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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

    For information on Age-friendly Belfast, call 028 9050 2073 and ask for our Age Friendly Belfast Plan 2018 – 2021. 

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

  • Age Friendly Belfast Plan 2022-2026

    Our Age Friendly Plan for Belfast is published online.

    We screened the plan for equality impacts and completed a rural needs impact assessment. You can read these reports online.

  • Age-friendly awards

    The Age-Friendly Older Volunteer Awards take place each year at City Hall.

    The awards shine a spotlight on the contribution that older people aged 60 years and over make to the life of the city through volunteering.

    Volunteers are recognised across five different categories.

    • Older Volunteer of the Year
    • Longstanding Volunteer of the Year
    • Digital Champion of the Year
    • Unsung Hero of the Year
    • Team of the Year

    Read more about Age-friendly awards

  • 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. 

  • Older People's Forums

    There are six older people's forums operating across Belfast.

    Each forum is made up of older volunteers who meet once a month to look at issues affecting older people in their area, participate in training and workshops and attend trips and outings.

    The forums want to recruit new members. To join, you need to be aged 50 or older, live in the local area and interested in championing the needs of older people.

    Get in touch

    Name Contact 
    West Belfast 50+ Forum Email deirdre.murphy@volunteernow.co.uk  Call 028 90232020
    Greater Shankill Senior Citizens' Forum Email deirdre.murphy@volunteernow.co.uk Call 028 90232020
    East Belfast Seniors' Forum  Email cathy.chambers@engagewithage.org.uk Call 028 9073 5696
    South Belfast Lifestyle Forum  Email cathy.chambers@engagewithage.org.uk Call 028 9073 5696
    North Belfast Senior Citizens' Forum Email olaf@northbelfastseniors.org Call 028 9075 5894
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