Health and Social Wellbeing

Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Addiction Northern Ireland (NI)
Provider: Independent Charity
Description: Addiction NI provides support and treatment to people affected by alcohol or drug addiction.
Contact Tel: 028 9066 4434
For more information see: www.addictionni.com

Alcoholics Anonymous
Provider: Independent Charity
Description: Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Location: Cookstown Day Centre, Westland Road
Frequency: Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30pm
Contact Tel: 028 9043 4848
For more information see: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Believe in Youth
Description: Believe in youth aims to reduce the physical and mental harm caused by alcohol to young people by delaying the onset of drinking through education and alcohol intervention programmes alongside specialised alcohol intervention programmes delivered directly “where and when” young people congregate and socialise. This project will be delivered by Dunlewey Substance Advice Centre and the Northern Ireland Youth Forum.
Contact Tel: 028 2565 2105.

Arthritis
Arthritis Care NI
Provider: Arthritis Care Northern Ireland
Description: Arthritis Care has over 20 local branches and groups across Northern Ireland providing support and encouragement for their members through a range of activities and social events. They offer the opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation, share experiences and build friendships.
Location: Positive Steps Community Centre, 2c Park Avenue, Cookstown, BT80 8AH.
Frequency: 1st Wednesday of every month at 1.30 pm
Helpline Tel: 080 8800 4050
For more information see www.arthritiscare.org.uk/ni

Befriending
British Red Cross Home and Well Scheme
Provider: British Red Cross
Components vary but includes: supported hospital discharge transport, befriending, access to wheelchairs, Hand Arm & Shoulder Massage, signposting to other local/specialist services. Aims to be a person-centred service, help people withstand and recover from a Health Social & Care crisis and reaching out to Older people/ Vulnerable. The service aims to support people to experience - Reduced anxiety, Enhanced well-being, Improved confidence, Reduced Isolation, Improved Nutrition, Increased Resilience. Referrals will be taken for individuals; Living distant to families and friends, Being anxious about leaving hospital / recently leaving hospital, At risk of admission to hospital or respite care if practical support is not provided, During / following period of ill health in individuals own home, For a carer with an increased risk of social isolation – in need of emotional or practical support, Support after a recent bereavement, Resident within Northern H&SCT.
Contact Tel: 02870342569 / 07860715718
Email: cithni@redcross.org.uk

Befriending ‘In Touch’ Project
Provider: Action On Hearing Loss
Description: The ‘In Touch’ Project provides a free befriending service which aims to reduce isolation and loneliness for older deaf and hard of hearing people across Northern Ireland.
Contact Tel: 028 9023 9619
For more information see: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/

Good Morning Mid Ulster
Provider: Good Morning Northern Ireland
Description: The Good morning call service seeks to establish, deliver and provide support and information to older or vulnerable people via telephone support through the following: Providing a befriending service through regular telephone contact, Assisting in maintaining the service user's independence, Providing social interaction and reduced social isolation, Encouraging and developing social supports in order to reduce loneliness and isolation.
Contact Tel: 028 7963 2170
For more information see: www.goodmorningni.org/

Mid Ulster Agewell Partnership
Provider: Agewell Partnership
Description: Agewell seeks improve services for older people in the community. This includes reducing isolation, promoting positive health and well-being and improving home safety through a number of ways. For example, there are home maintenance services, links to reablement and information and advice services and good morning call services.
Contact Tel: 028 7963 2170
For more information see: www.agewellpartnership.org/

Praxis
Provider: Praxis
Description: Praxis Care operates a volunteer befriending scheme which offers friendship and support to someone who has become isolated because of mental ill-health as well as individuals with a learning disability or acquired brain injury.
Contact Tel: 028 902 34555
For more information see: www.praxisprovides.com

O4O Cookstown
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: O4O Cookstown seeks to provide services and support which improve the quality of life for people aged 50+ within the Cookstown area through the following: Luncheon club, meal delivery service, weekly activity schedule, day trips, activity classes, benefits checks, newsletter and information and signposting
Location: 18-20 Cookstown Enterprise Centre, Derryloran Industrial Estate, Sandholes Road, Cookstown, BT809LU
Frequency: Weekly activity schedule
Luncheon club – 5 days a week
Meal delivery service – 7 days a week
Contact Tel: 028 8676 9005
For more information see: www.o4oni.com/

