Age NI Urges Pensioners on Low Incomes to Put in a Claim for Pension Credit Without Delay

Older people on a low income have until Friday 19th May to put in a claim for Pension Credit in order to qualify for the first of three cost-of-living payments to be issued this year. Read more

Age NI calls on Council election candidates to make Age Friendly pledge

At the Northern Ireland local council elections on May 18 2023, Age NI is calling on all candidates to pledge to build Age Friendly communities in their council area, if elected. Read more

Statement from the APG on Ageing and Older People on funding for Community Transport Programmes

The APG on Ageing and Older People is deeply concerned about the risk to future delivery of the community transport service. Read more

Healthy Ageing Calendar 2023

Together with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Age Friendly Network NI, Age NI has launched its healthy ageing calendar for 2023, which is being distributed to over 50,000 older people across Northern Ireland. Read more

UK government confirms £600 payment to help with energy bills

Read our response to the the UK Government (BEIS) energy payment for Northern Ireland being announced. Read more

Charity urges older people to stay warm to stay well

Northern Ireland’s leading charity for older people, Age NI, is urging older people to stay warm to stay well. It says it is hearing from older people who have turned their heating off to save money and is warning over the health risks to older people from being exposed to the cold. Read more

More than half of older people expect this to be their hardest Christmas

Following the launch of Age NI’s Christmas campaign, the charity has released new research which shows that this Christmas will be one of the hardest yet for Northern Ireland’s older people. Read more

Energy Efficiency Information Sessions

Age NI has teamed up with fuel charity, National Energy Action, together with Power NI, to share energy saving advice to help older people to use energy efficiently, as well as money-saving tips and ways to help your budget go further. Register for one of the two free information sessions here. Read more

Mental health charity calls on MLAs to tackle rising cost of living

A delegation of four organisations led by mental health charity Inspire will hold an event at Stormont on 10 October to highlight the rising cost of living’s increasingly negative impact on the public's mental health and call for solutions to reduce the pressure on society. Read more

Organisations meet to discuss housing needs of NI's ageing population

Various Government representatives, organisations and businesses from both the charity sector and the property industry met today at an event held by Co-Ownership to discuss the need for more affordable, suitable housing as Northern Ireland’s population becomes older. NISRA reports that by mid-2045 one in four people will be over the age of 65, up from the current frequency of one in six. Read more

Open letter on the cost of living crisis in Northern Ireland

On behalf of the organisations undersigned, we are making a joint plea for urgent action to mitigate the devastating impact of the cost of living crisis in Northern Ireland. Read more

Check In and Chat: Sinead's Volunteer Experience

Sinead has been volunteering with Age NI’s Check in and Chat service since November 2020. She has shared with us what it is like supporting an older person with a weekly phone call. Read more

Check In and Chat: Caroline's Story

Age NI's Check in and Chat service supported 509 people last year with weekly friendship calls. One participant, Caroline, shared her story with us. Read more

Please look out for older people as Met Office extends heat alert

As the Met Office extends an Amber Extreme Heat warning from Sunday 17 into Tuesday 19 July, highlighting the risks even to people in good health, Age NI renews calls for us all to look out for older friends, family and neighbours, especially those who are more vulnerable for any reason, such as those with heart conditions or breathing difficulties. Read more


Age NI urges all pensioners on a low income to claim Pension Credit now or risk missing out on extra help towards the cost of living Read more

Rosemary's Incredible ‘Big Knit’

Nimble-fingered Coleraine knitter, Rosemary Neely, has knitted over 2,500 tiny hats to support Age NI fundraising through its Innocent Smoothie Big Knit campaign. Age NI receives 25p for every tiny hat, which will sit on top of smoothie bottles in the autumn. Rosemary’s amazing contribution has raised a fantastic £640! Read more

Age NI response to Reform of Adult Social Care public consultation

Age NI welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation and we acknowledge the ambition, complexity and challenge associated with reform of this nature and scale. Read more

Age NI appeals for volunteers to help older people

Age NI is appealing for more volunteers to join the charity and help make a huge difference to the lives of older people this Volunteers’ Week. The annual celebration, which runs from 1–7 June, recognises the phenomenal contribution of volunteers in communities across Northern Ireland. Read more

Coalition of Carers Organisations member’s statement on the reopening of day centres, short breaks and respite support in Northern Ireland

As Carers Week 2022 begins, members of the Coalition of Carers Organisations NI are issuing a joint call for the full reopening of day centres, short breaks and respite support in every Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Read more

Age NI statement on the cost of living

Age NI calls for immediate action by local politicians to unlock financial support for older people in Northern Ireland. Life is becoming unaffordable as almost 40% of older households will be unable to cover essential spending this year. Read more

1000 Days Letter to Health Minister

It’s 1000 days since the Reshaping Stroke Care consultation closed. We’ve written to Health Minister Robin Swann supporting Stroke Association NI’s calls for progress. Older patients need informed, ambitious and timely stroke transformation and delivery. Read the full letter here. Read more

Boardroom Apprentice

Applications for this year’s Boardroom Apprentice programme are now open. Open to those aged 16 or over from all backgrounds and all abilities, this unique board learning and development programme is looking for a diverse range of Boardroom Apprentices to take a seat at one of 58 host boards and attend a suite of learning days throughout the year. Read more

Help with Benefits and Bills

If you’re an older person, Age NI’s More Money in Your Pocket guide will help make sure you’re getting all the money you should be. With the increased cost of living, we’ll explain the various benefits you could be entitled to, and how to claim them. Read more

Age NI launches NI Assembly Manifesto, Act4Age

Action on health and social care, public transport access, digital inclusion, and an end to age discrimination… these are just some of the calls to action in Age NI’s 2022 Assembly Election Manifesto, Act4Age, as the charity highlights the impact and opportunities of longer life on future public services. Read more