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New Petal Project aims to help the county’s older population

Saturday, 15th July, 2017 1:00pm
New Petal Project aims to help the county’s older population

Pictured at the launch of the Petal Project and the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County are Cllr Tom Murphy, cathaoirleach, Donal Marren, Chairman of dlr Age Friendly Alliance and Philomena Poole, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Counc

New Petal Project aims to help the county’s older population

Pictured at the launch of the Petal Project and the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County are Cllr Tom Murphy, cathaoirleach, Donal Marren, Chairman of dlr Age Friendly Alliance and Philomena Poole, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Counc

DUN Laoghaire Rathdown County has the largest oldest population in the country, with 14.7 per cent of people over 65 in 2011, compared to 12 per cent nationally. 

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has been working with the Age Friendly Alliance to implement the Age Friendly Strategy which aims to ensure that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is a great place to live in and grow old in, well into the future.

The cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Tom Murphy, launched the latest age-friendly initiatives - the Petal Project and the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County - at County Hall recently.

The Petal Project is a simple initiative designed to address a perceived inaccessibility to toilet facilities identified by older people as a barrier to going out and about in the county.

The display of a small sticker with the Age Friendly Petal logo provides a discreet message to older people that clean and accessible toilet facilities are available without fuss.

Roll out of this project has focussed initially on council-owned community facilities, with the Petal logo displayed on all community centres, libraries and amenities which have accessible toilet facilities.

The next step is engaging with the business community and encouraging take up of this initiative across  towns and villages.

Cllr Murphy extended an open invitation to the business community to support the roll out of the Petal Project and other age friendly initiatives across the county.

To raise awareness of the initiative, key rings displaying the Petal logo are being distributed to older people in the county, through the council’s partners on the Age Friendly Alliance, the Network for Older People, gardaí, the HSE and others.

This will allow an older person to give a discreet signal to the business owner that they wish to avail of toilet facilities.

In addition, Petal window stickers will be made available to the Chamber of Commerce and business associations and are available from the county council to any businesses wishing to participate.

Cathaoirleach Murphy encouraged retailers and business people across the county to find out more about opportunities like these for businesses to show that their businesses are Age Friendly, and recognise the opportunities that the silver economy presents.

Like the Petal Project, the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County was developed to address a need identified by older people – an absence of information on services and activities in a format which they find accessible.

The directory contains information on activities and services relevant to older people and has been updated to reflect changes since first published.

The Petal Project and the Directory of Activities and Services for Older People are designed to enhance the lives of older people in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.

The council recognised the importance of the business sector in making the county a great place in which to live, work and grow old in and has issued an open invitation to the business community to support both projects. 

Both initiatives were identified as priorities in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Age Friendly Strategy and was developed by the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Age Friendly Alliance.

 

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