New website connecting older people

Mayor Elisha McCallion at the launch of "Older People Connected" held in the Gasyard Centre, with, on left, Pat Morrison, Carmel Brown, and, on right, Danny and Rose Sheerin. Standing, from left, are Bernadette Morrison, Vincent Ryan, Western Trust, Brigid McColgan, Tommy Carlin, manager B&BHF "Getting On Well Project", and Michelle McKinley, Western Trust.  (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
Mayor Elisha McCallion at the launch of "Older People Connected" held in the Gasyard Centre, with, on left, Pat Morrison, Carmel Brown, and, on right, Danny and Rose Sheerin. Standing, from left, are Bernadette Morrison, Vincent Ryan, Western Trust, Brigid McColgan, Tommy Carlin, manager B&BHF "Getting On Well Project", and Michelle McKinley, Western Trust. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

A new website aimed at providing support and information for the older community in Londonderry has been launched.

The Older People Connected site website, launched by the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, details the wide variety of events and programmes available throughout the entire Western Health and Social Care Trust area, covering Londonderry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh and Fermanagh.

The site draws on the expertise of a range of local community and voluntary providers, including Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, the Public Health Agency and the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

Local community groups are being urged to engage with the Older People Connected website providing up to date information on activities and programmes of interest to older people.

The site also connects providers and community groups and can be used as a signposting resource by medical services, support workers and families.

Mayor Elisha McCallion said: “I am fully aware of the many concerns that affect our older people, and the limitations they face in terms of accessing the appropriate support. These can range from mobility issues to safety concerns, which can leave them feeling isolated and unable to seek help.

“What’s different about the website is that not only does it seek to address welfare issues, it also offers information about opportunities to socialise and become active in the community.

“I would encourage anyone with an older relative to take the time to show them how to access the site and make the most of the services available.”

The new website can be found at www.olderpeopleconnected.hscni.net