banner picture of older and bolder Make Home Work Older & Bolder Campaign

Older & Bolder is an alliance of organisations in the age sector in Ireland working together to champion rights and equality across the generations and campaign on important issues affecting older people in Ireland.

Drimnagh groups and organisations have been provided some information regarding the MAKE HOME WORK Campaign, – the right to age well at home, which we would ask you to pass onto your members or individuals you know may be interested.

The MAKE HOME WORK message is clear and simple.  It makes sense on a human level and it makes sense on an economic level. Older people want to live in their own homes for as long as possible and they want the community supports and services that will help them to do this.  These include Home Help, Home Care Packages, Day Care, Respite and Hospice services.  But they also include income, transport and opportunities for involvement in community, educational and cultural activities.

The recent proposal to cut Home Help (10.5 million) and Home Care packages (1.7m) represent an attack on old, young and disabled people in their homes. ‘The cuts fly in the face of long – standing policy and clear commitments in the programme for government to develop and invest in home and community services.’ Older & Bolder are calling on the Minister to reverse these proposed cuts to Home Help Hours and Home Care Packages.

As part of our campaign, Older & Bolder has developed the MAKE HOME WORK Charter and we are inviting groups of all kinds and sizes around the country to adopt the Charter.   I enclose a copy of the Charter which sets out the eight principles of the MAKE HOME WORK campaign.  On behalf of the members of the Older & Bolder alliance, I am now asking you to bring the MAKE HOME WORK Charter to the attention of any group or organisation with which you are involved.  Invite your Centre to adopt the Charter.  There are three steps to follow and these are set out on the Charter.

Right now, decision-makers and politicians are planning the reform of our whole health service.  The planning of community care for older people must be at the heart of the reforms.  Groups can help to ensure this happens by adopting the Charter and contributing to a national show of support for MAKE HOME  WORK.  The more groups we have behind the Charter now, the stronger our campaign will be in the coming months.

The work that groups and organisations do on the ground and the lobbying and campaigning by Older & Bolder nationally can have a real impact and can create change. We are asking you to  speak to friends, colleagues and your organisations to encourage them to sign our postcards, lobby TD’s, sign the Charter and continue to campaign to MAKE HOME WORK.

If you have questions about the MAKE HOME WORK Campaign and Charter, do please contact Older & Bolder, Tel. 01-8783623, .

Check out the MAKE HOME WORK charter at this link and get your group to take action TODAY.

About the author

Pauline Sargent Pauline Sargent is the founder of Drimnagh is Good a hyperlocal community website bog for the people of Drimnagh. Connect with Pauline on Google + me on Google+

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