Age NI is hosting an advice and information event in The Health Centre Pharmacy, Carrickfergus on Wednesday 26 October from 8.45am – 4pm.
Brenda Kearns, (pictured left) Age NI Head of Advice and Advocacy, with Adam Bartholomew, Pharmacy Manager and Emma Templeton, Pharmacy Assistant, commented, ‘We’re delighted to be given this opportunity to host the ‘Age NI in the Community - Advice and Information Day’ in The Health Centre Pharmacy on Taylor’s Avenue. A growing number of people in the Carrick area are turning to Age NI for help or advice over the phone for general information or answers to specific questions relating to care, housing, money and health. We want to support more people, especially those living in rural areas, to access the help they need.'
'This local initiative will provide additional face to face advice and support to people on their doorstep. Two trained advisors will be available throughout the day to listen to any concerns and to answer queries on behalf of an older relative, friend or loved one. They can provide information about local services, activities or organisations and carry out a free benefits check, helping people to find out what financial support they might be entitled to and assist them to apply. A range of handy guides and leaflets with useful information and practical support are also available.’
Jonathan Lloyd, Pharmacy Director, added, ‘Our pharmacy is pleased to be working with Age NI, charity partner of the Ulster Chemists Association, to ensure that people are supported with information and help from the Advice Service. The Health Centre Pharmacy in Carrick is a hub of activity within the local community and this event will provide people with ease of access to advice, information and services that will support them or an older person they know. Together we can ensure that older people, their families and carers are getting the right support to help make later life better. For those unable to attend, please drop by at a later date and the pharmacy team can make a referral on your behalf to Age NI.’
Carla Tully, President, AES UK and Ireland added, ‘AES supports the Age NI Advice Service in the Larne and Carrick areas because we see the value for older people in our local communities. The partnership and collaboration between our partner Age NI and The Health Centre Pharmacy is a great example of business and charity working together to improve lives - the mission of AES. Positive initiatives like these create invaluable opportunities to make later life better and safer for many older people, their families and carers in the local area.’
The Age NI Advice Service currently receives over 12,000 queries from older people, their carers and families about issues relating to later life with top concerns being community care, welfare benefits and housing issues.
Everyone is welcome to attend.