OPPS in York - Older People's Peer Support
On 1st October, International Older Persons' Day, AWOC York hosted an informal online event to look at the importance of self help groups.
Our 8 speakers provided a fascinating diversity of information and experience:
Joe Micheli (City of York Head of Commissioning), Sue Lister (AWOC York), Sarah Collis (Self Help UK),
Ian Anderson (Heworth Retired Men's Forum), David Roberts (York Carers Forum),
Anne Norfolk (Dignity in Dying Yorkshire), Ron Willits (Dunnington Table Tennis),
Helen Widdowson (Spare Handle Co-Housing).
There were 24 of us at the meeting and the discussion that followed raised many interesting questions.
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During the coronavirus shutdown of face-to-face meetings, AWOC York will be continuing with monthly email and postal updates on how we are all coping.
The plan is this:
a) On the first of the month, Sue will send out an email (and Ann will phone those not on email) asking for your awoc experiences to go in the 'Record'
by the second Wednesday of the month, our usual meeting date.
b) Sue will ask the Speaker of the Month to send in notes on their topic
to include in our monthly Record.
c) The monthly AWOC York Record will be sent out (email and post)
soon after the meeting date. It will contain: 1) Experiences as awocs;
2) Notes from the Speaker; 3) Resources.
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The helpline is open seven days a week.
A directory of York businesses that deliver can be found here.
We are a group for people who have not had children
or whose children are unable to support us.
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Cross Keys,
34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF, and alternate between afternoon (2-4pm)
and evening (5.30-7.30pm) meetings.
Anyone who wants to can socialise over lunch before afternoon meetings (1pm) and dinner after evening meetings (7.30pm). Everyone is welcome!
Call Sue Lister on 01904-488-870 to find out more
or click here to join our mailing list.
Ageing Without Children (the national website is now at AWWoC) was started by Kirsty Woodard around 2015 to address the challenges faced by the growing numbers of awocs, challenges that largely go overlooked by the media and government policy.
Inspired by a meeting with her in Leeds, Sue Lister and her partner, Ann Murray, launched monthly meetings in York in January 2016. The Cross Keys on Goodramgate kindly provided the use of their private downstairs accessible room. About a dozen people attend regularly and the circulation list of AWOC York now tops 170 who receive Sue’s detailed notes. View our upcoming meetings here.
At every presentation we have asked people to write down their own circumstances as an awoc – what is life like for them at this time? These experiences throw light on the loneliness and isolation that have been invisible until AWOC began. Hundreds of mini stories have been collected, like the ones we took to London to the meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People in February 2017, which you can read here.
AWOC York is run by Sue Lister and her partner Ann Murray.
The organisation is self-supporting and people volunteer their time, skills and donations to make sure it survives and thrives - such as Stef, who created this website!
Sue and Ann are also the founders of the Real People Theatre, a women's theatre company. You can find out more about the company and NO KIDDING?, its show for York International Women's Week on the theme of ageing without children, here.