An Age-friendly city is one in which people of all ages can actively participate, and where everyone is treated with respect, regardless of their age.
In May 2012 Belfast was the first city in Northern Ireland to join the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities and in 2017 we came to the end of our first age-friendly plan.
We reviewed our achievements and challenges and following public consultation we have launched our new plan. CLICK HERE
We ask [...]
We would like to hear from organisations who would like to host an event at the Belfast Festival of Learning which will run from 4-10 March 2019.
The festival aims to engage Belfast citizens in learning and to inspire interest and enjoyment through a week-long programme of interactive learning events and workshops. It also aims to showcase the range of learning opportunities that exist in the city.
Once again, we particularly wish to promote events that encourage the participation of grou [...]
Active Belfast is calling on community, voluntary, statutory and private organisations across Belfast to apply for funding through the Active Belfast Grants 2018-19.
If your organisation has an innovative and sustainable project, which will include at least two partners and support people to be physically active and eat healthier, then you may be eligible for a large citywide grant up to £25,000 or a small grant up to £10,000.
The first step is to check if your organisation is eligible t [...]
Nominations for Belfast Business awards 2018, organised by Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce are now open and Belfast Strategic Partnership is thrilled to sponsor the Best Age-friendly Business award!
This award will recognise those organisations and businesses who provide marvellous customer care for older people and value an age diverse workforce; in turn promoting a positive view of ageing.
Older people tend to be loyal customers and if your business is age-friendly you can attra [...]
Whatever age we are, learning something new can give us greater confidence and self-esteem, better mental health and wellbeing and a better quality of life.
That’s why the Belfast Festival of Learning has lined up a week long programme of free events themed learning through education, learning for life, learning to live together and learning for and in work – which will showcase the first class learning network and opportunities which exist in the city from Monday, 5 March until Sunda [...]
Currently working with a group of overweight or obese adults who are keen to lose weight?
Keen to facilitate a 12 week weight management programme (1 session per week)
Able to attend 2 full days of facilitator training on 5th and 12th December 2017
Already walk leader trained or free to attend walk leader training on Thursday 11th January 2018
If YES then continue reading for more information on ‘Choose to lose’ community weight management programme!
Tuesday 10 October 2017 is World Mental Health Day; this year’s theme is mental health in the workplace.
During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Stress and mental ill health are two of the biggest factors contributing to long-term sickness absence across all industry sectors. An organisation with happy and motivated people is more productive and a good place to work; when staff feel supported, it will benefit both them and your business.
Take 5 steps [...]
Family Friendly Belfast is an initiative which aims to help make Belfast a city where families feel welcome and safe. As part of the initiative, we are offering up to £500 to groups and organisations that wish to deliver family friendly events between 1 November 2018 and 31 March 2019. An application form along with guidance notes can be found here
Family Friendly 2018.19 Application and Guidance Notes
For more information on Family Friendly Belfast, please email: Jacqueline.fraze [...]
Do you have a suitable venue in the North or East of the city to host an Active Belfast Community Strength and Balance Training Programme? If so, read on.
Active Belfast would like to invite interested parties to complete an Expression of Interest Form [EOI Appendix 1, EOI Appendix 2] for the hire of community facilities to run Strength and Balance Training Programme for clients at risk of a fall / previously had a fall.
Physical activity referral is an Active Belfast initiative and off [...]
More than £500,000 is being provided to community organisations in Belfast to promote physical activity and get more people moving across the city.
The Belfast Strategic Partnership, made up of the Public Health Agency (PHA), Belfast City Council (BCC) and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT), is providing £519,500 funding through its Get Active Belfast scheme for programmes which range from activities for people with health conditions and getting families active, to community gyms, [...]
Age-friendly Belfast Positive Ageing Month is taking place throughout October 2017.
This year's events and activities include many of our arts and community groups, venues, organisations and projects.
Have a look and see what's on offer | Age-friendly Belfast Positive Ageing Month Events Guide
Hopefully there is something for everyone and you will be able to come along to an event or activities and help celebrate Belfast as a city where older people can live life to the full.
The first Age-friendly Plan 2014-2017 is currently being evaluated and a new three year plan is being developed in consultation with older people and relevant stakeholders to cover the period 2018-2021.
On Monday 26 June 2017 Age-friendly Belfast held a stakeholder and older people’s engagement event in the City Hall to showcase Age-friendly Belfast progress and identify needs to shape the next plan. Councillor Nuala McAllister, the new Lord Mayor of Belfast welcomed everyone to the City [...]
Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) has launched its “Take 5 steps to wellbeing Toolkit” as well as recent findings from the “Have Your Say Belfast” survey undertaken in 2016.
