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National Older Peoples Organisations

ACTIVE RETIREMENT IRELAND

Active Retirement Ireland is a national network of over 498 local Active Retirement Associations with over 23,000 members. ARI believes that older people have the right to be full and participative members of our society.

AGE & OPPORTUNITY

Age & Opportunity is the national not-for-profit organisation that promotes opportunities for greater participation by older people in society through partnerships and collaborative programmes. Age & Opportunity works in a developmental way with public and private organisations to deliver practical programmes like the Bealtaine festival, Go for Life sports and activity programme, Ageing with Confidence courses and the anti-ageism AgeWise workshop.

AGE ACTION IRELAND

Age Action is a charity which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. Working with, and on behalf of, older people Age Action aims to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older. This year we are celebrating our 20th year helping older people. For some older people, the challenges posed by ageing can be too much to tackle on their own. Last year, Age Action helped 30,000 older people. The services we provide throughout Ireland include:

  • An Information Phone Line
  • Computer Training
  • Garda vetted volunteers to assist you in light DIY
  • Advocacy & Lobbying Government

AGEING WELL NETWORK

The Ageing Well Network brings together leaders from every aspect of the ageing sector, united by the shared goal of making Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow old. The network aims to bring together people who play pivotal roles in the creation, implementation and provision of policy, research and services, but who would not necessarily otherwise meet, in the hope that they can inform and advise each other.

ALONE

ALONE works with vulnerable older people, providing long term housing, a befriending service and support in the community. Trained volunteers befriend and support older people in the community, and provide them with crucial companionship.

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF IRELAND

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is the leading dementia-specific service provider in Ireland. It is a national voluntary organisation with an extensive national network of branches, regional offices and services that aims to provide people with all forms of dementia, their families and carers with the necessary support to maximise their quality of life.

BETHANY

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish-based ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving. Bethany members are trained to listen with understanding, accept those suffering loss as they are, and support them through the grieving process.

CARE ALLIANCE

Care Alliance Ireland is the national network of voluntary organisations supporting family carers. Its vision is that the role of family carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland.

CARELOCAL

CARELOCAL has been providing services on a voluntary basis for over 30 years in the Dublin City Council area. CARELOCAL volunteers visit an older person in their local area once a week in the older person's home.

CARERS ASSOCIATION

The Carers Association is Ireland's national voluntary organisation for and of family carers in the home. Family carers provide high levels of care to a range of people including frail older people, people with severe disabilities, the terminally ill and children with special needs.

CENTRAL BANK OF IRELAND

The Central Bank of Ireland is responsible for both central banking and financial regulation. It is a new structure and replaces the previous related entities, the Central Bank and the Financial Services Authority of Ireland and the Financial Regulator.

CITIZENS INFORMATION

The Citizens Information  Board is  the statutory  body which  supports the  provision of information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services. It provides the Citizens Information website, www.citizensinformation.ie, and supports the voluntary network of Citizens Information Centres and the  Citizens  Information  Phone  Service 1890 777 121. It also funds and supports the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) 1890 283 438.

COMMISSION FOR ENERGY REGULATION

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) works within the framework of national and EU energy policy which aims to create a European single electricity market that best meets the needs of Europe’s energy consumers.

www.cer.ie

01 400 0800

CONSOLE

Console is a Registered Charity supporting and helping people bereaved through suicide. Console promotes positive mental health within the community in an effort to reduce the high number of attempted suicides and deaths through suicide.

www.console.ie

1800 201 890 ( National Helpline )

CONSUMERS' ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND (CAI)

The Consumers' Association of Ireland (CAI) is Ireland's independent, self-funded and non- profit organisation, founded in 1966 and registered with charity status. Its members are ordinary consumers from areas spread right across the country who see the need for and who support such an organisation.

CRIME VICTIMS HELPLINE

Crime Victims Helpline is a national helpline which offers support to victims of crime in Ireland. Established in 2005, its aim is to support, inform and empower victims of crime and all those affected by crime.

www.crimevictimshelpline.ie

1850 211 407 ( National Helpline )

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND CHILDREN

The Department of Health and Children's statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services.

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL PROTECTION

The Department of Social Protection is dedicated to promoting a caring society through ensuring access to income support and other services, enabling active participation, promoting social inclusion and supporting families.

DisABILITY.IE

disABILITY.IE is an online information service for people with disabilities and special needs, as well as their family and friends. It is a specially constructed/designed website with links to a broad range of information relevant to the needs of the user.

