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Belfast City Council Kitchen Equipment Grants Scheme now open May 2021

Belfast City Council Kitchen Equipment Grants Scheme now open This grant scheme is open to applications from Belfast-based community groups and organisations supporting vulnerable people in their area through food provision. Eligible groups can apply for up to £2,000 to fund food storage and food preparation. Eligible items include but are not limited to: fridges freezers ovens slow cookers toasters dishwashers kitchen utensils cookware such as pots and pans A [...]

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Walking for health Mar 2021

Walk Leader Training Delivered by Health Improvement Team, Belfast Walking for Health (Walk Leader) Training will be delivered virtually on Microsoft Teams, on Thursday 6th May 2021 at 10am-12.30pm.   To register for this training, each person will need to complete the table below with their details and send to vivien.lovell@belfasttrust.hscni.net by 12pm on Monday 3rd May 2021. Each person will receive confirmation of registration from Vivien. A link & instructio [...]

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“Learning from whatever source provides the foundation for health and wellbeing.” Feb 2021

Belfast Learning City and The NI Impact Forum on Adult Learning have collaborated to produce a very timely report on the links between learning and health and wellbeing. The “Learn Well, Live Well” report has six thematic chapters written by a wide range of contributors, including academics and practitioners, and is illustrated by sixteen case studies from across Northern Ireland and beyond. Collectively they show the impact that adult learning has on health and wellbeing, both directly a [...]

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Supporting vulnerable during the winter and cold period ‘Belfast Warm and Well’ Jan 2021

The Belfast Warm and Well Project is available to vulnerable people who are finding it difficult to keep their home warm. Vulnerable refers to a number of different groups including: People aged 65 years or older; People living with a disability or a long term physical or mental health condition; Pregnant women; Households with a young child/children (from new-born to school age); and People on a low income. Signs that a person may be finding it difficult to keep their home w [...]

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January 2021 nutrition webinars Dec 2020

Are you interested in finding out more about food and nutrition for yourself or your family? Dietitians are taking these online workshops throughout January. There’s something for everyone! Free and open to all. Thurs 7th January 10-11am – Top Tips for a Healthier Weight: New Year Special! https://tinyurl.com/weight-tips-jan Thurs 14th January 12.30-1.15pm – Nutrition Myths https://tinyurl.com/myths-Jan Passcode: 112233 Tues 19th January 6.30-7.30pm – New! Nutrition for you [...]

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December Regional Nutritional Webinars Dec 2020

Are you interested in finding out more about food and nutrition for yourself or your family? Dietitians are taking these online workshops throughout December. There’s something for everyone, from 0-100 years! Free and open to all.   December regional nutritional webinars   Wed 2nd December 9.30-11am - Introduction to Solids https://hhk-introtosolids-dec.eventbrite.co.uk (limited numbers, sign up required)   Thurs 10th December 1-2pm – Top Tips for a Heal [...]

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Belfast to take part in Irish Learning Cities Day Sep 2020

  [caption id="attachment_3375" align="alignnone" width="650"] Irish Learning CitiesPicture Colm Mahady / Fennells - Copyright© Fennell Photography 2019[/caption] In 2019 the Lord Mayors of Belfast, Cork and Dublin and the Mayors of Limerick and Derry City and Strabane Region formally signed an agreement to commit all five learning cities in Ireland to work together and provide mutual support to help deliver on the vision of a Learning City for all citizens. The Memorandum of Unde [...]

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Nutrition Resources August 2020 Sep 2020

Click here for some useful sources of information on nutrition and healthy. [...]

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Keeping Well at Home Jun 2020

Like many countries around the world, Northern Ireland had to lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We have listened to advice and stayed at home; this helped to reduce the spread of the virus and it reduced the pressure on our NHS, but it hasn’t been easy for older people and other age groups. Age-friendly Belfast, as part of the Age Friendly Network NI have worked with The Healthy Ageing Research Group based at the University of Manchester and other Greater Manchester organisati [...]

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Belfast Festival of Learning. 23rd -29th March 2020 Mar 2020

Welcome to the fifth annual Belfast Festival of Learning running March 23-29. The Belfast Festival of Learning is a key feature in the city’s plan to build Belfast as a learning city for all, in line with the commitments made to UNESCO, (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), when Belfast became a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2018. The festival helps to deliver on the key commitments we made to celebrate and promote learning, to ma [...]