Radius Housing Floating Support Service
Provider: Radius Housing Association
Description: Available to private home owners as well as housing executive tenants, the scheme can assist those people aged 55 and over to remain in their own home for longer by providing a low level housing support service. The service can be provided for a period up to six months and is easily accessible by applying directly to Fold. An exit plan will be developed with the service user regarding longer support needs when they are exiting the scheme. Support can include: Befriending. Advising on food preparation. Reminding and non-specialist counselling where this does not conflict with similar services provided as personal care. Assistance with the maintenance of the safety of the dwelling. Assistance with arranging minor repairs to and servicing of domestic equipment and appliances. Assistance in how to engage with individuals, professionals and other bodies with an interest in the welfare of the service user. Assistance in dealing with claims to social security benefits and other official correspondence relevant to sustaining occupancy of the dwelling. Encouraging socialising, day trips, weekly luncheon clubs, coffee mornings and a range of other group activities
Contact Tel: 0330 123 0888 Mobile: 078 7284 1260

For More information: www.radiushousing.org Facebook: @RadiusHousing T: @RadiusHousing

Cruse Bereavement
Provider: Cruse Bereavement Care
Description: Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the wellbeing of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Location: Causeway Office Robinson Hospital Ballymoney
Contact Tel: 028 276 66686
Helpline Tel: 0844 4779 400
Email: northern2@cruse.org.uk
For more information see: www.cruse.org.uk

Wave Trauma Centre
Provider: Wave Trauma Centre
Description: The overall aim of WAVE is to offer care and support to anyone bereaved or traumatized through the violence of The Troubles, irrespective of religious, cultural or political belief. The philosophy and ethos of the organization is one of inclusiveness i.e. anyone bereaved or traumatized—those physically impaired as a result of the violence in Northern Ireland and those who care for them. Services such as Befriending, Psychotherapy/Counselling, Advice/Welfare, Training Opportunities, Complementary Therapies and Youth are available from all centres.
Contact Tel: 028 8225 2522
For more information see: www.wavetraumacentre.org.uk/

 

Carers
Alzheimer’s Society Carers Support Group Cookstown
Provider: Alzheimer’s Society
Description: The Support Group gives family carers the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and a chance to share their experiences, concerns and problems in an understanding and confidential setting.
Location: The Hub, Burn Road, Cookstown
Frequency: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 12-1.30 pm
Contact Tel: 028 8676 5888
For more information see: www.alzheimers.org.uk/northernireland/

Alzheimer’s Society Carers Support Group Maghera
Provider: Alzheimer’s Society
Description: The Support Group gives family carers the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and a chance to share their experiences, concerns and problems in an understanding and confidential setting.
Location: Maghera Lurach Centre, Church Road, Maghera
Frequency: 4th Tuesday of each month 7-8.30pm
Contact Tel: 028 8676 5888
For more information see: www.alzheimers.org.uk/northernireland/

Barnardos Young Carers
Provider: Barnardos
Description: Barnardo’s runs 20 services across the UK which work to support young carers and their families in a variety of ways: Helping the family to find the support they need, and are entitled to, from local services, so that a child’s caring responsibilities can be reduced. Supporting young carers to use local services such as sports clubs, support groups, and health centres. Providing advice and emotional support through counselling and drop-in sessions. Liaising with schools so that teachers can better support their students. Providing opportunities for young carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities, spend time with other young carers and share experiences
Providing opportunities for young carers to learn more about their parent’s illness or disability.
Location: Magherafelt
Contact Tel: 028 796 31344
Location: Coleraine
Contact Tel: 07833682077
For more information see: www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/barnardos_today/northernireland/northern_ireland_childrens_services.htm

Carers Northern Ireland (NI)
Provider: Carers NI
Description: Carers NI is part of Carers UK. It is a membership organisation run by carers, for carers across Northern Ireland providing information on all matters relating to caring. 
Contact Tel: 028 9043 9843
For more information see: www.carersuk.org/northernireland

Carer’s Northern Ireland (NI)
Provider: Carers NI
Description: Carer Support Group which meets on a monthly basis for anyone who provides support to a relative or friend. The aim is to provide support and a social outlet for family carers.
Contact: Lyn Campbell
Tel: 028 9043 9843
Location: Magherafelt Day Centre, 57 Hospital Road, Magherafelt
Frequency: Third Thursday of each month at 7.00- 9.00pm

CAUSE
Provider: CAUSE
Description: CAUSE is a peer-led charity in Northern Ireland directed and staffed by past and present carers. It provides practical and emotional support to relatives and carers of people with serious mental illness.
Contact Tel: 028 9065 0650
Helpline Tel: 084 5603 0291
For more information see: www.cause.org.uk

 

