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: Whiteabbey Methodist Church
Frequency: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 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.

Befriending
Alzheimer’s Society ‘Side by Side’ Befriending Service
Provider: Alzheimer’s Society
Description: The Alzheimer’s Society ‘Side by Side’ service provides clients with a 1 to 1 matched volunteer who is trained and will support them in doing an activity that they enjoy.
Contact Tel: 028 933 62940
For more information see: www.alzheimers.org.uk/northernireland/

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/

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

Good Morning Newtownabbey
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.

Location: c/o Monkstown Community Centre Cashel Drive Newtownabbey BT37 0EY
Contact Tel: 028 9086 6385
Email: goodmorningnewtownabbey@yahoo.co.uk

Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: The aim of the Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum is to improve the health and wellbeing of people over 50 years in the Newtownabbey area. It has been delivering a weekly programme with, e.g. bowls, walking, healthy living classes etc. From January 2013 the Forum is delivering a number of projects.
Location: The Barron Hall, 230 Antrim Road, Newtownabbey BT36
Contact Tel: 028 9083 884

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 9031 0819
For more information see: www.praxisprovides.com

Bereavement
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.
Contact Tel: 028 9043 4600
Helpline Tel: 0844 4779 400
Email: northern2@cruse.org.uk
For more information see: www.cruse.org.uk

Carers
Alzheimer’s Society Larne Carer Support and Activity Group
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. Whilst also providing an activity group for people with Dementia.
Location: The Prom Cafe, Larne Leisure Centre Larne
Frequency: Last Tuesday of the month from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Contact Tel: 028 93362940
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

Alzheimer’s Society Carer’s Support Group Ballyclare
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: SACT Dennison Industrial Estate
Frequency: 2nd Monday of each month, 11am – 12.30pm
Contact Tel: 028 9086 1871
For more information see: www.alzheimers.org.uk/northernireland/

Alzheimer’s Society Carer’s Support Group Monkstown
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: Monkstown Village Centre, Monkstown Road, Monkstown
Frequency: 1st Tuesday of each month, 1.30-3pm
Contact Tel: 028 9086 1871
For more information see: www.alzheimers.org.uk/northernireland/

Carer’s Northern Ireland (NI)
Provider: Carers NI
Description: Carers NI is part of Carers UK. It is a membership organization 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) Support Group Whiteabbey
Provider: Carers Northern Ireland
Description: Carers NI facilitates five carers’ groups across the Northern Trust area. These groups discuss matters which affect the everyday lives of carers and the people they care for - everything from home security and carer's rights to aromatherapy and fund raising activities.
Location: Day Rehabilitation Unit, Whiteabbey Hospital, Doagh Road, Newtonabbey, BT379RH
Frequency: Third Thursday of the month at 7pm
Contact: Lyn Campbell
Tel: 028 9043 9843
For more information see: www.carersuk.org/northernireland

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: 0845 603 0291
For more information see: www.cause.org.uk

My Life, My Way
Provider: Age NI
Description: This project aims to support people suffering from dementia (and their carers) with regard to support, signposting, empowerment and reducing loneliness and social isolation. Community navigators will work with older people in their own homes and match them to a suitable volunteer. These volunteers will help them to make informed choices about their care needs and signpost them to relevant information, options, services and facilities that will improve their health and wellbeing and enable them to live life their way Location: Service users can arrange for visits to take place in their own homes.
Contact Tel: 07436581438 (Mandy Wilson - Community Navigator)
For more information see: www.ageuk.org.uk/northern-ireland/home--care/age-ni-care-services/my-life-my-way/

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

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
For more information see: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

Action On Hearing Loss Hear to Help Clinic Ballyclare
Provider: Action On Hearing Loss
Description: Advice on how to use and clean your hearing aids. Information on hearing loss and all the services that can help you. New batteries, Ear mould tubing and Wax guards which should be changed regularly. 10.30am to 12.00pm Last Thursday of each month
Location: Beeches Community Centre, Avondale Drive
Contact Tel: 028 944 24322/ 07940160672/ 07939169114
Email: angela.stanbridge@hearingloss.org.uk
For more information see www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

Action On Hearing Loss Hear to Help Clinic Monkstown Newtonabbey
Provider: Action On Hearing Loss
Description: Advice on how to use and clean your hearing aids. Information on hearing loss and all the services that can help you. New batteries, Ear mould tubing and Wax guards which should be changed regularly. 2pm to 4pm Third Thursday of each month
Location: Monkstown Community Forum, 18 Monkstown Village Centre, Newtonabbey BT37 OHS
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: 028 9032 9373
Helpline Tel: 030 3123 9999
Larne/ Carrickfergus/ Newtonabbey Tel: 07951746093
Email: Sharon.mcclure@rnib.org.uk
For more information see: www.rnib.org.uk

