Notice for members of OCAY 
(posted 18 November 2016) 
OCAY: Extraordinary General Meeting of Members 

Members are invited to an Extraordinary General Meeting of Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY) to be held on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 6.30pm at York CVS Priory Street Centre in the Foxwood room. 
The purpose of the meeting is to consider resolutions relating to the proposed conversion of OCAY from an unincorporated charity to a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO). 
Please would you confirm your attendance , or send apologies to 
A copy of the letter stating the resoluntions to be considered and the constituation for the proposed CIO can be found by clicking here Constitution of CIO.  

Vacancies for Trustees : We need you!!!!! 

We have vacancies for Trustees with relevant skills, experience and commitment. Trustees assist charities in making strategic decisions about the aims and objectives of the charity. Trustees would be members of the Management Committee which meets on a monthly basis. 
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee call into our office anytime or ring 01904676200. We would love to meet you.  

Would you become a Trustee? 
We would love to hear from you. 

Our Trustees share their experience and insights into working with OCAY  
Rachel Totton Chair of Trustees (right) says 
'Volunteering gives me a chance to support a really worthwhile organisation and be involved in its valuable work. It's win-win. I gain satisfaction from being able to use skills acquired throughout my life, as well as learning new ones, while hopefully the organisation also benefits. I've learnt huge amounts about areas of life I hadn't encountered before, and really enjoy working with such a wide range of committed and generous people. It's great to see the organisation thriving.' 
Sylvia Doughty (right) joined OCAY both as a trustee and an advocate when it was first constitued in 2001. 
She says 'Throughout my adult life I have always been passionate about the way older people are treated in our society. So often they are portrayed as being a burden but in fact they make a valuable contribution to our world and should be treated with dignity and respect. I have cared for older people in hosital and nursing homes and for the past 25 years have been involved with Age UK both as a volunteer and employee, helping older citizens with a variety of problems and providing a listening ear. I joined OCAY because I felt my experience of working with and listening to older people would be useful to the charity and because I knew how much an advocacy services aimed specifically at older people was needed. I am proud to be part of a dedicated team of trustees, staff and volunteers that have over the past 15 years made OCAY such a success. 
James Granger (left) was presented with the opportunity to help out at OCAY in the role of 'Honarary Treasurer'. He says 'Supported by my employer, Garbut + Elliott, I wanted to volunteer at OCAY for several reasons. One of the reasons was to put something back into the community, and help a small charity that relies heavily on the support of volunteers to continue to perform a service that a number of elderly residents rely upon/benefit from. In addition, I saw volunteering as a treasurer as being an opportunity to help develop my career as an accountant. Whilst in my daily work I get to prepare and audit annual accounts for a number of charity clients, I rarely get the chance to perform a hands on role in the management of a charity. This role with OCAY has allowed me to gain a really good understanding of how a charity operates, and what is important to the trustees and employees when managing the charity, which has been beneficial to my work. The support that I have provided OCAY has been varied and includes providing and presenting financial reports to the management committee, providing advice on the affordabililty of projects, reviewing areas of budget variance, as well as ad hoc support for payroll etc. My time with OCAY has been enjoyable and very rewarding. The team at OCAY are incredably friendly and are dedicated to providing a vital service to the elderly citizens of York. Being a small charity, the contribution that you make is visible to see, however, slight it may be.' 


Are you a resident of the City of York and aged 50 or over? 
Are you finding sorting out some issues in your daily life a bit of a nightmare? 
Do you want someone alongside you who can give a helping hand and a strong voice when you need to speak up for yourself? 
OCAY may be able to help you by providing an advocate. This is someone who will work in partnership with you and take your side. 
Our advocacy service is free, confidential and independent. Our advocates will listen to what you want and act on your behalf at all times. We put people first and treat everyone equally. 




Our free and independent advocacy service is available for all residents of York aged over 50 who feel they need our help. 
Our promotional video shows more of the impact our service has on peoples' lives.