Grey Power from West Fermanagh

West Fermanagh Positive Ageing Group launched their Action Plan and Advocacy Booklet appropriately named “Look Who’s Talking – The Voice of Over 60s in West Fermanagh” on Friday 17th June in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.  The group developed their action plan and Advocacy Booklet to highlight the challenges of ageing in an isolated rural community and to stimulate positive change for rural residents.

The event was attended by over 70 older people who had the opportunity to meet and engage with local MLA’s, Councillors from all the local political parties and service providers to talk about local issues impacting on their lives.

Michael Hughes Chief Executive Officer with Rural Community Network, who has worked with the group since their establishment stated, ‘With topics ranging from broadband to transport, from health care to community safety and from the state of the roads to accessing necessary information, many people had a voice at this event.’  He added ‘ As the action plan is all about developing the projects and local solutions that West Fermanagh older people have told us they want;  we need to ensure that we support this action plan rather than find a handful of reasons to justify doing nothing’


Speaking at the launch Alicia Wiggans, from West Fermanagh Positive Ageing Group stated, ‘Over the years since I retired, I have become convinced that many of our public and statutory bodies would prefer it if we just sat down on our retirement armchairs.  She added, ‘West Fermanagh Positive Ageing Group are here today to state that we have an Action Plan to focus on real solutions which will impact on older people’s lives so this is a challenge I set to all political representatives and statutory bodies – make use of our group and together we can affect real positive change for the area.’