Positive Ageing Month 2022 celebrates ageing and the contribution and agency of older people.
The theme of Positive Ageing Month 2022 is Challenging Ageism - Reframing How We Think, Feel and Act about older age.
Anyone and everyone can participate in Positive Ageing Month. Community-based events, organised by groups or individuals as well as national events are encouraged, to reflect the diversity of experience and situation of older people.
Positive Ageing Month is held throughout the month of October and gives people the opportunity to sample activities, taster sessions and informative talks that will help develop knowledge and promote a more active lifestyle.
As we are all aware, older people have been facing challenges with mental health, loneliness and isolation due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to help to support our older generation and encourage them back out into their communities and groups to build confidence and self-esteem.
A month-long festival of events and activities for older people has been developed for your enjoyment. Positive Ageing Month celebrates the contribution older people make to their communities. The Northern Ireland Age Friendly Network along with local Age Friendly Coordinators have worked in partnership with other organisations to bring a calendar of events during the month of October to be delivered in person and online via Zoom that you can participate in free of charge. They range from:
• Exercise classes
• Nutrition advice
• Health messages
• Discussion panels
• Virtual Tea Dance
• Celebration Events
There are activities taking place across council facilities and partner organisations for older people.
We hope you enjoy Positive Ageing Month and take the opportunity to access many of the events and activities on offer.

​Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Walking Tour

Dates: Monday 3rd October to Friday 7th October
Times: 11.00am & 3.00pm

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

​Irish Linen Centre Arts & Crafts

Dates: Monday 3rd October to Friday 7th October
Times: 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum 

Arts and crafts for the young at heart! Come along and have a go at some arts and crafts, learn a new skill and enjoy some tea or coffee and a chat in a relaxed environment. Tours and workshops are FREE but must be booked in advance.

For more information or to book please contact Museum Reception:ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or 028 9266 337

Weekly Walk with Andrea

Dates: Monday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st October
Time: 10.30am

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Join Andrea Stanbridge the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Exercise Referral Officer for every Monday for a walk in different locations around Lisburn.

Andrea will contact you and notify you of the walking location and route in advance each week.

Contact Andrea on Andrea.Stanbridge@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or Tel: 07388955716

Lough Moss Mens Club

Dates: Monday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st October
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
Location: Lough Moss Leisure Centre
Cost: £1 (tea & coffee after)

Email csaw@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk to register


Dates: Monday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st October
            Thursday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th October
Times: 11.30am to 12.30pm on Mondays
             10.30am to 11.30am on Thursdays
Location: Kilmakee Activity Centre
Cost: £3 per session

Over 50s Fitness & Fun

Dates: Monday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st October
Time: 11.00am
Location: Ballyoran Community Centre
Cost: £3

Enler Bowls

Dates: Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October
Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: Enler Community Centre
Cost: £2

Safer Ageing and Stopping Abuse

Date: Tuesday 4th October
Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm

 A webinar hosted by Hourglass, the UK’s only charity focused on the abuse and neglect of older people. This aims to highlight abuse against older people and key ways of prevention and ongoing support.

The webinar will be delivered using Zoom and can be accessed through the following link below: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86095224567?pwd=ZFBIaU5oUmtyNDd yT0trS25sSW02UT09

For further information please contact Shaun Paskin on 07435551657 or email: shaunpaskin@wearehourglass.org


Dates: Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October
Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
Location: Kilmakee Activity Centre
Cost: £3 per session

Young at Heart

Dates: Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
Location: Lough Moss Leisure Centre
Cost: £4

Over 50s Feel Good Fitness

Dates: Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October
Time: 11.00am
Location: Glenmore Activity Centre
Cost: £3

Old Time Dance

Dates: Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October
Time: 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Location: Ballyoran Community Centre
Cost: £1.50

​Active Ageing

Dates: Wednesday 5th, 19th, 26th October
Time: 10.00am to 12 noon
Location: Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
Cost: £3

Keeping active into older age is the key to staying fit, mobile and independent. All it takes is to participate in short bursts of moderate activity each week for a healthy and active lifestyle. Sessions including circuits, Zumba Gold and Pickleball. The Active Ageing programme not only promotes physical activity but is a great way to meet new people and try something new

Please email: Andrea.Stanbridge@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Zumba Gold with Cindy NI

Dates: Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th October
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
Location: Lough Moss Leisure Centre
Cost: £4 (tea & coffee afterwards)

Lough Moss Pickle Ball Club

Dates: Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th October
Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
Location: Lough Moss Leisure Centre
Cost: £2 (tea & coffee afterwards)

Purple Ladies Knit and Natter

Dates: Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th October
Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm 
Location: Enler Community Centre
Cost: £2

Healthy Eating for Fall’s Prevention

Date: Thursday 6th October
Time: 11.00am via  Zoom 

Nutrition and advice session & cookery demonstration the free session will include special nutrition advice from a dietitian, cookery demonstration on sustainable, healthy food options. Home accident prevention talk, information on keeping active. All participants receive a meal ingredients kit and resource pack. 

Please click here to join on the day

TV Licensing Support

Date: Thursday 6th October
Time: 11am-11.30am via zoom

TV Licensing offer many different ways to help and support people within our community so come along to this training session where you will learn all about:

  • TV Licence’s Simple Payment Plan (SPP) (for those struggling financially)
  • Concessions for blind – RNIB
  • Concessions for people in supported housing.

