Older Citizens Advocacy York

Older Citizens Advocacy York

Charity information

Older Citizens Advocacy York

OCAY is a small local charity whose aims are for older people to be enabled to take control of their own lives, be more independent, have reduced levels of poverty, be socially included and have their voices heard. We assist people to find out what choices are available to them.
We believe that all older citizens should have free access, if they so wish, to an independent advocate to assist them to achieve these aims.

Founded 2002

  • Mission statement

    Everyone needs a helping hand now and then and asking for help is a good thing. We don’t want people to feel that they can never ask for help as together we can make a difference.
    Advocacy means speaking up for people who are not able, or perhaps fully able, to speak for themselves. Advocacy works by providing support
    to help people express their own views and wishes effectively; representing their views; providing them with independent information for making informed choices; and enabling them to achieve their goals. We don't offer direct advice, but our advocates will support service users, to access advice agencies and to be fully informed of their options in order to decide which is appropriate for them.
    Our advocates are volunteers who are trained in advocacy skills and safeguarding. They have to provide two references and have a DBS check before they commence as a volunteer advocate. Our advocates can help with anything from signposting where to find information to making a benefits claim, supporting someone through a housing problem, applying for power of attorney, complaining about home care or finding a nursing home.

  • Aims

    Older Citizens Advocacy York aims to:

    • PROVIDING VOLUNTEERS TO ACT AS ADVOCATES TO SUPPORT OLDER PEOPLE AGED 50 PLUS, TO EXPRESS THEIR OWN VIEWS AND WISHES EFFECTIVELY, REPRESENTING THOSE VIEWS WHEN REQUESTED.
  • Overview

    Established: April 2002

    Registered Charity Number: 1094279

    Board members: 7

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 21

    Phone number: 01904676200

    Address: 52 Townend Street YO31 7QG

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