SICAP work with older persons: Security for Older Persons

Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to attend the recent meeting promoting safety and security for older persons (and indeed everyone) as part of Positive Aging Week. The meeting was hosted by Carlow Bank of Ireland and delivered by Carlow Gardai.

Older persons face a number of challenges, particularly those living in rural parts of the county. Research nationwide has found that older persons in rural areas can suffer a double type of exclusion, the first caused by increasing age, the second by social exclusion and difficulty in accessing services. There are a number of aspects which combine to increase this sense of exclusion, including social connections and social resources, access to health and social care, and general services and infrastructure, access to private transport and public rural transport schemes, income and financial resources, and feeling safe and secure in one’s home. (Walsh et al., Social Exclusion and Ageing in Diverse Rural Communities, 2012). The SICAP Programme is respo9nding to social inclusion needs in the county and older persons are one of the groups responded to .

This meeting was significant in the way it addressed the last element in this list, providing the most up to date statistics on Carlow and showing the work being done to ensure that burglaries are on the decline and people are more safe in their homes and in their communities.

If anyone has any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the local Gardai who are more than happy to help.

You can also contact Carlow County Development Partnership CLG at 059 9720733

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in conjunction with Age Action.


Across the EU the share of the population aged 65 years and over is increasing in every Member State. In 2016, older persons (aged 65 or over) had a 19.2 % share of the total population (an increase of 0.3 % compared with the previous year and an increase of 2.4 % compared with 10 years earlier). More locally, there were 7675 persons over the age of 65 in Carlow in 2016, thus 15.24% of the population of the county. This means that the county has an age dependency ratio of 19.9%. -  the ratio of people older than 64 to the working-age population -  which is slightly lower than the average for the State (20.19%)

As part of the supports for older Persons in the county, Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to take part in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week recently in conjunction with Age Action. We are now in a position through this collaborative approach and with our Care & Repair Programme to offer  users of the Care & Repair  Service  free Carbon Monoxide Alarms where there is none already in the home.

The Care and Repair Programme is support by the Tus and RSS schemes and is part of Carlow County Development Partnerships commitment to ensuring that older persons in Carlow remain in their own house s and communities for as long as they care to do so.,




For more information on this initiative please contact the Care and Repair Service on 059 97 20733 or the coordinator of the service Niamh Murphy on 086-0418554

Carlow Older Persons Forum supporting community engagement work by Carlow and Kilkenny Gardaí



Carlow County Development Partnership are delighted to support and highlight the very important community engagement work being done by Carlow and Kilkenny Gardaí in partnership with the Carlow Older Persons Forum.

On Thursday Gardaí were out and about in Graiguecullen, introducing themselves to the local community and reassuring older persons and the community in general that they are here and willing to help in any way that they can.

Accompanying them was Joe Butler, Chairperson of Carlow Older Persons Forum and Board Director of Carlow County Development Partnership to demonstrate the importance of older persons in the community and to ensure that their voice is heard by services and showing that they appreciate being able to contribute to the communities in which they live.







Leader Consultation with local communities

Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to see such a great turnout at the recent Leader consultation with communities at Mount Wolseley on. Facilitated by Mary Walsh CEO, the presentation included the latest statistics from the 2016 census which proved to be of great interest to all concerned.

Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 -2022

An Gairdin Beo was beautifully dressed for the arrival of Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly T.D. on 13/09/2017.  The occasion was to officially launch the Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022.   Chairperson of the Carlow Older Persons Forum Joe Butler compared the event with fellow speakers Cllr. William Paton, Cathaoirleach Carlow County Council, and Eileen Brophy, Chairperson of Carlow Age Alliance.  The National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS) sets out a vision for Ireland, and this vision is one that the Carlow Age Friendly Committee are committed to;-

“ ……a society for all ages that celebrates and prepares properly for individual and population ageing.  It will enable and support all ages and older people to enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.  It will promote and respect older people’s engagement in economic, social, cultural, community and family life and foster better solidarity between the generations.  It will be a society in which the equality, independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of older people are pursued at all times”.