Join Zoom Meeting on the following link by clicking here 

Meeting ID: 743 6497 2993 Passcode: k767s2

Lough Moss Short Mat Bowling

Dates: Friday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th October
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Location: Lough Moss Leisure Centre
Cost: £2 (tea & coffee afterwards)

Over 50s Pilates

Dates: Friday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th October
Time: 12 noon
Location: Glenmore Acitvity Centre
Cost: £3

The Ulster Plantation and US

Date: Monday 10th October
Time: 2.00pm via zoom

RNID Hearing Check

Date: Tuesday 11th October
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Location: Trinity Methodist Church Ballymacoss Avenue Lisburn BT28 2EA

Come and take RNID FREE 3 minute hearing check.

This is not a full hearing test carried out by an audiologist, but it’s a quick and reliable way to find out if you need one.

The hearing check will suggest if your hearing is in a normal range or if you may have hearing loss.

For more information, contact RNID at 07587130205 or email volunteering.northernireland@rnid.org.uk

Active Aging Celebration

Date: Wednesday 12th October
Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Location: Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

Free physical activity sessions, along with promotion stands themed on the Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing, a talk from the Dietitians from the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

Refreshments included.

Please email agefriendly@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Interactive Dementia Awareness training

Date: Wednesday 12th October
Time: 7.00pm to 8.00pm via Zoom

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 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.

Please register by clicking the link here  or Tel: 028 9073 5696.

Pensions and You: Planning for a more certain future

Date: Thursday 13th October
Time: 10.30am to11.30am via Microsoft teams

Online meeting Join experts from the government-backed Money Helper to cut through the complexity and talk about your pension rights. Discussion will include:

  • Planning and budgeting for retirement
  • knowing what to expect from your State Pension 
  • Accessing money from your pensions – how and when?

To join the session please click here  Meeting ID: 330 758 725 394 Passcode: XfiB97

Dementia Coffee Morning

Date: Thursday 13th October
Time: Anytime between 11.00am and 1.00pm
Location: Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Cloona House, 31 Colin Road, Belfast.
This session is for anyone affected by Dementia, including carers and extended family and friends and will be an informal opportunity for people to meet and connect, have coffee and refreshments, and get some information on local support networks.  No booking required.

The Big Quiz

Date: Monday 17th October
Time: 3.00pm online

Put your knowledge to the test with our Big Quiz hosted by Annabelle.  Please click here to book or phone 07771 3684705. 

Dementia Awareness Workshop

Date: Thursday 20th October
Time: 11.00am to 1.00pm
Location: Cloona House, 31 Colin Road, Belfast.

This short, interactive workshop is designed to increase attendees’ knowledge and awareness of the signs and symptoms and to increase confidence and skills to help relate, communicate and support someone with dementia. Come along and become a Dementia Friend! Booking is required. 

Contact Isabel or Aisling on 028 9062 7863  isabel@newcolin.com

TV Licensing Scam Awareness

Date: Thursday 20th October
Time: 11.00am via Zoom

Due to a recent rise in scams, TV Licensing are running a scams training session to educate and spread awareness In this session we will cover online, email, phone call, text and in person scammers as well as what to look out for, how to combat the scammers and best practices. 

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here  Meeting ID: 743 9093 7932 Passcode: Jh1ykY.

Falls Road Show

Date: Thursday 20th October
Time: 11.00am to 1.00pm
Location:  Lough Moss Leisure Centre 
Dietitian talk, food demo by Barbara Redmond –from Belfast Trust (everyone attending will receive an ingredients pack and recipe) Physical Activity Scams & home security Information stands in attendance. To register click here

Regional Creative Workshop

Dates: Thursday 20th and 27th October
Time: 11.15am – 12.30pm  via zoom

I am a Tale to Tell' Creative wordplay and sketching.

Materials needed - Coloured pens or pencils and paper.

October Arts Care will be delivering two Creative Art Zoom workshops with artist Clare McComish. Join in the Festival and book a place on these fun workshops please contact Clare at Arts Care by clicking here or phoning  028 9031 1122.

Sing for Victory Workshop

Date: Friday 21st October

Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Look back at life in the past and sing along to songs from the 1940s with live piano by music therapist Karen Diamond.

Music has the power to unlock memories and participants are encouraged to reminisce in this dementia friendly workshop.

A songbook is provided for requests.

Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum contact by clicking here or call 028 9032 0392 option 4. 

Numbers are limited to 25 participants so please book your place.

Energy Efficiency in the Home

Date: Monday 24th October
Time: 10.00am via Zoom

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.

To book please email by clicking here

Move with Mary

Please see the following link to videos that have been curated by AgeNI. Age NI have teamed up with Lady Mary Peters to launch an exercise programme aimed specifically at keeping older people moving and was originally designed during the lockdown period.

You can access Lady Mary's videos here

Take Notice With Frank

Frank Liddy, a mindfulness expert, introduces us to the practice, explaining: Mindfulness, what is it and what is it not. 

First in a series of eight, this is part of Age NI's Good Vibrations programme and the Take Five steps to wellbeing: Connect, Stay Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

Mindfulness is a great way to calm the mind, reduce anxiety and connect with the present moment. It's called a practice because it takes time to learn.

You can access Frank's videos here