ENERGY ACTION LTD.

Energy Action was established in 1988, with the core objective of alleviating fuel poverty in Dublin by provision of insulation in the homes of older people. It is also a training centre for unemployed people and at any given time has around 60 people in training.

EUROPEAN ANTI-POVERTY NETWORK IRELAND

EAPN Ireland is a network of groups and individuals working against poverty. It is the Irish national network of the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN Europe), which aims to put the fight against poverty at the top of the EU, national and local agenda.

www.eapn.ie

01 874 5737

FAMILY DIVERSITY INITIATIVE

The Family Diversity Initiative is coalition of organisations working with and representing the interests of diverse families in Ireland. This coalition recognises that the family exists in many different structures and circumstances.

FRIENDS OF THE ELDERLY

Friends of the Elderly is an Irish charity that works to alleviate loneliness and isolation amongst older people who live alone or feel alone. It believes in supporting people to remain independent and to live at home for as long as possible.

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INDEPENDENT AGE

Independent Age helps older people to live with independence and dignity in their later years. Its practical support enables older people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible and lead active and fulfilled lives.

INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN IRELAND (IPH)

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) promotes cooperation for public health across the island of Ireland by strengthening public health intelligence, building public health capacity and policy and programme development and evaluation. It works with a range of partners to bring people and organisations from across the island together to promote collective action for sustained improvements in health.

IRISH ASSOCIATION OF OLDER PEOPLE

The Irish Association of Older People is a membership based organisation which was set up in 1990 with the support and encouragement of the National Council for the Elderly as a company limited by guarantee. The Association derives its vitality from an understanding of the needs and aspirations of older people through direct contact with individuals and groups working with and for older people.

IRISH ASSOCIATION OF PENSION FUNDS (IAPF)

The IAPF seek to influence the future direction of pensions in Ireland so as to increase the financial security of all retired people. It represents members' interests at all levels by actively lobbying the Government, the Pensions Board, the Revenue Commissioners, the Social Partners and other relevant agencies.

IRISH COUNCIL FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (ICCL)

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is Ireland’s leading independent human rights watchdog, which monitors, educates and campaigns in order to secure full enjoyment of human rights for everyone. The ICCL is an entirely independent organisation and does not rely on government support or funding.

IRISH HOSPICE FOUNDATION

The Irish Hospice Foundation aims to facilitate the practice of hospice care in all its aspects. It does this by working independently as well as in partnership with the statutory, voluntary and professional bodies concerned with hospice and palliative care in Ireland.

IRISH MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association was founded in 1985 by a small group of friends, relatives and carers of Motor Neurone Disease (also referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ALS) sufferers. The Association functions mainly as a support organisation for people who have MND,  their carers and families.

www.imnda.ie

1800 403 403 ( Free phone )

IRISH RURAL DOCTOR'S GROUP

The Irish Rural Doctor's Group is in existence since 1984. An annual conference of Rural Doctors is held in Westport every year to discuss the problems of depopulation, youth and medical provision in rural areas and for older people.

098 36287 / 36134

IRISH RURAL LINK

Irish Rural Link is the national network representing rural communities. Irish Rural Link represents the interests of community groups in disadvantaged and marginalised rural areas by highlighting problems, advocating appropriate policies and sharing experiences and examples of good practice.

IRISH SENIOR CITIZENS PARLIAMENT

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament is a representative organisation of Older People in Ireland. The Parliament is a non-partisan political organisation working to promote the views of older people in policy development and decision-making.

IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was founded in 1960 by a small group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland. IWA has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country.

www.iwa.ie

01 818 6400

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MEALS ON WHEELS

The Meals on Wheels service is available to people in the community who are unable due to age, illness or disability to cook their own meals and is operated on a voluntary basis. Referral and access to Meals on Wheels Services is by word of mouth, social workers, GPs, hospitals and self referral. Please check with your local Health Nurse to see if your area is covered.

MONEY ADVICE AND BUDGET SERVICE (MABS)

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is a free and confidential service for people with debt and money management problems.

www.mabs.ie

1890 283 438 ( Helpline )

MS IRELAND

MS Ireland is dedicated to enabling and empowering people affected by Multiple Sclerosis to live the life of their choice and to their fullest potential. MS Ireland has a vision of Irish society where all people affected by MS live positive and active lives in the community.

www.ms-society.ie

1850 233 233 ( Information Line )

NATIONAL ADULT LITERACY AGENCY (NALA)

The National Adult Literacy Agency is an independent charity committed to making sure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs.

