Press Release

Minister Brady official opens the newly refurbished Elphin Day Care Centre

Áine Brady, T.D., Minister for Older People, today (7th September 2010) officially opened the newly refurbished Elphin Day Care Centre.

The Centre was established in 1994 by Elphin Social Services Committee, a voluntary group based in and around the town of Elphin. The Centre is based in the former boy’s national school in the town. It currently operates five days a week and caters for up to 80 people per day.

The Centre has just been extensively refurbished following a successful application for a grant of €100,000 from the Dormant Account Funds, administered by POBAL. The grant has been used to upgrade the kitchen and bathrooms facilities, these have been brought into line with current health and safety standards and improvements have been carried out to the general décor and order of the entire building. In addition, the Centre is supported in its operational costs by the HSE.Activities and services include lunch, meals on wheels, chiropody, physiotherapy, shower, laundry facilities, transport, physical activity, various outings, cultural events and social gain activities.

Speaking at the opening Minister Brady said “It is important to recognize the key role of the voluntary and community sector in meeting the needs of older people in local communities. Centres such as Elphin play a vital part in the wider provision of modern, quality services to older people. This is a well established and valuable community service in this part of Roscommon, which has been acknowledged, for example, through the refurbishment funding given by POBAL, and by the contribution towards annual operational costs given by the HSE. The centre has been an obvious focal point for the people of the area and I wish it continued success in the future to meet local needs in such an effective and practical way”.

The Minister added that her responsibilities for the Office for Older People reinforces the Government’s commitment to enhancing the lives of older people, particularly through promoting improved co-operation at all levels across the statutory and voluntary sectors. One of her priorities is to complete the Strategy for Positive Ageing, which is now well advanced following an extensive public consultation process. She stated that “I intend that this new Strategy will bring about real improvements in the lives of older people through involving all relevant stakeholders in achieving this objective”.