online resources

See list of online resources which can be used to help maintain our health and wellbeing.  This list is intended to act as a guide only. Inclusion is not exhaustive and does not necessarily constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation of that organisation or service.

Activities & Services

Age NI

Information & Advice for over 50’s & Check in and Chat Service: Call Age NI Advice on 0808 808 7575 Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm or email

Telephone befriending available too. 

AgeNI Signpost express

Signpost Express e-bulletin

To sign up for the free Signpost Express e-bulletin to be kept up to date about services for over 50’s, please call 028 9024 5729 or email to be added to mailing list.

Good vibrations newsletters

(based on Take 5 Steps to wellbeing): – available to download: 

Age NI Good Vibrations tracker has easily follow take 5 steps at home!

Videos on Take 5 Steps to well being – Healthy Eating, Exercise, Mindfulness   

Signpost Express e-bulletin

To sign up for the free Signpost Express e-bulletin to be kept up to date about services for over 50’s, please call 028 9024 5729 or email to be added to mailing list

Adult Day Centres

Ballygawley 028 8556 8785

Clogher Valley 028 8554 9320

Cookstown 028 8672 3900

Dungannon 028 8771 3053

Magherafelt 028 7636 5060

Maghera 028 7964 3360


Church Services

Reconnect with members of your church either in person by attending a church service or online at 

Community Navigator for over 50’s

Signposting and referral service
Cookstown and Magherafelt areas – Eugene T: 078 1419 6935


Communities of South Tyrone Area (COSTA) Rural Support Network
Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN) Rural Support Network

T: 028 8773 8845  F: @cwsan.midulster 


Networks Involving Communities In Health Improvement Officer Anita Kelly 078 4063 5862

Suicide Prevention Officer: 075 4096 9623

Day Opportunities (The Base)

Cookstown 075 2577 1432 Magherafelt 075 2577 1433 Dungannon 028 8771 3053

Directory of local Community and Voluntary Support Services
First Steps Women’s Centre, Dungannon

T: 028 8772 7648 


Healthy Living Centre Alliance
Libraries NI

Did you know that if you’re a library member you can have FREE access to over 160 digital magazines? Choose from a wide variety of topics, like food and cooking, TV, art and photography, health and fitness, home and garden, science and tech and many more.    079 1229 6801

Books & Magazines:

Useful Heritage sites:

Linking Generations NI

Linking Generations Northern Ireland is part of the Beth Johnson Foundation: Beth Johnson Foundation Intergenerational practice provides structured opportunities to link generations, improving understanding and increasing mutual support. This contributes to the building of age-friendly communities where we respect each other, have a voice and get to play our part.  They create opportunities in all sorts of places and for all sorts of reasons for different generations to learn from, support, meet and enjoy each other. T: 028 9181 3022 E: 

Join the local Linking Generations Network in Mid Ulster 

Magherafelt Women’s Group, Magherafelt
Mid Ulster District Council

(Make A Change Programme for over 50’s, Home Accident Prevention, Energy Efficiency (grants for insulation), Fuel stamps, Assisted Kerb Collection for Bins, Radar Key to open Public Disabled Toilets) 

T: 03000 132 132 

Age Friendly Co-ordinator E:

Mid Ulster District Council Leisure Facilities

Cookstown 028 8676 3853 @cookstownleisurecentre/

Coalisland/Dungannon 028 8772 0370 @dungannonLC/

Greenvale Magherafelt 028 7963 2796 @ GreenvaleLeisureCentre/

Maghera 028 7954 7400 @ magheraleisure/

Mid Ulster Sports Arena 028 8676 7135 @ midulstersportsarena/

Moneymore 028 8674 7974 @ Moneymore-Recreation-Centre/

Meadowbank, Magherafelt 028 7939 7117 @ MeadowbankSportsArena/

Tobermore Golf Centre 028 7939 7939 @ TobermoreGolfCentre/

Mid Ulster Seniors Network (MUSN)

a voice for anyone over 50 living in Mid Ulster

Mid Ulster Seniors Network involves community, statutory and voluntary partners, working together to improve later life for people across the Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt areas. We have been actively involved with key organisations such as Age NI, the Age Friendly Network NI, MU Age Well Partnership, MU Loneliness Network and Mid Ulster District Council. 

