Being part of the Older People’s Steering Group (OPSG) is a great opportunity to devote time to doing something practical that will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of older people in Bristol.
The OPSG are a vital part of the BAB Programme and ensure that older people are at the heart of the decision-making process when it comes to commissioning. Some of the tasks that the group gets involved in include helping with the commissioning of BAB projects and reviewing applications for our Community Kick-start Fund.
They also support the Programme Management Team in identifying barriers to older people accessing the BAB projects and how to overcome them, ensuring that these are relevant to the older population of Bristol.
Current members of the OPSG shared their views about the role and encourage new members to join:
Hi, my name is Judith Brown, mother, grandmother and married for 55 years; and in my 77 years I've been a State Registered Nurse, Pre-School Playgroup Organiser, Advocate, Welfare Rights Worker, Senior Training Officer in Social Services and Lecturer in Health and Social Care, also Parish and District Councillor, and member of SSAT for 17 years. As Chair of Bristol Older People’s Forum I was an original sponsor for Bristol’s Big Lottery Fund bid, putting older people at the heart of the project, so it felt natural to join the Older People’s Steering Group. It’s felt great giving people the chance to start something new, you should join us! I promise you won’t regret it!
I recently retired, having worked as a senior manager for a number of local authorities in England and Wales, including in education and children's services. I now really enjoy a range of voluntary roles, as well as having much more time for family and friends. Walking, current affairs and reading are particular passions of mine - as well as cappuccinos! The voluntary role I enjoy most is being a member of the BAB Steering Group that decides on bids of up to £2000 for Kick Start funding. The bids from charities and small community groups have generally been of a high standard, and it is amazing what difference a relatively small amount of money can make to the lives of older people in Bristol.
I was a management consultant before retiring and used this experience to support the Prince's Trust as a volunteer. I believe in the value of life-long learning and belong to study and activity groups that keep me open to new ideas and skills. Serving as a member of the BAB Steering Group I hope to help others keep socially active and involved. There has been an unexpected bonus: the Steering Group brings me a stream of new points of view to reflect on and learn from - and the rewards that come from meeting with a congenial team of like-minded volunteers.
If you would like to get involved please email Bianca Rossetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 928 1539. Don't hesitate to contact us of you would like to have an informal chat about the role.
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