ABC Seniors Network, a partnership that supports older people across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, hosted a successful Information and Networking event, attended by over 150 participants in the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge.
The event, which was part-funded by the new Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council and local Policing and Community Safety Partnership, with the support of Age NI, celebrated joint working and collaboration with Network partners and members.
William Hutchinson, Chair of ABC Seniors Network, said, ‘This event was a great opportunity to celebrate the success of the Network to date working with our partners in the voluntary, community and statutory sectors helping older people across the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area.’
Speakers on the day included EJ Havlin from Age NI, who spoke about assisting groups with funding applications with a ‘Steps to Jargon Busting’ guide, Stephanie Rock from the PCSP gave advice on crime prevention, with Seamus Donnelly from Voluntary and Community Services speaking about scams. Finally, Brenda Kearns spoke about the Age NI Advice Outreach Service that is available in Banbridge every Wednesday. There were also a range of information stalls promoting services for older people.
Daniel Jack, Age NI Development Manager, said, ‘With over 45,000 people aged 60 plus living in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area, this Network works hard to raise awareness of services, to provide information and vital networking opportunities, and to address issues that affect older people in their local communities.’
He continued, ‘ABC Seniors Network continues to go from strength to strength. We wish to further develop the Network in 2016 and we look forward to inviting more people in later life to join us and ensure their voices are heard on issues that matter to them most’.
To find out how to take part in the ABC Senior Network, please contact Age NI on 028 9024 5729.