To join the MUSN and sign up to the mailing list contact Elaine: 079 1204 6534  E: 


Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre

(Carefully Yours Project – Over 55’s) 028 7930 1862 

Move with Mary Peters

gentle exercises online: 

Network Personnel

Cookstown – 028 8676 6078 

Magherafelt -028 7963 1032 

Reading Rooms

online Listen, Share, Change Project 

078 8405 0909 

Recovery & Wellness College:

Northern Region 028 9441 3449  

Southern Region 028 3833 4444

SUSE + Employability Programme

(Ages 16-65) 

T: 078 311 2269

The HUB BT80, Cookstown
The Big Knit Campaign

Join in the beautiful creations of hat knitting and send 

them to Age NI offices by Friday 1 October. Please bag your hats in lots of 25, 50 or 100 and write the number of hats on the bag.  This will help with the counting.   There are a variety of new patterns available to download from the website  Please post your hats to: FREEPOST RRTU-HSZY-LTHZ, Age NI, 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast, BT7 1NR

Sport NI
Wellness and self-help practices
Wellness and self help techniques to download

Advice & Signposting

Advice NI

(Welfare Reform eg PIP, Universal Credit) 

T: 0800 915 4604


Age NI Advice and Advocacy Service

Freephone 0808 808 7575 Free independent and confidential support for older people, their families and carers including Benefits and personal Benevolent Grants   

Age NI First Connect NHSCT– Sam 079 7138 9488 Emotional Support and Advice

Age NI Community Navigator for Mid Ulster

Individual Support, Signposting, Group Support and Referrals 

T: 078 1419 6935 

Age NI Independent Living Products

T: 028 9024 5729 

Bathroom aids & adaptations, mobility products and stair/through the floor lifts.

Benefits Community Outreach Officer

Advice 4 Health – Fiona Fingleton
T: 028 7034 0036

First Steps Women’s Centre
028 8772 7648

Bryson Energy Freephone Advice Line

T: 0800 142 2865

Christians Against Poverty Debt Advice (Magherafelt)

Ruth– 0800 328 0006 

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline
Deafblind NI Services

Free phone helpline, Quarterly Magazine, befriending service (Telephone, Email, Video or text), Virtual Social Groups, Online BSL Group on Zoom or a Group conference call, Deafblind Card, Emotional Support Calls, Wellbeing calls, Birthday and Christmas Cards. 

T: 0800 132 320 Txt: 079 5000 8870 E: Facetime: (not BSL)

Emergency Response

Phone first – SHSCT 0300 123 3 111

NHSCT – 0300 123 1 123

WHSCT – 0300 020 6000

PSNI 101 (999 in emergency)

Services (

Floodline – Flooding Incident Line (24 hours) 0300 2000 100

Minor Injuries     

Antrim 028 9442 4000  M’felt 028 9442 4000    Dungannon 028 8772 2821

N. Ireland Fire Service / Ambulance 999 / 112 in emergency 

NI Electricity Networks 03457 643 643                   

NI Water 03457 440 088

Out of Hours GP Northern Trust 028 2566 3500 Southern Trust 028 3839 9201

PSNI 101 (999 in emergency

Roads Service –roads, footways, bridges, potholes & street lights 028 9054 0540

Family Support NI

Helplines Network NI
Hour glass (Action on Elder Abuse)

 T: 0808 808 8141 (9-5 Mon- Fri)

provides information and support to anyone concerned about harm, abuse or exploitation of an older person. This might include physical, financial, psychological, sexual or neglect.  

Make the Call - Benefit Entitlement Check
Mid Ulster District Advice Service MIDAS

Cookstown 028 8676 1875 

Dungannon: 028 8775 0211 

Magherafelt: 028 7963 3079 

Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre
Pension Centre (65+)

0800 587 0892 

Pension Advice Line
Policing and Community Safety Partnership
RNID – National Hearing Loss Charity

T 028 9023 9619 SMS 07587130502 (text only) E: 

Rural Support
Sensory Support

NHSCT – 028 2563 5521 

SHSCT – 028 3756 4444 

Stronger Together Network

T: 028 8775 0211 E: 

The Consumer Council

details regarding Critical Care Registers with utility providers and consumer rights


Help for people in financial difficulties including online benefit checker and benevolent grants.

Use their free and easy-to-use Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tools to check what benefits you might be able to claim and what grants you might be able to apply for.

0808 802 2000 (FHP) 

Volunteer Now Volunteer Guidance
Wellness and self-help practices
Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland
Women’s Regional Development Association (WRDA)


Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides regular and substantial help or support to a family member or friend on an informal basis.  A carer can be any age, be a parent caring for a child with a disability, be a young person caring for a parent or sibling, you do not have to be the sole carer or live with the cared for person.

Download ‘Jointly’ App – Free Code DGTL2770 

For further specific online support relating to the caring role, carers should visit the Northern Trust carer website, create an account to log-in using the FREE access code DGTL2770.  This is a designated website for carers where you can download resources, guides and the ‘Jointly’ app for free using the access code.  

