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Age Action Announces its First In-store Information Clinic as it Joins the Community of Newbridge with the Official Opening of Store Number 8

Published 26/09/2019

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On Thursday 26th September Newbridge became the official home of Age Action’s newest retail store reflecting the growing presence of the organisation in communities around Ireland.

Age Action’s chain of retail stores play an important role in the organisation’s strategic goal to support people to age in place; not only do the stores provide income to support the work of Age Action but they offer services such as free stock collection and house clearances as well as being a presence in communities where people can gather to listen and learn from each other about what it is like to age in Ireland.

Paddy Connolly, CEO Age Action said “All eight of our stores function as places where people can contact Age Action to find out about our advocacy work and our services. We want our stores to be closely aligned with our work to support and advocate for equality and human rights of all older people and so we are excited to announce Age Action’s first pop-up information clinic which will be held on the first Wednesday of the month in our Newbridge store”.

Each year, on average, 2,500 people contact Age Action’s Information Service about a wide range of issues that affect them and their families. The most common issues are; pensions or carers allowance, accessing community supports, accommodation issues such as fair deal scheme, homecare supports and age discrimination. The Information Officers offer guidance and refer people to resources that will empower them to make informed choices.  Age Action’s pop-up information clinic will start on the first Wednesday of November in the Newbridge store located on Edward Street.

Gail Kennedy, Head of Retail at Age Action said “The opening of our Newbridge store has been a very positive initiative as we benefitted from the experience of the volunteers and staff, particularly our store manager Bernie Crampton. Age Action has also partnered with the Kildare LEADER Partnership through the TÚS programme and built a wonderful relationship with Denis Nolan, our landlord all of whom have helped us settle into the community.”

Age Action’s eight stores carry a wide variety of contemporary and vintage clothing as well as household items and furniture all donated by our supporters. In addition to selling those items, our staff and volunteers build relationships with customers, refer people to Age Action’s support services if they are needed as well as providing a space for older people to meet and talk.

For more information on our network of stores visit https://www.ageaction.ie/how-you-can-help/our-charity-stores-showroom-and-stock-collection-service

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Did Budget 2020 Take Steps Towards a Fairer Society for an Ageing Population?

 

The Government's Budget 2020 choices did not include measures to address the inequalities faced by older people living in Ireland who are family members and contributors to our communities. Budget 2020 did not offer the majority of older people the support they need to meet the rising cost of living that is anticipated by the impacts of Brexit and it did not offer a concrete plan to support us to age in place.

 

Equality for older people requires the re-distribution of resources; power and influence; status and standing; and respect.  While the Government has increased some secondary benefits with the view to targeting people in the most vulnerable situations, which is a sensible approach, it has to be acknowledged that if people had adequate income to meet the true cost of ageing, they would be able to have choice over how to spend their money to best meet their specific needs.

The net affect of Budget 2020 on the income of older person headed households is;

  • Those under 80 and living with another person are €1.08 better off per week following Budget 2020 and have seen a weekly increase of €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those under 80 and living alone, they are €6.08 better off per week following Budget 2020, and have seen a weekly increase of €20.48 on 2009 income

 

  • For those over 80 and living with another person, their weekly income has risen by €1.08 in Budget 2020, and €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those over 80 and living alone, they are better off by €6.08 per week following Budget 2020, and €20.48 since 2009.

 

Some people who are over 80 are people in the most vulnerable situations in our society with no capacity to increase their income while dealing with the increasing cost of ageing. A person over 80, not living alone, received €1.08 per week to cope with Brexit, the carbon tax increase and the rising cost of living in 2020. It is on the backs of these people that our economy has been built: these are the same women and men who lived through the Marriage Bar, shouldered several recessions and are now dealing with the accumulated disadvantages. In working for equality, it is critical that we focus on equality of outcomes not just equality of opportunity.