An Síol Community Development Project: Free Touchstone Course


Are you interested in becoming more actively involved in the life of your local community? Are you looking for an opportunity to help make Dublin a better place for older people? Would you like to meet like-minded people who are keen to make a difference in their local community? Then, if you’re aged 55 or over and living in Dublin 7, Touchstone may be right for you!

What is Touchstone?

Touchstone is a new short course which aims to develop the skills and knowledge of people who wish to play a part in helping to make their communities more age friendly. People attending the free course will develop new skills, explore a range of interesting and topical issues, carry out practical projects, try new experiences, have some fun and, hopefully, make new friends. No previous experience or qualifications are required. All we ask is that participants have experience of everyday life in Dublin, an open mind and a willingness to try out new things!

How long is the course?

Touchstone runs over eight weeks, with each weekly session lasting around two and a half hours. At the end of the course we hope that you will feel better able to use your experience in contributing to your local community.

What does the course cover?

The course will be led by a team from Age & Opportunity. The course will cover : key issues for an ageing society and how these affect older adults; how to bring about improvement and change for older people; opportunities available for older people who wish to be actively involved in community life, in particular being involved with the Older Person’s Council; getting started with research; and planning and managing practical projects. Participants will also have an opportunity to attend optional sessions on using the media to support engagement in community life and using the formal political system to bring about change.

Who developed Touchstone?

Touchstone has been developed by the Active Ageing Partnership – an initiative of Active Retirement Ireland, Age & Opportunity and Third Age. In Galway, Touchstone also involves the cooperation of Age Friendly Ireland and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG), NUI Galway.

What do I need to do if I’m interested?

If you are interested in joining the Touchstone course, please contact An Siol CDP, 19 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 on 01 6775741 or email as soon as possible.

Dates for the course will be confirmed very soon


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