Platform welcomes commitment to tackling older people’s safety in new strategy PDF Print E-mail

Thursday 26 July 2012

Patricia DonaldA leading charity for older people in Northern Ireland has welcomed today’s launch of the new £20m community safety strategy and specifically its commitment to tackling the safety of older people.  Age Sector Platform, the charity responsible for the innovative Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, says that the need to tackle crime and fear of crime amongst older people is an urgent one; with specific actions required in the coming months and years.


Patricia Donald, Chair of Age Sector Platform, commented: “The launch of the strategy today is very welcome.  Earlier this year, as part of the 2012 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, we conducted a survey with over 1,200 older people across the province; and were shocked to find that almost two out of three (65%) older people remain fearful of being a victim of crime.  They want to see this strategy making a real difference for them, and the action plan relating to the safety of older people will be key to achieving this.”


“We are happy to see that the Department of Justice has acknowledged the need to work in partnership with other departments, statutory bodies and the community/voluntary sector to succeed in making this strategy’s aims a reality.  We look forward to working with them to ensure the worries of older people remain a priority.”




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