OCAY Supports Older People who have had a recent Dementia Diagnosis – OCAY Newsletter


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 [...]

OCAY Supports Older People who have had a recent Dementia Diagnosis – OCAY Newsletter2021-01-18T11:37:52+00:00

Advocacy Support for Veterans – OCAY Newsletter


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 [...]

Advocacy Support for Veterans – OCAY Newsletter2021-01-18T11:36:27+00:00

OCAY Q3 Stats (October-December 2020) – OCAY Newsletter


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 Q3 Stats (October-December 2020) – OCAY Newsletter2021-01-18T11:35:05+00:00

OCAY are Recruiting Volunteers!


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 [...]

OCAY are Recruiting Volunteers!2021-01-12T12:25:11+00:00

Council Tax Support Information


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  or 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 [...]

Council Tax Support Information2021-01-12T10:28:38+00:00

Advice & Support Available in York


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 [...]

Advice & Support Available in York2021-01-12T10:07:07+00:00

IT Reuse Scheme – Partners Promoting Together!


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 [...]

IT Reuse Scheme – Partners Promoting Together!2021-01-11T10:01:37+00:00

Symptom-Free COVID-19 Tests: A letter from City of York Council


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 [...]

Symptom-Free COVID-19 Tests: A letter from City of York Council2021-01-06T11:21:37+00:00

National Lockdown Update – We are still Open


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 [...]

National Lockdown Update – We are still Open2021-01-05T12:56:52+00:00
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