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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.

Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to our Website. I hope you find it both interesting and informative

Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA) became a registered charity in October 2017 to be able to take to another level our role of providing a strong national voice for local older people’s forums and groups across Wales.  We are a charity of older people for older people. Through our Trustees we ensure the voice of older people is heard loudly and clearly at the all Wales level with Welsh Ministers, officials and pubic bodies as well as Members of the Welsh Parliament. That is our unique contribution.

In today’s society it is essential that we challenge age discrimination and stereotyping and promote the rights of older people – particularly for those who are unable to do so for themselves.  It is also important that we work on the basis of older people self- determining our own future “Nothing About Us Without Us”.

As a charity operating in challenging times, we are determined to be as efficient and effective as possible in our aim to improve the lives of older people in Wales. We have therefore embarked on a fundamental review of COPA during 2020 as we want to improve as we grow. We are looking to develop a value chain partnership with local Older People’s Forums and Groups in Wales, identifying and sharing good practice. Indeed, we are keen to work with anyone who can support and add value in achieving our ambitions for COPA and older people generally.  We are stronger together. If you think you can help, please get in touch.

Steve Milsom

Chair

Video Corner

Video Corner provides the opportunity to invite anyone to speak to our audience directly. Assembly Members; Older People’s Commissioner; Other Older People’s Organisations; Forum members; COPA Trustees.

Videos from YouTube can be linked directly.

This video is not an approved COPA communication. It is added to demonstrate the principal of using a video message.

What They Said!

Hefin David: Caerphilly MS

Caerphilly MS Hefin David

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.”

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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.

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Vaughan Gething: Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services

“We have a clear vision for Wales to be a dementia friendly nation that recognises the rights of people with dementia to feel valued and to live as independently as possible in their communities.”
We want to create a society without stigma – where people living with dementia continue to go about their day to day life with the wider public who are understanding and know how to provide support.

Achieving a dementia friendly nation requires a cross-Government, multiagency and society wide response.
We recognise that dementia is a significant health and social care issue which impacts not only on those living with dementia, but on their families, friends and carers too.”

You can read more details HERE

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

Endorsement

Alison Price

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: enquiries@acncw.org and we will put you in contact with your nearest forum.