The GET VOCAL initiative is a programme spearheaded by Age & Opportunity and funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. The aim is to encourage older people to speak for themselves in promoting their own concerns and causes. Who knows best about being older than older people themselves?!
Age & Opportunity do this by working with national and local organizations dedicated to social change in relation to the older generation. Networks and groups plan projects that are in turn supported by Age & Opportunity. Sometimes they can even give a small grant to help with the projects.
The stated main goal is to promote networks of older people who can have a say in issues of concern to them, such as transport, health services, rights for older people, and living in isolation. They are involved in Kerry, Cavan, Leitrim, Wexford, Tolka, Finglas, Wicklow and Meath. They also have a project with members of the Simon community, highlighting the needs of older homeless people around declining health, dying and death. Older members of The Gay & Lesbian Community also have particular needs and issues with their lives as they age and there is an initiative involving them.
It is important that society as a whole understands the issues that are of concern to older people and hopefully, dear readers, you will one day be older too!
You can read about the Get Vocal Projects here.
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