Community Care

Community Care – 0845 600 3111 

Duty Social Worker – Cookstown 028 8672 3800 

Duty Social Worker – Magherafelt 028 7936 6984 

Emergency Social Work Out of Hours (Crisis) 028 9504 9999 

Hourglass – Elder Abuse Response Helpline 0808 808 8141 

Out of Hours – Urgent (Dalriada Urgent Care) NHSCT 028 2566 3500 

Domiciliary Care

Extra Care T: 028 9448 2939 

AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) Screening Programme

The Northern Ireland AAA Screening Programme offers free AAA screening to all men over 65, using a simple ultrasound scan as it is more common in older men, smokers, people with high blood pressure and people with other cardiovascular diseases.


Bowel and Bladder Just Cant Wait card

 They use the universally acknowledged W.C. signage, giving you the benefit of discreet and clear communication for those moments where you just can’t wait to use the toilet. The Just Can’t Wait card is now available to download to your phone.  

Radar Key to open public disabled toilets

A RADAR Key is a large universal key used to open RADAR locks. These locks are commonly installed in public accessible toilets, and often used in restaurants and other venues. They can be bought online, through MUDC if you have a Blue Badge or in local pharmacies

They can be bought online, in local pharmacies or through MUDC if you have a Blue Badge

Beginners Guide to Digital Technology

Beginners guide to getting online – computers, tablets/ipads and smart phones

BBC Blink – a beginners Guide to using computers and the internet

General Health & Wellbeing

Access and Information Service (Dungannon)

028 3756 4300 (Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 5.00pm), 028 9504 9999 (out of hours) 

AgeNI - Good vibrations newsletters
Age NI Good Vibrations tracker
Videos on Take 5 Steps to well being

Healthy Eating, Exercise, Mindfulness   

Alcohol & Other Drugs Support Services

NHSCT 028 2568 9306 

SHSCT 028 3832 2714 

Arts And Wellbeing Strategy
Community Care

Cookstown/Magherafelt – 0845 600 3111 

Dungannon 028 3756 4300 

Out of Hours Cookstown and Magherafelt – 028 2566 3500 

Out of Hours Dungannon 028 3839 9201 

Mid Ulster Health Care 028 3756 5600 

Regional Emergency Social Work Service 028 9504 9999

Department of Health NI
Farm Families Health Checks Programme
Health Alliance NI


Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing 



CWSAN Suicide Prevention

Libraries NI

If you need information on wellness, tips on good diet and fitness or want to check up on a health issue, your local library is a great place to start. 

NI Direct Government Services
NHSCT – Older People Services
Public Health Agency (PHA) 

PHA has launched a monthly update.

To subscribe visit 


Healthy Eating Information is available from the following links:

  • BBC Good Food Quick and Healthy Recipes

  • Choose to Live Better – 85 recipes

  • Cooking on a Budget

  • Diabetes Prevention Programme T: 028 2563 5687 or                                  

  • Dietetic Services

  • Eat Well Live Well

  • Eat Well with Jane: 

AgeNI has created lots of inspiring and engaging videos and stories. Eating well means you’re more likely to feel healthier, stay active for longer and protect yourself against illness. Eating well means enjoying your food and having plenty of variety in your diet so you get all the nutrients you need. You can watch her videos on YouTube   

  • Healthy Eating

  • Slow cooker recipe videos

Slow Cooker Irish Stew on Vimeo

Slow Cooker Potato & Leek Soup on Vimeo

Slow Cooker Rice Pudding on Vimeo

Slow Cooker Seasonal Vegetable Soup on Vimeo

Slow Cooker Stewed Apple on Vimeo

Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry on Vimeo

  • Store Cupboard Essentials

Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity Guidelines

Useful websites


  • AgeNI – Exercises to help you stay fit at home: 

Move with Mary videos –

Keep Fit with Ryan focusing on gentle exercise   

  • Capacitar – holistic health & well-being techniques to help address stress and anxiety, grief, trauma etc such as Tai Chi, finger holds, EFT Wellness and self-help practices  Wellness and self help techniques to download F: @capacitarireland1  YouTube: ‘capacitar-international’  

  • Fitness Studio Exercise videos – aerobic, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga

  • Live Well

  • NHS Active 10 app


  • Take the Next Step

There are a number of people demonstrating physical activities on Facebook and YouTube.  Here’s are a few to get you started – just remember you know your own body limits – just do what you are able to do.

Lifedock Training – Chi Me / Armchair activities 

Geri O Kane – armchair and physical activities

Stay Active, Stay fit with Artscare4u Dance series

An Online series of Laban-based dance workshops for all ages and abilities. Stay active indoors and support your overall mental health and well-being. Facilitated by dance practitioners in Health, Carmel Garvey and Jenny Elliott.

