Ensuring the older people of York have their voices heard


Monday – Friday

10:00 – 15:00

Email: info@ocay.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 1173795

+44(0) 1904 676200

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


Ruth Potter
Ruth PotterCharity Manager
Ruth’s role is to lead the work of the charity and community outreach, working with volunteers, Trustees and other staff to implement OCAY’s strategic plan.

She also works to contact potential clients and ensure that organisations which have contact with older people, know about the work of OCAY.

She previously managed York Wheels and is experienced in working with older people.

Dan Brittan
Dan BrittanLead Advocate
Dan’s role is to undertake both general and specialised advocacy with clients, including many of the initial contact meetings. Dan also supports volunteers by providing professional supervision and facilitating a peer support network.

Dan joined OCAY in 2016. His background is in Mental Health and General Advocacy and he has worked for York Mind.

Dan is a keen runner and recently completed the Run for All 10k on behalf of OCAY.

Abi Willis
Abi WillisCharity Support Assistant
Abi’s role is to be the first line of contact for OCAY. She provides the day to day administrative, financial and business support for OCAY.

Abi has previously worked as an insurance underwriter and also on the first contact team at the charity The Family Fund helping disabled children. She feels it is important to make a difference in peoples lives no matter who or how old they are.

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