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Age No Barrier

The Age No Barrier project ended on March 31st 2017.

For information & advice on welfare benefitson other services you can contact your local Citizens Advice office or other advice agency. Advice NI has details of independent advice agencies throughout Northern Ireland and you can ring them to find out how to contact your nearest advice service on 02890 645919.

Anyone interested in further help with their ITneeds can ring your local library or Further Education College to find out about IT classes. For those with a disability contact Ability Net on 0800 269 545 who may be able to help on a one-off basis.

Age No barrier has been a very successful project and all the team are sorry to be leaving. Unfortunately, there is no further funding available so with regret we have to close the project. We would like to say it has been a pleasure to work on this project and to work with people over 65yrs.

Age No Barrier

Group photo at the launch of the Age No Barrier project at Fermanagh Show

  • Are you aged 65 or over and need information about benefits or how to access community services?

  • Lack confidence to use the internet, phone or other digital device?

  • Over 60 and interested in supporting people aged65+ in your local area by becoming a volunteer peer advocate?

  • Need free, confidential and professional counselling?

What we do

The Age No Barrier project started in April 2013 and is funded by the Big Lottery. Our main aim is to reduce social isolation among the over 65’s in Northern Ireland by providing free, confidential and independent advice and help. Our first year was very successful with our experienced team providing information and advice to over 1050 people at 78 outreach events and talks to community groups. We also visited older people in their homes to help complete forms and do confidential benefit checks. The events, talks and home visits took place across Northern Ireland in locations such as Armagh, Coleraine, Magherafelt, Enniskillen and Newtownards.

We also provided IT training to more than 79 people at classes and, on occasion, at home visits. A further 500 people received IT advice and information at events and talks throughout the province. Our experienced IT trainer helped people establish 5 new social groups as a result of the classe

To date, we have recruited 15 volunteer peer advocates and they have helped at events and exhibitions as well as kept an eye out in their own communities for anyone aged 65+ who could benefit form an Age No Barrier referral.

We want to expand on this excellent beginning and the project team are keen to help you.

> Hear from our staff and volunteers in our Age No Barrier video

Kathryn, Karen and Martin from the Age No Barrier project at the Disability Exhibition 2014.

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