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Opportunities for Employees

Volunteer on One of Our Programmes

Volunteer on One of Our Programmes

Are you good at DIY? Do you have time to visit an older person for a chat and a cuppa? If so why not volunteer on our Care & Repair programme - a light handyman and home visitation service for older people - 22,000 jobs were completed in 2013.

Opportunities for Employees

Do you enjoy surfing the net and sending emails and text messages? Then why not teach an older person these skills through our Getting Started computer and mobile phone training programme - 20,000 older people have been trained to date.

Donate Clothes or Goods

Donate Clothes or Goods

Spring clean your home and organise a staff donation day where staff bring in unwanted clothes or bric-a-brac, books and household wares.  Our collection service will organise collection of goods on a pre-arranged date.

Are you a follower of fashion? Do you have an interest in vintage clothing and furniture? Why not help out in one of three Age Action Charity Shops in Dublin city centre, Dun Laoghaire and Monaghan.

Organise an Employee Fundraising Event

Organise an Employee Fundraising Event

Organise a staff team building social event for Age Action and we will provide promotional material such as posters, collection boxes and sponsorship cards. Event ideas could include a:

  • Sponsored walk or run
  • Coffee morning
  • Pub quiz
  • Race night
  • Participate in one of many Age Action fundraising events

Borrow an Age Action Positive Ageing Photography Exhibition

Borrow an Age Action Positive Ageing Photography Exhibition

This inspirational exhibition contains 30 wonderful photos and stories of older people still working, enjoying hobbies, hill walking, marathon running, graduating and enjoying life with family and friends. The exhibition could be displayed at a fundraising event such as a Coffee Morning / Clothes and Goods Donation event.

Nominate Age Action as your Company’s Charity of the Year

Age Action is Ireland’s leading charity promoting positive ageing and better policies and services for all older people. Working with and for older people, we aim to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow old. Choose Age Action as your Charity of the Year and help us make a real difference in the lives of older people.

If you would like more information on any of the above suggestions please contact us at fundraising@ageaction.ie

Age Action Ireland
10a Grattan Crescent
Dublin 8
Tel: 01 475 6989
Fax: 01 475 6011

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.