Who we are?
The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) Special Interest Group on Ageing (SIGA) provides a professional forum for social workers working with older persons in a variety of settings to promote the highest standards of professional practice while advocating for continuous improvement in service delivery.
While SIGA members work with older persons, given the nature of healthcare service delivery, our members often also work with adults of all ages across a variety of settings from safeguarding, primary care, medical, rehabilitation, integrated care, hospital, independent social work and residential care services. Social workers are always welcome at SIGA meetings and we have many retired social workers who continue to contribute their time and knowledge.
Our vision as a SIGA is to support social workers to engage in the highest standards of professional practice with older persons, promote positive ageing, support autonomy and self-determination and contribute towards advocacy efforts for continuous improvement in service delivery for older persons.
SIGA, as a Special Interest Group of IASW, seeks to enable the continuous professional development of social work practice with older persons and represent the needs of older persons from a social work perspective.
Deirdre McNally - Chair
Caroline O’Donoghue - Secretary
How often meetings take place
Bi-monthly meetings are held, via Zoom, on the afternoon of the last Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm.
In between SIGA meetings there is regular email correspondence via the Chair and Secretary, in relation to education/training opportunities, conferences, publications, requests to contribute towards policy submissions and the sharing of resources to support social workers in their practice.
Currently two SIGA sub-groups:
Chair of SIGA is sitting on Home Care Coalition which advocates for improvement in service provision
Speakers organised for SIGA meetings in 2022 have included:
Planned speakers for 2022:
How to join
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will put you in contact with SIGA Secretary