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Covid-19 Update from BOPF Chair

I hope you remain safe and well, and are managing to keep yourself busy during these unusual times. If you are at a bit of a loose end at any time, do have a look on the Information Hub on our website at some links to virtual activities that are available. It’s also definitely worth a scan of the BOPF Facebook Page, especially at the experiences of the lockdown by some of our Trustees and Members. If you would like your COVID-19 ‘diary’ posted, please do send it in to Ian Quaife:

25th June Open Forum

You may not be too surprised to hear that, very reluctantly, we have had to cancel the BOPF Open Forum at Broadmead Baptist Church, scheduled for 25th June. It was hard to see how the Forum could work safely for everyone at the moment, and also how many people would feel comfortable in attending. However, we remain hopeful that the one on 24th September can go ahead, but will review the position nearer the time and of course keep you fully informed.

Helpline and Support Hub

As I have mentioned, BOPF has been working closely on the Support Hub with Age UK Bristol, and other local charities including LinkAge, Bristol Ageing Better, the Marmalade Trust, and St Monica’s, to ensure that coordinated, relevant and up-to-date information and support is provided to older people in Bristol during this emergency. Just a reminder that the Helpline number is: 0117 929 7537. You can also look on the Support Hub website:

There is also the Bristol City Council ‘We Are Bristol’ Helpline for support at this time: 0800 694 0184.

So there is loads of help out there, if you need it!

The BOPF Magazine, Summer 2020

A few weeks ago you should have received a hard or electronic copy of a COVID-19 Update from Age UK Bristol, with input from ourselves. We are now returning the compliment, as we are currently producing the latest hard and electronic edition of the BOPF Magazine. This will have a wide range of articles, for example on the Transport and Housing grant funded projects we are leading, and on the latest Scams to watch out for, but also a section from Age UK Bristol on COVID-19, with an emphasis on virtual activities that may be of interest. We are aiming for the BOPF Magazine to be sent out later this month, all things being equal.

Take care.
Ian Bickerton
Chair, BOPF