Other Information And Services

This section of the falls directory will signpost you to other useful sources of information related to falls prevention as well as other services that may help you.

Falls Services Across Northern Ireland

For details of other falls services across Northern Ireland click on the links below.

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

  • Falls Prevention Service Tel: 028 9442 6104/6234
  • Sharon Love, Falls Injury Prevention Nurse Tel: 028 9442 6104
  • Leesa Houston, Senior Health Promotion officer (Older People) Tel: 028 2563 5575

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Western Health and Social Care Trust

Initiatives include:

  • Western Falls Prevention Steering Group in the over 65s
  • The Stepping On Community Falls Prevention Programme
  • Work with other agencies/groups in the delivery of falls prevention.
  • For more information contact Sandra Semple, Health Improvement Officer on Tel: 028 7186 5127

Formerly Help the Aged and Age Concern. AgeNI provides advice, information and supports local groups of older people.

A range of health and wellbeing booklets on topics such as healthy eating, looking after your body, healthy mind can be viewed HERE.

Befriending Services

These local services make telephone calls and/or befriending visits helping older people to live independently and with peace of mind.

  • Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon and Banbridge

Tel: 028 8774 7377 www.youcanhelp.org or email: youcanhelp@live.co.uk

  • Loughshore Area

A befriending services based around the shores of Lough Neagh has been set up to improve the lives of isolated older people in the Derrytrasna, Aghagallon, Maghery and Birches areas. If you would like to use this free service view their information flyer HERE. If you would like to make a referral to this service use the referral form HERE. If you would like to volunteer your time to this project, details can be found HERE.

If you would more information on the South Lough Neagh Befriending Initiative Tel: 028 3885 1911 or email befriendinginitiative@live.co.uk

  • Newry and Mourne

This service was set up to provide a “home from hospital” service for older people who had been recently discharged from hospital, and were seen to be vulnerable. The service has now grown in to a community based telephone service for all older people within Newry & Mourne who may feel isolated or vulnerable while living independently. The service is provided by a dedicated team of volunteers, who provide a friendly voice to speak to and listen to; while checking on the older person’s health and wellbeing.

Tel: 028 3026 2037  http://goodmorningni.org/newry  or email: info@ccgnewrycommunity.org

Support at Home Regaining Independence (Red Cross)

The Red Cross helps thousands of people following a short stay in hospital (illness or accident)and prevents unnecessary hospital admissions by providing extra support and care at home through volunteers who can smooth the process of settling back into a normal routine and enable the individual to regain their confidence and independence. The service includes:

To view an information leaflet on the service provided CLICK HERE or Tel: 028 3833 3415 (Tuesday to Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm)

Belfast Central Mission (BCM) – Housing Support for Older People

(Armagh and Dungannon, Craigavon, South Armagh and Bordering Areas)

This free service provides free support to enable people aged 60+ to continue to live independently in their own homes. The service seeks to work in partnership with clients and is available for up to two years, provided there are continuous housing support needs. The service is run by the Belfast Central Mission. To learn more about the service and how to access it read this leaflet HERE. A referral form for this service is available HERE.

Living Well Living Longer (Armagh and Dungannon)

This service is designed to help people over the age of 60 to live safely and independently in their own community. The service is currently available in the Armagh and Dungannon areas of the Trust and is run by Beacon to provide support and assistance with:

  • Attending Hospital/Medical Appointments
  • Shopping and daily living tasks
  • Getting out and about in your local community
  • Information on services and how to access them
  • Home Safety and security
  • Befriending
  • Bereavement/Traumatic event support
  • Managing Finances and Benefit claims
  • Health concerns, alcohol problems or general family worries

To access the service call free on: 0800 389 5362. To learn more READ THIS LEAFLET.

Community Transport Providers

Sometimes our health can suffer because we are not able to get out and about eg we can have difficulty getting to:

  • the shops to buy fresh food;
  • medical appointments;
  • local events that would benefit our health.

Knowing how to access affordable and reliable transport is important so that we do not loose out on opportunities that could benefit our health and wellbeing.

For further information on transport schemes available to individuals or groups within the Southern Trust area CLICK HERE.

Home Safety Checks (Free Service)

Southern Safer Homes aims to prevent accidents from happening within the home. This service targets those considered a higher risk of having a home accident; people aged 65 and over, families with children under the age of 5; vulnerable adults and children, those with a disability or other special needs.

Home Safety Officers are appointed to work in each district council. On request they visit homes offering information and advice to reduce the risks of injury by identifying any hazardous features within the home likely to cause accidents. If necessary, free safety equipment can be provided. With the homeowners consent, referrals can be made to other agencies to help resolve a specific safety issues.

Home Security (PSNI)

To view advice from the Police Service of Northern Ireland on home security CLICK HERE.

The booklet from AgeUK ‘Home Safety Checker – Staying Safe Around the House’ also provides useful advice on remaining safe. CLICK HERE to view.

Housing Associations in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations provides a database to help potential tenants searching for first time accommodation and/or current housing association tenants seeking a housing transfer in Northern Ireland. NIFHA works closely with the housing associations  and has compiled an extensive searchable database including accommodation for older people, supported housing, suitable for wheelchair users, families, etc. For further information CLICK HERE.

Leisure Centres in the Southern Trust area

If you would like to learn more about leisure facilities, opportunities to joing a class or group, contact your local leisure centre. Most centres have special sessions aimed at older people and can offer discounted rates for some types of activities.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is the main registered charity involved in accident prevention in the UK and around the world for almost 100 years. RoSPA promote safety and the prevention of accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and through safety education. A range of information is available from their website CLICK HERE to view.

Personal Security (PSNI)

To view advice from the Police Service of Northern Ireland on personal safety CLICK HERE.