Age Friendly and the Big Plan

October is Positive Ageing Month 2021

This is a month-long festival of events and activities for older people, celebrating the contribution they make to their communities. This year we have worked in partnership with other organisations to bring an online calendar of events delivered via Zoom that you can participate in free of charge.

Some of the events require pre-booking so do read through the Positive Ageing Interactive Brochure  to see what is on offer and plan your chosen activities. You will also find the information in the drop down menu at the bottom of this page. 

For more details please contact healthandwellbeing@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Age Friendly and the Big Plan

Ards and North Down’s Strategic Community Planning Partnership agreed to work towards the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Age Friendly Status, and in doing so establish an Age Friendly Alliance. Ards and North Down’s Age Friendly Strategy provides a framework to help make our Borough a great place to grow older and an area in which everyone, regardless of age, is valued and respected. It provides the structure for cross-sector cooperation, which is essential to improve the quality of life of our older population. The Strategy is framed around the eight Age Friendly domains as prescribed by WHO:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transport
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and inclusion
  • Civic participation
  • Communication and information
  • Community and health

Ards and North Down’s Strategic Community Planning Partnership is responsible for monitoring the impact of the Big Plan. The Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan is a sub-plan of the Big Plan and its impact will also be monitored by the Strategic Partnership. All members of the Strategic Partnership, and the Age Friendly Alliance, are responsible for its implementation and success.

Why the need to be Age Friendly?

Ards and North Down has an aging population meaning that the demographic profile will change significantly over the next 10-20 years. The number of older people aged 65+ is projected to rise in Ards and North Down, from around 31,000 in 2014 to around 50,000 by 2030. The number of older people ages 85+ is anticipated to more than double from just under 4,000 in 2014 to about 10,000 by 2039.

The shift in age structure, as more people live for longer, means that retirement, pensions and other social benefits, along with healthcare requirements, tend to extend over longer periods of time. In short, our society needs to plan for the needs of a much larger older population. This is not something that can wait. This is a pressing challenge that requires a thoughtful and comprehensive response.

It is important that organisations designing and delivering public services take account of these changes to ensure that future services are fit for purpose.

Ards and North Down’s Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2022

The Age Friendly Action Plan 2019- 2022 contains actions that will enable Age Friendly Alliance members to work towards the aspirations set out within this Strategy. The actions with this document are constantly under review, including proposed leads and potential support organisations, and will be updated and added to over the lifespan of the Strategy.

Positive Ageing Month October 2021

Events in Week Commencing Monday 4 October 2021

Monday 4 October

  • Scams | 11am-12pm

It seems that every other day you hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked. Forewarned is forearmed! To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

  • Cookery Demo | 2pm

Alex Connell, Roving Chef from Vegetarian for Life is going to do a cookery demo. Come along and watch and be inspired. This time Alex has a new set of dishes to share – he will be making Courgette Fritters, Iman Biyaldi and Cranachan. “The Greek Fritters make an ideal starter, light lunch or part of a buffet. The Imam Biyaldi although simple, is quite delicious. If you are not familiar with Cranachan, it’s essentially whipped cream, fruit and a touch of whiskey, what’s not to like?” Come along and watch and be inspired.

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/lighter-meals/greek-fritters-with-tzatziki

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/main-meals/imam-biyaldi-the-priest-fainted

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/cakes-and-puddings/simple-cranachan

To book call 07713 684705 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

  • WhatsApp (Part 1) | 2pm-3pm What is WhatsApp?

If you haven’t used this social media app before, then now’s the time to find out! Join our Zoom session to see what’s involved including some of the more advanced features such as groups and photo messages. To book call 07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

Tuesday 5 October

  • Dementia Awareness Session | 10am-11am

A short awareness talk for anyone who wants to understand more about what it is like to live with dementia or care for someone living with dementia. Learn about types of dementia, signs and symptoms, and small things you can do in your community to make a positive difference for people living with the condition. To book, or for more information, please email: julie.morton@alzheimers.org.uk

  • WhatsApp (Part 2) | 2pm-3pm

On social media it’s important that you know your information is protected. This final WhatsApp Zoom session takes a closer look at Privacy and Security settings, and gives you helpful tips on how to stay safe. To book call 07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

  • Privacy | 11am-12pm

Now that people are spending so much time online, it’s more important than ever to know how to keep your personal information secure and private. This Zoom session offers you hints and tips on how to protect your data. To book call 07912 296830 or email niall.mcveigh@librariesni.org.uk

  • Falls Prevention and Home Safety | 10.30am

Come and join the Falls Prevention team and Home Safety team for a live zoom information session to provide advice on how to reduce your risk of falling and prevent other accidents such as poisoning, burns, scalds and fire occurring in your home. Please contact Charlene Piggott, Home Safety Coordinator 07961 460785 for more information and to register.

