Crom Castle in Fermanagh provided a spectacular backdrop for the launch of a new project aimed at helping isolated older people.
With the help of a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, support group the South East Fermanagh Foundation will be assisting those likely to feel vulnerable, who live with disabilities, are housebound or who have suffered bereavement.
Operating across Fermanagh and Armagh over five years – in partnership with the Co Armagh Phoenix Group – the scheme will include luncheon clubs, armchair aerobics and social media IT sessions.
It will be open to those aged 60 plus who are not currently using services or taking part in community-based activities within the project areas.
Director of services Kenny Donaldson said: “There is a whole range of reasons why some older people are isolated.
“For some, their nearest neighbour could be miles away so transport and a befriending service will be important aspects of the project.”
Mr Donaldson added: “This project is absolutely vital as society is changing and family members are moving away to find work elsewhere due to the economic downturn. This is leaving many older people isolated and vulnerable as there isn’t the family network or structure that existed in the past.”
Further information is available from Sharon Howe on 028 677 22615 or by visiting www.FACTNI.com