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Our Core Values

At the heart of our work in Age Action are a series of core values which inform and guide every aspect of our advocacy work, services, policies and practices.

They are based on respect for the dignity of every person.

Our values are as follows:

Actively Engaged Citizens

  • All people should have opportunities to be actively engaged in their own welfare and development.
  • We will strive to ensure that every older person has the opportunity to live interdependently with family and community.

Justice and Equality

  • We will challenge all forms of discrimination against older people.
  • We will challenge disadvantages experienced by older people.
  • We are committed to justice and equality for all people including older people.
  • We will strive to ensure that every person has the right to equal access to services according to their needs.
  • We value the diversity of people of all ages.

Highest Standards of Service

  • We promote the maximum participation of older people in all aspects of our work.
  • We listen to all people.
  • We adopt the highest ethical standards in all our work.
  • We will deliver the highest standards of service to users of our services.

Professional Organisation

  • We will be efficient and effective in our work.
  • Every member of our staff will feel included as part of the organisation in an open, friendly environment.
  • Age will not be a barrier to employment in Age Action.
  • We will adopt the highest standards of corporate compliance and accountability.
  • We work in collaboration with others to the benefit of our members and the users of our services

Strategic Plan 2016-2018

Age Action's Core Values are a key element of our Strategic Plan 2016-18. You can download the full document in PDF format by clicking the link below.

Molly's story

Molly's story | Age Action | Keep the Lights On

Molly is 80. Last year her home was left in darkness because she couldn't climb on a chair to change a light-bulb.

We help people like Molly. You help us do that.

World Refugee Day

 Today, June 20th is World Refugee Day. The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This is the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen in its almost 70 years. Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, released this week shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. To put this in perspective, this is double the level of 20 years ago, 2.3 million more than a year ago, and corresponds to a population between that of Thailand and Turkey.   Today, older refugees make up some 8.5 per cent of the overall population of concern to UNHCR, and by 2050 more of the world will be over 60 than under 12. Older refugees experience an additional burden due to their age and associated conditions. In a report published by the Centre for Policy on Ageing and Age UK, they identified that “the main issues facing older refugees and asylum seekers are low income, the language barrier, the risk of loneliness and a lack of social networks, and possibly a loss of social status”.  Reduced mobility and a high number of chronic medical conditions also greatly impact the life of an older refugee, as adequate and culturally appropriate healthcare is often difficult to access. As well, throughout their time in refugee shelters, older refugees are also more likely to experience social disintegration, the impact of negative social selection and chronic dependency on the resources of refugee shelters. According to the International Federation on Ageing “The contributions of older refugees can have far-reaching impacts on the preservation of the cultures and traditions of disposed and displaced people. The wisdom and experiences of older refugees must be harnessed through formal and informal leadership roles, to improve the welfare of all refugees”. Marion MacGregor, writing for InfoMigrants says “Older refugees can be seen as an asset, rather than simply requiring special care. In many families, it falls to them to look after children so that their parents can work….. Older people are transmitters of culture, skills and crafts that are important in preserving traditions of displaced people. The resilience of older people can help to strengthen communities and they can contribute to positive and peace-building interactions with the local host communities.”    

You might be due a tax refund

 

 

Revenue wants to make sure that everyone knows about the tax credits, reliefs and exemptions they are entitled to. Revenue wrote to some people recently telling them that they might be entitled to a tax refund going back as far as 2014.
If you think that you might also be due a tax refund for the year 2014, you need to submit a claim to Revenue before midnight on 31 December 2018. If you don’t want to miss out, submit your claim to Revenue before then.