connect 2018 • 28 Grants from The Ireland Funds totalling £9490 are providing these services to improve the quality of life for older people in and around the Causeway Coast area of Northern Ireland. All activities encourage cross-community interaction. Safe and supervised transport to support groups for vulnerable older people with dementia. This supported an average of 8 people per session for 88 sessions. Without this transport, the majority of members who live in rural and isolated areas would not have been able to attend. Reading Room sessions for people with dementia. Families and carers reported that the 24 members returned in calm and relaxed state from 6 sessions of this therapeutic program designed to stimulate memory. A Lunch Club providing warm, healthy meals for 20 members over the course of 10 weeks. Members within an area of high-deprivation enjoyed meals together while also learning about additional Age Concern activities and services. Line Dancing classes for 30 older people who attended 2 classes a week for 21 weeks. Led by an instructor, participants stayed active and connected which addressed social isolation for many. Provision of the “Mind Matters” program for 80 people in the local community. With a focus on mental health and emotional well-being, the program offers resources to address stress and depression. AGE CONCERN CAUSEWAY