Five nursing and daycare homes in Kerry – Aras Mhuire Nursing Home, St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Castleisland Day Care, Willow Brooke Nursing Home, Rockmount Care Centre – have received grants for promotion of physical activity amongst older people.
The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme, a combined initiative with Sport Ireland, has distributed €66,010 to 94 nursing homes and day centres nationwide.
The scheme was launched in September 2022 and is open to all nursing homes and day care settings who aim to increase levels and frequency of participation in physical activity, of those in care.
Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht Jack Chambers said: “The long-running Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme has proven an excellent resource in enabling older people to become more physically active. The grants announced recognise the importance of physical activity for those who live in and use nursing homes and day centres. Approximately 13,000 people will benefit from these grants.
Karen Horgan, CEO of Age & Opportunity, said today’s grant funding is helping create an Ireland where more older people can be more active and more connected.
This grant is part of the Active National Grant Scheme announced in May 2022 when an initial €514,120 was allocated to nearly 1,000 groups and organisations around Ireland promoting sport and physical activity for older people.
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