Wednesday 6 October

  • Linking Generations NI | 10.30am

Come and find out more about Linking generations and how they can support you with intergenerational work. Link to register (using Microsoft form):  https://forms.office.com/r/LGkTAVELP7 

Or email Infolgni@bjf.org.uk

  • Introduction to iPad (Part 1) | 11am-12pm

Mystified by your iPad? Join us for our Zoom session when we’ll explain some of the basics: find out how to turn your iPad on and off, discover what the buttons do, and learn to tap and swipe like a pro! We will also do some exploring: navigate successfully through screens, apps and settings. To book call 07912 296811 or email Karen.Maginess@librariesni.org.uk

  • Entertainment | 2pm-3pm

Missed your favourite television programme? There are several free and subscription applications which allow you to watch programmes at your leisure or on the go. Come along and learn all about them. To book call 07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

Thursday 7 October

  • Moneysaving (Part 1) | 11am-12pm

Join our Zoom session to explore some of the great free advice sites on the internet that help you make your money go further. There is a wealth of knowledge out there if you know where to look. Also, see what you can do with cashback sites when you shop online. To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

  • Spotify | 2pm-3pm

Join our Zoom session to find out how to access a wide range of music on your iPad, tablet or smartphone. Find out about the many free and paid for music streaming apps available, including Spotify. To book call 07912 296830 or email niall.mcveigh@librariesni.org.uk

  • Chocolate Bingo | 7.30pm-8.30pm

Eyes down, let’s play Bingo. Every winner wins chocolate. To register call Eamon Quinn on 028 9073 5696 or email Eamon.quinn@engagewithage.org.uk

Friday 8 October

  • Listen Share Change – Taster Session | 11am-12pm

We are inviting you to take part in digital Listen Share Change. We use storytelling to help people start a conversation, have a laugh and make new friendships. Delivered via Zoom or by phone using a Freephone number. To book contact Holly through Verbal LSC Team – ask for Holly (Belfast rep) 028 7126 6946 or email lscbelfast@theverbal.co

  • Virtual Sing for Victory workshop | 2pm-3pm

Sing for Victory is a dementia friendly singing and reminiscence workshop we offer virtually. Participants sing songs from the 1940s and reminisce about the past with our Outreach Officer and Music Therapist Karen Diamond. To book email outreach@niwarmemorial.org

  • Scams | 2pm-3pm

It seems that every other day you hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked. Forewarned is forearmed! To book call 07912 296798 or 028 9050 9150 or email Gary.Patterson@librariesni.org.uk

Events in Week Commencing Monday 11 October 2021

Monday 11 October

Privacy | 11am-12pm

Now that people are spending so much time online, it’s more important than ever to know how to keep your personal information secure and private. This Zoom session offers you hints and tips on how to protect your data. To book call 07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

Moneysaving (Part 2) | 2pm-3pm

In this Zoom session, compare the price comparison sites! Are they all that they seem? Also, check out some specialist sites that can offer you huge discounts. To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

Tuesday 12 October

iPad Camera (Part 1) | 11am-12pm

Join our Zoom session to check out your iPad camera settings: live, time lapse, panoramic and more. To book call 07912 296792 or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Scams | 2pm-3pm

It seems that every other day you hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked. Forewarned is forearmed! To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

Be Ready NI 2.30pm-3.30pm

Come and hear from Claire Carlton Resilience Manager Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group on being prepared for all types of emergencies from severe weather warnings, flood and other crisis situations To book call 07713 684705 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Wednesday 13 October

Dying To Talk Webinar (The importance of being prepared) | 10.30am-12pm

A range of speakers to help you positively plan for your end of life. We plan for the beginning of lives so why not the end? This conference is a regional event as part of Positive Ageing October month as part of the Age Friendly NI Network. Delivered collaboratively between Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Compassionate Communities, Integrated Care Partnership, Western Health and Social Care Trust and funded by Public Health Agency. Please see details for regional event on 13 October Registration via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/DyingToTalkTickets

Introduction to iPad (Part 2) | 11am-12pm

In iPad Zoom Session 2, you’ll discover more about how to set up your iPad to suit you: we’ll look at display and brightness, wallpaper, accessibility settings, and the Control Centre. To book call 07912 296811 or email Karen.Maginess@librariesni.org.uk

War Memorial Museum Virtual Reminiscence workshop | 2pm

In our reminiscence workshops we use objects and photographs from the museum collection to stimulate conversation about the past. Reminiscence workshops are based on the home front in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. Our Outreach Officer Michael is connecting with groups virtually to offer workshops which would normally take place in our museum. Using museum objects and a PowerPoint presentation, Michael encourages conversations about topics including the Belfast Blitz, the US presence, and evacuees and rationing. To book email outreach@niwarmemorial.org

Thursday 14 October

Scams | 11am-12pm

It seems that every other day you hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked. Forewarned is forearmed! To book call 07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

Shop well, store well, eat well ideas session | 2pm

Join Grainne, a Dietitian from Active Belfast Team to learn about what good staples to have in cupboards and how to eat well when shopping less. To book call 07713 684705 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Friday 15 October

iPad Camera (Part 2) | 11am

In this Zoom session, find out how you can edit your photographs or put them into albums. To book call 07912 296792 or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Practice Using Zoom | 2pm-3pm