Disability
Cedar Foundation
Provider: Cedar Foundation
Description: Cedar delivers a range of services that enable people with disabilities to get the most out of life and to be fully included in their communities. Our services are centred around the individual needs of each person and are delivered throughout Northern Ireland. Supported Living, Housing Support, Floating Support, Residential Care, Activities, Employability and Inclusion.
Location: 1a Woodside Road Industrial Estate, Woodside Road, Ballymena, BT42 4QJ
Contact Tel: 028 256 59111
For more information see: www.cedar-foundation.org/

Cedar Foundation Floating Support
Provider: Cedar Foundation Support
Description: Referrals can be made by anyone interested in accessing the service for themselves or by a professional, family member or other organisation. The Floating Support Service is for adults (over 18) living in their own home, or about to move out soon, who want to be able to carry out their housing responsibilities as independently as possible. In the Northern Trust Floating Support is provided for people affected by Brain Injury, Physical Disability and Sensory Disability.
Contact Tel: 028 90461834
Email: fs@cedar-foundation.org
For more information see: www.cedar-foundation.org/

British Red Cross Home and Well Scheme
Provider: British Red Cross
Components vary but includes: supported hospital discharge transport, befriending, access to wheelchairs, Hand Arm & Shoulder Massage, signposting to other local/specialist services. Aims to be a person-centred service, help people withstand and recover from a Health Social & Care crisis and reaching out to Older people/ Vulnerable. The service aims to support people to experience - Reduced anxiety, Enhanced well-being, Improved confidence, Reduced Isolation, Improved Nutrition, Increased Resilience. Referrals will be taken for individuals; Living distant to families and friends, Being anxious about leaving hospital / recently leaving hospital, At risk of admission to hospital or respite care if practical support is not provided, During / following period of ill health in individuals own home, For a carer with an increased risk of social isolation – in need of emotional or practical support, Support after a recent bereavement, Resident within Northern H&SCT.
Contact Tel: 02870342569 / 07860715718
Email: cithni@redcross.org.uk

CDM Community Transport Cookstown
Provider: CDM Community Transport
Dial a Lift – for registered members. Door to Door Transport is available to registered rural dwellers who are unable or find it difficult to use public transport to local services such as: shopping, clinics, post office, chemist and access to training. Dial a lift CANNOT be used for hospital appointments, Health Trust led Day Centres or school to home transport. Bookings Must be made no later than 4 o’clock on the previous day.
Available – Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
SIF – Funding from Social Investment Fund offers an extension to our operational hours for Dial a Lift and can now provide new and current members with transport to: Shopping Trips, Church / Chapel Services, Further / Higher Education, Training & Employment, Recreation, Hospital appointments – outside operational areas
Extended Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Feeder Service – Your local rural transport partnership can provide transport from your door to the bus stop to members who can travel on public transport and want to go outside their operational area.
Group Hire is available to registered ‘Not for Profit’ groups within your Council area. Groups have a choice of having their own driver trained in-house to MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) standard or they can book a paid driver. Groups include: Church, Youth, Sport, Community.
Contact Tel: 028 867 67766

Disability Action Transport
Provider: Disability Action
DATS is a local urban transport service for people with disabilities or for those who find it difficult using mainstream public transport. Membership is free but a fare is charged for each trip taken. You will need to complete a membership application form and meet the criteria for membership. The service is available from 8.00am until 8.00pm daily Monday to Friday and from 9.00am until 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. On Bank Holidays there is no service. The booking office is open from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm (excluding Public Holidays). As a new member of the Transport service, you can book your first single or return trip within your operational area for free. After that, all single trips within your operational area are charged at £2.30 per trip.
Contact Tel: 0845 608 5555

 

Eyes and Ears
Action on Hearing Loss
Provider: Action On Hearing Loss
Description: Action On Hearing Loss (previously RNID) provides a range of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. They can also carry out a basic hearing check over the phone.
Contact Tel: 028 9023 9619
Email: belfastH2H@hearingloss.org.uk
For more information see: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

Action On Hearing Loss Hear to Help Clinic
Provider: Action On Hearing Loss
Description: Advice on how to use and clean your hearing aids. Information on Tinnitus, hearing loss and all the services that can help you. New batteries, Ear mould tubing and Wax guards which should be changed regularly. 10.00 am to 12.00pm First Tuesday of each month
Location: Gortalowry House, Church Street, Cookstown
Contact Tel: 028 944 24322/ 07940160672/ 07939169114
Email: angela.stanbridge@hearingloss.org.uk
For more information see: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

