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November 06, 2009

Return of Community Support for Older People Scheme

The Community Support for Older People Scheme that was suspended has been re-opened pending the consideration of a comprehensive review of the operation of the Scheme according to local Fianna Fail TD Michael Fitzpatrick.

“The Community Support for Older People Scheme was a very popular way of providing grants to local organisations who worked in the community to assist older people.”

“The grants helped to pay for small security measures for older people including the once off cost of installing monitored alarm systems, security lighting, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.”

“I am pleased that Kildare’s community and voluntary organisations participating in the Scheme will once again be able to receive this valuable funding. I understand that local groups have been notified and have been advised of the conditions attaching to the reopening of the current Scheme.”

“I would like to commend the hard work by those community and voluntary organisations who work so hard to assist our local older people. I am delighted that this Scheme is re-opened as I know that the measures that are paid can give increased sense of personal security to older people and allow them to remain in their own homes living independent lives for longer,” concluded Deputy Fitzpatrick.