Age Action staff at the their Cork Office launch at Westpoint Business Park, Ballincollig. Photos: Jim Coughlan.

Elderly support group opens new Cork office

One of the country’s leading advocacy organisations for ageing and older people has opened a new office in Cork.

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Collette Finn was on hand to cut the ribbon for Age Action’s new premises at Core House Link Road in Ballincollig last week.

The opening was a resounding success, with attendees from the local businesses, volunteers and staff coming together to celebrate a new chapter for Age Action.

The new office, situated at the centre of Ballincollig, will serve as a hub for various programmes and events aimed at empowering older people, combating digital exclusion, and promoting lifelong learning.

With facilities like the Getting Started - digital skills training and the Care and Repair programme, Age Action strives to bridge the digital divide and provide practical support to older individuals, which it has done in Cork since 2010.

Speaking at the opening event, volunteer with Age Action’s Care and Repair service, Maureen Cullinane, said: “Every time we can’t get an answer on the phone, every time we get a bot on the internet, every time we want to go somewhere, and we have a problem with mobility, we remember that there is a group that will support us. Thank you, Age Action.”

Also speaking was Age Action CEO Paddy Connolly, who highlighted the organisation's commitment to creating a more inclusive and age-friendly society.

“As Age Action continues to grow and expand its reach, it remains focused on its mission to promote equality and uphold the rights of all individuals as they age,” said Mr Connolly.

He added: “We are excited for the journey ahead and invite you all to join us.”

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Collette Finn commented on the importance of Age Action’s programmes and in particular their advocacy work to “explain to politicians this is where to put our ever more demanded resources, to support older people to live well in the community”.