Press Release

Minister Brady Presents Certificates to Ageing with Confidence Facilitators.


Áine Brady, T.D., Minister for Older People, will tomorrow (Wednesday, 20 January, 2010) present certificates to facilitators who have successfully completed the Ageing with Confidence course which was commissioned by Galway City Partnership, Galway Rural Development and the Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland, Galway, in partnership with Age & Opportunity.

Age & Opportunity is a national, not-for-profit, organisation that promotes opportunities for greater participation by older people in society through partnerships and collaborative programmes.

The Ageing with Confidence Programme is a holistic approach to health promotion for older people. It aims to enhance their development by providing education for health, by developing life skills, and by promoting positive mental health and self-confidence, thereby leading to a better quality of life. The programme was developed by the HSE in partnership with Age & Opportunity and others, and has been delivered around the country since 2004.

Speaking at the presentation, the Minister said “In this changed economic climate, all sections of society need to join together to share resources, skills, and knowledge, as we work to create a better society based on values and community. Age & Opportunity is a wonderful example of how the valuable partnership among the public, private, and voluntary sectors, continues to make a vital difference to supporting older people’s lives”.

Read the Minister’s Speech