Pat's Story

Meet Pat, a 78-year-old social butterfly who has been a part of Check In and Chat since last May. “Check In and Chat brings back that personal connection we’re all missing since we don’t get to meet anyone new. The world isn’t so narrow when you have someone else to talk to.” Read more

Ken's Story

Meet Ken, a long-time supporter of Age NI and a Check In and Chat volunteer. "It is such a worthwhile service, especially for people on their own who may not have family nearby. This call can be a highlight of their week." Read more

Mildred's Story

Meet Mildred, a 91-year-old Check In and Chat participant who has been matched with volunteer Ken for over a year. "Check In and Chat has been a good thing for me. I would very much recommend it to anyone feeling isolated or lonely." Read more

Laura's Story

Meet Check In and Chat volunteer Laura! Jim was matched with Check In and Chat volunteer Laura in November 2020. Laura works in the voluntary sector as an information and evaluation manager (she’s great with statistics!). The pair have enjoyed a weekly friendship call every week since first being introduced. Read more

Loneliness is “New Normal” for Many Older People

Age NI launches fundraising campaign to combat loneliness for older people. We have made 20,000 Check In and Chat calls. We need you to help us provide more. Read more

Jim's Story

Like many older people living alone in the last year, Jim has felt the heavy burden of loneliness and isolation. With a weekly call, Jim had something to look forward to, giving him connection in some of his darkest and most difficult times. Read more

NI Pensioners urged to claim their share of £50m Pension Credit

Age NI is urging older people here to check their eligibility for Pension Credit as it was revealed that around a third of those eligible in Northern Ireland, almost 31,000 families, are not claiming the payments. Read more

Age NI Urges Home Secretary to Extend EU Settlement Scheme Deadline

Age NI has joined forces with the Commissioner for Older People NI and other organisations across the UK to call on the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to extend the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme. Read more

Have Your Say – Age NI wants to hear from you!

As we begin to look forward to life after this pandemic, Age NI wants to hear from older people about what’s important to them now and looking ahead to the future. Read more

Age NI statement on launch of Health Committee report on its inquiry into the Impact of COVID-19 in Care Homes

The NI Assembly Health Committee launched a report on the impact of COVID-19 on care homes on 1 February 2021. Read Age NI's comment Read more

Age NI Statement on COVID-19: 5 January 2021

With greater restrictions in place due to COVID-19 it is vital older people and others who are particularly vulnerable, receive clear information and support they need to stay safe and connected. Read more

Age NI welcomes outcome of the review of hate crime legislation

Age NI welcomes the outcome of the review of hate crime legislation by Judge Marrinan and his recommendation to add age to the protected characteristics in legislation. Read more

Staying Connected at Christmas

In a Christmas like no other in recent memory, BBC Northern Ireland, along with a group of local charities is encouraging everyone to find different ways of saying hello and staying in touch with neighbours, friends or their wider family circle. Read more

Joint statement on protecting older people's rights in the next phase of the pandemic

Read the joint statement on protecting older people's rights in pandemic. Read more

Shirl's Story

For more than a decade Shirl has been living with chronic health conditions which have left her in a lot of pain and virtually housebound. When she first made contact with Age NI earlier this year, Shirl told us that her self-confidence and self-belief were at an all time low. Read more

AIB Strikes a Positive Note for Local Charities

AIB has raised £122,815 from auctioning of rare banknotes, the funds will be split between Age NI and Alzheimer’s Society. Read more

Almac Group to Support Age NI

Almac Group has announced the organisation will donate to NI Hospice, Action for Children NI, and Age NI in the wake of COVID-19. Read more

Keeping Well at Home - "If you don’t use it, you lose it’

As part of our Keeping well at Home series we spoke to Emily, an Age NI Volunteer. Following a knee replacement operation, Emily, suddenly realised that she hadn’t the strength to lift a kettle. Read more

Keeping Well at Home - It’s Important to Check in and Chat

As part of our Keeping Well at Home series we spoke to Mandy Wilson, a Mental Health Nurse and Head of Wellbeing at Age NI. Read more

Age NI's Response to NISRA Bulletin 15 May

This has been another very difficult week for care homes across Northern Ireland.  We offer our sincere condolences to everyone concerned. Read more

Derek and Philomena sing of brighter days ahead on their new duet

Country Stars Derek Ryan and Philomena Begley have come released a new song with all proceeds going to Age NI and Alone. Read more

Age NI's Response to NISRA Bulletin 8 May

Older people in care homes must be the priority for care and protection now and in the future. Read more

Second Joint Statement from age sector organisations in UK

Read our second joint statement from Age sector organisations in UK Read more