The Aviva Community Fund Crowdfunder Project has allowed us to fund free advocacy support for older people, who have recently had a diagnosis of dementia. Our volunteers can help with applications for power of attorney, advanced statements, welfare benefits, pensions, accessing health and social care services and complaints. They can help clients to challenge decisions [...]
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The Veterans Foundation supported our bid to fund advocacy support to Veterans last year. The need for advocacy support was one of the main issues raised in the Armed Forces Covenant Survey. We are really pleased to have this opportunity to offer our free advocacy service to Veterans over the age of 50 who live [...]
We have just completed our report for our Quarter 3 Stats (October-December 2020). OCAY volunteers have supported 211 older people so far, this financial year. 62% of our clients were female, whilst 38% were male. Thank you to everyone who has signposted older people to OCAY, you have really helped us to help older people. [...]
OCAY is always recruiting new volunteers. It’s been really great that people still want to volunteer, despite the lockdown. Over the past few months, we have converted our face to face training to online and distance learning. Our volunteers have 4 sessions of training; Induction, Basic Advocacy Skills and Interview Skills and Record Keeping, which [...]
Are you struggling to stay afloat? Council Tax Support is there to help people who find themselves in difficult situations. Check if you can get assistance at www.york.gov.uk/counciltaxsupport or www.york.gov.uk/benefitsadvice or call City of York Council on 01904 552044 Advice and support are available and OCAY can help you stem the tide. Call us on [...]
In August 2020, the BBC introduced a new scheme that offers some over 75 households a free TV Licence. You can get a free TV Licence if: You, as the licence holder, are 75 years or older AND you, or your partner living at the same address, receive Pension Credit. If you are over 75 [...]
Six in ten pensioner homeowners are failing to claim their full entitlement of state benefits losing out on £1,000s 42% of eligible pensioner homeowners are failing to claim any benefits at all An average of £830 a year is being lost by homeowners failing to claim 20% are under-claiming and missing out on £702 extra income [...]
York IT Reuse scheme launched to get York connected. Covid-19 restrictions have rapidly increased people’s need for the internet and online services. With frequent changes in restrictions, it has become more important to go online to find reliable information, to access vital services and support, cut household bills, maintain contact with friends and relatives, find [...]
A letter has been sent out today, to all residents of the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward, asking them and their families to get a symptom-free COVID-19 test, due to a spike in the number of Coronivarus cases in this area. A testing site is being set up at York Acorn Rugby Club, Thanet Road, YO24 [...]
OCAY helps people in York over the age of 50, by providing information and support through advocacy. We help with benefits, pensions, housing and consumer issues, amongst other things. We are still open and are working from home to provide our advocacy service, during the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown. Staff will take your call [...]