A Web Portal For Older...

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A Web Portal For Older People: Advice NI's Newest Project: http://www.rights4seniors.net/new-project-web-portal

Advice NI and the Rights 4 Seniors team are beginning another exciting project: developing and managing a web portal for older people in Northern Ireland. A web portal, as defined in the online Oxford Dictionary, as "an internet site providing access or links to other sites". It is the first point of access - a gateway - to wonderful world of the web. This portal, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, will link information relevant to and requested by older people in Northern Ireland. It will also allow individuals and organisations, such as carers and charities, publicize much needed information and promote the services they offer the community. For this reason it will particularly benefit smaller organisations who may not have a web presence.

Usability and accessibilty will be the key to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access and use the portal. We will be inviting the top designers in the country to apply for the important task of developing the portal and ensuring that it is easy to manage and navigate. It will also complement the work we have done with Rights 4 Seniors and the classes we are managing throughout Northern Ireland to help older people get online - an exciting project called Supporting Active Engagement.

Outreach Worker We also welcome a new member of staff to the project, Nick Mathison, who will help us engage with hard-to-reach older people and groups, and to promote the project. This particular strand of the project is funded by Comic Relief and will allow Nick to develop and disseminate a range of online and offline information on how older people can manage their money more effectively.

Highly important areas include how to:

  • Budget effectively
  • Maximise your income
  • Deal with debt
  • Avoid scams

All the information will aim to help inform older people and improve their quality of life at a time of shrinking benefits and increasing cost of living.

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Friday, 4 April, 2014 - 00:23