Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Health literacy and patient empowerment, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering).
If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
Dublin City Council and various Government Agencies have defined the issues facing older people while President McAleese asked that all be committed to ensure that "no-one lives in the lonely margins". This inspired us to instigate our competitive model, which with the help of some funding from Dublin City Council and recommendations from their Liaison Officers, we introduced to those housing complexes most in need of assistance. Over time Dublin City Council has gradually stepped back and allowed the older people themselves to take a more active role in the organisation and running of The League and through their input, we have tailored The League to better suit their needs.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Since October 2010, Care Local has supervised a Men’s Drop-In Centre in Drumalee, a sheltered housing complex in Stoneybatter. This is one of the most economically and socially disadvantaged areas of Dublin. Following on from this The League was formed in 2011 and due to its popularity among participants, has grown each subsequent year to its current size of twelve sheltered housing complexes and community centres. In the initial onset of The League there was more involvement from the Dublin City Council Sheltered Housing Staff and Community Centre Directors. As The League evolved and expanded, the older men themselves have taken ownership of the programme by organising the matches, planning the refreshments, coordinating the transportation and forwarding the results for a running tally to Care Local. They have also provided input in restructuring the rules and guidelines. The reports from participating Dublin City Council Liaison Officers and the Community Centre Directors is that every participant if fully involved, wants to continue and is enjoying the competition.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
1. Lack of publicity – We have encouraged the participants to take an active role in making others aware of our initiative which has led to the founding of a newsletter written by the players in The League. We also advertise our initiative through other media such as our Facebook Page, Twitter Account and Website along with informing residents of non-participating communities both through their Dublin City Council Liaison Officer and through face-to-face meetings and other events in those communities
2. Lack of funding – Due to this initiatives success, the older men themselves feel invested in the programme and are supportive of seeing it continue to expand. This has led them to approach private sponsors in their local communities directly in order to obtain funding for transport and refreshments for the season.