August 2011

26/08/2011 - 10:34

We are delighted to launch our latest training brochure which is jam-packed full of new courses and training programmes.

We offer training in the following areas:

  • The Advice NI Logo.Debt/Money Advice
  • Case Recording
  • Age Awareness
  • Age Issues (Health, Care, Pensions, Benefits and Housing)
  • Deaf Awareness
  • Sign Language
  • Tendering
  • Benefits & Tax Credits
  • Equality Issues
  • Advice and Guidance (NVQs)
  • Customer Service (NVQs)
  • Assessment & Quality Assurance (TAQA)
  • Tax and HMRC Products

Our training includes accredited and non-accredited courses delivered via face-to-face, blended learning and e-learning methods.

Bespoke Training

We also offer bespoke and in-house training in the topics outlined.

Further Information

The Advice NI Training Brochure (PDF 4.7MB) outlines all training programmes, costs, accreditation options and dates. Due to the size of the file, it will take a few moments to download.

If you would like further information call Michelle McGreevy on 028 9064 5919 or e-mail

25/08/2011 - 13:01

Power NI (formerly NIE Energy) today announced a massive hike in electricity prices which amount to a price rise of nearly 20% by October 1st.

The whole age sector, the Consumer Council and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (to name but a few) are rightly up-in-arms about the move as it will undoubtedly mean greater hardship for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Age Sector Platform have set up a petition online for us all to show our support in the fight against the Winter Fuel Cut as its importance is made all the more relevant by today's news. They warn:

The UK Coalition Government will cut the Winter Fuel Payment by £50 for over 60's and £100 for over 80's this year (2011). Considering the extremely cold winters we have experienced over recent years, the rising cost of energy and the increasing number of 'excess' deaths relating to cold related illnesses, this is a scandal. Please show your support by signing the petition.

This could mean the difference between life and death for many people in Northern Ireland. Winter will be upon us soon so now is the time to have your voice heard.

Just click on "Sign Petition" in the image above right (this will take you to iPetition) and leave your name and email. Simple as that.

If you have the know-how, you can even use the code in the iPetition website to place a widget like the one above on your website (we also have one on our home page). This will drive visitors on your website to the petition - just as we have done with you.


22/08/2011 - 10:49

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

A keyboard button with the word "News" on it.Local News

BBC News: Pensioners "badly shaken" after burglary in Belfast. Read more...


BBC News: Man's fight for "equality over assisted suicide. Read more...

BBC News: Coping with the stresses of everyday life. Read more...

BBC News: Is this the link to lifelong health? Read more...


BBC News: Changes see public transport, pedestrians and cyclists in Belfast given priority. Read more...

Charity Sector

Guardian News: "Pop-Up Volunteering" - Should charities be more flexible to accommodate busy volunteers? Read more...

For the rest of the local news

BBC Northern Ireland News

UTV News

18/08/2011 - 09:29

A quick (related) news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

A keyboard button with the word "News" on it.Health

BBC News: Trainee doctors "affect safety".

BBC News: Sniffer dogs detect lung cancer.

BBC News: Daily exercise "increases life".


UTV News: Northern Ireland unemployment continues to rise.


UTV News: Safety blow for Belfast to Derry/Londonderry rail link. Read more...

UTV News: Northern Ireland parking costs to rise.


UTV News: Northern Ireland golfers in Walker Cup team. Read more...

For the rest of the local news

BBC Northern Ireland News

UTV News

17/08/2011 - 10:08

The Good Morning Northern Ireland Network, community-based telephone support for older people and vulnerable adults, has just gone live with a brand spanking new website.

A keyboard button with the word "news" written upon it.Rights 4 Seniors has been anticipating this website with bated breath and not only because we are nerds about this sort of thing: this web resource widens the reach of a service that already helps to re-connect the most vulnerable of our society with their community and maintain their independence in their own home.

The Good Morning Northern Ireland Network will telephone you daily and alert others if your call is not answered, giving you and your loved ones peace-of-mind. They also provide telephone support if you are worried and keep you informed with what services are available to you in your local community.

Supporting the "hard-to-reach"

The Good Morning NI Network has 22 services throughout the province and its website displays these on its Home Page so you can access the service nearest to you straight away. Also prominent on each and every page is a web button allowing you to register for a call there and then.

The website itself is highly attractive and airy which makes it pleasing to the eye and easy to read. Accessibility is the key throughout, with all of its information clear and to hand within a couple of clicks. The website is clearly structured and very, very easy to navigate.

Good Morning "Social Media" Network

All the information you need about each service - location, contact details, service provided - is there and yet the website will offer even more than simple brochure details. The Good Morning NI Network will have its live Twitter feed so you can join the conversation there too. As well as useful links (including Rights 4 Seniors, of course), the website even has events and news sections. Not only will you be able to keep up-to-date with what the Good Morning NI Network are doing but also what is relevant to you.

