Collaborating towards an age-friendly Northern Ireland
7 October 2014, Belfast City Hall

This joint ARK Ageing Programme – Linking Generations event was designed to spark ideas and promote thinking about what ‘age-friendly’ might mean in Northern Ireland, especially as we begin to embrace our own ageing population, and move towards the community planning that our new local councils will take over next year.  Thanks to the generosity of Belfast City Council, the event was held in the Banqueting Hall of Belfast City Hall, which provided a wonderful venue. We were also delighted that the event was opened by Cllr Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast City Council.  The keynote speaker was Nancy Henkin, Visiting Fellow of the ARK Ageing Programme.

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Ann Marie Gray, Alison Clyde, Nancy Henkin, Cllr Nichola Mallon, Vicki Titterington, Sarah Wetherald, Susan Langford and Paula Devine


Before the event, all participants were sent a briefing paper, which provided statistical and policy context to the event.

The morning session involved presentations from a wide range of practitioners, who shared their experience, learning and challenges of intergenerational work:

The afternoon session comprised a policy round table discussion, chaired by Ann Marie Gray (ARK Policy Unit), drawing upon the morning presentations.

A policy brief has now been produced, which draws upon the presentations and the afternoon discussion.