SENSE Carrickfergus – Deafblind Forums
Provider: SENSE
Description: This scheme offers deafblind people the chance to meet up regularly in their local area. They are open to any deafblind person who would like to join, perhaps sitting in on a meeting first to decide if it is a group they would like to join. Attendees can gain information about SENSE and other services, practical tips about technology and equipment, the chance to make friends and to exchange useful information and ideas.
Contact Tel: 028 9083 3430

 

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 16 weeks and participants will work towards achieving agreed goals and objectives to enable them to live more independently within their own community.
Location: Inniscoole Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 908 54333

Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: The aim of the Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum is to improve the health and wellbeing of people over 50 years in the Newtownabbey area. It has been delivering a weekly programme with, e.g. bowls, walking, healthy living classes etc.
Location: The Barron Hall, Antrim Road, Newtownabbey
Contact Tel: 028 9083 8848

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. General Practitioners and any trust health and social care professional can make referrals.
Location: Inniscoole Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 908 54333

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 East Antrim Branch Office Carrickfergus, Larne Newtownabbey
Provider: Alzheimer’s Society
Description: A range of services are provided through each Local Service Office to support people and their carers from the time of diagnosis including awareness raising, dementia support, support groups, activity clubs, information and signposting, carers information and support, outings and trips.
Location: Unit 8c Kilroot Business Park, Larne Road, Carrickfergus
Contact Tel: 028 93362940

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
Email: info@awareni.org
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

My Life, My Way
Provider: Age NI
Description: This project aims to support people suffering from dementia (and their carers) with regard to support, signposting, empowerment and reducing loneliness and social isolation. Community navigators will work with older people in their own homes and match them to a suitable volunteer. These volunteers will help them to make informed choices about their care needs and signpost them to relevant information, options, services and facilities that will improve their health and wellbeing and enable them to live life their way
Location: Service users can arrange for visits to take place in their own homes.
Contact Tel: 074 3658 1438 (Aimee McNaghton - Community Navigator)
For more information see: www.ageuk.org.uk/northern-ireland/home--care/age-ni-care-services/my-life-my-way/

NIAMH and Beacon
Provider: Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health
Description: Provides day-to-day care and support where needed, to enable people to live full and active lives. Niamh work in partnership with individuals to cultivate their capacity for creativity, care, compassion, realism and resilience. They promote and supporting the recovery of hope and ambition for flourishing mental health. This takes place through emotional and practical support and group work.
Location: Various
Contact Tel: 028 9032 8474
For more information see: www.niamhwellbeing.org

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
Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: The aim of the Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum is to improve the health and wellbeing of people over 50 years in the Newtownabbey area. It has been delivering a weekly programme with, e.g. bowls, walking, healthy living classes etc.
Location: The Barron Hall, Antrim Road, Newtownabbey
Contact Tel: 028 9083 8848

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

Sixmile Leisure Centre Over 50s Group
Provider: Borough Council
Description: Sixmile Leisure Centre Over 50s group provides a wide range of options from aerobics to aqua-fit for people aged 50 years and over. People can choose an activity. At the end of the session there is tea and coffee.
Location: Sixmile Leisure Centre, Ballyclare
Frequency: The class runs on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am – 12 pm all year round
Contact Tel: 028 9334 1818

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: Inniscoole Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 908 54333

 

Reablement
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.
Location: Inniscoole Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 908 54333

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: Inniscoole Day Centre
Contact Tel: 028 908 54333

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
Email: office@relateni.org
For more information see: www.relateni.org

Social
Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum
Provider: Independent Community Group
Description: The aim of the Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum is to improve the health and wellbeing of people over 50 years in the Newtownabbey area. It has been delivering a weekly programme with, e.g. bowls, walking, healthy living classes etc.
Location: The Barron Hall, Antrim Road, Newtownabbey
Contact Tel: 028 9083 8848

Sixmile Leisure Centre Over 50s Group
Provider: Borough Council
Description: Sixmile Leisure Centre Over 50s group provides a wide range of options from aerobics to aqua-fit for people aged 50 years and over. People can choose an activity. At the end of the session there is tea and coffee.
Location: Sixmile Leisure Centre, Ballyclare
Frequency: The class runs on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am – 12 pm all year round
Contact Tel: 028 9334 1818

 

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