What we do ?
Agewell is a partnership covering the Mid Ulster area (Cookstown, Magherafelt and Dungannon & South Tyrone Council Areas) working together to improve services for vulnerable older people in our community.
What Do We Do?
Good Morning Call:
One of Agewell’s services is a free telephone care service for the over 50 and vulnerable five mornings a week, Monday to Friday to contact members for a social chat and to check on their wellbeing.
The role of the call can be anything from simply regular social contact right through to reducing fear by acting as reassurance, a listening ear and providing information and referral for crime prevention and home safety services.
Home Maintenance Worker:
We currently have 2 Home Maintenance Workers in place for the Agewell Project. The Home Maintenance Worker is available for Home visits to carry out security checks, small repairs or any other security checks, small repairs or any other household and gardening tasks.
Within Agewell there are Multi Agency Training Sessions organised for all practitioners and Community Groups on Fuel Poverty, benefits, Home Safety, Crime Prevention and accessing local activities to enable them to provide consistent and up to date information for older people and making appropriate referrals.
The Community Development Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the development of local activities for community groups including physical fitness, arts and health and well-being events.
These events are organised to provide opportunities for older people to socialise.
Access to Benefits:
Our Community Development Coordinator and Community Link Worker are trained in carrying out Benefit Checks for vulnerable older people to increase uptake of benefits.
Advise on how to access energy efficiency initiatives and benefits
Our Community Development Coordinator brings together older and younger people through ‘befriending’ projects, increasing awareness among young people of the needs of older people, giving opportunities to learn from each other and increasing mutual respect.
Advice, Information and Signposting
Agewell provide advice and information on a range of issues effecting older people and signposting where necessary to support services.
Agewell recognise the valuable role of volunteers and opportunities are available for volunteering throughout many aspects of the project.