First ever Mid Ulster Pensioners Parliament to be held in Cookstown

Raymond McGarvey - Mid Ulster Pensioners' Parliament
Raymond McGarvey - Mid Ulster Pensioners' Parliament

The first ever Mid Ulster Pensioners Parliament will take place on Friday 15 April, and the organisers of the event are encouraging local people to become involved.

Age Sector Platform, a charity which represents around 200,000 older people across the province, launched the 2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament in February with a total of eleven local parliaments taking place across the province. For the first time, a parliament will be held in each new council area, with the Mid Ulster Pensioners Parliament being the eighth parliament of 2016.

The Mid Ulster Pensioners Parliament will be held in the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown, and will feature interactive voting, discussion and Q&A with panels of local Councillors and MLAs.

The Mid Ulster Pensioners Parliament will be held in the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown, and will feature interactive voting, discussion and Q&A with panels of local Councillors and MLAs.

Raymond McGarvey from Mid Ulster Seniors Network said it was a great chance for older people to express their views and concerns.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for older people from Mid Ulster to make their voice heard. If you’re sixty or over, why not come along and see what it’s all about? The parliament is a great forum for local older people to raise concerns they may have about healthcare, the cost of living, community safety and m uch more. It’s also a great way to learn more about the campaigns organised by Age Sector Platform on behalf of the older population in Northern Ireland.”

“The timing of this parliament means it has the potential to be very important. Taking place less than a month before the Northern Ireland Assembly election, it’s the ideal time to highlight our concerns with elected representatives as they prepare their campaigns and manifestos for the upcoming election.”

If you would like to attend the Mid Ulster Pensioners Parliament, you can register to attend by phoning 028 9031 2089 or register online via www.pensionersparliament.org.