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Author: Age NI
Published on 19 February 2014 01:00 PM

Volunteers are needed for My Life, My Way, an innovative service providing support for older people with dementia and their carers, is now available in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas.

This is a five year project in partnership with Age NI, the Belfast and Northern Health and Social Care Trusts, and the Big Lottery Fund.

Linda Robinson, Age NI Care Services Director, said, ‘In Northern Ireland, it is estimated that there are 19,000 people living with dementia, and these levels are projected to rise to 60,000 by 2051, which is the fastest expected rate of increase in the UK.* We’re delighted to launch this exciting new service in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas, as it will ensure that older people with dementia, especially those who are isolated, are supported to stay independent, active and engaged at home and involved in their own decision-making. The service will also offer respite and relief to carers and families.’

‘As part of the My Life, My Way project, we have two Community Navigators, Mandy Wilson and Rachel Moorhead, who will work with older people in their own homes and match them to a suitable volunteer, known as an Age NI Dementia Ambassador. These volunteers will help them to make informed choices about their care needs and signpost them to relevant information, options, services and facilities that will improve their health and wellbeing and enable them to live life their way.’

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said, ‘We are already seeing the really positive impact that the Connecting Older People programme is having on the lives of our most vulnerable older people in Northern Ireland.’

‘The programme is supporting a range of vital projects that are transforming the lives of older people in our communities who are at risk of isolation, depression, mental and physical ill health and low self esteem. Our funding is supporting those older people who need our help the most.’

To volunteer as an Age NI Dementia Ambassador, to make a referral to the service or to find out more about the project, please contact Mandy Wilson, Age NI Community Navigator (Northern Trust area) on 0743 658 1438 or or Rachel Moorhead, Age NI Community Navigator (Belfast Trust area) on 0743 658 1437 or

* Source - DHSSPS 2010

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