Age Sector urges participation as government announces its consultation on Older People's Commissioner

Francis Hughes

Responding to the OFMdFM launch of its public consultation on an Older People’s Commissioner, Age Sector Platform and Age Concern Help the Aged NI are urging people of all ages and all walks of life to get involved.

Francis Hughes of Age Sector Platform commented: “A powerful Older People’s Commissioner, will be able to act with urgency and prioritise older people’s issues.  Time is an important factor as older people do not have years to wait for their issues to be discussed, debated and reviewed.  Now is the time for older people to speak up and have their voice heard, so that we get the Commissioner we deserve.”

Platform members say 'Give us a Voice'

Give us a voice

A new older people’s programme has been aired on Belfast’s local TV Channel NVTV recently, with two Age Sector Platform members having taken part in contributing to its content.

The ‘Give us a Voice’ programme, which was aired on Monday 14 September 2009, took the form of a wide ranging discussion, exploring many issues of importance to the older population.

Social tariffs can help tackle fuel poverty

Francis Hughes

Age Sector Platform (ASP) has welcomed announcements made during the last week regarding reductions in gas and electricity prices, but claims that more needs to be done to ensure vulnerable households are protected from hikes in energy costs.

One of the partners involved in the ‘Can’t Heat or Eat’ campaign last winter, ASP represents 200,000 older people across Northern Ireland, and believes social tariffs are needed to reduce the levels of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.

Age Awareness Week 2009

Age Awareness Week 2009

Age Awareness Week takes place from Monday 28 September 2009 to Saturday 3 October 2009 with a host of events scheduled to explore issues on ageing in venues across Northern Ireland. Organised by the Changing Ageing Partnership (CAP), this year’s theme is ‘representation’. All events celebrate the diversity of older people’s lives and highlight the positive contribution older people make to our society.

Community Safety Strategy in Development


Following Age Sector Platform’s campaigning efforts towards the start of this year in the area of community safety, NIO Minister Paul Goggins promised to deliver a strategy specifically for the safety of older people by Autumn 2009.

Since the Minister’s announcement in May 2009, representatives from Age Sector Platform have been working alongside the Community Safety Unit to help develop the strategy so that its contents meet the needs of older people in Northern Ireland.

Better legal advice needed for older people

Phil Evans

A powerful campaigning and lobbying force for older people has welcomed groundbreaking research, launched today, which recommends drastic improvements in the area of legal advice for older people in Northern Ireland.

Age Sector Platform; which represents over 200,000 older people from across Northern Ireland, and whose members were involved in contributing to the research, has voiced its concerns with the findings; emphasising the increased need for legal guidance by people in their later years.

Action promised to tackle crime against older people

Michael Monaghan

Age Sector Platform, a prominent campaigning and lobbying force for older people, has celebrated news that a strategy specifically for the safety of older people has been promised by NIO Minister Paul Goggins, following recent campaigning by the organisation.

The announcement, which was made to a room packed full of older people at Age Sector Platform’s AGM today, was received with great enthusiasm, following six years of consultation with older people on the issue and several months of intense lobbying for a tailored strategy.

Age Sector Platform meets Minister to discuss community safety

Michael Monaghan

Representatives from Age Sector Platform (ASP) met with Minister Paul Goggins today to discuss the important issue of Community Safety for older people.

The meeting with the Minister was arranged on the back of Age Sector Platform’s response to the proposed community safety strategy entitled ‘Together. Stronger. Safer’ in February 2009.

Age Sector Platform attends popular retirement exhibition

At retirement exhibition

Age Sector Platform was one of dozens of organisations present at the Young at Heart Retirement Living Exhibition held in Queens University Belfast recently.

The unique exhibition, which covers every aspect of enjoying life in the retirement years is now in it its twelfth year.  Thousands of retired people attended the exhibition, which took place over two days at the end of April 2009.

New budget will have minimal impact for older people


Age Sector Platform, a campaigning body which represents around 200,000 older people in Northern Ireland, has responded to the announcements made in yesterday’s budget; describing them as having ‘minimal impact for older people’.