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Minister visits Agewell Project in Mid Ulster

22 July, 2016 - by Michelle O'Neill

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill today visited the Agewell Project in Magherafelt to see their unique service in helping older people maintain their independence.

Speaking during the visit to the Agewell Project, the Minister said: 

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to see firsthand the work that Agewell provides for the people within the Mid Ulster area. The project provides an excellent and unique service for older and vulnerable people living in the community.”

The range of services provided by the Agewell Project includes Good Morning Calls, a free telephone service to provide reassurance and a listening ear to older people living on their own. It also provides a home maintenance service and a community development initiative. 

Minister O’Neill continued: 

“I am very aware that our population is getting older and it is important therefore that we find better and more innovative ways of caring for our older people. The Agewell Project is a great example of what can be achieved by organisations working together to help our oldest and most vulnerable maintain their independence and dignity in the community for as long as possible.”       

The Minister also met with staff involved in the project:

 “It is obvious to me that the staff have a passion for their work by their dedication and enthusiasm. I have been greatly impressed by the great care and support that the people of Mid Ulster are receiving through the Agewell Project.”

The Project was launched in 2010 and works in partnership with statutory and voluntary bodies to deliver a range of services for older and vulnerable people in the community.

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