What a triumph! Congratulations to Colin Dickenson and the Good Morning NI Network team for their continuing great work.


16/08/2011 - 10:43

This was flagged to Rights 4 Seniors just now and should be shouted from the high heavens: FREE Computer Classes in Belfast!

If you miss out on the Summer College classes on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August, you can enrol for the courses starting during week commencing Monday 12 September.

On Page 51 of the Part-Time Prospectus for Belfast Met (downloadable from their website) courses starting in September 2011, it says the following:

Free Computer Classes!

If you think computers and the Internet are not for you, you are not alone. There are millions of people who feel the same way.

Computers and the Internet have become a part of everyday life - from staying in touch with friends and family and sharing photographs, to booking holidays and doing your shopping online.

First Click

This is a 15-hour accredited programme for complete beginners. It takes you through the very basics from using a mouse and a keyboard, through to searching the Internet and sending e-mails. Students will complete the City and Guilds qualification in Online Basics in a relaxed and friendly setting. Progression is to Double Click.

Double click

This is a 60-hour course for beginners who have some knowledge or have completed First Click. It takes you through step-by-step how to create documents using Microsoft Word, searching on the Internet, sending e-mails and creating spread-sheets. Students will complete the qualification in a supportive environment. Progression is to Essential Skills ICT Level 2

Level 1 Essential Skills ICT

This programme is delivered up to a maximum of 60 hours for students who have a basic working knowledge of computers. Topics will include word processing, Internet, e-mail, file management and spread-sheets. A qualification is offered. Progression to Essential Skills ICT Level 2.

Level 2 Essential Skills ICT

This programme is delivered up to a maximum of 60 hours for students with a good working knowledge of computers. Topics will include word processing, Internet, e-mail, file management, spread-sheets and databases. A qualification is offered.

At both levels of Essential Skills, the student is expected to perform with a degree of independence. There will be an initial assessment to indicate an appropriate target level - Level 1 or Level 2.

All these classes are FREE TO EVERYONE regardless of age or circumstances.

There are classes starting in September in the following centres:

  • Castlereagh
  • Millfield
  • Whiterock
  • Bloomfield House, 395 - 405 Newtownards Road, Belfast
  • Chichester Avenue, North Belfast
  • Gilnahirk Primary School, 148 Gilnahirk Road, Belfast
  • Millennium Community Outreach Centre, 400 Springfield Road, Belfast
  • Parkmore, 248a Ormeau Road, Belfast

Depending on the centre, these could be day or evening classes or both.

How to enrol:

By telephone: 02890 265 265, 9.00 am - 4.00 pm Monday to Thursday, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm Friday
By calling in person in the following centres: Castlereagh, College Square East (Old 'Tech' building), Tower Street, Whiterock


10/08/2011 - 11:04

Bon Marché, the leading women's clothes store, has been kind enough to extend an exclusive 30% off offer to Rights 4 Seniors' visitors in-store in Northern Ireland.

Logo for Bon Marché, the leading ladies' clothes store.All you have to do print this voucher (PDF 260KB) or, if you do not have a printer, quote the code CARE30%.

This will get you a MASSIVE 30% off goods you buy in-store from Saturday 20th August to Sunday 28th August inclusive. Remember, it is exclusive to visitors of Rights 4 Seniors.

Last month's offer has been a great success and will continue until December. This is just a special gift at the end of summer to our visitors. 

Basic terms and conditions apply so see below for details or contact Bon Marché directly.

Simple disclaimer

This discount is being offered by Bon Marché to Rights Seniors' visitors and is specific to Northern Ireland. Rights 4 Seniors though has no input in the management of the offer or financial interest in its success. Any queries, please contact your local Bon Marché store directly.

We merely hope you enjoy its use!

Basic Terms and Conditions

  • Print and present this voucher to receive discount or quote CARE30% in-store
  • 30% discount only available in-store in Bon Marché Northern Ireland (not valid online)
  • Valid from Saturday 20th August to Sunday 28th August 2011 inclusively
  • Only one voucher can be accepted per transaction and visit. It must be presented at time of purchase.
  • This voucher is valid on full price, sale merchandise and discounted offers.
  • This voucher is not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or normal staff discount (20%)
  • This voucher is not valid on the purchase of gift vouchers or leather outerwear.
  • The cash redemption value of this voucher is 0.001p. This voucher remains the property of Bon Marché.
  • Other exclusions may apply so please ask a member of staff for further details.
  • This voucher is not transferable and is not for re-sale.
  • Discount Code to be used in-store: CARE30%

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