Welcome to Positive Ageing Month 2021! This is a month long festival of events and activities for older people. It celebrates the contribution older people make to their communities. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the current restrictions in place to keep people safe, we are unable to bring everyone together this year. Instead, we have worked in partnership with other organisations to bring an online calendar of events that you can participate in free of charge. They range from:

  • Exercise classes
  • Cookery demonstrations,
  • Health messages
  • Discussion panels
  • Virtual Tea Dance  (Plus many more)

Some of the events require pre-booking so do read through what is on offer and plan your chosen activities.  The events can be accessed by the accompanying link. 

You can download the full calendar by clicking here.

Monday 4th October

  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Walking Tour 11am & 3pm

Join our expert guides face to face and explore Lisburn’s rich history, from significant buildings and streets, to the graves and monuments of some of Lisburn’s most famous residents. Tours last around 45 minutes at a gentle pace. Come on, join us!  Complimentary takeaway refreshments available after tours. Contact  emma.breadon@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or 028 9266 3377.

Must be booked in advance

  • Scams 11am -12 noon

It seems that every other day we hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked.  Forewarned is forearmed!

Via zoom. To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

  • Cookery Demo 2pm

Alex Connell, Roving Chef from Vegetarian for Life is going to do a cookery demo. Come along and watch and be inspired. This time Alex has a new set of dishes to share.

Chef Alex will be making Courgette Fritters, Iman Biyaldi and Cranachan.  The Greek Fritters make an ideal starter, light lunch or part of a buffet. The Imam Biyaldi although simple, is quite delicious. If you are not familiar with Cranachan, it’s essentially whipped cream, fruit and a touch of whiskey, what’s not to like?

Via Zoom To book call 07713684705 or email postiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

The recipes are below:

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/lighter-meals/greek-fritters-with-tzatziki

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/main-meals/imam-biyaldi-the-priest-fainted

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/cakes-and-puddings/simple-cranachan

  • WhatsApp – (Part 1) 2pm – 3pm

What is WhatsApp?  If you haven’t used this social media app before, then now’s the time to find out!  Join our Zoom session to see what’s involved including some of the more advanced features such as groups and photo messages. Via zoom. To book call 07843 339159 or email  Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

Tuesday 5th October

  • Dementia Awareness Session 10am-11am

A short awareness talk for anyone who wants to understand more about what it is like to live with dementia or care for someone living with dementia. Learn about types of dementia, signs and symptoms, and small things you can do in your community to make a positive difference for people living with the condition. To book or for more information, please email: julie.morton@alzheimers.org.uk

  • Falls Prevention & Home Safety 10.30am

Come and join the Falls Prevention team and Home Safety team for a live zoom information session to provide advice on how to reduce your risk of falling and prevent other accidents such as poisoning, burns, scalds and fire occurring in your home. Join Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85632051514?pwd=bDAyL3h3QUhOTUZ6cUR5Zm9SWXBDQT09

Meeting ID: 856 3205 1514 Passcode: 977320

Please contact Charlene Piggott Home Safety Coordinator 07961 460 785 for more information and to register. 

  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Walking Tour 11am & 3pm

Join our expert guides face to face and explore Lisburn’s rich history, from significant buildings and streets, to the graves and monuments of some of Lisburn’s most famous residents. Tours last around 45 minutes at a gentle pace. Come on, join us!  Complimentary takeaway refreshments available after tours. Contact  emma.breadon@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or 028 9266 3377

Must be booked in advance.

  • Privacy 11am – 12 noon

Now that people are spending so much time online, it’s more important than ever to know how to keep your personal information secure and private. This Zoom session offers you hints and tips on how to protect your data. Via zoom  To book call  07912 296830 or email niall.mcveigh@librariesni.org.uk

  • Active Ageing 1.30pm-2.30pm

Low intensity circuit class (in person session) at Lagan Valley Leisureplex 1.30pm please contact Gareth Coleman to book as places are limited Gareth Coleman 02892448004 or email Gareth.Coleman@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

  • WhatsApp – (Part 2) 2pm – 3pm

On social media it’s important that you know your information is protected.  This final WhatsApp Zoom session takes a closer look at Privacy and Security settings, and gives you helpful tips on how to stay safe.

