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Laois Applications sought for National Age Friendly Awards
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Laois Applications sought for National Age Friendly Awards

2024 National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards Now Accepting Applications in Laois

Applications are now open for the prestigious 2024 National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards. The awards, curated by Age Friendly Ireland, are open to organisations, agencies, and members of the public in Laois who are driving initiatives to make Ireland a great place to grow old. The deadline for applications is 28th June 2024. To apply, visit agefriendlyireland.ie/national-age-friendly-recognition-and-achievement-awards or contact your Local Authority’s Age Friendly programme manager.

There are eight categories in the Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards, each reflecting a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly Theme. These include the Transport Award; Active and Healthy Ageing Award; Business Innovation Award; Safety and Security Award; Communications Award; Environment Award; Community Innovation Award and Community Innovation Award.

Speaking on the annual awards, Catherine McGuigan, Chief Officer of the Age Friendly Ireland Shared Service said: “The Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards highlight the extraordinary efforts happening nationwide to enhance the quality of life for older adults. We are seeking groundbreaking projects that not only make a difference but also set a benchmark for others to follow.”

She added: “Many remarkable initiatives come from grassroots community and voluntary sectors, showcasing the tireless work of front-line practitioners dedicated to supporting our ageing population. This event is a heartfelt celebration of the best practices and innovative solutions that make Ireland a great place in which to grow old. We strongly encourage everyone to participate and share their inspiring stories.”

The 2023 Transport Award went to Kilkenny Train station.

The Age Friendly Recognition and Achievements Awards ceremony will be held in the Crowne Plaza, Northwood, Santry, Dublin on 7 November. This year’s event will be hosted by Fingal County Council.

Previous winners at these awards have included Healthy Islands, Specsavers and Dublin City Council Central Area Office. For full details on the National Project Awards, see  agefriendlyireland.ie/national-age-friendly-recognition-and-achievement-awards/