NATIONAL ADVOCACY PROGRAMME

A partnership between Third Age, HSE and Nursing Homes Ireland, the Third Age Advocacy programme provides an independent advocacy service for older people in long-stay nursing home care. Advocacy is an empowering process. Advocacy for older people is taking action to help them say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain any services they need.

NATIONAL CONSUMER AGENCY (NCA)

The National Consumer Agency (NCA) is a statutory body established by the Irish Government in May 2007. It aims to defend consumer interests and to embed a robust   consumer culture in Ireland.

www.nca.ie

1890 432 432 ( Help Line )

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS

The National Federation of Pensioners Associations was founded in 1976 and currently has twenty Pensioners Associations affiliated to it, representing in the region of 29,000 pensioners. The Federation represents Pensioners from the Public Service, Semi-State Bodies and from private industry.

01 831 2851 / 086 813 7672

NATIONAL WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF IRELAND (NwCI)

The National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) is the national representative organisation for women and women's groups in Ireland promoting equality, human rights and empowerment for all women. It has a vision of an Ireland where all women and men have equal power to shape society and their own lives.

NURSING HOMES IRELAND

Nursing Homes Ireland is the representative organisation for the private and voluntary nursing homes sector. This sector is a key part of the Irish health service.

OFFICE FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION (OSI)

The Office for Social Inclusion is the Irish government office with overall responsibility for developing, co-ordinating and driving Ireland's National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007 - 2016.

OLDER WOMANS NETWORK IRELAND (OWN)

OWN Ireland is national networking linking individuals and groups of women aged 55+. It provides a forum for older women to meet together to share their experiences and discuss issues of concerns.

PENSIONS OMBUDSMAN

The Pensions Ombudsman investigates and decides complaints and disputes from individuals about their occupational pension schemes, Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs) and Trust RACs where there is both maladministration and financial loss. He is completely independent and impartial.

PENSIONS BOARD

The Pensions Board is a statutory body set up under the Pensions Act, 1990. It regulates occupational pension schemes, Trust RACs and Personal Retirement Savings Accounts in Ireland.

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RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNCIL OF IRELAND

The Retirement Planning Council promotes the concept of planning ahead for retirement. It is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status and is supported by almost 250 private and semi-state bodies.

RIGHTS MONITOR

Rights Monitor is a website featuring information about human rights in Ireland under international law from three Ireland-based NGOs: Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), and the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT). The site’s current focus is on Ireland’s examination by the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) under the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

SENIOR HELP LINE

Senior Help Line is a national confidential telephone listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers. The LoCall number 1850 440 444 is available for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. Senior Help Line is open every day and every evening 365 days a year. Trained volunteers listen empathically, providing information, practical and emotional support to callers. Senior Help Line is a Third Age programme.

SENIORCARE.IE

SeniorCare.ie provides information relevant to care and support of older people in Ireland. This includes information on home help, medical and disability aids, nursing homes, retirement villages, health and fitness, senior’s finance and many others.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the largest, voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland. Its membership of 9,500 volunteers throughout the country is supported by professional staff, working for social justice and the creation of a more just, caring nation. This unique network of social concern also gives practical support to those experiencing poverty and social exclusion, by providing a wide range of services to people in need.

www.svp.ie

01 838 6990

SONAS aPc

Sonas aPc is dedicated to enhancing the lives of older people with impaired communication, especially those with dementia. It is a charitable organisation and relies on funding from the HSE to subsidise its workshops & services.

THIRD AGE FOUNDATION

Third Age is a voluntary organisation with a number of international, national, regional and local programmes all promoting the value and contribution of older people. Third Age has over 1,000 volunteers working throughout Ireland as listeners, befrienders, tutors, advocates and more. Third Age also promotes the third age, before and after retirement, as a positive life stage. Third Age has a vibrant local programme offering activities, programmes, services and outreach to local members.

www.thirdageireland.ie

046 955 7766

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VOLUNTEER STROKE SCHEME

The Volunteer Stroke Scheme is a registered charity that provides help for people with stroke in Ireland.

www.strokescheme.ie

01 455 9036

WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE

The aim of the Women’s Health Care website is to help provide an insight into women’s health issues in Ireland. Some of the articles on the site cover areas such as menstrual cycle issues, menopause, infertility, pregnancy, miscarriages, etc.

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