Forum for older residents celebrates 25th birthday

January 26 2018

BRISTOL Older People’s Forum is 25 years old this year, and Trustee Tony Wilson thinks that’s something to jump about!

BRISTOL Older People’s Forum is 25 years old this year, and Trustee Tony Wilson thinks that’s something to jump about! 

Tony, who is 81, is planning a tandem skydive two miles up, just to show what older people can do. He doing the skydive at Old Sarum in Wiltshire on Saturday April 14, and hopes to encourage other older Bristol residents to join him in this amazing challenge.

Tony is also doing the skydive to draw attention to the work that Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) does and their 25 years of service to all areas of Bristol, including Bishopston and Redland. Speaking of the organisation and their aims, Chair Judith Brown said:

“BOPF is a member led charity which has worked for 25 years to promote the voices, involvement and influence of older people. Our aim is to see that every older person in the city is an equal, valued, participating member of the community who can influence the decisions that affect our lives. We want to break down stereotypes of elders as passive, incapable and dependent, because many older people are active, capable, and independent, and with our wide life experience we can be a huge asset to the community. 

“With over 2800 members, BOPF makes sure older people know what is going on in the city through their newsletter and open forums. Many of us are not online, and many don’t want to be, but more and more information is being held online, so if you don’t have a computer you really miss out. As long as BOPF exists, we will make sure members are in the picture, and their voice gets heard. Long live BOPF, and good luck to Tony too!”

BOPF membership is free, and residents can join the organisation by sending their name and contact details, and stating “I agree to receive newsletters and information” to BOPF, Canningford House , 38 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6BY, or by filling in a membership form from their library. 

BOPF’s grant funding from Bristol City Council is due to come to an end in April, after the council first started supporting them from their inception in 1993. At this stage the organisation says that they will still be operating until at least the end of 2018, but that they’re working hard to apply for funding that will secure their future. 

 If you wish to get in touch with ideas or support to help BOPF’s funding, please contact them by emailing bopf@ageukbristol.org.uk, calling 0117 927 9222 or by writing to the address mentioned above. 

If you’d like to skydive with Tony, email him at tony77487@gmail.com You can also sponsor him by contacting him via the same email address (all money raised goes to BOPF and other charities).