Active Retirement Ireland

Active Retirement Ireland is a federation of over 480 local and community based voluntary organisations involving a membership approaching 25,000 older people in a countrywide active retirement movement. Founded in 1978 and currently organised into seven regional councils, the movement’s principle aim is to help retired men and women, usually over the age of 50 lead a full happy and healthy retirement by offering organised opportunities for a wide range of activities – holidays, outings and socials; creative and learning programmes; indoor and outdoor sports and community work.
Contact: or phone 01. 8733836

Volunteer Centres Ireland

Volunteer Centres ireland (VCI) is a national organisation with responsibility for developing volunteering nationally and locally. It has a mandate approved and supported by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. It is a membership organisation, established by way of volunteer centres to co-operate and network on any issue relating to volunteering in Ireland. By going on to the web you can get details of your county contact at or call 01.6369446 or email:

Friends of the Elderly

Friends of the Elderly is an Irish charity that works to alleviate loneliness and social isolation amongst older people who live alone or feel alone. It believes in supporting people to remain independent and to live at home for as long as possible and that while the essentials of life are necessary, even more important is the loving support of friends. Friends of the elderly has over 300 volunteers who visit older people at home or in care and who support activities and outings for older people. Contact: 01.8731855 or go on-line to

VSO Ireland 

VSO Ireland is actively involved recruiting retired professionals to volunteer overseas. VSO is the world’s leading independent, international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Most people join VSO because they want to give something back and find they get much more in return. A number of volunteers choose to volunteer after retirement and VSO welcomes applications from experienced professionals up to the age of 75. Older volunteers are valued for their patience, self-assurance and resourcefulness, as well as their professional skills. Contact: 01.6401060 or visit

Age Action Ireland

Age Action Ireland is an independent organisation set up in 1992 and comprises 2,000 members, primarily older citizens plus statutory, private, voluntary and professional organisations. It has 70 full time staff and over 520 active volunteers. Our primary role is advocacy through mobilising older people to become advocates, advocating at national and individual levels, and gaining support from the general public and key interest groups. As well as advocacy we run a range of activities including lifelong learning, getting started computer training, care and repair and carers support.
Contact: or phone 01. 4756989

Age & Opportunity

Age & Opportunity is the national not-for-profit organization that promotes opportunities for greater participation by older people in society through partnerships and collaborative programmes. Its vision is of an Ireland where older people have the opportunity to realize their full potential. It promotes creativity, participation, confidence and engagement among older people.
Contact: or phone 01. 805 7709

Irish Senior Citizen’s Parliament

The Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament is a representative organisation of older people in Ireland. The Parliament is a non-partisan political organisation working to promote the views of older people in policy development and decision-making. The Parliament is run by older volunteers who are elected annually at the Annual Parliament Meeting by delegates from affiliated organisations. The ISCP currently has 400 affiliated organisations whose memberships combine to a total of 100,000 individuals.
Contact: or phone 01. 856 1243

The Consumers Association of Ireland

The Consumers’ Association of Ireland is an independent, non-profit organisation working on behalf of Irish consumers. It publishes Consumer Choice magazine, to help consumers make good buying decisions. Each month it reports on products and services available on the Irish market and comment on consumer rights.
Contact: or phone 01. 497 8600

The Equality Authority

The Equality Authority was established in 1999 as an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act 1998.  The Equality Authority replaced the Employment Equality Agency, and has a greatly expanded role and functions. The Employment Equality Act, 1998 and the Equal Status Act, 2000 outlaw discrimination in employment, vocational training, advertising, collective agreements, the provision of goods and services and other opportunities to which the public generally have access on nine distinct grounds including age.
Contact: or locall 1890 245 545

Offices of the Pensions Ombudsman

The Pensions Ombudsman investigates and decides complaints and disputes involving occupational pension schemes, Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs) and Trust RACs. He is completely independent and impartial. There is no charge for this service.
Contact: or phone 01. 6471650

Irish Association of Pension Funds

The IAPF seek to influence the future direction of pensions in Ireland so as to increase the financial security of all retired people. It represents members’ interests at all levels by actively lobbying the Government, the Pensions Board, the Revenue Commissioners, the Social Partners and other relevant agencies.  As a provider of pensions information the IAPF hold conferences, seminars and events that help members keep updated on all areas relating to pensions in Ireland.
Contact: or phone 01.6612427

Ageing Well Network

The AWN brings together leaders from every aspect of the ageing sector, united by the shared goal of making Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow old. It endeavours to bring together people who play pivotal roles in the creation, implementation and provision of policy, research and services. Contact: or phone 01.6127040

Department of Health

The core service of the Department is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It has also a role in the strategic planning of health services. The offices of the Minister for Older People and Health Promotion is a subsidiary of the Department.

Contact: or phone 01.6354000

Health Information and Quality Authority

The establishment of HIQA repreaents an important step in the continued development of a high quality, safe and effective health care system which will provide a better service for patients. HIQA promotes delivery of health and personal social services based on practices that evidence has shown produce high quality, effective and efficient results.

Contact: or phone 021.2409300