RNIB Northern Ireland
Provider: RNIB
Description: RNIB (Royal National Institute of the Blind) in Northern Ireland provides people recently diagnosed with loss of sight with support to help them adapt to difficult circumstances, retain confidence and quickly regain their independence. They have a number of eye clinic liaison officers.
If you would like to speak to someone from the RNIB eye health information team or have any queries about your sight contact RNIB helpline.
Contact Tel Magherafelt / Cookstown: 028 9032 9373 / 077 1006 6251
Helpline Tel: 030 3123 9999
For more information see: www.rnib.org.uk

Health and Wellbeing Programme
Provider: Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Description: A Health and Wellbeing of older people programme has been developed with the overall aim of supporting older people to maintain and improve their health and promote independence. All programmes last a maximum of 12 weeks and participants will work towards achieving agreed goals and objectives to enable them to live more independently within their own community. Self referrals accepted.
Location: Cookstown Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 8672 3900 

Positive Living Programme
Provider: Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Description: Positive living programmes have been developed to provide participants the opportunity to explore and learn skills to enable them to identify and overcome stressors in their lives. The programme uses group methods which focus on the use of positive thought processes and techniques in the management of stress. The programme helps to improve social, interpersonal and communication skills, through education and group support and helps support people who have identified feelings of distress leading from concerns and worries. Self referrals accepted.
Location: Cookstown Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 8672 3900

POP NI - A Community Guide for Seniors Online in Northern Ireland
Provider: POP NI
Description: POP NI is a web portal for Older People in Northern Ireland. POP NI gathers information and news that could be of direct relevance to Older People in the North of Ireland, their families and those who work with them. The website provides a wealth of advice and guidance on free and independent support for Older People.
For more information and to sign up see: www.popni.net

Mid Ulster Women’s Aid
Provider: Women’s Aid Northern Ireland
Description: Women's aid provides a quality, holistic service to women and children affected by all forms of domestic violence. Women’s Aid also provides refuge, floating support, court support, crisis support, information and signposting. A range of courses and programmes for the wider community, women and children are also offered.
Location: Based in Cookstown
Frequency: As required
Contact Tel: 028 8676 9300

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Action on Elder Abuse
Provider: Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland
Description: Working towards a society which values Older People, and a community where all adults can live a life free from abuse perpetrated by those in whom they have an expectation of trust by: Awareness Raising and Education, Direct Advice Guidance and Support (through a freephone helpline, practitioner's forum and literature), Promoting Research and Projects Related to Elder Abuse and Informing Policy in this area.
Contact Tel: 07496663816
Email: veronicagray@elderabuse.org.uk
For more information see: www.elderabuse.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society
Provider: Alzheimer’s Society
Description: Alzheimer’s Society is an organisation which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Contact Tel: 028 9066 4100
Helpline Tel: 030 0222 1122
For more information see: www.alzheimers.org.uk/northernireland/

Aware Defeat Depression
Provider: Aware Defeat Depression
Description: Aware Defeat Depression is a voluntary organisation dedicated to providing support and information for all those affected by depressive illnesses across Northern Ireland.
Contact Tel: 028 9032 1734
Helpline Tel: 084 5120 2961
For more information see: www.aware-ni.org

CAUSE
Provider: CAUSE
Description: CAUSE is a peer-led charity in Northern Ireland directed and staffed by past and present carers. It provides practical and emotional support to relatives and carers of people with serious mental illness.
Contact Tel: 028 9065 0650
Helpline Tel: 084 5603 0291
For more information see: www.cause.org.uk

Lifeline
Provider: Lifeline
Description: Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help.
Contact Tel: 080 8808 8000
For more information see: www.lifelinehelpline.info

Relate NI
Provider: Relate Northern Ireland
Description: Relate NI provides a confidential relationship counselling service for those who have relationship or marital problems.
Contact Tel: 028 9032 3454
Email: office@relateni.org
For more information see: www.relateni.org

Samaritans
Provider: Samaritans
Description: Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Contact Tel: 028 9066 4422
Email: jo@samaritans.org
For more information see: www.samaritans.org/

 

Mobility Issues
British Red Cross Mobility Aids
Provider: British Red Cross
Description: British Red Cross Provides short term loans of mobility aids to people in need, including wheelchairs, commodes, walking sticks and Zimmer frames.
Contact Tel: 077 3834 1753
For more information or to request a mobility aid see: www.redcross.org.uk

