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Author: DSD / Age NI
Published on 21 March 2013 10:30 AM

The GEMS NI KESTREL conference is being held in Belfast today to promote productive ageing.

The event aims to highlight the valuable contribution older people can make in today’s society.

Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland said: “This project demonstrates how Neighbourhood Renewal funding is being used to stimulate economic and social regeneration in Neighbourhood Renewal Areas in Belfast.

“I congratulate GEMS NI on the conference today and the work it does in helping to provide training and employment opportunities for older people living in some of our most deprived communities. Today’s event provides an important opportunity to showcase the value and benefits of this worthwhile project.”

The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy ‘People and Place’ was published in June 2003 to close the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society.

GEMS NI Ltd was founded in April 2006. It has continued to develop to become a service which is recognised as delivering excellence and a model of best practice in applying the interventions with long term unemployed economically inactive people and those who experience disadvantage in the labour market.

The KESTREL (Knowledge, Experience Skills, Training, Respect, Empowerment and Lifelong Learning) project in particular offers an innovative employability programme that strives to meet the needs of older people.

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