We have quite a number of cocooners – and these are the very people who would normally be out there leading the effort to support our community. It has been a joy to us all to see so many of the local community of non-cocooners coming out and supporting us. Thank you to all. One of our many activities during lockdown was the distribution of the Age Friendly Ireland publications. There is a huge amount of information that is age specific and very useful. This can be accessed at this link https://agefriendlyireland.ie/ and go to latest news.
During lockdown, AAfA contributed to a World Health Organization survey on what was felt to be the most important supports in our experience of this pandemic. The results of this were to be compiled and distributed to countries that had yet to experience the virus. This is now complete. Out of 190 responses from groups throughout Europe, 90 came from Ireland. This was probably due to the enormous planning done by our Councils AND the emergence of such a sense of volunteering from within our communities. We are now technically on summer holidays so we will be sending out our information emails every fortnight or so – unless something specific appears for quick dissemination. As for classes starting in September, we will be dependant on the processes put in place by Donabate Portrane Community and Leisure Centre. During the summer, we will be working together so see how we may adapt what we can offer when the guidelines become clearer.Finally, one of our members who likes to write (and perform) has taken this time to put pento paper in response to Covid. She was one of the first in our community to start Active Age For All. She appears on YouTube as ‘Rose from Fingal’. We know her just as Peig. These performances are worth having a look if you are not already aware of them.