Grants support for older people

Retirement groups, ladies clubs and day care centres in Roscommon and east Galway are set to benefit this week after it was announced that over €40,000 is to be allocated to groups in Roscommon, Galway and Mayo as part of the ‘Go for Life’ national grant scheme for sport and physical activity for older people. Successful applicants included active retirement associations, senior citizens clubs, ICA guilds, day care centres, nursing homes and community centres in 26 counties. Local groups to benefit are as follows: Roscommon Active Retirement Group €500, Boyle ICA €500, Castlerea ARA €575, Drum ICA €500, Moore ICA €500, Roscara Active Age Group €600, Elphin Day Centre €500, Roscommon Support Group Ltd. €575, Fourmilehouse ARA €500, Glinsk Ladies Club €575, Hymany and St. Grellan’s Women’s Group, Ballinasloe €575, Ballinasloe ARA €575, Ballinasloe Bowls Club €575, Ballinasloe Social Services Ltd. €550. Go for Life is the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people and is an Age & Opportunity initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council. Commenting on this year’s programme Paul Gillen Health Promotion Officer Physical Activity, HSE West stated, ‘The relationship between being physical active and good health strengthens as people age. In other words, being physically active even at a moderate level can be fun, enjoyable and very sociable and one can reap huge health benefits at the same time’.