Our People

Eamon Quinn


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.

Email: eamon.quinn@engagewithage.org.uk

Tel: 028 9073 5696

Grace Henry

Operations Manager

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.

Email: grace.henry@engagewithage.org.uk

Tel: 02890 735696

Laurence Wright

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.

Email: laurence.wright@engagewithage.org.uk

Tel: 028 9073 5698

Mobile: 07425627531

Cathy Chambers

Development Officer – 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 delivers a health improvement programme for older people across South Belfast, which includes supporting older people’s groups and supporting the South Belfast Lifestyle Forum.

Email: cathy.chambers@engagewithage.org.uk

Tel: 028 9073 5698

Mobile: 07468695593

Martin Towers

Development Officer – PAL Project (People Addressing Loneliness)

Martin has extensive experience working in the fields of supported housing, disability, community housing, and older people.  Martin has experience working with vulnerable adults, and was a Befriending Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society before joining Engage with Age. 

Martin co-ordinates the PAL Project which works across Belfast.  PAL stands for People Addressing Loneliness.  Martin works with older people who have experienced loneliness, and he and facilitates the formation of new activity groups run by older people and the PAL Project Steering Committee.

Email: martin.towers@engagewithage.org.uk

Tel: 07729 516576

John McCandless

Development Officer – Capacity Building Programme

John has worked in community development since 2002.  He has previously worked as a Youth and Family Worker for Carryduff Presbyterian Church, an Activity Co-ordinator for Clanmill Housing, and a Community Outreach Officer for Mountpottinger and Merseyside Presbyterian Church. 

For Engage with Age John supports the operation and development of the G6 Greater Belfast Seniors’ Forum, and delivers a capacity building programme for groups across Belfast that develops their capacity to operate, run programmes and achieve their goals.

Email: john.mccandless@engagewithage.org.uk

Tel: 028 9073 5696


Lois Kennedy

Befriending Officer

Lois has a significant experience working in the fields of arts and culture, and she is a director of the MayWe event management company.  Lois has worked with Engage with Age on activities and media, and has been appointed part-time Befriending officer until January 2021.

Email: befriending@engagewithage.org.uk

Tel: 07423 702 721

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