Age NI aims to deliver practical, high impact support to over 70,000 older people in the next 3 years. Our focus is on supporting older people across Northern Ireland who are particularly vulnerable and at risk, working to prevent further disadvantage through the provision of a range of integrated services.
In the last 18 months we have significantly impacted and made lasting change to the lives of almost 30,000 of the most vulnerable and at risk older people in our society and identified unclaimed benefit of £821,243.
The people we have helped include:
- 28,444 older people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing disadvantage, through the Advice and Advocacy telephone service
- 263 older people with particularly emotional and complex needs supported at times of crises through the First Connect Service
- 428 older people benefiting from dedicated advocacy support including 54 older people who experience elder abuse.
Age NI services have a particular focus on addressing poverty and isolation.
Our services aim to support and empower older people to remain independent for as long as possible, advocating on their behalf, steering the way to appropriate services and support, connecting older people with their local communities to ultimately improve well being and quality of life.
Key outcomes for older people over the last six months include:
- Improved quality of life
- Improved independence
- Increased confidence (particularly with reference to living in their own home and as part of the community)
- Improved feeling of safety and security
- Older people empowered to make their own choices.
For more information or to make a referral telephone 0808 808 7575.
When our Age NI First Connect Coordinators visited Bill for the first time, they were utterly shocked to see the condition he was living in.
Together we can help older people make the most of later life.