The GAA Social Initiative symbol visually associates the influence of the GAA with the dropping of a stone in water. The concentric circles spread outwards beyond the initial point of contact. As with the stone, the GAA connects with and influences an increasing circle of people
1. Started by President Mary McAleese, who noticed a lack of older men attending official events.
2. A forum was established in 2007 to explore problems and solutions.
3. A Steering Group was then established in 2009 : it proposed that the GAA be invited to implement a social project for older men.
4. This led to the development of the GAA Social Initiative.
Mission: The mission of the GAA Social Initiative is to facilitate, through the network of the GAA clubs,the participation of older men in events specifically designed to enrich their lives and respect the important contribution they have made and continue to make to community life.
Types of Activities
• social gatherings / outings
• team re-unions
• exchange visits
• physical exercise-club walks,,exercise classes
• card nights-music sessions
• themed events-q&a sessions,guest speakers
• golf outings
• drama-scor entries
• menshed-ground force
Social Initiative Partners
• Go for Life Age and Opportunity
• Fingal Senior Citizens Forum
• Health Authorities
• Senior Citizens Friday Afternoon Club
• Age Action
• Garda Siochana