As part of Cork County Council’s expansion of Age Friendly Initiatives, Millstreet Age Friendly Town Committee have held their first socially distanced meeting to kick-start their Age Friendly ambitions for the town.

Following Cork County Council’s recent call for funding of potential Age Friendly Towns, four new towns were successful in joining the existing Age Friendly network of Bandon, Cobh, Kinsale and Mitchelstown.

The Cork Age Friendly County Programme aims to support the development of a network of Age Friendly towns across County Cork and the current fund cycle from 2020 – 2021 will provide financial assistance to the towns of Millstreet, Charleville, Bantry and Passage West and Monkstown. Inaugural meetings for these towns will take place over the coming weeks in line with public health guidance on gatherings and social distancing.

Vice Chair of the Macroom Municipal District, Cllr. Michael Creed welcomed the allocation of funding for Age Friendly initiatives in Millstreet town;

There is a strong, active, retired community here in Millstreet and a great relationship between Cork County Council and the local voluntary sector. Now, more than ever, it is hugely important that we build upon these relationships and collaborate on Age Friendly initiatives in our communities.

Niall Healy, Director of Services and Chair of Cork County Age Friendly Alliance congratulated Millstreet on their success in securing the funding and noted that there was significant interest in the Council’s 2020 – 2021 Age Friendly Towns Programme;

Great work has been undertaken by the Age Friendly Town Committees in Bandon, Cobh, Kinsale and Mitchelstown and there was huge interest when we advertised the 2020-2021 programme. We are looking forward to working with the four new towns and it’s very fitting that we are kicking off the new programme in Millstreet during Positive Ageing Week.

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