Take 5 steps to wellbeing is built on evidence based research carried out by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) that shows you can live up to 7.5 years longer if you build the following five activities into everyday life: Connect, Keep learning, Be active, Take notice and Give.
Funded by the Public Health Age [...]
Active Belfast’s aim is to encourage Belfast people to be more active and healthier. It is a partnership that includes a wide range of partners and stakeholders from statutory, community and voluntary sectors.
Physical activity referral is an Active Belfast initiative and offers clients a range of physical activity opportunities to encourage adults to build physical activity into their everyday life for improved health and wellbeing. Along with the Healthwise Level III programme, Active Bel [...]
The impact of poverty is intergenerational: it affects older and younger people. The Greater Belfast Seniors Forum and Belfast City Council Youth Forum with support from our Age-friendly Belfast team joined together to start an awareness raising campaign to bust the myths, challenge the stereotypes, influence decision makers and get people talking about poverty.
We want to send a clear message out that poverty is not a lifestyle choice and that people experiencing poverty contribute positivel [...]
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Cook it! is a practical fun nutrition education programme aimed at those cooking on a limited budget.
The Cook it! programme helps people to Enhance cooking skills, Increase knowledge of a balanced diet & try healthy meals and new recipes. The programme runs for six sessions and is provided locally by trained Cook it! tutors.
To be a Cook it! tutor you should be
• Available to attend two full days’ training and updates after training
• Able to del [...]
North Belfast community groups and post primary schools, supported by Belfast Strategic Partnership will host and participate in the annual all Ireland Cycle Against Suicide, to raise awareness of the considerable help and support that is available for individuals and families battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.
The Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast will welcome the peloton of nearly 500 cyclists all dressed in orange as they descend on B [...]
Kick-start a healthier lifestyle and show your heart some love!
With coronary heart disease being a major cause of death, it’s so important to do what we can to look after our heart. There are many ways we can do this; quit smoking, maintain a healthy weight, drink less alcohol, do more exercise and eat healthily.
Check out these top nutritional tips for a healthy heart...
Choose fibre rich foods such as wholegrain cereals, pulses (beans, peas & lentils), five portions of fr [...]
Danderball has arrived at Better and we want you to get involved.
Walking Football is similar to five-a-side football but the difference is that players are not allowed to run, jog or sprint whether on or off the ball.
Age-friendly Belfast in partnership with Better Leisure Centres, Belfast Community Sports Development Network and Irish Football Association are hosting an open session in Girdwood Hub on Thursday 19th January from 11am until 1pm.
Guest speakers and current participan [...]
The December issue of our Age-friendly Belfast update is available to read online.
Highlights include coverage of the Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards, an update on the Age-friendly Belfast charter, important information on how to stay safe this Winter and much more.
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the Age-friendly Belfast Update please contact our Age-friendly Belfast team on 028 9050 2073 or email Anne Ross at email@example.com.
Danderball has arrived at Better and we want you to get involved!
Danderball is walking football, similar to five-a-side football but the difference is that players are not allowed to run, jog or sprint whether on or off the ball.
Age-friendly Belfast in partnership with Better Leisure Centres, Belfast Community Sports Development Network and the Irish Football Association are hosting an open session in Girdwood Community Hub on Thursday 19 January from 11am until 1pm.
Guest speakers and [...]
The five Northern Ireland Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (NIDACTs), alongside the Public Health Agency (PHA), would like to invite you to apply for grants of up to £500 (maximum of two per organisation) to develop and run events and or initiatives in support of Dry January/Feel Good February 2017.
The focus of Dry January is to support and encourage people to totally abstain from drinking alcohol for that whole month by providing alcohol related information, advice and/or support and su [...]
Age-friendly Belfast is delighted the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has signed up to the age-friendly Charter.
The Charter was produced to help organisations and business to sign up to shared standards that will help make Belfast a city where older people live life to the full.
[caption id="attachment_2527" align="alignright" width="300"] Pictured (back row): Belfast Health and Social Care Trust staff, Dr Cathy Jack, Bryan Nelson, Marie Heaney. Front row: Rita Murray, Dr Michael McB [...]
Footprints Women's Centre held a very successful "Fruit for the Future" event which involved children from Footprints Daycare and Senior Citizens Group, 50+ Group and Young Girls Group all helping plant local varieties of apple, pear and plum trees at the centre.
In the future, fruit from the trees will be used in the Footprints catering service and cooking programmes. Leftover fruit will be used to make jams and chutneys.
Each tree was named and dedicated to a particular person or or [...]
[caption id="attachment_2291" align="alignright" width="300"] Active Belfast's Rachel O'Reilly with SITLess Participants at NICHS Event[/caption]
The SITLess study is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project conducted by Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with six other institutions based in Europe.
