Pensioners’ Parliament for borough

Caroline McKeown, Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (Submitted Pic.)
Caroline McKeown, Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (Submitted Pic.)

The first ever Mid and East Antrim Pensioners’ Parliament will take place in Ballymena on Tuesday, April 12, and the organisers are encouraging local people to become involved.

Age Sector Platform, a charity which represents around 200,000 older people across the province, launched the 2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament in February with a total of 11 local parliaments taking place across the province.

For the first time, a parliament will be held in each new council area, with the Mid and East Antrim Pensioners Parliament being the seventh.

The Mid and East Antrim Pensioners Parliament will be held in the Tullyglass Hotel in and will feature interactive voting, discussion and Q&A with panels of local Councillors and MLAs.

Caroline McKeown from Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership said: “This is a great opportunity for older people from Mid and East Antrim to make their voice heard.

“If you’re sixty or over, why not come along and see what it’s all about? The parliament is a great forum for local older people to raise concerns they may have about healthcare, the cost of living, community safety and much more.”

Pensioners can register to attend by phoning 028 9031 2089 or register online via www.pensionersparliament.org.