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Generations Together - Age Action's Intergenerational Programme

How Age-Friendly Are Dublin and Belfast Cities? An intergenerational perspective

Age Action received funding from the Department of the Taoiseach under the Communicating Europe Initiative for the European Year of Citizens to carry out a project in 2013. Following active involvement in the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012), Age Action in conjunction with Linking Generations Northern Ireland were keen to look at options for creating a lasting legacy for EY2012 whilst also connecting with the European Year of Citizens and taking an all-Ireland approach.

The project carried out a cross-border intergenerational exchange within the theme of Age-Friendliness. The project goals were to foster solidarity between generations, foster cross-border solidarity and to encourage conversation and debate around creating an Age-Friendly Ireland and Europe.

With the issuing of the Manifesto for an Age-Friendly European Union by 2020 by the EY2012 Coalition, the recent signing of the Dublin Declaration which commits cities and counties to be more age-friendly in Ireland and also a similar commitment by Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland, this project was very relevant and timely in terms of raising awareness and highlighting the importance of age friendliness in Ireland and in Europe as a whole.

Watch the video below:

How Age-Friendly Are Dublin and Belfast Cities?

European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, 2012

As part of the European Year 2012, Age Action and the National Youth Council collaborated on a Solidarity between Generations Programme where 13 intergenerational projects were funded and supported throughout the year.

This video was filmed at the Solidarity between Generations Showcase on November 28, 2012 where participants of these projects came together to share their learning, experiences and best practice. The showcase was in itself intergenerational with people, young and old, who are involved in intergenerational work creating a graphic harvest piece which shows the foundations of intergenerational work, the people involved, the projects themselves and the benefits and impacts on their communities.

Also, as part of the Showcase we launched the Intergenerational Programmes in Ireland Report which maps intergenerational initiatives which are going on across Ireland. 

Watch the video below:

Solidarity Between Generations in Ireland

Raising the Roof - Homes for All Ages

Raise the Roof Rally for Housing 18 May

Preparing to Raise the Roof

Age Action, motivated by intergenerational solidarity, is joining the Raise the Roof campaign to tackle the continuing housing crisis that is affecting people of all ages.  People are being mobilised through trade unions and community organisations, to stage a major national rally on the housing crisis under the banner of Raise the Roof, in Dublin on Saturday May 18.

When people take an interest in what is happening in their local community, seek solutions to problems and initiate improvements they are being active citizens. Community is the foundational building block of society and housing is fundamental to community. Ireland’s housing crisis is rightly dominating public discourse as it undermines our ability to live with dignity as part of a community.  Ireland’s changing demographic brings with it a changing demand for homes that meet the needs of an ageing population.

The Government’s failure to deliver on a whole of Government approach to ageing and provide good quality social housing to meet demand has resulted in older people feeling subjected to negative, ageist language about their needs and wishes for suitable housing and health supports as is evidenced in the narrative on ‘down-sizing’ or ‘right-sizing’.

In the 60s and 70s the State implemented policies to support owner occupation of housing. People on lower incomes were able to buy their own homes which went some way to addressing wealth inequalities. According to Professor Tony Fahey, writing in Social Justice Ireland’s book ‘From Here to Where?’, by the year 2000 even low-income households owned substantial housing wealth and were less disadvantaged by inequalities in housing wealth than they were by inequalities in income.

Most of the growing population of young private renters today grew up in homes that were owned by their parents. Prof Fahey identified the essential features of secure long-term housing as being affordable, and having secure tenure. As he says, “today’s private rented housing has neither of these features”.

Looking at the future needs of an ageing population, for those aged 50-54 almost 10% were renting from private landlords at the time of Census 2016. It can be assumed that these people will continue in the rental market beyond their working years which leaves them in a vulnerable situation.

We encourage any and all of you who can to be active citizens and march with us on Saturday May 18 in a show of intergenerational solidarity. We will be gathering at 1pm at Parnell Square. You will find us behind an Age Action banner. At 2pm we will march down O'Connell Street towards Custom House Quay and join the Rally for Housing (location to be confirmed) by 3pm.

For more information about the campaign visit www.raisetheroof.ie

 

 

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