Eamon has over twenty years’ experience working within the Arts and Charity sectors. He was General Manager of Tinderbox Theatre Company from 1996-2004. In fundraising he has worked with the Culture and Arts Department of Queen’s University of Belfast and he was Head of Fundraising for War on Want NI. As a consultant his clients have included Arts Care and Young at Art. He continues as the Northern Ireland Advisor for Comic Relief and also teaches on the Arts Management MA at Queen’s University. Eamon is a Trustee of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education.
Tel: 028 9073 5696
Grace joined Engage with Age in January 2015 and has worked with and for older people in the voluntary and community sector for over 25 years. Grace has held practitioner, operational, management and strategic roles with Help the Aged, Age NI and as a freelance consultant.
Grace currently has operational management responsibility for measuring the impact and difference the work of Engage with Age makes to the lives of older people in Belfast. Grace also supports and manages the community development team.
Tel: 02890 735696
Development Officer – East Belfast
Laurence was employed in education, health and industry before joining EWA in 2006. Laurence works to support isolated older people, older people’s groups and the Belfast East Seniors Forum. He works in partnership with the voluntary, community and statutory sector in East Belfast.
Tel: 028 9073 5698
Development Officer – Castlereagh/ South Belfast
Cathy joined EWA in 2014. Cathy has previously worked across the Borough of Castlereagh in partnership with the voluntary, community and statutory sector in a community development capacity. She currently provides support for Castlereagh Lifestyle Forum/ South Belfast Lifestyle Forum, older people’s groups in the South Belfast area and works in partnership with other organisations that provide services for older people.
Working hours – Monday , Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Tel: 028 9073 5698
Ulster University Research Associate (part-time)
Jean has extensive research experience within the fields of health care, disability, emerging technology, user participation, mental health and social inclusion. Her research focus is centred on emerging and innovative technologies that can transform a person’s functional ability, support independence and enable people to live the life of their choice. Jean also works on another research project called BackHome and has been guest lecturing in various Universities in the UK and Ireland since 2008.
Jean works alongside Janeet Rondon-Sulbaron, who is employed by Ulster University, on a project funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the HSC which commenced in January 2015 and will last for three years. The study called Technology Enriched Supported Accommodation – Dementia Research Initiative (TESA-DRI), is being undertaken with Engage With Age, Ulster University and Queen Margaret University.
This research has a focus on exploring the perspectives of people with dementia who live in technology enriched supported accommodation in Northern Ireland. The study will help us understand the benefits and challenges faced by people with dementia who have chosen to live in technology enriched housing. We will also gain the views of their families and formal carers. It is envisaged that the study will provide the evidence base and the development of an appropriate model of service that could contribute to better outcomes and quality of life for people with dementia.
Engage with Age can accept referrals of individual older people aged 50+ who are at risk of loneliness and social isolation, inviting them to participate in group activities. At present Engage with Age does not offer one-to-one support for individual older people and cannot visit individual older people. To make a referral please complete the on-line Referral Form and submit or alternatively please print off a copy of the PDF Referral Form and send it to us. See also the Referral Criteria for details of who can be referred.Online Referral Form PDF Referral Form Referral Criteria