Author: Age NI
Published on 15 May 2014 02:00 PM
Office of First Minister and deputy First Minister are currently consulting on the Active Ageing Strategy. The Strategy sets out the NI Executive’s plans for older people over the coming 6 years, until 2020.
As the consultation process comes to a close, Age NI has completed its response to the draft strategy document. In doing so, Age NI has engaged with over 130 individuals from across Northern Ireland, as well as age sector groups and other voluntary sector organisations.
Age NI’s response to the consultation welcomes key elements of the strategy such as the use of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons, and the recognition that poverty and ageism are root causes of disadvantage experienced by older people in Northern Ireland.
However the consultation response indicates that further work is required to develop the strategy, the action plans and the process of monitoring and implementation in order to ensure that the NI Executive’s commitment to older people delivers real and meaningful change.
The consultation process is your opportunity to get involved and influence government policy. There are a range of ways in which you can get involved. You could:
- Attend any remaining consultation events, details of which are on OFMdFM’s website
- Write your own consultation response
- Fill in a paper version of the survey -
- Send a letter to OFMdFM telling them about any of the key points you want to make, or indicating that you support the consultation response that has been prepared by another organisation, for example Age NI.
Age NI believes that it is vitally important that older people are meaningfully engaged in the development of policies and services that impact on their lives. This is the opportunity for everyone to get involved and shape the Executive’s strategy to improve the lives of older people in Northern Ireland.