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Age-friendly Belfast

  • Age-friendly

    Belfast was the first city in Northern Ireland to join the World Health Organisation's Global Network of Age-friendly Cities.

    In an age-friendly city, organisations work together to make sure the quality of life for people is enhanced as they age.

    We are part of the Healthy Ageing Strategic Partnership (HASP) which has been working for the last 18 months, consulting with over 700 older people.

    Specific concerns were highlighted around maintenance of pavements, public toilets and outdoor seating and home heating.

    HASP, which is part of the Belfast Strategic Partnership, has developed an Age-friendly plan to address these issues. These include:

    • running an arts festival for older people
    • continuing with the Older Volunteer Awards
    • working with housing providers to communicate housing options;
    • developing several age-friendly outdoor spaces
    • developing an Age-friendly Belfast standard for businesses, and services to strive towards

    To find out more call 028 90 502073 and request a copy of the Age Friendly Belfast Plan 2018 – 2021. 

    To view the Age-friendly Belfast profile visit the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website.

  • Intergenerational guide and toolkit

    We've produced a guide and toolkit aimed at bringing younger and older generations together.

    They're designed for leaders of young and older people’s groups, helping them engage with older and younger people, promote participation and a sense of belonging. 

    The guide and toolkit are easy to use, and broken into sections that give practical examples of activities, tools and templates for planning and running intergenerational projects.

    The benefits include:

    • increased self-confidence
    • a sense of belonging in the community
    • opportunities to influence government policy and community planning
    • more positive perception of people from different generations
    • new skills development like lobbying, cooking, IT and creative arts
    • further participation in the community and stronger feelings of citizenship
    • mutual understanding and increased sense of empathy between generations

    If you would like a copy of the toolkit, call 028 9050 2073

  • Age-friendly Belfast virtual Christmas 2020

    Men’s Heath Day: A series of activities just for men via Zoom

    • Thursday 10 December
    • 10am – 2pm
    • on Zoom

    10am - Volunteer Now Community Projects Welcome        
    10.05am - Fitness Freddy Fun: Exercise with Freddy
    10.30am - Diabetes BHSST: Gail Gartside                                    
    11am - Smoking Cessation: Paul O’Kane
    11.30am - History Talk, Memory Lane with Dara Barrett          
    12.30pm - Looking After Your Mental Wellbeing: AWARE
    1pm - Cookery Special With Gerry Faloona                            
    1.30pm - Cancer Focus deliver a session on Bowel Cancer
    2pm - The Origins of Cave Hill: Cormac Hamil

    To book your place, email

    Create your own at home Christmas Tea Dance

    • Friday 11 December
    • 3pm - 4pm

    Grab a cuppa and take a trip down memory lane with a live zoom performance with Jackie Rainey and Emma Doran.

    To book your place, email

    I’ll not see Christmas!

    • Monday 14 December
    • 3pm

    Watch this fun one woman play with the writer and performer herself, Patricia Gormley. There will be a question and answer session at end.

    To book your place, email or call 07713 684 705.

    Keep Moving, Keep Active and Keep Safe in Your Home

    • Tuesday 15 December
    • 11am

    Learn about the importance of staying active and keeping safe at home. The session will delivered by a physiotherapist who will discuss ways to build and maintain your strength and balance to help prevent falls.

    To book your place, call Aoife, Home Safety Coordinator, on 07895 255 590 or email

    Big Quiz 

    • Tuesday 15 December
    • 3pm

    Join us via zoom for a quiz with a difference hosted by Annabelle Dunwoody. To book your place, email


    • Wednesday 16 December
    • 11am - 11.40am

    Join Janet Flynn for a short gentle Qigong session that will also include a little co-ordinated stretching, breath work and meditation. Qigong is a mind and body practice that can tap into your life force energy.

    To book your place, email

    Eating Well As You Age

    • Thursday 17 December
    • 11am - 12noon

    A Public Health Agency webinar. Find out more at

    Zoom Chocolate Bingo

    • Thursday 17 December and Tuesday 29 December
    • 7.30pm

    Eyes down, let’s play Bingo. Every winner wins chocolate.

    To book your place, call 028 9073 5696 or email

    Create your own at home Tea Dance

    • Wednesday 30 December
    • 3pm - 4pm

    Grab a cuppa and take a trip down memory lane with a live zoom performance from Gerard Dornan.

    To book your place, email or call 07713 684 705.

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