Our membership includes advocacy service providers of all sizes from large Age UK organisations to small locally based agencies. Members deliver both statutory and non-statutory advocacy services to all older people.

Our members use a variety of different advocacy approaches to support older people:

  • To live independently and safely for as long as possible
  • To remain in control of all aspects of their lives
  • To access health, social care and other services they need and want in ways which are relevant to them as individuals
  • To remain productive and able to contribute to their communities

OPAAL members deliver services which:

  • Provide a voice for older people at times when they are unable to speak for themselves
  • Are wholly person centred and totally focussed around the individual’s needs and wants
  • Support older people to obtain their rights, access services and remain in control of their lives
  • Empower older people to speak up and advocate for themselves and their peers
  • Provide a safeguarding role


Are you interested in joining us?

OPAAL is proud of our strong membership culture. We are committed to the involvement of members in our work and we strive to engage with members whenever and wherever possible. We try to encourage members to work alongside us on our various national projects, listen when members tell us they wish us to provide networking and other opportunities for members to meet together and share ideas and good practice, and respond directly whenever time and other resources permit.

We are always open to member suggestions for how we might develop our member services further, so if you, as a potential new member, have ideas of services for members or activities you would like to engage with then contact our Chief Executive Kath Parson who will be more than happy to welcome you and your ideas to OPAAL.

Current member benefits include:

  • Support – in addition we may be able to help with your advocacy problems by listening or/and signposting you to further support
  • Networking – networking opportunities via partnership events such as the Advocacy update events held across the country
  • Free training – occasional access to free training such as our Policy and Practice events
  • Event information – information on value for money events/conferences concerning older people’s advocacy
  • Consultation – opportunity to become involved in OPAAL’s responses to government and other key stakeholder consultations
  • National dialogue – access to national forums like the Advocacy Consortium UK to get your voice heard, your concerns discussed and your views known
  • Direct involvement – all members are also encouraged to fully engage in OPAAL’s work either directly by contributing to various projects or indirectly by providing information for example on aspects of good practice


To become a member of OPAAL please download and complete a membership form from the downloads section on the right:

Please return your completed application, with payment, to:

Debbie Woodward, c/o Beth Johnson Foundation, Parkfield House, 64 Princes Road, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7JL.

If you need any further information please contact Debbie on 01782 844036 or email [email protected]