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Author: Age NI
Published on 09 July 2012 03:30 PM

Age NI hosted a barbeque in Millbrook Community Centre, Larne to celebrate the launch of its Befriending project supporting older people at risk of loneliness and social isolation in the Larne, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus areas.

Over 80 people including Age NI staff, volunteer befrienders, clients, referral agents and Northern Health and Social Care Trust teams enjoyed the occasion and danced the evening away to music from local musician Eddie Campbell. The event was supported by AES Ballylumford.

Una Mulgrew, Project Coordinator, said, ‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the launch of the befriending project and to congratulate the volunteers who successfully completed training to become Age NI befrienders. This is a very worthwhile initiative providing practical help, social contact and access to activities and services to people who may be at risk of isolation and loneliness.’

She continued, ‘New befriending volunteers are welcome and training will be organised in September.’

To get involved as a volunteer befriender, please contact Una Mulgrew on 0743 596 0543 or email

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575