The PAL Gazette was originally produced during the C0vid-19 pandemic as a way to keep in contact with older people who aren’t online. It is a physically printed paper that is posted to older people across Belfast and delivered to supported housing and nursing homes. The paper is also emailed and published on social media.
Written by older people, The PAL Gazette is a source of news articles, items of interest, crafting, recipes and competitions. Initially produced fortnightly at the height of the Pandemic, The PAL Gazette is now produced monthly. There have been occasional breaks in production, though now over 40 editions have been published. Every month The PAL Gazette reaches 1,500 through the printed version, plus an additional 1,000 people through email and social media.
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. Engage with Age offers one-to-one telephone befriending support for individual older people but does not currently provide in person visits to 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.Referral Form Referral Criteria