Launch of Pensioners Trust

Launch of Pensioners Trust

‘Our today is your tomorrow’ is the message being put forward by Age Sector Platform today as it launches the Pensioners Trust, a unique fund being set up to engage with older people and support projects that will improve their lives.

The charity responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament claims that extra resources are needed to properly address the concerns currently facing the older population in Northern Ireland.

Michael Monaghan from Age Sector Platform commented: “We have reached a cross-road at which we must decide how future generations will live their later years. Government has a leading role in supporting people as they grow older, however with reduced government spending and an increasing number of older people, it is everyone’s responsibility to invest in a future where older people are not worried about keeping warm in winter, fear being a victim of crime, or feel lonely.”

“We are calling on businesses and individuals to help ensure that the problems facing pensioners today will not continue to be worries for future generations. The Pensioners Trust is about investing in everyone’s future; regardless of gender, religion or race. We hope that in the years to come the Pensioners Trust will produce huge dividends for future generations of pensioners.”

As part of the launch of the Pensioners Trust, Age Sector Platform will introduce its new charity patrons – Member of the House of Lords, Baroness May Blood MBE; and writer and broadcaster, Malachi O’Doherty.

Baroness May Blood MBE commented: “I am delighted to become a champion for Age Sector Platform and its work. Ensuring the voice of older people is heard and acted upon is more important than ever before. We must harness the voting power of the older generation to influence government and policy makers; those who can make a real difference to the lives of older people here in Northern Ireland.”

Malachi O’Doherty commented: “I am proud to have been invited to be a patron of Age Sector Platform. In recent years, I have had the pleasure of meeting several older people involved in the charity and know how passionate they are about tackling issues such as fuel poverty, fear of crime and health and social care. I think it is important that older people have a voice and that their voice is heard.”

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