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Age Action welcomes additional home help funding

Published 16/06/2016


Age Action has welcomed additional funding for home help services announced today by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD but the organisation warned that thousands of older people will still not get the support they need.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “Home help services are in crisis with growing waiting lists right across Ireland so the additional funding announced by Minister Harris today is certainly welcome.

“However, the reality is that even with these additional resources community care is still grossly underfunded and thousands of older people are simply not getting the support they need.

“An effective community care system needs requires ring-fenced, centralised, annual budgets. But we need to go further. The Government should start examining how we can bring in a right to community care for all older people in this country.

“People have a right to a nursing home bed; it’s time they had a right to stay home.”

Along with the Alzheimer Society, the Irish Association of Social Workers and the School of Social Policy in UCD, Age Action recently launched a report on the state of community care


Age Action Ireland to benefit from Gas Networks Ireland Survey

Gas Networks Ireland is raising money for Age Action. If you've recently called their contact centre or had work done by them, you might receive a text from Gas Networks asking for your feedback. For every response received, they'll donate €2 to Age Action. There is no obligation to participate.

How It Works - If you've had contact with Gas Networks Ireland service centre or had work carried out by them, you may receive a message from Marie Lyster, their Customer Experience Manager. This message is an invitation to share your feedback. 

By providing feedback – only if you choose to – you'll be supporting Age Action Ireland. For every piece of feedback received, Gas Networks Ireland will donate €2 to our organisation. This contribution can support our efforts to improve the lives of older people in Ireland.You won't be asked for any bank details or money. Gas Networks Ireland is handling all the donations.

If you would rather not get these texts, just let them know and you won’t be included.  If you are over 65yrs old, you can contact them directly on their Age-Friendly service.  See their contact details here.

For Corporate Clients- Please note that Gas Networks donate €50 for each qualitative interview their commercial customers take part in.

Details on Gas networks customer surveys is available here.

For more information about our work and other ways to get involved with Age Action, please click here.