Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Extra funding for Seniors Alert Scheme as over 2,100 Galway & Mayo householders apply to the Scheme

Extra funding of €400,000 has been allocated for the Seniors’ Alert Scheme by my colleague at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD bringing to €2.7 million the total funding for the Scheme this year.

Figures show that almost 1,400 older people in Galway and over 760 older people in Mayo have availed of the Scheme this year.

The Seniors’ Alert Scheme is an excellent example of the use of technology to help provide security and reassurance to older people in our community and particularly those living alone. The Scheme provides a free personal alarm which can be worn as a watch or pendant and connects to a base unit in the home which in turn connects to a national call centre.

The Scheme is administered on behalf of my Department by POBAL with nearly 600 local community and voluntary groups, including 40 in Galway, processing applications for the Scheme.

The use of technologies, including broadband, internet-enabled devices, and information management systems, provide unparalleled opportunities to help older people live independently in their own homes with security and reassurance.

I recently met with ALONE, one of four recipients of the ThinkTech programme funding and support, to learn more about the organisation’s ‘Alone Platform’ which harnesses technology and internet-enabled devices to enable older people to live independently and securely.

With the Census, and other research, confirming an unprecedented increase in the number of older citizens – because we are thankfully living longer – I am, as Minister for Community Development and Digital Development, looking at ways of further supporting this Platform can help many more older people in communities across the country.

Notes:

As of 30th November 2017 1,373 applications to the Seniors Alert Scheme had been approved for Galway and 764 for Mayo.

ThinkTech, a tech-for-good programme, is an initiative of Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Google.org with support and matching funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development. http://www.socialinnovation.ie/our-programmes/what-is-thinktech/

Contact details for local organisations –

 

Abbeyknockmoy Parish Society CLG Galway Abbeyknockmoy Annette Murray 093 435 78
Ahascragh Community Alert Galway Ahascragh Padraig Murray 0909 6887 30
Annaghdown Community Alert Galway Annaghdown Declan Scally 087 6539165
Ballinakill Active Age Club Galway Recess

Roundstone

Clifden

Cleggan

Letterfrack

Renvyle

Kylemore

Leenane

Maam

Finney

Martina Gavin 09541064
Bawnmore Community Alert Galway Claregalway Michael Irwin 085 1740 820
Beagh community Alert Galway Shanaglish Mary Howley 091 6330 52
Cahertymore Athenry Community Alert Galway Athenry Maurice Condon 091 844 528
Cappataggle Community Alert Galway Ballinasloe Irene O’Malley 086 8609 504
Claregalway/Carnmore Senior Citizens Committee Galway Claregalway and Carnmore Claregalway and Carnmore Geraldine McManus 091 798874
Comhairle Ceantar na nOileán Teo Galway Leitir Móir

Beál an Daingin

Eilís Ní Lochnáin 091 551922
Cregmore Community Alert Galway Cregmore, Claregalway, Grange, Lisheenavalla, Kiniska,

Kiltrogue, Cregcarragh

John Grealish 091 799 305
Eyrecourt, Meelick & Clonfert Community Alert Galway Eyrecourt, Meelick and Clonfert Anne McCormack 087 4308996
Fohenagh Kilgerril Community Alert Galway Ballinasloe Liam Glynn 085 1046165
Frenchfort Community Alert Galway Oranmore Eleanor Nolan 087 9039 182
Galway Contact Galway Galway City and surrounding area

Claregalway

Moycullen

Oughterard

Spiddal

Furbo

Clarenbridge

Headford

Gort

Athenry

Loughrea

Roscahill

Ballinasloe

Oranmore

Kilcolgan

Orla Molloy 091 8678 92
Glenamaddy Community Care Ltd Galway Williamstown

Kilkerrin

Clonberne

Creggs

Ballymoe

Glinsk

Dunmire

Garrafrauns

Kiltevna

Catherine Comer 094 9659 269
Inishbofin Development Company Galway Inishbofin Island Simon Murray 095 458 61
Kilbeacanty Community Alert Galway Kilbeacanty Parish Joseph Donohue 091631274
Kilconly/Kilbanon Community Alert Scheme Galway KilconlyKilbanonTuam Stephanie Reid 093 475 28
Kilkerrin Community Alert Galway Kilkerrin Breda Early 087 0646 052
Killannin/Collinamuck Community Alert Galway Killannin Parish George Osborne 087 9109 675
Killeen community alert Galway Killeen Jackie Forde 087 9422 356
Kiltulla/Killimordaly Community Aert Galway Athenry Deirdre Finnegan 087 2111 547
Kinvara Community Alert Galway Kinvara Cormac Keane 091637567
Lawrencetown Community Development Group CLG Galway Parish of Lawrencetown,

Clontuskert and Kiltormer

Colette Breheny 087 6418332
Milltown Community Council Ltd Galway Milltown Liam Glynn 093 518 76
Monivea Community Alert Galway Monivea Gerard Costello 091 849 768
Mountbellew Community Alert Galway Mountbellew Parish Maura Hannon 0909 6797 65
Moylough Community Alert Galway Moylough – parish area Michael Ryan 086 2522 280
Moyvilla Coldwood Derrydonnell More (MCD) Community Alert Galway Moyvilla / Coldwood / Derrydonnell More Claire Doyle 086 3903 954
Newcastle Community Alert Galway Athenry Geraldine Shanahan 0871521802
NewInn ICA Galway New Inn Parish Mary Dervan 0909 6758 79
Peterswell Community Alert Galway Peterswell Mary Fitzgerald 091 6326 88
Pobal Ar Aire Inis Mor Galway Island Of Inishmore, Aran Islands Galway Seamus O’Flaithearth 087 2821318
Portumna and district lions club Galway Portumna Town and surrounding district ( Boula, cooldarragha, Tiernascragh, Tynagh, Gortanummera,Woodford, Abbey Ann Heagney 0909 759 943
Society of St Vincent De Paul – St Joseph Conference (Shop) Galway Tuam Luke Tighe 093 252 22
St Vincent De Paul Galway Ballinasloe Kevin Mc Morrow 0909 645 707
Tearmann Éanna CTR Galway Furbo Carraroe Seanapheesteen Peigí Uí Chéidigh 091 5055 40
westside age inclusion ltd Galway Galway City Barna

Spiddal

Loughrea

Oranmore

Claregalway

Tuam

Ballinasloe

Nichola Tierney 091 5898 61
Solas Resource Centre Limited GalwayMayo Headford

Claran

Caherlistrane

Kilcoona

Shrule

Glencorrib

John Middleton 093 364 46
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