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Video from 2013 NI Pensioners Parliament

2013 NI Pensioners Parliament

The 2013 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament took place on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May in Belfast. Almost 200 pensioners from across the province attended, with issues such as health and social care, community safety, making ends meet and age discrimination being discussed.

Issue 14 of aspire is online!

aspire magazine issue 14

Issue 14 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read about the 2013 NI Pensioners Parliament which took place at the end of May and the vibrant debates over the two days. Also find out more about a new fear of crime project launched at the Parliament by the Justice Minister. In addition, you will find news about our very first Belfast Marathon, the launch of a report by the Consumer Council into food prices and an intergenerational event at Stormont.

Where are the millionaire pensioners in Northern Ireland?

Michael Monaghan

Where are the millionaire pensioners in Northern Ireland? That is the question being posed during the final day of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament in Belfast today.

With much talk of benefits being withdrawn for wealthy pensioners during the past year, Parliament organisers are keen to expose the myth of the ‘millionaire pensioner’ and state the facts about average pensioners in Northern Ireland, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet.

Health Reform set to be hot topic at NI Pensioners Parliament

Health Panel

Belfast is set to have a decidedly more mature feel during the next few days as the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament comes to town. Almost 200 pensioners from every county in the province will gather to take part in the annual event which will cover topics like health reform, fear of crime and energy prices.

Well done to our Marathon runners!

Running for Parliament

Running for Parliament Team L-R:  Eddie Lynch, Sam McWilliams, Eleanor Mallon, Alison McKenna and Ivan Baxter

The Belfast City Marathon was held on Monday (6th May), with around 17,500 people taking part in the event. In this, its first year of participation, Age Sector Platform was represented by two relay teams with 10 individuals running a leg of the 26.2 mile marathon route to raise money for the charity.

Old and young have their say

Intergenerational event

Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI), in partnership with Age Sector Platform and the Northern Ireland Youth Forum, hosted an intergenerational ‘Have Your Say’ event yesterday to celebrate European Day of Solidarity between Generations.

The event, which took place in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings, brought younger and older people together to discuss and have their say on issues that are cross generational.  It was co-sponsored by Megan Fearon MLA, Mickey Brady MLA and Basil McCrea MLA.

County Down Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Down Pensioners Parliament 2013

Pensioners from across County Down gathered in the Downshire Estate in Downpatrick on Friday for the last of seven greatly received Pensioners Parliaments which have taken place across Northern Ireland in last few months.  The event was officially opened by Chairman of Down District Council, Cllr Mickey Coogan (pictured above).

County Tyrone Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Tyrone Pensioners Parliament 2013

Almost 60 pensioners from across County Tyrone gathered in the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane on Friday for the penultimate Pensioners Parliament; the last of which will take place in Downpatrick on Friday 19 April.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the County Tyrone pensioners discussed and voted on issues such as making ends meet, health and social care and fear of crime.

Running for Parliament - Sponsor our Marathon team!

Marathon team photo

With an age span of 51 years, our team is running in the Belfast City Marathon on 6th May 2013 to raise money for Age Sector Platform (ASP), the charity responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

Leading our team is ASP member Ivan Baxter (73), who is a seasoned runner and by far the fittest of the lot! The remainder of the team is made up of Age Sector Platform staff and former staff. We’re hoping we can keep up with Ivan’s pace!

County Derry / Londonderry Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Derry/Londonderry Pensioners Parliament 2013

Almost 60 pensioners from across County Derry/Londonderry gathered in the City Hotel in the Maiden City on Thursday for the fifth of seven Pensioners Parliaments; the remainder of which will take place in the coming weeks.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the County Derry/Londonderry pensioners discussed and voted on issues such as making ends meet, health and social care and fear of crime.

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