Wellness and self-help practices 

Wellness and self help techniques to download 

British Gymnastics Foundation 

The Love to Move Programme Love to Move is an age and dementia friendly seated movement programme. The programme helps to improve memory, balance, flexibility and co-ordination. eg 

Disability Sport NI through their ‘Live Active NI’ facebook page have been delivering an extensive range of physical activities that elderly people can participate in within their own homes. These have included:

  • Low Intensity Arm Workouts; which are suitable for anyone with some upper body mobility, wheelchair users, anyone with limited mobility and those with long term health conditions. 
  • Tai-Chi, a series of sessions have been hosted, this can help develop strength, improve posture, co-ordination and balance and can aid relaxation. It’s beneficial for people with health conditions, older people and those who are at risk of falling.

Through its social media, Sport NI is also signposting to the WalkNI and OutmoreNI websites as a result of the change in legislation.

WISPA (Women in Sport and Physical Activity) are offering ‘Isolation Workouts’ via their YouTube

Stop Smoking Support Services
  • Stop smoking Support Services

If you quit cigarettes for 28 days you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good. Order your free quit kit now and you’re on the road to a healthier lifestyle. 

The Quit Kit is available to residents of Northern Ireland only.

Mid Ulster Agewell Partnership


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Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing 

If you are concerned or worried about your emotional wellbeing or mental health you should always contact your GP.  

Alternatively, you can contact Lifeline Helpline 24 /7 free from landline or mobile.  Lifeline offer crisis intervention, listening ear support and counselling.

For urgent help and support:

LIFELINE: (For those in distress or despair) 0808 808 8000
Samaritans: 116 123
GP Out of Hours (Dalriada): 028 2566 3500
GP Out of Hours (Southern Area): 028 3839 9201

Age NI

Take Notice with Frank   

Anxiety UK
Alzheimer’s Society Dementia

Connect support line 0333 150 3456 

Aware NI
  • Mental Health Charity provides support and currently online provision 

T:028 9035 7820 

Action for Children
Carers NI Helpline

028 9043 9843 

Carers support service

NHSCT 028 2766 1392 

SHSCT 028 3756 6284 

  • 028 9065 0650 

Helpline 0800 103 2833

Causeway and Mid Ulster Women’s Aid
Age NI
  • Take Notice with Frank   


Good Vibrations Newsletters
David Toney - Functional breathwork
  • breathwork for better health and immunity 

FB: @davidtoneyonline  E: 

Cruse Bereavement Care National

Helpline 0808 808 1677  E:

CWSAN Suicide Prevention Development Officer

075 4096 9623 

Family Support Hubs
  • provides services for families who are experiencing difficulties

Flann Lynch - Get Started Practicing Mediation
Good Vibrations Newsletters
Helplines NI
Hope Counselling

T: 079 0252 3883 E: 

Karon Clements: Emotional Freedom Technique
Lifeline Helpline 24 /7

Freephone 0808 808 8000

Mens’ Action Network

T: 028 71137 7777  

Mental Health Teams
New Life Counselling
Niamh Louise Foundation
Nigel Colmer – Tapping (EFT) to reduce stress
Parenting NI

T: 0808 8010 722 or 028 9031 0891 ‘Parenting NI’ app  E:  or

Rural Support’s helpline
Mental Health Information and Support
Social Isolation and Staying Connected
S.T.E.P.S. (Suicide Talking Educating Preventing Support)
Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing Toolkit
Wellness and Self-Help Practices

Group Support – Capacity Building / Funding 

Age NI Community Navigator

T: 078 1419 6935 E: 

Community Development & Health Network

T: 028 855 56880

• COSTA: Lorraine Griffin 028 855 56880 

Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN)
  • Stewartstown

T: 028 8773 8845  F: @cwsan.midulster 


Communities In Health Model Toolkit
Healthy Living Centres
Mid Ulster District Council

T: 03000 132 132  

Community Development Officers – Group Support

Cookstown Margaret McCammon 03000 132 132 Ext 22502 

Dungannon Anne Barrett 03000 132 132 Ext 24611 

Magherafelt Emma O’Hagan 03000 132 132 Ext 23616 

NICVA Capacity building webinars
Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network (NIRWN)

T: 028 8775 3389  E: Fed Up to Fabulous Facebook group 

Rural Support

T: 028 8676 0040 E:

Rural Community Network

Tracey Powell 028 3756 4495  

Contact to be added to community development mailing list

Supporting Communities NI

Supporting Communities (SCNI):
T: 028 2564 5676

SCNI Funding News

Lucia Carolan – Community Development Officer, Mid Ulster Area

Help using the internet / digital inclusion

SPRING programme


Fire Safety

Report flooding

0300 2000 100 (24 hours a day)  


The little book of scams—the-little-book-of-big-scams–fifth-edition.pdf

A number of banks also provide online safety courses