An Age Friendly city is a place where more and more older people can stay living in their own homes and communities, lead healthy and active lives, get to where they want to go, when they want to go, and are valued contributors to the lives of their communities.
Although this process began through the Cork City Healthy City Steering Group, most see the tipping point as the public consultation event here in City Hall in November 2013 when, after a public invitation was issued to come and discuss what was needed to make Cork age friendly, over 500 people came and did just that.
In May 2014 Cork City Council announced its intention to apply for Age Friendly City status with an official launch and in the Autumn/Winter of 2014 commenced localised consultation in Cork’s six district electoral divisions (DEDs). In the spring of 2015 interested parties were invited to form the Cork Older Peoples’ Forum. They selected 4 representatives to articulate the views of older people on the Cork Age Friendly City Alliance.
The Older People’s Forum is a key stakeholder group of the Cork Age Friendly City Programme. The Forum provides a forum for older people in the City to come together, share concerns and experiences, and to inform the decision making process of the Cork Age Friendly City Programme, as well as to contribute to the wider national Age Friendly Programme.
As part of Heritage Week 2019, Cork City Council and Cork Age Friendly City Programme organised an event in Bishop Lucey Park on Wednesday, 21st August 2019 to celebrate the city's rich oral and built heritage together with storytelling, music and games of our youth.
Speakers included Richard T. Cooke on the history of Triskel Christchurch, Liam Ó hUigín on the history of Bishop Lucey Park and its environs and David Ryan on Cork City Forelore.
Music was provided by Clann Chorcaí, Cork City Libraries Ukulele Orchestra and Coal Quay Shawlies.
For further information on the Cork Age Friendly City Programme or to have items listed in the Cork Age Friendly City Forum Newsletter please contact:
Cork Age Friendly City Programme,
Community, Culture and Placemaking,