Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA) is a new charity run by older people for older people. Its main purpose is to ensure that Older People’s Forums and Groups at a local level can have their voice heard at the national level and their views represented to Welsh Government and a range of other Public Bodies. We want to change and improve the lives of older people in Wales.
You might like to see if Senedd candidates in your area support arguments COPA have put forward for supporting older residents in Wales. Read More
What are COPA doing? [Cymraeg]
Annual General Meeting
Cymru Older People’s Alliance held the first digital AGM on Zoom in January! Despite the challenges posed by holding our AGM on Zoom, it was an efficient and productive meeting. We are very grateful for all the positive feedback that we have received about the AGM!
Many of the attendees have praised our guest speaker, Rachael Nicholson from Hourglass Cymru. Rachael delivered a presentation on the important topic of the abuse of older people, and the work that Hourglass does to stop it.
One of COPAs important roles as the national voice for local 50+ Forums and groups is to form and publish its policies on key issues that affect the lives of older people. These are used in engagement with the Welsh Government as well as other national organisations. This month position papers on Climate Change and Social Care Services.
Age Friendly Communities (AFCs)
You can read about the history of this concept in our AFCs Position Paper. Following a protracted gestation, it appears that things are moving forward. Our Chair has been asked to join the Steering group established by the Older People’s Commissioner. We hope this will become a regular discussion point at Forum Representative (previously Voting Members) meetings.
Age Friendly Wales
COPA will be focusing on this Government Consultation, which relates closely to our efforts to get a positive response from Government on Reform of Forums, at our next Forum Representatives meeting on February 19th.
Beth mae COPA yn ei wneud?
Cyfarfod Cyffredinol Blynyddol
Cynhaliodd Cynghrair Pobl Hŷn Cymru eu CCB digidol cyntaf ar Zoom ym mis Ionawr! Er gwaethaf yr heriau o gynnal ein CCB ar Zoom, roedd yn gyfarfod effeithiol a chynhyrchiol. Rydym yn ddiolchgar iawn am yr holl adborth cadarnhaol a dderbyniwyd am y CCB!
Mae llawer o’r rhai a fynychodd wedi canmol ein siaradwr gwadd, Rachael Nicholson o Hourglass Cymru. Rhoddodd Rachael gyflwyniad ar bwnc pwysig camdriniaeth pobl hŷn a’r gwaith sy’n cael ei wneud gan Hourglass i’w atal.
Un rôl bwysig sydd gan COPA fel llais cenedlaethol grwpiau a Fforymau 50+ lleol yw ffurfio a chyhoeddi polisïau’n ymwneud â’r materion allweddol sy’n effeithio ar fywydau pobl hŷn. Caiff y rhain eu defnyddio wrth ymwneud â Llywodraeth Cymru yn ogystal â sefydliadau cenedlaethol eraill. Mae papurau safbwynt y mis hwn yn ymwneud â’r Newid yn yr Hinsawdd a Gwasanaethau Gofal Cymdeithasol.
Cymunedau Oed-gyfeillgar (AFCs)
Gallwch ddarllen am hanes y cysyniad hwn yn ein Papur Safbwynt Cymunedau Oed-gyfeillgar. Wedi cyfnod maith, ymddengys fod pethau bellach yn symud yn eu blaenau. Gofynnwyd i’n Cadeirydd ymuno â grŵp Llywio a sefydlwyd gan Gomisiynydd Pobl Hŷn Cymru. Ein gobaith yw y daw hwn i fod yn bwynt trafod cyson yng nghyfarfodydd Cynrychiolwyr Fforwm (Aelodau â Phleidlais gynt).
Yn ein cyfarfod Cynrychiolwyr Fforwm nesaf ar 19 Chwefror, bydd COPA yn canolbwyntio ar yr Ymgynghoriad hwn gan y Llywodraeth, sy’n ymwneud yn agos â’n hymdrechion i sicrhau ymateb cadarnhaol oddi wrth y Llywodraeth o safbwynt Diwygio Fforymau.
What They Said!
Hefin David: Caerphilly MS
On Developing Virtual Reality Videos: Hefin David congratulated Caerphilly Over 50 and staff at Lewis School Pengam for their hard work, to secure the funding. He said: “The £8,800 funding for the virtual reality project has been secured as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic. I’m sure the experience will bring joy to residents in care homes, who’re more at risk of isolation than before the lockdown.”
Heléna Herklots CBE: Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
“Care homes play an essential role in helping to ensure that some of our most vulnerable citizens have the best possible quality of life and should be places where older people are kept safe and protected. What we have seen unfolding in our care homes in recent weeks is a tragedy, and my thoughts are with families and friends throughout Wales who have lost loved ones.
“I want to give a voice to older people living in care homes, their family and friends, and care workers throughout Wales so that their experiences can be used to ensure the right action is taken to protect and support people living and working in care homes.
Carwyn Jones: The Human Rights of Older People
Speaking at an event to celebrate the work and impact of the outgoing Older People’s Commissioner, Sarah Rochira, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones and Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, announced the Welsh Government will be working with older people to take forward a programme of work that will support everyone to live healthy, prosperous and rewarding lives.
Read more HERE
Chief Officer, Age Connect North Wales Central
Age Connect North Wales Central recognises the benefits of getting together regularly and the contribution that good company can make to health and well-being. The forums we support can be informative as well as fun. They can provide an opportunity for the voices of Older People to be heard not just locally but also at a national level by combining, via COPA, with others across Wales. Age Connects supports groups across Denbighshire and Conwy so call us on 0300 2345 007 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with your nearest forum.