In this section you will find information on policy and strategies relating to Age Equality.
Active Ageing Strategy
A new Active Ageing Strategy is currently being developed. Officials are working closely with the Age Advisory Panel that is chaired by, Claire Keatinge the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.
The draft Strategy highlights the key issues facing older people here and aims to enable older people to fully contribute in a society where they feel valued and financially secure. It will be implemented through the Delivering Social Change (DSC) framework. In practice this means agreeing a number of Signature Projects with Departments which can add to existing work to make a strategic change to services or programmes in relation to older people.
The targets of the DSC Signature Projects are currently the focus of discussions with Departments as we need more specific and robust targets.
On 30 May 2013 the Active Ageing Strategy’s Early Actions Plan was presented to the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament prior to being issued for formal public consultation. A copy of the report of that session is available here at the link below.
- Summary report of the NI Pensioners Parliament's response to the OFMdFM Presentation on the Draft Active Ageing Strategy (PDF 197KB)
In the autumn we will launch the draft Strategy for public consultation. The consultation will be designed to facilitate the participation of older people, older people’s representatives, and people who care for older people. Following consultation the final Strategy will be published early in 2014.
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland
Our oversight duties include approval of corporate plans, annual business planning and budgets, monitoring the Commissioner’s expenditure and performance against business targets. We also advise the Commissioner on Government policies and procedures relating to Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) and other matters which may affect it.
For more information you can visit the Commissioner's website.
EY2012 - The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations
To celebrate this European Year OFMDFM commissioned a small grant scheme based on the ethos of EY2012. Seventy-seven funding applications were received. Applications were scored and ranked by an independent panel. The following applications were recommended for funding:
- Big Telly Theatre Company
- GemsNI Ltd
- Age NI
- Richmount Rural Association
- Stroke Association
- Addiction NI
- Sticky Fingers Arts
- Rural Community Network
- Disability Action
- Lakeland Community Care Ltd
- Now Ltd
- Community Focus
Age NI were also selected to manage a Micro Management Scheme. All projects have now concluded and an evaluation report is being drafted.