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Age Friendly

 Mayo signed up to the Age Friendly Counties programme in 2013.

The aim of the project, which was developed by the World Health Organisation, is to help communities across the globe to put in place the necessary supports and structure to respond to the challenges posed by their ageing populations.

Mayo County Council co-ordinates The Age Friendly Programme for the County. There are 3 key elements to the programme:  The Age Friendly Alliance, The Older Peoples Council and a 5 year Age Friendly Strategy.


The Age Friendly Alliance brings together older people, service providers and businesses that can take the lead on changing thinking about aging and how services to older people are planned and delivered. 

The Chief Executive of Mayo County Council is the Chair of the Alliance.

Other members include the Gardai, HSE, MSLETB, GMIT, Representatives from the Older Peoples Council, Representatives from the Business Forum and the Service Providers Forum,

Mayo Community Transport, Mayo Sports Partnership, South West Mayo Development Company and Mayo North East, Mayo Volunteer Centre, Mayo PPN,


The Alliance’s key function is to oversee the implementation of the Age Friendly Strategy and it must work to overcome barriers that prevent delivery of it.


Mayo’s Age Friendly Strategy, a 5 year plan, launched in 2016, sets out a wide range of actions, that provides a vision for a  county where everybody as they age are supported, connected and valued for their contribution to community and family life.


This plan was developed by the Alliance, in consultation with older people in the County, and with reference to the HaPAI (Healthy and Positive AGEING Initiative) research project.


One of the key structures of Mayo’s Age Friendly Programme, is the Older Peoples Council.

This is up and running in Mayo since 2016.

It’s a group of volunteers who represent older people in the County and it promotes the inclusion of older people in all areas of community life. It works as a partner with the Age Friendly Alliance and will generate new ideas for new and creative age friendly projects, tackling a range of issues from isolation and loneliness to fitness and active ageing.

For further details about the programme contact any of the following Age Friendly Team:



Community Engagement Section

Mayo County Council, Top Floor, Cedar House, Moneen Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.


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Pride of Place Awards 2018

County Mayo community groups were honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (November 17).

Balla lifted the best Urban Neighbourhood/Village with a population between 300 and 1000 with the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association coming runners up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.

Mayo was represented by three projects at the awards – Balla, Erris IWA and Céide Coast Community Tourism project. All three were nominated earlier in the year by Mayo County Council.

Representatives from all three projects were among the 800 strong crowd in City Hall, Cork.

Pride of Place is an annual all-island competition organised by Co-operation Ireland, IPB Insurance and Local Authority partners which acknowledges the work of communities all over the island of Ireland. Judging took place in August and consisted of a site visit to each location with presentations by community representatives of their achievements and tours of the areas.

Spokesperson and Head of Community Engagement for Mayo County Council, Ms Síofra Kilcullen, said ‘We are extremely proud of our three entries who work tirelessly to make their communities better places to live, work and visit. That work goes on every day, and are delighted to get a chance to acknowledge it through the Pride of Place Competition’

A big congratulations to all!‌

Pride of Place 2018 Balla

Pride of Place 2018 Erris

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