Barnet Older People’s Assembly (BOPA)
The Barnet Older People’s Assembly (BOPA) is an independent body launched in October 2010. Its constitution was agreed and a committee elected in October 2011 to meet the need for older people to have a representative and campaigning voice in all matters that affect them.
The Assembly works closely with service providers Barnet Council and the NHS in Barnet in order to influence their policies, plans and practices. The Assembly is a place where matters of concern to older people can be identified, raised and discussed. Its aim is to strengthen dialogue among older people, as well as with the organisations that represent them and service providers, in order to deveop older people's priorities and improve services.
A chair, vice chair and a ten-member steering group with elected co-optees and sub-groups are in place to tackle the issues raised.
They also have representation on other bodies including The Older Adults Partnership Board, Older Adults Network and a member on the Barnet LINk. The assembly have a close relationship with Age UK Barnet and links with other older people's forums.
Taking direction solely from its members, BOPA has already discussed and is campaigning on issues surrounding bus passes, health and safety in care homes in light of the recent Legionella outbreak, elder abuse, and combating ageism in policy and attitudes. A key priority for the assembly is the integration of health and social care.
In order to achieve the best effect and influence, a continual increase in helpers and support is important. If you have knowledge and experience in dealing with older people’s issues or simply have an interest and would like to play a part, please contact the assembly to talk more about it.
There are two assemblies each year.
If you are interested in attending please contact Sue Packman on 020 8447 0379.