Imagine living in a neighbourhood where as you grow older you were able to remain living in your own home with supports provided by a co-operative or move into accommodation where you shaped the service delivered. This is not a pipe dream but a reality for hundreds of thousands of older people living in Canada and throughout Europe.
A seminar on the 14th April, entitled ‘Co-op Care – Co-operatives and elder care in Ireland’, showcased how communities throughout Canada and Europe have provided elder care in the community and in institutional settings. Its focus was on what we can learn from their experiences in Ireland.
Guest speakers included representatives of cooperatives working with older people from Canada, Italy, UK, and Ireland.
The seminar was organised by the Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland (SCSI). According to its secretary, Ger Doyle, “Europe and Canada have built up expertise in developing elder care co-operatives that provide care in the home and institutional settings. This seminar presented an exciting opportunity for communities to learn from this experience.”
The Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland was established to co-ordinate and promote the development of co-operative research and education in Ireland.
The sponsors of the event included the Irish League of Credit Unions, Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), TSA Consultancy, Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC, and NABCO.
St Finians offers the ECCE (Free preschool year), CCS (supporting families on social welfare), CETS( for adults in Education) and also part time places in afternoon sessions for the younger child.