TWO communities in Limerick have been awarded Age Friendly Town recognition.
The Northside of Limerick City and Cappamore are amongst 15 towns, villages and neighbourhoods across Ireland to have won awards this week.
The announcement, was made at a seminar in Limerick on Monday titled ‘Building Age Friendly Towns’ and comes less than a week after the launch of the Limerick Age Friendly Programme.
The Age Friendly Towns (AFT) project, a sub-programme of the Counties Programme, is aimed at examining how the concept of age-friendliness would work in a more geographically defined area, with a stronger focus on service responsiveness and delivery.
This week’s seminar was opened by Jan O’Sullivan, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, and was attended by more than 70 representatives from across Ireland, including local authority staff, planners, engineers, community officers and those involved in the Age Friendly Towns process.
The primary focus of the event was to look at how collaborative planning can improve the quality of life of older adults and make Irish towns and neighbourhoods more age friendly. There was also a Recognition Ceremony held for the 15 towns that have completed the Age Friendly Towns programme.
Minister O’Sullivan acknowledged that as Ireland’s population ages it poses “challenges and opportunities” to service providers in how they provide their services to meet the changing population trends.
She also welcomed the participation of Cappamore and Limerick Northside in the Age Friendly Towns programme, and said she “looked forward to seeing the achievements of the Plans as they are rolled out.”
The plans have been developed following an extensive consultation process with older adults in Cappamore village and the Limerick Northside area, comprising Thomondgate, Kileely, Ballynanty, Moyross, Ennis Road and Clancy Strand.
“The participation of all the community, but especially older people in the project, has been central to the development of the Age Friendly Towns Plans for Cappamore and Limerick Northside,” explained Conor Skehan, Chairman of the Housing Agency, one of the co-organisers of this week’s seminar. More information on at www.agefriendlycounties.ie