Green Party candidate for the Castleconnell Electoral Area, Trish Forde-Brennan, welcomed the good news that funding of €2,21700 for the Castleconnell Ahane Care of the Aged as good news for older people wishing to access socially monitored alarm systems, and small items of security equipment such as sensor lighting, window and door locks, door chains and smoke alarms. This funding comes under the Scheme of Community Support for Older People and is given by the Department of Community, Rural, and Gaeltacht Affairs.
“The scheme is open throughout the year and applications can be made as needs arise. In times when anti-social behaviour, break-ins and isolation are situations facing people it is particularly reassuring to know that there is funding available to enhance the security of the older members of our communities. Without it and the invaluable work of locally based community and voluntary groups many would live in anxiety and distress.”