The Spring issue of our Newsletter is now out:  BOPF Newsletter Issue55

We are recruiting an Voice and Influence Engagement Worker. The closing date is Tuesday, 12 June 2018 at 11:00am. Here are the details of the Role:

Aims of the post:

To support the development and delivery of the Voice and Influence Partnership (VIP), supporting project activities, and working in close consultation with partners in the project.
To work to ensure membership and participation reflects the protected characteristics of the population of Bristol, and to support all actions to collect data on equalities and intersectionality.


Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) is looking for an experienced and committed Engagement Worker as it pursues its role within the new “Voice and Influence Partnership”. The Forum has secured extended funding for the next three years as a member of the partnership, to continue representing older people in Bristol and extending the range of voice and influence for all its citizens. In its 25th year, BOPF has accepted new challenges and is working with partners The Care Forum, LGBT Bristol and the Multi Faith Forum and board guidance from Sari, Wecil and Voscur BME Voice, to fulfill Bristol City Council’s programme of Voice and Influence services.


Founded in 1993 by Bristol City Council, BOPF has been the voice of people over 55 in Bristol, raising their profile and challenging stereotypes. We have represented older people on Scrutiny Commissions, the Older People’s Partnership Board, regional organizations like South West Forum on Ageing and South West Seniors’ Network, and national organisations such as National Pensioners Convention. We have had our petitions presented by local M.P.s to Parliament. The forum, now a charity, is member-led and has 2700plus members. It was an original sponsor of Bristol’s lottery application which led to the successful awarding of the 5.9.million Lottery Grant, and the establishment of Bristol Ageing Better.

How to Apply:
Please return your application form to BOPF by Tuesday 12th June 2018, 11:00 am by email: bopfadmin@ageukbristol.org.uk or you can post the form to: BOPF, c/o Age UK Bristol, Canningford House, 38 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6BY.

V&I Engagement Worker – Job Description and Person Specification
Application Form – Engagement Worker_June2018

SPONSOR our 81-year-old Trustee Tony Wilson who has SKY DIVED to save the Bristol Older People’s Forum


Zia Haque (member) and Tony Wilson (Trustee)

You can find an article about Tony’s Skydive fundraising event at Bristol 24/7 News

Our very courageous Trustee, Tony Wilson (81 years) is raising funds for us by JUMPING OUT OF A PLANE on Saturday 14 April 2018. Joining Tony with the skydive were Zia Haque, BOPF member, and a 16-year-old supporter, Ariana Singh.

To sponsor any of our skydivers please visit our donations page.


More about our members – and volunteers 

Read more about our members in this briefing paper:

Bristol Older People’s Forum – Briefing Oct17

and some inspiring personal stories from volunteers here:

Four case studies BOPF oct17


Get involved!

Please join us if you are 55+ in Bristol (free), email us to hear occasional news, and read more about our volunteering opportunities – we’d love to hear from you!


BOPF’s aim is that every older person in the city is an equal, valued, participating member of the community who can influence the decisions which affect their lives. (Read more on the About Us pages).

Our manifesto, launched in 2016, sets out the priorities in achieving our aim through influencing key providers and decision makers in the city, and by working with others. It is fully supported by Mayor Marvin Rees, Kerry McCarthy MP, many councillors and others. Please read it and let us know what you think – it belongs to all older people in the city.

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