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Author: Age NI Enterprises
Published on 14 January 2011 12:00 AM

Young Farmers’ Club of Ulster supports Age NI Enterprises ‘Safe and Secure’ winter campaign


Age NI Enterprises have enlisted the help of the Young Farmers’ Club of Ulster (YFCU) to support their winter ‘Safe and Secure’ campaign which promotes safety in the home for older people in Northern Ireland.

As the nights have grown steadily colder and darker, older people across Northern Ireland, and particularly those living alone or in rural areas become that much more insecure.

Members of the YFCU have been challenged to help older people local to them whilst raising awareness of the campaign through the organisation of events within their communities.

Thoburn McCaughey, President of the YFCU said, “We are very pleased to be supporting the worthwhile Age NI Enterprises ‘Safe and Secure’ campaign this winter. So many of our members know older people living in their communities whether it is family or neighbours. With many of them living alone, it is vitally important that we take the time to look after them.

“The Age NI personal alarm is an excellent tool and there is great merit in many of those in later life wearing it. This campaign is a great way to get the younger generation involved.”

Ron Warwick, General Manager of Age NI Enterprises said, “I am delighted to announce our partnership with the YFCU and very much welcome their input to our winter campaign through not only their regular club meetings but also through their special events.

“Our highest priority this winter is to give older people peace of mind when in their homes, which naturally extends to their families. If an older person falls or a stranger calls, who will help them? Through the use of a personal alarm, this vital help can be summoned immediately.”

The personal alarm is primarily a tool whereby help can be summoned, whether the wearer has suffered a fall, has concerns about callers at their front door or simply feels insecure. If support is needed, the wearer simply presses the button to start a two-way speech link with the dedicated Response Centre, who can then get in touch with the chosen key holder. Should there be no answer from the key holder, the emergency services can be contacted.

“The personal alarm should be worn at all times, either as a pendant or a wristband, whether it is in the bathroom or the garden as it is active within 50 metres of the base unit. The pendants are small, lightweight, unobtrusive, comfortable to wear and easy to install.

“This service is helping to enhance the lives of people in later life and with the help of the Young Farmers, we will help older people feel safer and more secure for the duration of winter,” Mr Warwick added.

Martyn Blair of Finvoy Young Farmers added; “The clubs are very keen to get started with their events which range from inviting older people to informative club meetings, coffee mornings, cake judging competitions and even more adventurous activities such as ten-pin bowling or ice skating.

For more information about purchasing a personal alarm, please contact Age NI Enterprises on 028 9023 3341 or visit www.ageni.org and click buy.

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Notes to editors:

Age NI Personal Alarms:

An individual might be eligible for a social fund community care grant (CCG) the grant will pay for the installation costs i.e. £254 if they are on income support or in receipt of pension credit and the person has less than £1,000 in savings for those aged 60+ or less than £500 if under 60.

The social fund grant will NOT pay for the monitoring service which is £17.60 per quarter or £70.40 per annum, this is as little as 20p per day.

We offer a free installation service to “hospice referrals” as part of our charity work. They are however charged for monitoring only.

 

About Age NI Enterprises:

To fund its charitable activities, Age NI needs a constant flow of independent income. It seeks to achieve this through a balance of traditional fund raising and trading activities. The trading activities, through Age NI Enterprises, enable it to meet the needs of older people, through products specifically designed to meet these needs; quality products such as general insurance and funeral plans.
 
Age NI Enterprises incorporates: personal alarms, travel insurance, motor insurance, home insurance and funeral plans.

 

About Age NI:

Age NI is the new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged NI. The Age UK family includes Age Scotland, Age Cymru, Age NI, Age UK Enterprises and Age NI Enterprises.
 
Age NI is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in Northern Ireland: registered office address 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast, BT7 1NR.  Company number NI071940, HMRC Charity reference number XTI4600.

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