Shopmobility Cookstown
Description: Shopmobility Cookstown is a charitable organisation that provides a range of mobility equipment including manual wheelchairs, powered scooters and walking aids to assist those with mobility difficulties. You do not need to be registered disabled to use the equipment. Mobility difficulties could be as a result of age, illness, accident, amputation or any condition that affects your ability to get around. Membership is free and daily use is free. If equipment is required for a longer period then a small charge will apply. It is about encouraging independence, freedom, self-esteem and choice for people who are often excluded from society to re-integrate back into the community.
Location: Based in the Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown Opening Hours: Mon- Fri, 10am - 4pm Contact Tel: 028 8676 9656
For more information see www.shopmobilitycookstown.org/

Stepping Towards Enhanced Postural Stability (STEPS)
Provider: Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Description: STEPS is a 16 week exercise and education programme. It is designed to help prevent falls and fractures, and promote independent living. The programme is available to adults over 55 years of age. General Practitioners and any trust health and social care professional can make referrals.
Location: Cookstown Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 7936 5075

TABBDA
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: Tradd/Ballymaguigan and Ballyronan Development Association provides a lunch and the opportunity for older people to meet together. Activities on offer are armchair aerobics.
Location: Marina Centre, 135A Shore Road, Ballyronan
Frequency: Weekly on a Friday all year round (except Christmas holidays)
Contact Tel: 028 7941 7027

 

Nutritional Needs
Maghera Parish Caring Association
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: The Maghera Parish Caring Association provides a safe environment for older people to meet together and provides:
Tea on arrival, dinner and various activity groups.
Location: Lurach Centre, Church Street, Maghera
Frequency: Weekly Monday Lunch Club from 10 am – 1 pm all year.
Seniors Bowls on Wednesday, changing to drop in for seniors on Tuesdays.
Tea Dance, 2nd Thursday each month 2 pm – 4 pm
Contact Tel: 028 7954 9290
For more information see: www.lurachcentre.org/

O4O Cookstown
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: O4O Cookstown seeks to provide services and support which improve the quality of life for people aged 50+ within the Cookstown area through the following: Luncheon club, meal delivery service, weekly activity schedule, day trips, activity classes, benefits checks, newsletter and information and signposting
Location: 18-20 Cookstown Enterprise Centre, Derryloran Industrial Estate, Sandholes Road, Cookstown, BT809LU
Frequency: Weekly activity schedule
Luncheon club – 5 days a week
Meal delivery service – 7 days a week
Contact Tel: 028 8676 9005
For more information see: www.o4oni.com/

TABBDA
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: Tradd/Ballymaguigan and Ballyronan Development Association provides a lunch and the opportunity for older people to meet together. Activities on offer are armchair aerobics.
Location: Marina Centre, 135A Shore Road, Ballyronan
Frequency: Weekly on a Friday all year round (except Christmas holidays)
Contact Tel: 028 7941 7027

Reablement
Daycare Reablement Programmes

Provider: Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Description: A variety of 16 week programmes for older people are held within the Day Centre to enable them to live more independently within their own community.

Home Care Reablement
Provider: Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Description: The Home Care Reablement Service is a short term service for all new domiciliary care referrals which aims to assist people to regain skills and confidence to live as independently as possible within their own home and community.
Location: Cookstown Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 793 65075

Social
Maghera Parish Caring Association
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: The Maghera Parish Caring Association provides a safe environment for older people to meet together and provides:
Tea on arrival, dinner and various activity groups.
Location: Lurach Centre, Church Street, Maghera
Frequency: Weekly Monday Lunch Club from 10 am – 1 pm all year.
Seniors Bowls on Wednesday, changing to drop in for seniors on Tuesdays.
Tea Dance, 2nd Thursday each month 2 pm – 4 pm
Contact Tel: 028 7954 9290
For more information see: www.lurachcentre.org/

TABBDA
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: Tradd/Ballymaguigan and Ballyronan Development Association provides a lunch and the opportunity for older people to meet together. Activities on offer are armchair aerobics.
Location: Marina Centre, 135A Shore Road, Ballyronan
Frequency: Weekly on a Friday all year round (except Christmas holidays)
Contact Tel: 028 7941 7027

Relationships
Relate NI
Provider: Relate Northern Ireland
Description: Relate NI provides a confidential relationship counselling service for those who have relationship or marital problems.
Contact Tel: 028 9032 3454
For more information see: www.relateni.org

Relationships and Alcohol Misuse
Provided by: Relate NI
Description: Delivered by Ballymena, Causeway and Cookstown Citizens Advice Bureaus, this scheme aims to help family members with their relationships, communication, manage conflict and develop a capacity for resilience. It also offers counselling premises in Ballymena, Coleraine and Cookstown. Each Citizen Advice Bureau will assist people who are experiencing financial difficulties or have debt problems relating to alcohol misuse.
Contact Tel: 028 9026 0882
For more information see: www.relateni.org

 

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