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Age-friendly Belfast launches it’s new Pharmacy Charter Nov 2019

Age-friendly  Belfast launches it’s new Pharmacy Charter Pharmacists, local representatives and older people came together during Positive Ageing Month in October 2019 to launch the Age-friendly Belfast Pharmacy Charter. Alderman Sonia Copeland welcomed people to the event and presentations included information on why the charter is needed, how to sign up, benefits to signing up, the importance of health literacy and developing dementia friendly pharmacies. We have worked with pharma [...]

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Choose to Lose at Girdwood May 2019

Choose to Lose is an evidence based 12-week programme which includes a FREE weigh in every week, along with information and tips to achieve safe, gradual and sustainable weight loss.   [...]

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Belfast Sports Awards (2019-20) Apr 2019

Active Belfast sponsored two awards this year- the Healthy Lifestyle Award and the Pathways to Club Award. Featured are representatives from WISPA (Women in Sport and Physical Activity),  winners of the Healthy Lifestyle award with Kim Kensett (Senior Officer from Belfast Health Development Unit) And Danielle McDowell, Crusaders Strikers Academy, winner of the Pathways to Club Award For more information about this year’s winners see http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/leisure/sp [...]

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Support to get active and eat healthier! Apr 2019

Active Belfast is calling on community, voluntary, statutory and private organisations across Belfast to apply for funding through the Active Belfast Grants 2019-20. Active Belfast, part of the Belfast Strategic Partnership, aims to tackle health inequalities as well as improve the health and wellbeing of citizens by encouraging more people to get involved in physical activity and eat more healthily to lead a healthier lifestyle. If your organisation has an innovative and sustainable proje [...]

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New Age-friendly Belfast Plan 2018-2021 launched Oct 2018

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 [...]

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Be part of the Belfast Festival of Learning 2019 Sep 2018

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 [...]

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Support to get active and eat healthier! Mar 2018

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 [...]

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Nominations open for Belfast Business Awards 2018! Mar 2018

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 [...]

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It’s never too late to try something new says the Belfast Festival of Learning! Feb 2018

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 [...]

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Interesting in becoming a Choose to lose facilitator? Oct 2017

Are you... 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! ‘Choose [...]

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World Mental Health Day 2017 tackles mental health in the workplace Oct 2017

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 [...]

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Be part of Family Friendly Belfast! Oct 2017

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 [...]

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Expression of Interest | Community Strength and Balance Training Programme Sep 2017

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 [...]

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Get Active Belfast | A Framework for Physical Activity launched! Sep 2017

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, [...]

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Age-friendly Belfast Positive Ageing Month – Be part of it! Sep 2017

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. For [...]

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Age-friendly Belfast | Beyond 2017 Jul 2017

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 [...]

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Wellbeing in Belfast Jun 2017

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 [...]

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Community Facilities Required! Jun 2017

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 [...]

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Poverty; It’s not a choice! Jun 2017

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! Tutor Training Opportunity Apr 2017

TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE 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 [...]

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‘North Belfast communities together, as a beacon of hope for our young people’ Apr 2017

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 [...]

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Look after your heart this Valentine’s Day! Feb 2017

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 [...]

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Danderball kicks off in Belfast…! Jan 2017

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 [...]

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December Age-friendly Belfast Update Dec 2016

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 anne.ross@bhdu.org.     &n [...]

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Danderball open session at Girdwood Community Hub Nov 2016

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 [...]

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Small Grants Available for Community & Voluntary Organisations! Nov 2016

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 [...]

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Belfast Trust signs up to Age-friendly Belfast Charter Nov 2016

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 [...]

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Footprints Women’s Centre plants for the future | Family Friendly Event Nov 2016

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 [...]

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Helping older adults become more active | the SITless study – Recruiting now! Nov 2016

[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 [...]

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East Belfast group wins Dementia Friendly award Nov 2016

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 [...]

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Come along to International Men’s Day! Oct 2016

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 [...]

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Be part of Belfast Festival of Learning 2018 Sep 2016

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 [...]

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Choose to Lose | Community Weight Management Programme Sep 2016

Are you… 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 [...]

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Diabetes Physical Activity Referral Pilot Programme Sep 2016

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 [...]

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SITless Research Pilot Project Sep 2016

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 [...]

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‘Get cooking…making the most of your food parcel’ Sep 2016

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 [...]

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Positive Ageing Month Sep 2016

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 [...]

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Handyman Home Safety Check & Repair Service Sep 2016

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 [...]

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Be active Belfast and Beat the Street Aug 2016

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 [...]

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Sustrans – Well on Wheels Event Aug 2016

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 [...]

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