Trustees needed: Could you be an OPAAL Trustee?

OPAAL (UK) is the only national charity set up to promote and develop independent advocacy support services to people over 50.

We are actively seeking a number of new trustees from a range of different backgrounds to join our existing board. As we are a small, national infrastructure charity (registration number 1090182) there are great opportunities for the right individuals to make a real difference to our work.

Our work focuses on supporting Independent Advocacy organisations deliver quality one to one support services to older people who have no one else to support them. We provide networking and training opportunities in addition to offering local funding support.

We work to influence the wider agenda in health and social care and are increasingly being called upon to provide national commentary on issues relating to older people’s services and asked to contribute to various publications and national consultations.

In addition we manage a portfolio of national projects designed to support older people experiencing a range of issues that severely impact their daily lives. These include but are not limited to living with cancer, dementia, mental health challenges, carer’s, loss and bereavement. Current projects are funded by The Big Lottery, the Department of Health, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Further information about our work can be found on our website and our Flagship Cancer and Older People’s Project Blog and do watch our films on our new channel.

Facebook page OPAALadvocacy and Twitter @opaaluk

We are looking for trustees who can:

  • Expand on our existing fundraising methods
  • Build relationships with potential corporate donors
  • Network and gain support for OPAAL’s work
  • Provide financial advice

Candidates from all backgrounds are welcome and we would be particularly interested to recruit people with experience in fundraising, finance, social media or PR or working with older people.


Our Trustees meet in London on a quarterly basis and hold an AGM and Members day each September. Trustees support staff in their special area of interest in between meetings depending on their availability.

Prospective candidates should:

  • Be enthusiastic and interested in issues affecting people over 50
  • Be willing to take an active role in the organisation
  • Be confident dealing with organisations on an executive level

Candidates who have experience of advocacy will be particularly welcome.

All candidates must be able to sign a declaration stating they have never been banned from being a trustee. Please note this is an unpaid position, however travel expenses are paid.

If you have any questions about the positions available or would like to be involved on a less formal basis please contact our Chief Executive Kath Parson at

If you would like to apply please send an email to Kath with a brief biography including a description of your experience and how you feel you can contribute to the organisation.