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Silver Surfer Awards 2014

Silver Surfer Awards 2014
Google Silver Surfer Award Winner, Trudy Nealon

Google Silver Surfer Award Winner, Trudy Nealon (aged 70)

Trudy Nealon from Co Laois was named the overall winner of 2014 Google Silver Surfer Award with Age Action in October 2014.

Trudy uses technology on a daily basis for everything, as treasurer of the Portlaoise Active Retirement Association, she is also responsible for the administration of the club, managing its finances and membership database.

In addition to doing all her banking, shopping, travel arrangements and correspondence online, Trudy also uses her expertise creatively. For her club she puts together presentations of proposed holidays for the local group to choose from and she even produces CD rom collections of holiday photos for members who take part in the group tours. This year the club celebrated its 10 year anniversary and to commemorate the occasion Trudy produced a DVD of the club’s history for all the members, complete with titles, credits and a soundtrack.

Minister for Communications, Energy and the Environment, Alex White T.D. presented Trudy with her award and the prize of a brand new Google Chromebook laptop during a ceremony held in The Foundry building at Google headquarters in Dublin today.

Winner New to IT Award, John Flynn

Winner New to IT Award, John Flynn (aged 63), Waterford City, Co. Waterford

Having spent many years caring for his mother, John struggled when she passed away, drinking heavily and suffering with depression. With his doctor’s support, John was advised and encouraged to get out and meet people.

He joined Age Action’s Getting Started programme in October 2013 and loved it so much that he immediately rushed out to buy a laptop and connect himself on email and the various social media platforms. Since then, his life has completely changed and he is now a regular user of the internet for corresponding and watching his favourite sports programmes and matches including football and racing.

John was recently elected Treasurer of the official Waterford GAA supporters’ club (Company Club Deise) and is looking forward to using his computer skills for the benefit of the club. He has also taken a further computer course in the Waterford Adult Education Centre and thanks Age Action for helping him become computer literate and changing his life.

Hobbies on the Net, Sean Radley

Hobbies on the Net, Sean Radley, Millstreet., Co. Cork

For Sean Radley, IT is a passion, particularly when it comes to his enthusiasm and drive in his local community. From Millstreet,  County Cork Sean founded the community website www.millstreet.ie which documents the life of the local community and keeps North Cork up to date with all the latest news from the surrounding area. Sean was also instrumental in the launch of the local community TV station LTV and LTV2 and regularly produces and presents numerous programmes on the channel’s schedule.

As well as being an Arts and culture lover, Sean is also a music aficionado. As a member of the Millstreet Gramaphone Club, Sean uses his IT skills to download and create CDs of the old music for the club’s members. He was nominated by Louise Bourke of IRD Dulhallow, a Rural Development Company, Sean has been described as a man before his time for his vision, passion, enthusiasm and drive in local community communications.

Golden IT Award, Paddy Crean

Golden IT Award, Paddy Crean (aged 85), Co. Wicklow

85 year old Paddy Crean is an active member of the Wicklow Male Voice Choir, joining shortly after its foundation in 1998. Since then, Paddy has gone on to use his IT skills to enhance the group’s singing by sourcing software which translates written scores into music sounds for choir members who cannot read music very well. 

Previously, learning new choral songs from music notation was time consuming but now Paddy can put the new music onto USBs and Flash Drives so that members can rehearse new material at home. Paddy also set up  the choir’s website and continues to edit and moderate the site. His online skills have also led to his involvement with the Wicklow Active Retirement Association, designing and administering separate websites: www.activeretirement.org and www.wicklowbridge.net. He was nominated by several groups he works with and is described as an inspiration! 

Joint winner IT Tutor(s) of the Year Award

Joint winner IT Tutor(s) of the Year Award, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Dunderrow, Co. Cork and Louise Daly, Dublin (Joint Winners)

This year’s joint winners included 11 volunteers from Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals in Cork. The employees came together to give up their free time to deliver an Age Action Getting Started computer training course to the members of the local community of Dunderrow as part of their company’s Community/Corporate Volunteer Programme. A resounding success for both the students and the volunteers, the classes are a major talking point across the community. Taking place in Dunderrow National School, the volunteers deliver training on computers, the internet and mobile phones to those over the age of 55 with varying knowledge and skills of the digital world.

Louise Daly

Joint winner Louise Daly has volunteered in excess of 1,000 hours with Age Action. She has taught over 130 individual computer training classes as part of the Getting Started programme and volunteers at the Friday Drop-In Service whenever she can. With a relaxed manner and great sense of humour, Louise instantly puts her students at ease making it easier for them to learn and is constantly in demand by repeat students because of her patience and dedication! She’s even added the use of Apple Mac products to her syllabus and is now helping her students get to grips with the technology. Louise also regularly gives talks on the Getting Started training programme, spreading the message and encouraging people across the country to get online.

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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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