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Policy and Engagement

1000 Days Letter to Health Minister

It’s 1000 days since the Department of Health Reshaping Stroke Care consultation closed. We've written to Health Minister Robin Swann supporting Stroke Association NI's calls for progress. Everyone, including older people, affected by stroke need informed, ambitious and timely stroke transformation. We need progress on stroke treatment, rehabilitation and support now.

Launch of the consultation on the reform of Adult Social Care

Read our full response to the launch of the consultation on the reform of Adult Social Care by the Health Minister. You can get involved by having your say by clicking here

Pensioners' Parliament 2021

Read the full Hansard from the Pensioners' Parliament in Stormont in September 2021.

Lived Experience 2021 Report

In Lived Experience 2021, older people reflect on what’s important to them now and what they want for the future; they also share their ideas and views on how that future can be secured. The responses range from the practical to the philosophical and are thoughtful and informed.

COVID-19: Lived Experiences 2020

We have put together a hard-hitting and emotive report highlighting the experiences of older people in Northern Ireland living through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.

Current Campaigns  

View our current campaigns

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

Click here for Consultative Forum Terms Of Reference. 

Peer Facilitators

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.

Project Retain

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 Engagement work, please call 028 9024 5729.


Last updated: May 26 2022

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