Have you used Zoom yet? Would you like to familiarise yourself with the tools and tricks of Zoom in a safe learning environment? Join our Zoom meeting where we explain the various settings and give you a chance to practice some of its features. We will also talk you through how to set up your own Zoom meeting. To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk 

Events in Week Commencing Monday 18 October 2021

Monday 18 October

Privacy | 11am-12pm Now that people are spending so much time online, it’s more important than ever to know how to keep your personal information secure and private. This Zoom session offers you hints and tips on how to protect your data. To book call 07912 296792 or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Zoom cook-a-long session | 2pm

Alex Connell, Roving Chef from Vegetarian for Life is going to do a cook along. Alex will be encouraging you to actually cook along with him and make Borlotti Bean Chestnut Stew, followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding. For those wanting to cook along, pop to the shops, grab your ingredients and put your aprons on! Alex will guide you step by step on how to prepare the dishes. Feel free just to watch if you fancy that too.

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/main-meals/borlotti-bean-and-chestnut-stew1

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/cakes-and-puddings/sticky-toffee-pudding

To book call 07713 684705 or email agefriendly@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Tuesday 19 October

Your Health Online | 11am-12pm

Find out about reliable websites giving expert up to date information, help and support on health issues, with useful hints and tips to improve your health and wellbeing. To book call 07912 296798 or 028 9050 9150 or email Gary.Patterson@librariesni.org.uk

Pressreader | 2pm-3pm Did you know that you can get free access to around 3,000 national and world newspapers through the Libraries NI Libby app? Join this Zoom session to find out how to use PressReader. To book call 07912 296830 or email niall.mcveigh@librariesni.org.uk

Wednesday 20 October

Energy Efficiency in the Home | 11am

Overview of fuel poverty and the impact of cold homes Energy efficient heating, lighting, and appliances, keeping the heat where it is needed, comparing and switching energy suppliers, advice and support in Northern Ireland To book email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 07713 684705

Making the most of your slow cooker | 10.30am

Join this free session to find out the benefits of using slow cookers to make tasty, nutritious meals. Register using this link: Webinar Registration - Zoom

Interactive Dementia Awareness training | 7pm

The training happens via Zoom, and participants are taken to a range of locations including a home, a shop, out and about, and more. Participants learn how to make life more dementia friendly with a range of top tips. Participants are broken into small groups and get mix of specially filmed short videos (made in Belfast) alongside discussion, questions and answers This training is suitable for anyone affected by dementia or any member of the public hoping to make their community more dementia friendly. Participants also receive followup resources by email. To book click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-interactive-dementia-trainingtickets-167709988089

Thursday 21 October

Taking the fear out of online banking | 11am

Richard Gill, Community Banker from Ulster Bank will give you advice on safely using and the benefits of online banking, and purchasing online, there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. To book email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 07713 684705

Libby E-Magazines | 2pm-3pm

If you haven’t yet discovered the amazing FREE eMagazine offer from Libraries NI, then this is the Zoom session for you! Learn how to download the Libby app and sign up for the opportunity to borrow over 3000. Explore the app and discover features like search, place hold, bookmarks and reading settings. To book call 07912 296792 or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Chocolate Bingo | 7.30pm-8.30pm

Eyes down, let’s play Bingo. Every winner wins chocolate. To register call Eamon Quinn on 028 9073 5696 or email Eamon.quinn@engagewithage.org.uk

Events in Week Commencing Monday 25 October 2021

Monday 25 October

  • Scams | 2pm-3pm

It seems that every other day you hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked. Forewarned is forearmed! To book call 07912 296792 or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Tuesday 26 October

  • Recycling and Reducing food waste | 11am-12pm

Come and hear from Belfast City Council about reducing waste and recycling and get you questions answered. To book email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 077713 684705

  • Pinterest and Instagram | 2pm-3pm

In this session we take a look at two popular image-sharing social networking sites. Find out how to create a profile, post your own images and link with others. To book call 07912 296792 or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Wednesday 27 October

  • Big Quiz | 3pm

Join us via Zoom for a quiz with a difference To book email agefriendly@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or phone 07713 684705

  • Eating well as you age | 11am-11.45am

This free session is for anyone who is interested in finding out how to eat well in later life. This could be for yourself, a relative or a friend.

https://setrust-hscni-net.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T1SBydEdTlGqtpIS3xbSBA or contact Fiona Armstrong Health Development Dietitian

Email Training.dietitians@setrust.hscni.net. Tel 028 9041 1792

Thursday 28 October

  • Bowel Cancer Screening | 11am

The Women’s Resource and Development Agency will raises awareness of bowel cancer screening, signs and symptoms to look out for, ways to reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer and how to take the screening. To book email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 07713 684705

  • Spooky Halloween Chocolate Bingo | 7.30pm-8.30pm

Eyes down, let’s play Bingo. Every winner wins chocolate. To register call Eamon Quinn on 028 9073 5696 or email Eamon.quinn@engagewithage.org.uk

Friday 29 October

  • Biggest ever virtual tea dance | 2.30pm-4pm

Join people across Northern Ireland and beyond, live bands and plenty of kitchen dancing.To book email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 07713 684705