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Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Our vision, which is both optimistic and ambitious, is that:

‘Ireland becomes the best country in which to grow older’.

Age Action Vision & Mission
Vision of Ageing in Society in Ireland: ‘Ireland becomes the best country in which to grow older’

Our Mission

Our mission is to: ‘To achieve fundamental change in the lives of all older people by empowering them to live full lives as actively engaged citizens and to secure their rights to comprehensive high quality services according to their changing needs’.

Our mission statement reflects our commitment to ensuring that our work is aimed at mobilising and supporting older people.

We will mobilise and empower older people to advocate on behalf of themselves, their families and their communities as a key element of our advocacy work. As part of this work we will also challenge attitudes towards ageing and older people.

We will continue to promote the adoption of a life course approach which recognises ageing as a lifelong process. We will particularly focus on highlighting the needs of the most disadvantaged of older people.

This work will be informed by best international practice and will raise awareness of the needs of older people in developing countries, promoting global policies to protect and support older people.

Our services and programmes will support older people and their families to live full and independent lives and we will endeavour to ensure these services and supports are models of good practice.

We will work with partners in the business and community sectors to support the development and expansion of these services.

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.

The design of the new Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings Scheme is inadequate and fails to address existing inequalities in the State pension system

 

 

Equality for older people requires the re-distribution of resources; power and influence; status and standing; and respect.  Many older people live in the most vulnerable situations in our society with no capacity to increase their income while dealing with the increasing cost of ageing. A new autoenrolment scheme that further drives existing inequalities is simply unacceptable

A Strawman proposal for the new autoenrolment scheme was published in August 2018. A number of substantial concerns were raised at this time regarding the lack of information and clarity around the new scheme. Publication of the revised scheme – with little change from the initial 2018 proposal – in October 2019 saw little additional information made available on a range of crucial areas.

Paddy Connolly, Age Action CEO notes: “Efforts to increase pension coverage, while ensuring greater numbers of people are kept above the poverty line and in income adequacy in retirement are welcome. However, details of the new auto-enrolment scheme offer little information on how the new scheme will be implemented across relevant sectors and outside of paid work, and how it will help prevent further inequalities between those in higher and lower earning jobs, according to gender, and for those who are long-term unemployed.”