More than €190,000 has been allocated to improve local services for older people in Cork, according to Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate Councillor John Paul O’Shea.
Cllr. O’Shea said local groups to receive funding in Cork include:
- Cork County Federation Muintor na Tire (€14,166)
- Macroom Senior Citizens (€11,333)
- Ballyhoura Rural Services (€8,500)
- Westgate Foundation/Ballincollig Seniors (€7,083)
- Mallow Day Care Centre (€2,833)
- The Mercy University Hospital Foundation (€1,000)
- Alzheimer’s Society (€4,250)
- Ballydesmond Sheltered Housing (€6,900)
- COPE Foundation (€5,000)
- RESPOND CLG (€1,340)
- Baile Mhuire DCC (€6,000)
- Mallow Active Retirement (€1,416)
“They contribute significantly to positive ageing and better overall health for the older population in Cork.
“It is not enough to simply applaud the valuable service provided by community and voluntary agencies; that is why I was delighted to confirm these supports to expand and develop their existing services.”
Cllr. O’Shea concluded: “Improving and developing community supports is in line with the vision outlined in Sláintecare, which supports a shift in our delivery of care to a model that will focus on prevention and early intervention, and that will provide most of the care in the community.”
Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, said: “Projects approved for grant funding were selected based on their sustainability, and where a need for new or additional services had been clearly demonstrated.
“As I am fond of saying, we should focus on adding life to our years, not just adding years to our life; and on that basis, it is particularly important that older adults keep as fit and active as possible. Additional funding, secured by my Department through the Dormant Accounts initiative also assisted in supporting some projects with a physical activity aspect to them.”