The Society of St Vincent de Paul has established a Commission of Older People who will oversee  large-scale consultation aimed at both recording the experiences, views and perspectives of older people.

Commision of Older People

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The purpose of this group is to facilitate and oversee a large-scale consultation aimed at both recording the experiences, views and perspectives of older people and at setting an agenda for the Society’s work with older people for many years to come. The consultation findings will guide not only what the Society has to say to government and policy makers, but also form an important part of the Society’s development of its own approaches and services. The Commission’s report is expected in spring 2011.

The Commission members are Liam Fitzpatrick (Cork); Madeleine Mellett (Oriel); Paddy O’Toole (Dublin); Bill Nash (South East); Patricia Mooney; Columba Faulkner (Dublin); Maura Delaney (Oriel); Gerry Mangan; Eileen Gernon (Oriel); Catherine Munro (Dublin); PJ McClean (North); Kay Hogan (Dublin); Kitty Hynes (South East); Liam McKibben (Breffni); Joe Dillon (Mid West); and John Mark McCafferty (National Office). Chairperson is Andy Cullen, a civil servant with 40 years experience. A graduate of University College Dublin, he became Assistant Secretary of the Department of Transport and also worked as a diplomat in Brussels, in the private sector and as a researcher in the United States.

The Commission is supported in its work by two researchers, Dr Kathy Walsh and Brian Harvey. Their job is to facilitate meetings of older people – and those concerned with the situation of older people in the Society – across the country. The consultation will take the form of large regional meetings, focus groups, a survey and one-to-one interviews, including members, staff and those who use the services of the Society.

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