Big Guide Launched

Tuesday 14th March 2023

A new 65-page Big Guide to Age Friendly Ards and North Down has been published by Ards and North Down Borough Council with the support of Ards and North Down’s Age Friendly Alliance.

Two women and a man smile at the camera. They are posing with promotional items for The Big Guide

Unveiled by Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas at Bangor’s City Hall, the guide is designed for all ages and is packed full of useful information, including a directory of support services, details on how to access them, and where to go for help if someone has a specific problem.

Based on feedback received from a survey of older people, the guide was produced as a hardcopy with a focus on assistance for older people, easier access to mental health services and help to reconnect people, with guidance on how to stay safe at home and how to avoid being the victim of a scam. An online version is also available on the Council website at

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas, said:

“The Council’s Big Plan, a community plan that details how we want to make life better for everyone living in Ards and North Down, gave the commitment that through our statutory, voluntary and community partnerships, Ards and North Down would be Age Friendly. The publication of our Big Guide is yet another step towards making our Borough an even better place to live and grow older.”

Pick up a copy of the guide in our public buildings or access a digital copy of the guide on our website Requests for hard copies can also be submitted to or by contacting 0300 013 3333.

For more information, visit The Big Guide | Ards and North Down Borough Council

Photo caption: Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas with Age Friendly Alliance Members, Gary Hill Libraries NI and Dorothy Beattie AGEnda.