Policy and Engagement
Age NI informs and lobbies local and Northern Ireland government to prepare and plan more effectively for the opportunities and challenges of our ageing society, and to ensure that older people’s issues are represented at the highest level.
Our Policy & Engagement team is challenging government to tackle the barriers of poverty and discrimination, and to improve health & social care provision. Successful campaigns have included working with our partners in the age sector to secure additional fuel payments and lobbying for an Older People’s Commissioner.
Age NI's Consultative Forum
The Age NI Consultative Forum was formed in 2010. The purpose of the forum is to identify the needs and concerns of older people (in relation to poverty, health, equality and other issues) and communicate these to Age NI.
We are passionate about having older people at the heart of everything we do. Age NI's Consultative Forum engages with, advises and challenges Age NI on policy issues and on its strategic direction. The work of the forum covers the whole of Northern Ireland and focuses on issues affecting people over the age of 50. It works collaboratively with, and in support of, Age NI.
What do Consultative Forum members do?
• Talk to us about issues affecting older people
• Comment on the work of Age NI
• Listen and talk to older people
• Ensure that the voices of older people from all sections of the community are heard
• Use your knowledge to affect the lives of older people
• Get involved in exciting projects.
• Meet once a quarter
At Age NI, we are passionate about having older people at the heart of everything we do. We do this by listening and making sure the voices of older people are heard.
This voluntary role is pivotal to us as Peer Facilitators will engage with and listen to older people. They will capture their views, opinions and experiences, so that they inform the work of Age NI.
We listen to older people's views on the issues that matter to us all - Health, Poverty, Social Inclusion and Citizenship.
The views of older people help to inform Age NI on Policy issues and its strategic direction but also directly impacts upon providers of vital services e.g. Health Trusts.
This is just one example of a recent project our Peer Facilitators were involved in shaping and delivering. As part of Project Retain, Peer Facilitators developed and delivered action learning sets to 110 nursing staff in hospitals, with the aim of increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to caring for older people.
Find Out More
To find out more information about our Policy and Engagment work, please call us 028 9024 5729.