Check in and chat
Age NI, with the support of the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, is offering a ‘Check in and chat’ telephone service for everyone who is over 60 in Northern Ireland, who may feel isolated or lonely during this time.
It's hoped that the initiative will help provide some reassurances to older people, answer basic queries and link people to local services and support during the Coronavirus outbreak.
We have all been advised to self-isolate as much as possible to help protect us from the virus. This is particularly important for people over 70 and those with underlying health conditions because they are at higher risk of developing more severe symptoms if they become infected. Those at greatest risk have been asked to self-isolate for 12 weeks.
These are potentially difficult times for many older people, especially those living alone who may not have anyone to share their concerns. Others may just want to have a chat about what they saw on television last night. Hopefully, this initiative will help older people cope with some of the challenges arising from the Coronavirus outbreak.
Anyone over 60 in Northern Ireland can register free of charge, to receive a regular telephone call from us. All you need to do is:
Call Age NI Advice on 0808 808 7575
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure you include the following information in your email. This will help us deal with your registration more efficiently.
- Telephone number
- Please let us know if you're over 60
- An emergency contact - who do you want us to contact in an emergency