The strategic plan focuses on the areas of

·         Outdoor Spaces & buildings

·         Transport

·         Housing

·         Respect & Social Inclusion

·         Social Participation

·         Communication & Information

·         Civic Partnership

·         Community Support & Health Services

There are a number of short-term, medium-term and long-term goals that are listed under the headings above that the plan will try to achieve.  If you would like to view the strategic plan please see below


Greater inclusion and participation: Mental Health: Irish Men’s Sheds Association Launches

There is a strong correlation between deprivation and negative impacts upon mental health.   A lack of opportunities for social engagement and structure can impact upon motivation and creativity and lead to deeper issues such as depression. Men are traditionally less likely to talk about their problems so an area of concern for organizations like ourselves is how to support groups and initiatives which assist men in this area.

In this regard, July 20th was a proud day for men’s sheds in Ireland, as the Irish Men’s Sheds Association launched its new men’s health website, The new website offers information, resources and advice from over 40 Irish health organisations. Based on a template established by the Australian Men’s Sheds Association, the website’s menu is intuitive and easy to navigate, being based on a graphic of the male anatomy.

Users select their age-range, click on the part of the body they want to find out more about, and are then presented with a menu of health topics (including conditions, ailments and lifestyle issues). They can then select from the menu to be taken directly to the website of the country’s leading authorities on that topic. READ MORE HERE.

Tullow Road Activity Programme 2017

Following on from the successful Play Day event, Carlow Local Sports Partnership (LSP) are now offering places for the residents of the Tullow Rd on the following activity programmes. All sessions only e2 per person.
Booking is essential - places are limited and they will go fast!
Contact the LSP office on 059 9136205 / 207 or email to book your place. The swimming lessons start this Wed 19th July ....

Venue: Talbot Hotel; Date: Weds 19th July – 23rd Aug; 6 sessions in total; Time: 2.30pm – 3pm; for beginners
Venue: Talbot Hotel; Date: Weds 19th July – 23rd Aug; 6 sessions in total; Time: 3pm – 3.30pm; for beginners
For 3 – 6 yr olds; Venue: Eire Og GFC Community Activity Area; 6 sessions total; Thursdays 27th July – 31st Aug; Time 10am – 11am; Bikes provided for children.
For mums with young babies; Venue: Supreme Fitness; 6 sessions total; Fridays 21st July – 25th Aug
For all adults; 12 sessions total: Mondays & Weds 24th July – 30th August; Venue: Supreme Fitness; Suitable for all fitness levels; beginners very welcome!
Suitable for older adults; 6 sessions total; Tuesdays 25th July – 29th August; Venue: Eire Og GFC Community Activity

Greater participation in the Community: Age Friendly Parking

The Carlow Older Persons Forum has been in existence now for nearly 2 years and is working to ensure that the voice of older persons be heard. One initiative they piloted was the reservation of parking spaces for older persons close to services, and these were rolled out at a number of locations around Carlow Town, including beside Town Hall and outside SuperValu. This initiative was the first of its kind in Ireland. In the last week this was extended to a new space outside the Bank of Ireland at Shamrock Plaza. Bank of Ireland are working closely with the Older Persons Forum to ensure that all its services are Age Friendly and this parking initiative represents another step forward in responding to the needs of older members of the community. CCDP supports the work of the Older Persons Forum through its SICAP Programme.

Carlow County Development Partnership responds to the needs of Older Persons in a number of ways, including through the running of the Care and Repair service. This Programme was initially established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people free of charge  and to provide a befriending service. In Carlow CCDP provide this service to over 250 older persons throughout the county, enabling enable older people to remain in their own homes, in their own communities, living as independently as possible, through the improvement of their housing conditions and their level of comfort, security and well-being.

If you are interested in receiving a visit from the Care and Repair team get in touch with us. Details are on the Contact page.