Age NI, with the support of the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, is offering a ‘Check in and chat’ telephone service for everyone who is over 60 in Northern Ireland, who may feel isolated or lonely during this time. The service will provide a friendly voice to reassure older people, answer basic queries and link them into local services and support during the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking on the service Linda Robinson, Chief Executive at Age NI said:

“These are potentially difficult times for many older people, especially those living alone who may not have anyone to share their concerns. Others may just want to have a reassuring call about what matters or even what they saw on television last night. Our aim is to assure older people that they have someone to turn to at this time.”

Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland said:

“Many older people, especially those that are “shielding” are feeling vulnerable and therefore we need to be providing as much support as possible to help them get through the days ahead. The enhancement of Age NI’s helpline is providing an invaluable service for some of our older people.

“The ‘Check in and chat’ service aims to help those older people who are self-isolating during the current pandemic and who may be lonely or anxious. My team are pleased to be involved with this service. It will, I’m sure, act as a lifeline for some people reaching out for the social contact we all need, and keep us all connected through these difficult times.”

Anyone over 60 in Northern Ireland can avail of this service free of charge. To receive a regular telephone call from us. All you need to do is:

Call Age NI Advice on 0808 808 7575 Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm or email