Via zoom. To book call  07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

Wednesday 6th October

  • Linking Generations NI 10.30am TBC

Come and find out more about Linking generations and how they can support you with intergenerational work. Delivered via Zoom.  To book email  infolgni@bjf.org.uk

  • Outdoor Walking Group  10.30am-12.30pm

Enjoy a leisurely stroll  leaving from lagan Valley Leisureplex.  Places are limited.  To book please contact Gareth Coleman on 028 9244 8004 Gareth.Coleman@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Walking Tour 11am & 3pm

Join our expert guides face to face and explore Lisburn’s rich history, from significant buildings and streets, to the graves and monuments of some of Lisburn’s most famous residents. Tours last around 45 minutes at a gentle pace. Come on, join us!  Complimentary takeaway refreshments available after tours. Contact  emma.breadon@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or 028 9266 3377.

  • Introduction to iPad – (Part 1) 11am – 12 noon

Mystified by your iPad? Join us for our Zoom session when we’ll explain some of the basics: find out how to turn your iPad on and off, discover what the buttons do, and learn to tap and swipe like a pro! We will also do some exploring: navigate successfully through screens, apps and settings.

Via zoom To book call 07912 296811 or email Karen.Maginess@librariesni.org.uk

  • Entertainment 2pm - 3pm

Missed your favourite television programme? There are several free and subscription applications which allow you to watch programmes at your leisure or on the go. Come along and learn all about them.

Via zoom. To book call 07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

Thursday 7th October

  • Active Ageing 10.30am – 11.30am

Low intensity circuit class (in person session at Lagan Valley Leisureplex) please contact Gareth Coleman to book as places are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.  To book contact Gareth Coleman 028 9244 8004 Gareth.Coleman@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Walking Tour 11am & 3pm

Join our expert guides face to face and explore Lisburn’s rich history, from significant buildings and streets, to the graves and monuments of some of Lisburn’s most famous residents. Tours last around 45 minutes at a gentle pace. Come on, join us!  Complimentary takeaway refreshments available after tours. Contact  emma.breadon@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or 028 9266 3377

Must be booked in advance

  • Moneysaving – (Part 1) 11am – 12 noon

Join our Zoom session to explore some of the great free advice sites on the internet that help you make your money go further. There is a wealth of knowledge out there if you know where to look. Also, see what you can do with cashback sites when you shop online. To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

  • Spotify 2pm – 3pm

Join our Zoom session to find out how to access a wide range of music on your iPad, tablet or smartphone.  Find out about the many free and paid for music streaming apps available, including Spotify.

To book call 07912 296830 or email niall.mcveigh@librariesni.org.uk

  • Chocolate Bingo 7.30pm -8.30pm

Eyes down, let’s play Bingo. Every winner wins chocolate. Via “Zoom” video call.

To register call Eamon Quinn on 90735696  or email Eamon.quinn@engagewithage.org.uk

Friday 8th October

  • Listen Share Change- Taster Session 11am-12 noon

We are inviting you to take part in digital Listen Share Change. We use storytelling to help people start a conversation, have a laugh and make new friendships. Delivered via Zoom or by phone using a Freephone number. To book contact Holly through Verbal Verbal LSC Team – ask for Holly (Belfast rep)  028 7126 6946 or email lscbelfast@theverbal.co

  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Walking Tour 11am & 3pm

Join our expert guides face to face and explore Lisburn’s rich history, from significant buildings and streets, to the graves and monuments of some of Lisburn’s most famous residents. Tours last around 45 minutes at a gentle pace. Come on, join us!  Complimentary takeaway refreshments available after tours. Contact  emma.breadon@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or 028 9266 3377

Must be booked in advance

  • Virtual Sing for Victory workshop 2pm -3pm

Sing for Victory is a dementia friendly singing and reminiscence workshop we offer virtually. Participants sing songs from the 1940s and reminisce about the past with our Outreach Officer and Music Therapist Karen Diamond. Via Zoom  Via Zoom To book email outreach@niwarmemorial.org 

  • Scams 2pm – 3pm

It seems that every other day we hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked.  Forewarned is forearmed! To book call  07912 296798 or  028 9050 9150 or email  Gary.Patterson@librariesni.org.uk 

Monday 11th October

  • Privacy 11am – 12 noon

Now that people are spending so much time online, it’s more important than ever to know how to keep your personal information secure and private. This Zoom session offers you hints and tips on how to protect your data.

To book call  07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

  • Moneysaving – (Part 2) 2pm – 3pm

In this Zoom session, compare the price comparison sites!  Are they all that they seem? Also, check out some specialist sites that can offer you huge discounts. To book call  07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

Tuesday 12th October

  • iPad Camera – (Part 1) 11am – 12 noon (Class delivered on Zoom)

Join our Zoom session to check out your iPad camera settings: live, time lapse, panoramic and more.

