The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is part of a worldwide, World Health Organisation (WHO) inspired movement which embraces the challenges and opportunities that our ageing population presents by facilitating local authorities to take the lead on changing thinking about ageing, and how services are planned and delivered.
With live events cancelled all around the world during the Covid pandemic, the Age Friendly Ireland shared service, hosted by Meath County Council, is thrilled to announce that we are back and looking forward to our first live awards event since 2019. Each year a local authority hosts the awards and we are excited to reveal that Clare County Council are hosting the National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards for 2022 on 27th October in Dromoland Castle, County Clare.
The primary aim of these awards is to recognise and reward achievement in age friendly initiatives around Ireland. We are calling for organisations, individuals/members of the public, agencies and communities to submit applications on projects or programmes that they consider to be age friendly, especially those initiatives that have supported older people throughout the pandemic.
This year, eight categories of awards, aligning to the WHO themes, have been chosen as they have a meaningful impact on the lives of older people in Ireland.
We will be welcoming initiatives at both local and national level. We are seeking innovative projects from across this range of areas that have real impact and have the potential to be showcased and replicated. If you feel your project is relative to one or more of the above categories, you may tick each category and your application will be considered under each one.
Shortlisted projects will be visited by the judging panel and invited to Ireland’s Age Friendly Recognition and Achievements Awards ceremony in Dromoland Castle on 27th October 2022. Each category will be sponsored by a senior stakeholder from across all our key departments and agencies.
***Closing date for applications: 1pm on Thursday, 30th June 2022***