Safe and Sound consultation with Ballymena's older people

Jane Witherspoon

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Jane Witherspoon

Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership have been on the road delivering ‘Safe & Sound’ consultations with Older People across the Mid & East Antrim area during November and December.

The meetings have provided a platform for older people to express their views on crime and community safety as well as providing an opportunity for older people to highlight the challenges that they face in relation to keeping safe and well.

The process was funded by Mid & East Antrim Policing & Community Safety Partnership

The consultations were hosted by Community Navigator Jenny Dougan and facilitated by independent consultant Tommy Stewart of New Season Leadership.

FULL HOUSE

A recent event was held in Ballymena, where there was a full house of people eagerly waiting to express their worries and views about crime and how to remain safe.

Jenny Dougan, Community Navigator for MEAAP commented “to see the wonderful turnout of older people who have attended these sessions has been inspiring.

“The conversations stimulated by the consultation process will help us to further our work here at MEAAP and shape future plans by allowing us to understand what the priorities are for older people in the Mid & East Antrim area in relation to crime and community safety.”

Statutory organisations who were also on hand to provide information at the events included; PSNI, Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Women’s Aid ABCLN, The Housing Executive and The Consumer Council.

For more information on organisations who can help and support older people in Mid & East Antrim, please contact MEAAP on 028 25658604.

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