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Age Friendly Strategy

Age Friendly Initiative

We want to help improve the quality of life for older people living in the Mid Ulster area. 

What does an Age Friendly area look like? 

In an age-friendly community, policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable older people to 'age actively' – that is, to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society.

An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. 

It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people and things which are important to them. 

It also helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages and provides appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves.

Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan Consultation

We have now completed a draft Age Friendly Strategy and three-year Action Plan for the area. The strategy and action plan for 2023-2026 will work to ensure all residents in the district can live in security, enjoy good health, continue to participate fully in society and feel valued and respected – regardless of age. 

The Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan 2023-2026* have both been developed with the support of funding from the Public Health Agency and the commitment of other partners. After wide engagement older people and partners have highlighted the priorities we need to address within the Mid Ulster District, helping shape a better Age Friendly Community.

We are currently undertaking a 12-week public consultation to seek comments on the document and we would like you to have your say. The consultation, open from Thursday 16 February, will close on Friday 12 May 2023.

Everyone can have their say on the key themes within the new strategy and action plan by:

  • Requesting a group or one-to-one meeting to give verbal feedback with Raisa Donnelly, Age Friendly Co-ordinator, by telephone 07553 379 721 or via email

  • Submitting a written response for the attention of Raisa Donnelly, Age Friendly Co-ordinator, Mid Ulster District Council, Magherafelt Offices, Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6EN or via email

  • Completing an online form: 

The information gathered in the survey will be in the strictest confidence and will not be used for any other purposes. You can view more information on how we use data in our Privacy Policy

If you would like more information:
Email our Age Friendly Coordinator or telephone 03000 132 132 to speak to Raisa. 

This information can be made available in alternative formats, such as audio, braille, easy read or large print and may be provided in alternative languages, upon request. Please contact Mid Ulster District Council’s Corporate Policy & Equality Officer on 03000 132 132 Ex 24612. 

*In keeping with the commitments in our Equality Scheme we have carried out an Equality Screening exercise of this proposed Action Plan. It identified a Minor Positive outcome. A full copy of the Equality Screening is available upon request.
As required under the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016 we have carried out a Rural Needs Impact Assessment. A copy is available upon request. 


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