County Manager Conn Murray establishes Louth as Ireland’s first Age-Friendly county

And just last week this Age Friendly initiative was awarded a Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellance Award

And just last week this Age Friendly initiative was awarded a Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellance Award

Cllr Finan McCoy Cathaoirleach, Louth County Council received one of the twenty Public Service Excellence Awards 2012 from Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony held in St Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle. The award was for the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative ‘Sharing the Journey’.

County Louth was the only successful local authority recipient outside the Dublin area and was selected from hundreds of applications.

Louth’s pioneering Age Friendly Programme is supported and promoted through the Louth Older People’s Forum which is a representative group covering Active Retirement Groups, Advocacy Groups for Older People, Nursing Homes and Day Care and individuals.

The principle of the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative is that through the participation of older people through a partnership approach, creation and innovation will be enriched.

The programme puts the older person at the centre of the decision making process on service delivery across multiple agencies and the community and voluntary sector around ageing.

The programmes include the Men’s Sheds, Fáilte Isteach, Senior help Line, Friendly Call Service, Good Morning Drogheda, Care and Repair. Intergenerational programmes and the drop in centres called the “Parlour”.

Ardee also became the country’s first Age-Friendly town.