The Connections NI project will deliver support services in Northern Ireland for people over the age of 70 with varying degrees of combined sight and hearing loss.
Statistics from the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) estimate that there are currently around 8,700 older people across Northern Ireland who are deafblind or have a dual sensory loss; with the vast majority of this figure losing sight and hearing with age. As the population ages, this number will inevitably rise too, and here is where our project becomes so important.
We want to ensure that older people are included in today’s digitally and socially driven world. Dual sensory loss can cause isolation and loneliness, amplified by the general isolation that older people can feel. Connections NI will endeavour to reduce this isolation and help people to build their confidence and ultimately their independence.
- Clubs and classes
- Social functions
- Trips and outings
- Support groups
- Telephone befriending service
- Home visiting
- Emotional support
- Community advice
- Assistive technology training