To book call 07912 296792 or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

  • Scams 2pm – 3pm

It seems that every other day we hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked. Forewarned is forearmed! To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

  • Be Ready NI 2.30pm-3.30pm TBC

Come and hear from Claire Carlton Resilience Manager Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group on being prepared for all types of emergencies from severe weather warnings, flood and other crisis situations. Via Zoom  To book call 07713684705 or email postiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Wednesday 13th October

  • Dying To Talk Webinar (The importance of being prepared)  10.30am- 12 noon

A range of speakers to help you positively plan for your end of life. We plan for the beginning of lives so why not the end? This conference is a regional event as part of Positive Ageing October month as part of the Age Friendly NI Network. Delivered collaboratively between Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Compassionate Communities, Integrated Care Partnership, Western Health and Social Care Trust and funded by Public Health Agency. Please see details for regional event on 13 October.  Registration via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/DyingToTalkTickets

  • Introduction to iPad – (Part 2) 11am – 12 noon

In iPad Zoom Session 2, you’ll discover more about how to set up your iPad to suit you: we’ll look at display and brightness, wallpaper, accessibility settings, and the Control Centre.

To book call 07912 296811 or email Karen.Maginess@librariesni.org.uk

  • War Memorial Museum Virtual Reminiscence workshop 2pm

In our reminiscence workshops we use objects and photographs from the museum collection to stimulate conversation about the past. Reminiscence workshops are based on the home front in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. Our Outreach Officer Michael is connecting with groups virtually to offer workshops which would normally take place in our museum. Using museum objects and a PowerPoint presentation, Michael encourages conversations about topics including the Belfast Blitz, the US presence, and evacuees and rationing.

Via Zoom To book email outreach@niwarmemorial.org

Thursday 14th October

  • Scams 11am – 12 noon

It seems that every other day we hear about someone who’s been scammed: in this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked.  Forewarned is forearmed! To book call  07843 339159 or email Joanne.Brown@librariesni.org.uk

  • Shop well, store well, eat well ideas session 2pm

Join Grainne, a Dietitian from Active Belfast Team to learn about what good staples to have in cupboards and how to eat well when shopping less. Via Zoom To book call 07713684705 or email agefriendly@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Friday 15th October

  • iPad Camera – (Part 2) 11am

In this Zoom session, find out how you can edit your photographs or put them into albums.

To book call or email  07912 296792 or email  Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

  • Practice Using Zoom 2pm – 3pm

Have you used Zoom yet?  Would you like to familiarise yourself with the tools and tricks of Zoom in a safe learning environment?  Join our Zoom meeting where we explain the various settings and give you a chance to practice some of its features.  We will also talk you through how to set up your own Zoom meeting. To book call 07912 296790 or email david.bridges@librariesni.org.uk

Monday 18th October

  • Privacy 11am -12 noon

Now that people are spending so much time online, it’s more important than ever to know how to keep your personal information secure and private. This Zoom session offers you hints and tips on how to protect your data. To book call 07912 296792  or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

  • Zoom cook a long session 2pm

Alex Connell, Roving Chef from Vegetarian for Life is going to do a cook along. Alex will be encouraging you to actually cook along with him and make Borlotti Bean Chestnut Stew, followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding.

For those wanting to cook along, pop to the shops, grab your ingredients and put your aprons on! Alex will guide you step by step on how to prepare the dishes. Feel free just to watch if you fancy that too.

Via Zoom To book call 07713684705 or email agefriendly@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk 

View the recipes at:

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/main-meals/borlotti-bean-and-chestnut-stew1

https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/recipes/cakes-and-puddings/sticky-toffee-pudding

  • Irregular heartbeat checks at Enler Community Centre

Free Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and Blood Pressure health checks. To book an appointment use the following booking link: book.wellcheck.nichs.org.uk   and code CAFBP or for any queries contact Hannah via hwilliamson@nichs.org.uk or call 07807 589694.

Tuesday 19th October

  • Your Health Online 11am – 12 noon

Find out about reliable websites giving expert up to date information, help and support on health issues, with useful hints and tips to improve your health and wellbeing. To book call  07912 296798 or 028 9050 9150 or email Gary.Patterson@librariesni.org.uk 

  • Pressreader 2pm – 3pm

Did you know that you can get free access to around 3,000 national and world newspapers through the Libraries NI Libby app?  Join this Zoom session to find out how to use PressReader. To book call  07912296830 or email niall.mcveigh@librariesni.org.uk

Wednesday 20th October

  • Energy Efficiency in the Home 11am

Overview of fuel poverty and the impact of cold homes

Energy efficient heating, lighting, and appliances, keeping the heat where it is needed, comparing and switching energy suppliers, advice and support in Northern Ireland

