BBC Lifeline in Northern Ireland appeal

Anne O'Reilly - BBC Appeal

In October 2010 the BBC selected Age NI for its Lifeline in Northern Ireland appeal.

Northern Ireland is an ageing society. There are now more people over the age of 50 than there are under the age of 19.

In less than 20 years more than a quarter of the population will be over 60. And there’s no ready made guarantee that we’ll all be able to cope with the pressures of life as we grow older.

Age NI is the new charity combining Age Concern NI and Help the Aged in Northern Ireland. It’s the powerful voice for older people. 

The charity campaigns for support and change... and delivers vital services to improve lives. 

Anne O'Reilly, Chief Executive of Age NI (pictured above):

'Over the last 2 years, through our work we made a major difference to the lives of 158,000 people here in Northern Ireland.'

'We want people to be able to live their lives without limits as they get older but the facts are that:

  • 1/4 of all older people in Northern Ireland are living in poverty
  • 70% of older people have told Age NI that staying warm in winter is their main worry
  • More than half of older people say that loneliness is a significant issue'

'Age NI believes that age needs respect; it needs empathy; and sometimes it needs support.'

'As life changes, our Advice and Advocacy service is here to support older people, and to help their families and carers meet the challenges of later life.'

'We provide information and advice on welfare benefits, health, housing, community and residential care.  We will help you access services you need, and help you deal with any difficulties you face.'

My story

'I was distressed when I was being asked to move my husband, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, from a Health Service facility to private care. Having worked all our lives I was worried about the impact this would have on our income.

'I turned to Age NI and was so pleased to learn that my concerns and those of other older people were being raised at government level as I previously believed that nobody spoke for us at all. Age NI listened to me and gave me a voice.'

Age NI Advice and Advocacy client

Last year our Advice and Advocacy service dealt with almost 14,000 calls from older people in need. The team helped identify over £700,000 in unclaimed benefits and assisted older people manage their debts totalling almost a million pounds.

The care services teams throughout Northern Ireland support over 2,000 older people to live independently in their own homes every week and run 11 day care centres as well as a best practice dementia care unit  

However, Age NI, like many charities is operating in tough times and needs your help. Age NI invests £5 million a year delivering vital services, support and advice benefiting tens of thousands of people across Northern Ireland. 

It is supported by funders and donations from people like you.

Age NI wants to continue to help as many people as possible live a later life without worries. Even donations of a just a few pounds will help them take a call, make a visit or give a voice to some of our most isolated, vulnerable older people an Age NI.

Thank you for your help!

Age NI can be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 7575, for confidential, impartial advice and information.

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