink.ie

Age Friendly Skerries at 2017 Pride of Place competition launch

At the launch of Fingal County Council’s 2017 Pride of Place Competition, Nunce McAuley, Martin Russell and Brendan Sherlock representing Age Friendly Skerries accepted a certificate in recognition of the Skerries Age Friendly Town Initiative entry advancing to the 2016 finals.

Receiving certificate for representing Fingal in the 2016 Pride of Place finals

The event took place in The Atrium, County Hall, Swords on Tuesday, February 28th.  At the event, all three groups who represented Fingal in the 2016 Pride of Place Competition were recognised for their great achievements.

Raif Costigan of Fingal County Council was MC for the evening and introduced the Mayor of Fingal Darragh Butler, Tom Dowling of Pride of Place Ireland and Paul Reid CEO Fingal County Council ​who spoke and congratulated all three groups who represented Fingal in the 2016 finals at the Belfast Waterfront last November.

Next up came presentations to the three groups in recognition of participating and representing Fingal. All three groups were invited to say a few words as to their experience of having participated in Pride of Place 2016. Each group were photographed and then group shots were taken.

The Tower singers entertained and refreshments were much appreciated to round off a very enjoyable evening.

Many thanks to all who organised a very pleasant evening

Age Friendly Award for Skerries Group

Skerries is a good place for people of all ages. This is the result of the work of many – including members of a Skerries initiative, who recently received an Age Friendly award.

In this picture:   Back row: Brendan McNicholas 3rd Officer Dublin Fire Brigade; Eithne Mallin – FCC; Louise Edmonds – FCC; Brendan Sherlock – Skerries Community Association; AnnMarie Farrelly – FCC; Nora Owen – Chair Fingal Age Friendly Alliance; Front row: Cllr Mags Murray – Mayor of Fingal; Martin Russell – Skerries Community Association; Mary Conway Skerries Community Association; Bob McAlpine – Vice Chair Fingal Senior Citizen’s Forum Photo: Leo “George” Devitt

The picture of the Skerries / Fingal contingent at the awards ceremony gives you a good idea of the level of cooperation which made this possible. One of the results of their work is the current redevelopment of our Town Park with particular emphasis on making it an environment that is “friendly” to people of all ages.

Age Friendly Skerries is a committee of Skerries Community Association, and more initiatives are underway – keep your eyes open for updates!

The purpose of the first Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards Ceremony, held in Cavan on 20 January 2015 was “to showcase the wonderful age-friendly initiatives from around the country that have contributed to making Ireland a great place to grow old.”

Age Friendly Environment Award SKERRIES

Master of Ceremonies and President Elect of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Aogán O’Fearghaill said:

It is so inspiring to be here today and hear about all the wonderful work going on around the country to make Ireland make our communities more age friendly. The benefits of an age friendly approach will be felt by all members of the community, not just older people. Working towards the goal of age friendliness makes for more cohesive communities.

Other projects chosen for recognition were:

  • Age Friendly Transport Award – Two Partnership Approaches for Hospital Appointments in Co Meath
  • Age Friendly Active and Healthy Ageing Award – Intergenerational and Creative Development at MacAuley Place, Naas, Kildare
  • Age Friendly Business Award – Cavan Age Friendly Business Recognition Scheme
  • Age Friendly Safety and Security Award – Foxford Safety and Security Project
  • Age Friendly Communication Award – Kilkenny Age Friendly Communication Plan
  • Age Friendly Community Innovation Award – Cultaca Supporting Older People, Dundalk

See also the Age Friendly Ireland website. 

Skerries Town Park Public Consultation

Skerries Town Park Masterplan Consultation is underway now and closes on 27 January: As Part of Age Friendly Action Skerries, Fingal County Council is planning to improve Skerries Town Park. Plans are on display until 13 January.

Skerries Town Park from the site notice

From the Site Notice.

The plans for the Skerries Town Park Masterplan are available now in Swords & Balbriggan County Offices and in Skerries Library – as well as on the Fingal County Council website, from where we retrieved the documents on this page, too.

Please note that the current masterplan deals with the following aspects:

  • New Play Facilities including Children’s Playground and Multi-use Games Area
  • New Adult Exercise Area
  • Improved Path Network including resurfacing of existing paths, additional sections of footpaths and 3 additional pedestrian entrances
  • Provision of Wildlife Viewing Deck
  • Reconfiguration of Sports Pitches
  • Upgrading of Existing Sports Pitches
  • Upgrading of Existing Sports Pitches including improving drainage

Skerries Town Park Masterplan

click on the map to enlarge (opens in a new tab)

The Directors of Skerries Community Association are encouraging everybody, and all groups in Skerries (especially its own committees) to take a good look at the documents and to make any views known to devplan@fingal.ie

[Fingal County Council add: All comment,s including the names and addresses of those making comments, submitted to the Council in regard to this development will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented to the monthly meeting of Fingal County Council. Accordingly they will also be included in the minutes of that meeting and consequently will appear on the Council’s Website.]

Skerries Town Park Proposed Improvements

From the Report

Skerries Town Park Notificaiton Ad

 

Can you help Age Friendly Skerries?

logo of Age Friendly IrelandSkerries is an Age Friendly Town, i.e. a town where the community understands and responds to the needs of older people.

In December 2013, Skerries received its Age Friendly Town Charter. As part of the process a number of activities were undertaken in the town including:

  • A Walkability Survey
  • Consultation days with older adults and service providers
  • Audit of signage in the town

The Skerries Chamber of Commerce and Prosper Fingal Piercetown undertook to participate in the Business of Ageing programme, which is also being rolled out in the town.

Feedback from the all of this consultation was used to develop an Action Plan for the town, which will be launched shortly.

An Age Friendly Town Committee of Skerries Community Association is in the process of being established. This group will – among other things – be collating all existing relevant information; developing a new user friendly information database; and deciding on how disseminate this information to all the relevant stakeholders and older people themselves.

The Age Friendly Town Committee need your help!

Mary Conway and Brendan Sherlock of Skerries Age Friendly Town need your input.

They say:

We need people in the town to be champions for older people, especially
those who find themselves socially isolated due to health problems

Service Providers:

We need up-to-date information on your services for older people.

Clubs:

We need up-to-date information on the club. What are you doing for older people or former members and / or would you consider hosting an event for older people in the town at least once a year?

With your help we would like not only to update information in the town, but also to put together a calendar of events for older people in the town.

Please send your ideas to mary.conway@skerriesca.com or brendan.sherlock@skerriesca.com.

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