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#CarersWeek: Ready to Care?

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#CarersWeek: Ready to Care?



The furore which accompanied Conservative Party proposals on social care, during the recent General Election campaign, illustrates what happens when political leaders are not in tune with the day to day experiences or views of their voters.
With much of the debate focused on who pays for social care, there was little discussion on the purpose, benefits and distribution of social care.

Also missing was any reference to unpaid carers – family, friends and neighbours.
In Northern Ireland, 220,000 carers save the state around £4.6 billion a year!

More than 15,000 people aged 70+ provide over 35 hours unpaid care every week, the equivalent of a full-time job. And over 400 of them are 90 years or older.
It is vital that the significant contribution made by unpaid carers is recognised in the steps we take to reform and fix social care in Northern Ireland.
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Best wishes, Matthew Blain
Age NI Digital Marketing Officer

Free Booklet: Care at home

Community Care, also known at Care at Home, is one of the most frequent concerns that our advisors deal with. 

The caring experience can be overwhelming for older people and also for their carers. The situation may put pressure on finances, relationships and health and wellbeing. 

This booklet raises and answers many of the questions we are frequently asked.

If you need any further information or advice, the Age NI Advice Service is available to help you on freephone
0808 808 7575
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My Life My Way

Collection Volunteers needed in Ballymena

Age NI will be collecting at Tesco Ballymena on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June!  If you can volunteer a couple of hours of your time to help we would love to hear from you.

Contact Rosalind Cole:
Tel: 07850 919 165 
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Big Knit

Free Guide: Steps to
Measuring Impact

The Steps to Measuring Impact guide has been developed to champion, promote and support greater understanding of impact practice in the age sector.

The resource aims to help age sector groups apply and embed the practice of measuring impact.

We encourage groups to get involved in impact planning to demonstrate the difference that they make to the lives of older people across Northern Ireland.
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Upcoming Events

Free internet classes
Ideal for older people - Libraries across NI and community centres in Belfast.

Carers Week
12-18 June - Show your support for carers

Charity Collection
Friday 16 June - Tesco Lisburn
Friday 23 & Sat 24 June - Tesco Ballymena

Digital Age Project Workshops
Digital technology workshops for those who work with older people.
Tues 20 June 2.30pm-5pm - Dungannon Library

Run for Age NI
21 June - Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K & Fun Run
23 June 6:30pm - Ards Half Marathon & Walk
24 June - Dromore Community 10K & 5K (Co.Tyrone)

Trek for Age NI
22 June - Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
23-25 June - Ben Nevis, Scotland

Deafblind Awareness Week
26 June - 2 July

Cycle for Age NI
Sun 27 August - Lap the Lough, Lough Neagh
View more events

Funding news

Belfast City Council Community Grants
A range of small grants are now open for applications, closing 7th July 2017. 

Community Pharmacy Partnership funding
Up to £2,000 available. Closing date: September 2017

Princes Countryside Fund
Grants to support rural communities. Opens 4th Sept & closes 5th October 2017.

Royal British Legion External Grants
Next deadline: November 2017.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland
Average grant awarded £3,000-£4,000.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Sharing Heritage
Grants between £3,000 - £10,000.

Royal Voluntary Service – National Sheds Fund
Funding between £250-£1,000 available for community Shed projects.
View more funding news


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