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This course has taught me that just because I am a pensioner, I am still in charge of my life and that all of us, no matter how old we are, deserve the best out of life.

What is Bespoke Training?

Bespoke training involves Age & Opportunity adapting and tailoring one or more of our existing initiatives to better suit the needs of individual organisations and groups. Depending on resources we may also develop a new initiative or course to suit a particular need.
 

What is our experience?

Age & Opportunity excels in the area of advice, mentoring and training.

After more than 30 years’ experience developing and running a diverse range of large and small scale projects we have learned a lot about the changing needs and desires of older people in Ireland. We strive to find better ways in which to engage with the diverse sections of society that make up our older population. From the very beginning, we have tried to create an honest picture about what it means to be older in Ireland. In the past, it was battling against unremittingly negative images. Now, the images are more diverse and our work is often decoding those images to show what truth and what stereotypes lie behind them.

We have also learned a lot about working with our partner organisations in local authorities, the private sector, health promotion units, education and training boards, libraries, active retirement groups, government departments, arts centres, cultural institutions and private businesses. This ability to work respectfully as a trustworthy partner has allowed us to create a national reach for much of what we do.

How can I get involved?

If you are seeking help or support in a new role or developing a project or programme that will impact on the lives of older people in Ireland, please get in touch with us.

Contact

For information contact Fiona in our Engage Team via e-mail engage@ageandopportunity.ie 

  01 913 3922
engage@ageandopportunity.ie

Engage Initiatives:

Changing Gears

A five week course for people in mid-career or anticipating retirement.  Changing Gears is about building resilience, taking stock, making changes, bouncing back and moving on in life. Find out more here.

AgeWise Workshops

Professionally facilitated workshops that raise awareness of positive ageing. Suitable for older persons’ groups; community, parish or library groups; and organisations and employers. Find out more here.

Ageing with Confidence

A five week course of two-hour sessions run weekly. Ageing with Confidence is for older people in local communities who wish to increase confidence, encourage reflection and share experiences. Find out more here.

Get Engaged

A training course for people aged 50+ that is designed to help make a difference within local organisations. It includes skills training on lobbying, research and working with the media and consists of two-hour sessions run weekly over four to six weeks. Find out more here.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions and the people who care for them can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more here.

Spirituality

Our five week, online Spirituality course invites participants to explore spirituality from the perspective of their life experience using art, music, poetry and story. Find out more here.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training, advice and mentoring in the areas of arts, physical activity, active citizenship and lifelong learning.  We can adapt and tailor one or more of our existing initiatives to suit your group or organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

A training course for participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Engage Initiatives:

Changing Gears

A five week course for people in mid-career or anticipating retirement.  Changing Gears is about building resilience, taking stock, making changes, bouncing back and moving on in life. Find out more here.

AgeWise Workshops

Professionally facilitated workshops for employers and staff who are providing services to older people.  These workshops are designed to create awareness of attitudes to ageing and older people. Find out more here.

Aging With Confidence

A six week course (over six half-days) for older people in local communities that is designed to increase confidence, encourage reflection and share experiences. Find out more here.

Get Engaged

An eight week (over eight half-days) training course for  people aged 50+ that is designed to help make a difference within local organisations including skills on lobbying, research and working with the media. Find out more here.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions and the people who care for them can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more here.

Spirituality

Our five week, online Spirituality course invites participants to explore spirituality from the perspective of their life experience using art, music, poetry and story. Find out more here.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training, advice and mentoring in the areas of arts, physical activity, active citizenship and lifelong learning.  We can tailor a programme to your or your organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

A training course for participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

Learning, education and engaging with your local community offers a number of benefits including

  • happiness and empowerment
  • mental wellbeing
  • increased self-awareness and expression
  • development of new skills and interests
  • a sense of self control
  • social connection
  • reduced depression and anxiety
  • reduced stress levels
  • improved cognition
  • a sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence

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