The Mayor of Galway County, Cllr Thomas Welby, Galway Rose Anna de Paor and other special guests attended an event held in Árd na Mar, Oranmore, Co Galway as part of the Respond Housing Association’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. Ireland’s leading housing charity work with a variety of marginalised people in need of social housing and this particular event celebrates their work with one of these groups, older people.
The main themes of the event are to highlight Respond Housing Association’s advocacy and empowerment of older people, and to celebrate older people’s contribution to society and the partnership between Respond Housing Association and the community. The event will also celebrate active ageing and solidarity among generations. Residents of Respond Housing Association will showcase work undertaken as part of an art workshop, highlighting inter-generational involvement with the local school.
A piece of art produced by Respond Housing Association residents during an Art Programme was on display as was a series of photographs depicting Oranmore and the convent through the ages. Entertainment was provided by the Maree Musical Society and traditional musicians from the Murray family.
Mayor of Galway County, Cllr Thomas Welby commented: “It’s a pleasure to have been invited to attend this very special event by Respond Housing Association, and to see so much positive work being carried out in Galway County. I wish them every continued success, and congratulate them on their 30th anniversary this year. Their commitment to providing housing for those in need is inspiring, and is making a realy difference in Galway and all across the country.”
Paul Hargaden, Regional Manager of Respond said “it’s terrific to see so many of our older residents from Galway being so active and enjoying themselves today on this very special day. We’re looking forward to continuing to provide our service to the Galway community and nationwide, for the next 30 years and beyond.”