Things YOU can do

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Things YOU can do

1 On YOUR doorstep

When election candidates and canvassers come to your door, have our leaflet ready so you can ask them the key questions relating to our High 5 priority issues. You can also print out and display our High 5 badge in a window or on a door so canvassers calling will be able to see it.

opens link in new window High 5 Leaflet - Priorities for Ageing Well (PDF 114KB)
opens link in new window High 5 Badge - Our High 5 Priorities (PDF 26KB)

2 Write or call

Get in touch directly by contacting candidates constituency offices either by phone, letter, email or in person to their office and ask the key questions. During election time, these offices and phone lines can be busier than usual and candidates will be out canvassing, so they may take a little longer than usual to respond to letters or messages. If you have not heard back within a week, try again.

You can find the contact details for party headquarters on our Election Candidates page. Address your letters For the Attention of "All Election Candidates" or check our Election Candidates page to find out the name of the candidate who is running in your constituency.

Here is a sample letter which you can use. Just change it to suit your details and then cut and paste it into an email or send it by post.

opens link in new window Sample letter / email to candidates (DOT 20KB)
opens link in new window Sample letter / email to candidates (PDF 28KB) 

3 Hustings or Public Forums

Are candidates speaking or answering questions at any public events in your area? You can usually find details of events like this in your local newspaper.  These events are designed to allow people like YOU to have your say. Why not attend and bring friends? If you are a member of a group, you could invite your local candidates to a meeting and ask them what they are going to do for older people in your area.

If you would like more detailed information about our High 5 issues to help inform your discussion, please read through these web pages and download our information sheets, or contact us if you would like them sent by post.

opens link in new window High 5 Leaflet - Priorities for Ageing Well (PDF 114KB) 

4  Make the news

Your group might want to issue a press release as a way of letting your local papers and radio stations know what you think. You could also write a letter to the press stating your points of view. Texting, phoning or emailing your comments into radio or television programmes where candidates are debating is another great way to raise the issues you think are important.

For further help and downloadable templates check out our Election 2011 Press Pack page.

5 Keep in touch & keep informed

Age NI and Age Sector Platform would love to hear about your experience and the responses you get. Help us to build a stronger picture of what your candidates are saying and the promises they are making by calling us on 028 9024 5729 or 028 9031 2089, or emailing us on or

And finally…

Go out and vote on Thursday 5 May 2011!

Election High 5

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High 5 publications

  • Leaflets, factsheets and guides aimed to keep you informed about ageing well in Northern Ireland.

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