Alongside other members of the Age Friendly Network NI we are celebrating five years of partnership.  

Launched in 2019, the network has a membership of Age Friendly Officers from all 11 Council areas and repre-sentatives from the Age Sector Networks, Department for Communities, Public Health Agency and Age NI.   The PHA funds local councils to implement the WHO Age Friendly Communities model. The model proposes eight interconnected domains that can help to identify and address barriers to the well-being and participation of older people. 

The mission of the network is to enhance age-friendly connections across Northern Ireland by advocating for inclusive policies, promoting awareness, ensuring equal access to services, and empowering communities through engagement and support. They aim to create a partnership and environment that respect and value older individuals, ensuring their well-being and social inclusion.

Alderman Amanda Grehan, Age Friendly Champion at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, said: “Through partnership working, sharing information and expertise real and lasting change can be affected to create an environment where older people can live full, active, valued and healthy lives. Much progress has already been accomplished by the network over the past five years. I am delighted to mark this milestone in the partnership's journey and look forward to us continuing our positive work to improve society for our older community over the coming years.”

Speaking about the network, Co-Chair Jenny Marshall commented:

“It has been wonderful to witness the development of the network over the past five years. The great part-nership model between statutory and community helps shape our work to ensure that grass roots community development is key to influencing our strategic objectives, in a bid to help Northern Ireland develop an age friendly agenda.”

Priorities for the network are based on the eight pillars of Age-Friendly and include resourcing of the Age Sec-tor Networks, communication & information, transport and age-friendly design principles.

A Network Steering Group has been established to develop a 2-year action plan.  The Age Friendly Network NI aims to ensure that stakeholders including councils at local government level, Age Sector Networks and Age NI from the third sector, alongside central government, work together to drive an Age Friendly agenda and make Northern Ireland an ‘age friendly’ region in which people, as they grow older, are supported to live well; live a life that is dignified and fulfilled; have their rights and independence promoted, their participation valued and their voices listened to.