Age NI Response to £55m Energy Payment Support Scheme

Read the Age NI response to the announcement by the Department for Communities of a further £55m Energy Payment Support Scheme. Read more

Joint Statement on Winter Support for Older People

Winter often brings a number of challenges for older people and as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of the Omicron variant, this winter is likely to be more difficult than most. As a group of organisations working on behalf of older people, we want to ensure that older people’s needs are considered and not forgotten as decisions are made over the coming weeks and months to respond to the pandemic. Read more

Healthy Ageing Calendar Gift to 140,000 older people

The Public Health Agency (PHA), together with charity Age NI, and the Northern Ireland Frailty Network, have launched a major public information initiative targeted specifically at boosting the health and wellbeing of older people in 2022. Read more

Covid Christmas a Huge Dilemma for Lonely Older People

One in five older people say they are too worried about Covid to spend Christmas with loved ones. After last year’s Lockdown Christmas, a survey by Age NI reveals that spending Christmas with friends and family is more important than ever before for older people.  75% of those surveyed by the charity agreed this year’s festivities will take on special significance, however the fear of Covid continues to cast a shadow. Read more

Ernie's Story

66-year-old Ernie came to us last year at the toughest of times. He was feeling very low, isolated and he felt he had nowhere left to turn. Read about how Ernie's life has been turned around since being referred to Age NI. Read more

Keysafes Launch

No more leaving a key under a plant pot! Age NI is excited to expand its range of independent living products with the launch of its new Keysafes. A keysafe is a simple but smart and secure way to leave your key safely outside your house. Read more

Move More Live More

Northern Ireland’s leading charity for older people, Age NI, has teamed up with the Public Health Agency to launch Move More Live More, aimed at encouraging older people to stay active to stay strong. Read more

Lived Experience Forum 2021

Older people here have laid out a clear and challenging agenda for change for the Northern Ireland Executive in a report published today by Age NI (8 September 2021). The Lived Experience 2021 Report, from Northern Ireland’s leading charity for older people, says a dramatic shift in policy focus is required - right now - to respond to the needs of today’s older people and our future older generations. Read more

Haru - Help and Re-use with Age NI

Age NI has teamed up with an exciting new online outlet for pre-loved premium brand clothing and accessories. Local company Haru (Help and Re-Use) is a new way for charities to offer high end and sought after branded goods for sale via an online marketplace. Read more

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