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Author: Rights 4 Seniors
Published on 08 August 2013 12:00 PM

Advice NI and the Rights 4 Seniors team are beginning another exciting project: developing and managing a web portal for older people in Northern Ireland.

A web portal, as defined in the online Oxford Dictionary, as "an internet site providing access or links to other sites". It is the first point of access - a gateway - to wonderful world of the web.

This portal, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, will link information relevant to and requested by older people in Northern Ireland. It will also allow individuals and organisations, such as carers and charities, puiblicize much needed information and promote the services they offer the community. For this reason it will particularly benefit smaller organisations who may not have a web presence.

Usability and accessibilty will be the key to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access and use the portal. Advice NI will be inviting the top designers in the country to apply for the important task of developing the portal and ensuring that it is easy to manage and navigate.

It will also complement the work they have done with Rights 4 Seniors and the classes they are managing throughout Northern Ireland to help older people get online - an exciting project called Supporting Active Engagement.

Outreach Worker

Advice NI also welcome a new member of staff to the project, Nick Mathison, who will engage with hard-to-reach older people and groups, and promote the project. This particular strand of the project is funded by Comic Relief and will allow Nick to develop and disseminate a range of online and offline information on how older people can manage their money more effectively.

Highly important areas include how to:
Budget effectively
Maximise your income
Deal with debt
Avoid scams

All the information will aim to help inform older people and improve their quality of life at a time of shrinking benefits and increasing cost of living.

What's in a Name?

Advice NI will keep us posted on their project's development but there is one essential matter with which you can help... What should this web portal for Northern Ireland be called? Email Ciaran at Advice NI your ideas and he'll select the best ones for further discussion.

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