The Irish Age Friendly Cities & Counties Programme is a national initiative aimed at developing an ‘age friendly cities & counties programme’ in all Local Authority areas in the country.  To date there are 11 such programmes fully operational, with a further ten on the starting blocks and the ambition is to have the remaining 13 areas operational by the end of 2013.

The programme now involves a clear three stage process:

  1. Formation of a strong Alliance of senior managers across the local authority, health service, police, business community, voluntary organisations and academic institutions, with representatives from the Older People’s Forum, chaired by the County/City Manager;
  2. Extensive consultation with older people and their organisations, the formation of an Older Person’s Forum, and the development of a draft Strategy reflecting the priorities articulated by older people and key stakeholders
  3. Finalisation of the strategy and a process for reviewing and supporting implementation as well as affiliation to the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Visit the project website here