Delivered via Zoom. To book email agefriendly@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk  or phone 077713684705

  • Free Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and Blood Pressure health checks

Hill Hall Community and Resource Centre. To book an appointment use the following booking link: book.wellcheck.nichs.org.uk and code CAFBP or for any queries contact Hannah via hwilliamson@nichs.org.uk  or call 07807589694

  • Making the most of your slow cooker  10.30am

Join this free session to find out the benefits of using slow cookers to make tasty, nutritious meals. Register using this link, after registration participants will be emailed the zoom meeting ID and passcode.

https://setrust-hscninet.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x_Bsy4cWQGGNeoSWJgqApQ 

  • Interactive Dementia Awareness training 7pm

The training happens via Zoom, and participants are taken to a range of locations including a home, a shop, out and about, and more.  Participants learn how to make life more dementia friendly with a range of top tips.  Participants are broken into small groups and get mix of specially filmed short videos (made in Belfast) alongside discussion, questions and answers

This training is suitable for anyone affected by dementia or any member of the public hoping to make their community more dementia friendly. Participants also receive follow-up resources by email.

To book click here  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-interactive-dementia-training-tickets-167709988089

Thursday 21st October

  • Taking the fear out of online banking 11am

Richard Gill, Community Banker from Ulster Bank will give you advice on safely using and the benefits of online banking, and purchasing online, there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Delivered via Zoom. To book email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 0777136 84705.

  • Libby E- Magazines 2pm – 3pm

If you haven’t yet discovered the amazing FREE eMagazine offer from Libraries NI, then this is the Zoom session for you! Learn how to download the Libby app and sign up for the opportunity to borrow over 3000.  Explore the app and discover features like search, place hold, bookmarks and reading settings. To book call 07912 296792  or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Chocolate Bingo 7.30pm -8.30pm

Eyes down, let’s play Bingo. Every winner wins chocolate. Via “Zoom” video call.

To register call Eamon Quinn on 028 9073 5696  or email Eamon.quinn@engagewithage.org.uk

  • Free Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and Blood Pressure health checks

Taking place at the RESURGAM Healthy Living Centre. To book an appointment use the following booking link: book.wellcheck.nichs.org.uk and code CAFBP or for any queries contact Hannah via hwilliamson@nichs.org.uk or call 07807 589694.

Monday 25th October

  • Scams 2pm – 3pm (Class delivered on Zoom)

It seems that every other day we hear about someone who’s been scammed  In this Zoom session we aim to help you protect yourself against some of the most common scams around. Learn what to look out for and some simple tips to help you avoid being tricked.  Forewarned is forearmed!

To book call 07912 296792 or email Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Tuesday 26th October

  • Recycling and Reducing food waste 11am – 12pm

Come and hear from Belfast City Council about reducing waste and recycling and get your questions answered. To book email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 07771 3684705.

  • Pinterest and Instagram 2pm – 3pm 

In this session we take a look at two popular image-sharing social networking sites.  Find out how to create a profile, post your own images and link with others. To book call 07912 296792 or email  Sheila.Mclean@librariesni.org.uk

Wednesday 27th October

  • Big Quiz 3pm

Join us via zoom for a quiz with a difference.  To book email agefriendly@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk  or phone 077713684705.

  • Eating well as you age  11.00am-11.45am

This free session is for anyone who is interested in finding out how to eat well in later life. This could be for yourself, a relative or a friend. Register using the link, after registration participants will be emailed the zoom meeting ID and passcode:

https://setrust-hscni-net.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T1SBydEdTlGqtpIS3xbSBA or contact Fiona Armstrong Health Development Dietitian. Email Training.dietitians@setrust.hscni.net or phone 028 9041 1792.

Thursday 28th October

  • Bowel Cancer Screening 11am

The Women’s Resource and Development Agency will raises awareness of bowel cancer screening, signs and symptoms to look out for, ways to reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer and how to take the screening. Delivered via Zoom.

To book email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 077713 684705.

  • Spooky Halloween Chocolate Bingo 7.30pm -8.30pm

Eyes down, let’s play Bingo. Every winner wins chocolate. Via zoomTo register call Eamon Quinn on 028 9073 5696 or email Eamon.quinn@engagewithage.org.uk

Friday 29th October

  • Biggest ever virtual tea dance 2.30pm – 4pm

Join people across Northern Ireland and beyond, live bands and plenty of kitchen dancing.

To book email agefriendly@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or phone 077713 684705.