The study aims to assess how combining an exercise referral programme with additional sessions to encourage active lifestyles can influence sitting time in older adults aged 65 years or ove [...]
The East Belfast Dementia Friendly Steering Group has won the Dementia Friendly Community of the Year (City) award at Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly awards.
The steering group members work with people living with dementia in East Belfast, helping them feel valued, safe and supported to live full independent lives. Together they are working to increase awareness and understanding, inclusion and support for people living with dementia.
The focus of the group over the next six mo [...]
Belfast City Council would like to invite you to join them for this year's International Men's Day being held on Friday 18 November from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm at Belfast City Hall. This event is perfect for you if you work in government, statutory agencies, community or voluntary organisations or are interested in men's health and wellbeing.
This year's focus is placed on health inequalities and physical activity with Patrick Nelson the Chief Executive of the Irish Football Association as our [...]
Belfast Festival of Learning would like to hear from organisations who would like to host an event at its festival on 5th to 11th March 2018.
The Festival aims to engage Belfast citizens in learning and to inspire interest and enjoyment through a week-long programme of interactive learning events and workshops. It also aims to showcase the range of learning opportunities that exist in the city.
Once again, we particularly wish to promote events that encourage the participation of gr [...]
Currently working with a group of overweight or obese adults who are keen to lose weight?
Keen to take part in an exciting new evidence based weight management programme pilot?
Able to attend 2 days of facilitator training on 1 and 7 December 2016
Already walk leader trained or free to attend walk leader training on 12 October or 13 December 2016
Free to facilitate a 12 week programme (1 face to face session per week) from Jan 2017- July 2017 (extended from March [...]
Tracy Montague (pictured above in middle) is a Diabetes Specialist Physical Activity Referral Coach on our Diabetes Type II Physical Activity Referral Pilot Programme.
The aim of the Diabetes programme is to empower participants to increase their physical activity levels over 12 weeks.
Participants are encouraged to make positive lifestyle choices and maintain their physical activity after the 12 weeks, one year and beyond.
The Pilot project is currently running acro [...]
Pictured | Active Belfast's Rachel O'Reilly with SITless Participants at NICHS Event
Our Active Belfast Team extends a special thanks to Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) and participants from their NICHS Support Groups who recently took part in the SITless Research Pilot Project.
The SITless study is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project which aims to assess how combining an exercise programme (ERS) with additional sessions to encourage active lifestyles (SMS) can influence [...]
Get cooking...making the most of your food parcel guide has been put together by the Health Promotion Team, Community Nutrition and Dietetics at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
This guide contains simple recipes based on common items that you will find in any food parcel received from a local food bank. It gives examples of how these foods can be used to produce more balanced meals on a budget.
Check out the ‘savvy shopping’ section to find some suggestions on budget friendl [...]
Positive Ageing Month is a month-long festival of events and activities for older people.
It celebrates the contribution older people make to their communities and the city of Belfast.
Now in its second year, the festival includes activities to suit all tastes, from movies to walks, from chocolate tasting to disco dancing. It also includes lots of great arts and cultural activities in the city’s best known arts and heritage venues.
Booking for some events is essential, so please check [...]
Bryson Energy in partnership with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are providing a Home Safety Check & Handyman service for older people living in Belfast. The service is aimed at those over 65 years (or vulnerable adult) living in the Belfast City Council area. The service provides a free home safety check and reduced handyman repair rates, the service is available 9am - 5pm (excl public holidays).
The service for those age 65+ (or vulnerable adult) and in receipt of benefits are [...]
Northern Ireland to be transformed into real-life walking and cycling game
Tens of thousands of residents are expected to take part in Beat the Street – a hugely successful community-health initiative which has helped hundreds of thousands of people in towns and cities across the UK to become more active. The project in Northern Ireland is being funded by the National Charity partnership – a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco.
Belfast - challe [...]
The Well on Wheels project aims to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and offers practical help for people to get about by bike. The event provides information and guidance on cycle training, bike maintenance information on planning routes to travel safely around Belfast. Dieticians from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust will be providing guidance on ‘food as fuel’ and information on basic nutrition to stay healthy and active.
There are two upcoming events in Septemb [...]
The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are pleased to offer the Boccia Leader’s Award training, the course is aimed at people who are interested in starting out on the Boccia coaching ladder and will equip them to run regular sessions. The Boccia Leaders Award is free of cost, with no previous experience required to take part.
Date| Wednesday 14 September
Time| 9.45am - 1.45pm
Venue| Knockbracken Hall, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, BT8 8BH.
Places are allocate [...]
A healthy, well balanced lifestyle is important to us all. The Eatwell Guide, which replaces the Eatwell plate, was launched in Northern Ireland in April 2016. The Guide shows visually what we should eat to have a healthy, balanced diet. We should aim to achieve this balance over a day or week.
