About Us

Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) exists to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with those in the City of Bristol who are socially and economically excluded or disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, relieving their needs* and supporting their participation in society. *including relief of poverty and sickness and the protection of good physical & mental health.

Our 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.

All older people living in Bristol should:
• be happy with their quality of life
• have the goods and services they require
• be treated equally
• be listened to by decision makers
• not feel isolated
• have the opportunity to participate in the community

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. 

BOPF became a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in July 2015.  Registered Charity number: 1162616. We were founded in 1993, growing directly from the European Year of Older People and of Solidarity between Generations celebrated in that year. Our founders’ hopes were to raise the profile of older people, locally, nationally and internationally, and to achieve for Bristol elders the same rights, influence, security and income enjoyed by older people in most other European countries.