Ensuring the older people of York have their voices heard


Registered Charity Number – 1173795

OCAY is a small local charity. We work to help people over the age of 50 by providing a free, confidential and independent advocacy service.

With our support, the citizens we help report reduced feelings of loneliness and social isolation. We help them to:

  • Maximise their income
  • Voice concerns about issues affecting them
  • Access information about local services and resources
  • Make informed decisions about their lives.

If you are a resident of the City of York and aged 50 or over, OCAY is here to help you to have a voice in the issues that concern you.

To find out more about OCAY, click here

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To contact us, call 01904 676200 or click here


Dan Brittan
Dan BrittanAdvocacy Manager
Dan’s role is to lead and co-ordinate the advocacy service. He undertakes initial assessments of clients. Dan supports volunteers by providing professional supervision and facilitating a peer support network. He is responsible for the recruitment, induction and training of volunteer advocates.

Dan joined OCAY in 2016. His background is in Mental Health and General Advocacy.

Amanda Potts
Amanda PottsAdvocate
Amanda is our part time Advocate, supporting Dan with complex cases.

She has previously worked for Citizens Advice, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, JRF and most recently York Energy Advice. She is really committed to people being helped to get their voices heard and feel that older people especially can find themselves ignored and excluded.

Amanda recently joined the team in December 2023.

Abi Willis
Abi WillisMoving on 31/05/24
We would like to say a sad farewell & huge thanks to our Operations Manager Abi. Her hard work & contribution to OCAY has been invaluable. She will be greatly missed, but will be remaining as a fundraising volunteer. We wish her luck in all her future endeavours.

Claire Richardson
Claire RichardsonAdministrative Assistant
Claire’s role is to provide support for the charity and to ensure the smooth operation of the service.

Claire joined OCAY in March 2024 as an Administrator, bringing with her a background of finance and customer support.

“I am looking forward to applying my skills and learning new ones with a wonderful charity. “

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