The Eatwell Guide is suitable for most adults and children over 2 years. Children younger than this have different nutritional needs.
The Eatwell Guide is also suitable for vegetarians and those [...]
Are you looking to pass on your cooking skills to your community in a fun, sustainable way? Then consider signing up to become a Cook it! Tutor.
Cook it! is a 6 week practical nutrition education programme aimed at encouraging those cooking on a limited budget. It helps participants to enhance cooking skills and learn more about a balanced diet.
The Cook it! programme is a 2 day tutor training course provided by the Community Nutrition Dietetic Services (CNDS) and delivered locally by [...]
The Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards, supported by Volunteer Now, are an opportunity for Belfast-based community and voluntary groups and organisations to recognise their volunteers who are aged 60 years and over.
The awards celebrate the considerable contribution and positive impact that older volunteers make to the work of a wide variety of Belfast organisations and groups.
Nominations for the Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards are now open.
This year’s award cat [...]
Over the past few months we launched our living life to the full campaign.
It highlighted that older people work, volunteer, provide care and take part in community and family life.
We now want to find out how effective our campaign has been.
Please help us do this by completing our short questionnaire below.
Living Life to the Full – Online Survey
You can read about our contributors stories by clicking the links below
Eamon & Anne's Story
People living in Belfast are invited to share their ideas about emotional health and wellbeing by completing a Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) survey.
‘Have Your Say Belfast’ seeks views from people living in the city in regards to their emotional health and wellbeing, and that of their family and wider community. The results of the survey will inform future developments to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in Belfast.
Speaking about the survey, Dr Eddie Rooney, Chie [...]
Belfast Festival of Learning 2017
Save the Date: 20-26 March 2017
Following the first Belfast Festival of Learning in March this year, the Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) would like to build on all the positive energy, creativity and collaboration which was generated across the city, and BSP will co-ordinate a second Belfast Festival of Learning in 2017.
We encourage the many groups and organisations in the city who provide learning opportunities to pl [...]
Diabetes Physical Activity Referral Pathway- Expression of Interest
The pilot programme for the Diabetes Physical Activity Referral Pathway is now ready to commence and requires the use of appropriate community facilities in areas with a high prevalence of Diabetes. There will be four pilot programmes located within North, South, East and West of the city.
Active Belfast would like to invite interested parties to complete an Expression of Interest Form Diabetes Referral PDF for use of [...]
The Belfast Strategic Partnership’s (BSP’s) Active Belfast team has awarded 22 groups an Active Belfast grant. Each grant was awarded to help promote a physical activity and healthy eating project across Belfast communities. Many groups will benefit from this support including school children, young people, unemployed, and older people.
The projects have been awarded to help address health inequalities. This year nearly half a million pounds was awarded to groups to deliver projects under [...]
Take 5 Award Winners
Six community and voluntary groups have been awarded a ‘Take 5 Legacy Award’ for delivering and supporting the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’ across Belfast, presented by Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Arder Carson.
Each award recognised the work undertaken by each group for delivering the Take 5 message: Give, Be active, Connect, Keep Learning and Take notice.
The winners are:
Belfast Healthy Living Centres (HLCs) Network The HLCs developed a calendar o [...]
Do you and your colleagues want to increase your physical activity and feel great for the Summer? If so...the Active Belfast Challenge needs you!
The month long workplace challenge from 2-29 May, is a fun way to get active! All you have to do is log your journeys every day or all in one go.
Picture: Anne Ross (middle), a winner of the Active Belfast Challenge 2015.
You could replace your usual car journey with walking or cycling, take public transport or car share.
Do yo [...]
Would you like to be a part of our 2017 Age-friendly Belfast calendar? Then read on!
In our last edition of our Age-friendly update we told you to look out for Age-friendly Belfast's Living Life to the Full campaign. It highlighted that older people work, volunteer, provide care and take part in community and family life.
We now want you to get involved by sending us a photo of you living life to the full. We'll then consider your photo for our 2017 calendar and let you know if you h [...]
Congratulations to Cedar Foundation's 'On Yer Bike' project which collected the Healthy Lifestyle Award at this year's Belfast Sports Awards.
Supported through Active Belfast, 'On Yer Bike' is a recreational cycling club set up to support people with disabilities to lead more active lifestyles. the club is growing from strength to strength over 50 members. providing access to a range of specialised bikes for people with disabilities including mobility and visual impairments.
For more i [...]
Why not take the first steps...
Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra support to keep well.
There are five simple actions to help maintain and improve your emotional wellbeing in everyday life. Try to build these in to your daily life - think of them as your 'five a day' for emotional wellbeing.
Give – volunteer your time. Thank someone. Smile.
Be active – any amount of physical activity is good for you.