Are you passionate about the rights of older people? Do you think it's important that the voice of older people should be heard? We are currently recruiting for volunteers to join our Consultative Forum, which is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in shaping Age NI's policy on older people's issues and the delivery of services.
About 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
What skills or qualities do members need?
• An interest in older people’s issues
• A desire to make things better for older people
• Confidence in expressing your opinion
• Energy, commitment, experience and positivity
• Commitment to the ongoing development of the forum
• Good listening skills and be a team player
• Be prepared to undertake relevant training and embrace opportunities to get involved
What's in it for members?
• An opportunity to put older people at the heart of issues that matter to them
• First hand input into the strategic direction of Age NI
• Involvement in a range of peer led projects where you will have the opportunity to engage directly with older people in a range of settings
• An opportunity to be a member of a team of dedicated volunteers
• Support and training on a range of new skills including communication and media skills, peer facilitation skills and techniques, reporting back
• Meet and share views with other older people
• Develop skills and personal growth
• Social interaction and friendship
• A chance to represent others
• Out of pocket expenses reimbursed.