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Newry, Mourne and Down Age Friendly Strategic Alliance are a network group of community, statutory and voluntary partners committed to supporting healthy living, active ageing and positive outcomes for older people across the district.

Former Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin is pictured with Orlaith Moley from the Public Health Agency and Eoin Devlin Assistant Director of Health and Wellbeing as they help prepare Wellbeing Packs which are being issued to Older people in the district, identified as living in isolation, as part of the Council’s Age Friendly Initiative.
Former Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin is pictured with Orlaith Moley from the Public Health Agency and Eoin Devlin Assistant Director of Health and Wellbeing as they help prepare Wellbeing Packs which are being issued to Older people in the district, identified as living in isolation, as part of the Council’s Age Friendly Initiative.

This week, the Age Friendly Alliance will issue 1000 older residents across the district with a free Wellbeing Pack with the support of the Public Health Agency, Southern Age Well Network, and County Down Rural Community Network. The packs will be distributed to older people who have been identified as lonely or isolated by a local community or voluntary group. 

Former Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin said, “It is vital for our wellbeing that we still find meaningful and enjoyable things to do, and the idea of this wellbeing pack is to help older people feel less stressed or worried, and to encourage new skills and make our older residents feel more connected. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many older people to feel more isolated and lonely while they are spending more time at home, and the Wellbeing Packs are a great initiative to help combat this.”

If you or someone you know is aged 50+ and feeling isolated or lonely, please contact 0330 137 4024 or email: lorraine.oreilly@nmandd.org for information.

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