"Cambridgeshire Older People's Enterprise" Forum
Welcome to the COPE Forum (Cambridgeshire Older People's Enterprise)
COPE is a registered Charity run by volunteers.
Registered Charity No. 1110887.
COPE sees its role as sign-posting, discussion, consultation, co-ordinating, campaigning and representing the views of our members.
Membership of COPE is FREE, and open to anyone aged 50 or over in Cambridgeshire. Anyone living in Cambridgeshire is welcome to join COPE and add to our voice.
Registered individual membership today is just under 3,000. Our strength is in our Numbers!
URGENT APPEAL HELP NEEDED
Our Local Authorities continue to support COPE FOR 2015 but Grant funding has been frozen and will reduce in future years.
COPE cannot continue to employ our part-time administrator on this reduced income.
COPE NOW URGENTLY needs computer literate helpers to take on the creation of the
Newsletter, to help keep our membership records and deal with email communications.
COPE also has other opportunities helping in our office or supporting our volunteer who
organises our activities and events.
If you are unable to help with your time perhaps you can donate towards our running costs.
Please contact Brian Walker COPE Chair through the office to discuss opportunities.
Cambridgeshire Older People's Enterprise Forum,
The Golding Room, St Luke's Community Centre,
Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ.
DON'T COMPLAIN - CAMPAIGN!
When COPE succeeded to "Retain the Cheque Book" COPE members collected signatures to "Bring back the Cheque Guarantee Card" in 2011.
Our campaigns for 2010 were to "Retain Cheque Books" and "The Best Bus Driver Award" in Cambridgeshire. Please contact 01223 364303 for more information.
What are forums? There are currently over 620 Senior Citizens' Forums in the UK, with a total membership in excess of 200,000. By working together in forums, older people are making their voices heard on the things that really matter to them, influencing the planning and provision of local, regional and national services. Although they vary in size from small groups to those with members numbering many hundreds, forums all have a number of important features in common: they are independent organisations which give a collective voice to older people, in order to influence decision-makers on matters which impact on their every-day lives. They are run by older people, for older people. All members are volunteers. They are democratic and inclusive. They decide their own agenda, sharing information and raising issues of concern. Forums help combat disadvantage by providing a platform where older people can speak out on the issues that concern them. As well as their campaigning efforts, many have social activities, run trips and hold open meetings, helping to break down isolation by providing opportunities for older members of the community to socialise, meet new people and keep in touch with local news.
Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise, is a voluntary organisation comprising Cambridgeshire residents aged 50+ that fulfils various important health-related functions for older people including social contact, friendship support, policy influencing and information-giving to members.
COPE, a self-help Forum and registered Charity run by a small team of volunteers, speaking up on issues affecting the over 50’s. COPE currently has a registered individual membership of just under 3,000. Membership is free. COPE informs members with regular free Newsletters, and Forums with keynote speakers and a “Question Time” session. COPE is run for members by members.
COPE has helped with campaigns on several issues e.g. Free Concessionary Bus Fares for “Over 60’s and the Disabled”; keep Davison Ward at Brookfields Hospital open; the proposed suggestion of new tests for drivers over 70 years of age; save Post Offices; increase Pensions and Right Care, Right Deal. "The Best Bus Driver Award"and "Retain Cheque Books" were the 2010 campaigns. Over 12,000 signatures were collected in the latter campaign. In 2011 COPE campaigned unsuccessfully to bring back the Cheque Guarantee Card, which supported the cheque.
Our Research team have produced easy to read leaflets with local information on "COPEing with............." - Benefits, Bereavement, Campaigning, Discharge from Hospital, Elder Abuse, Homecare, Housing, Medication, Neighbours and your Neighbourhood, NHS, Pensions, Personal Safety, Public Transport, and Useful Local Telephone Numbers. These "COPEing with....." leaflets are available free to COPE members.
Reasons why people joined COPE:
- To meet like minded people with similar interests
- To go on organised trips to theatre, shows and other places of interest for educational or just fun. Also local venues for scrabble, quiz, pub lunch and walks
- Monthly Newsletters full of information and interesting articles, in simple language and no jargon – a good easy read – with recipes, jokes – a very informative ‘Did you know’ corner and general interaction with membership through the snippets page
- Representing, Signposting and Campaigning on issues affecting seniors in Cambridgeshire
A Brief History of the last ten years
Cambridge Older People’s Enterprise (COPE) was set up in Cambridge city following the closure of Phoenix 2000, which was run by officers at Cambridge City Council. For three years they organised the annual “Mayor’s Day In” event in which residents aged over 50 were invited to the Guildhall to participate and interact with speakers, enjoy music, refreshments and pick up tips from display stalls.
In 2003, with a small membership of just under 150, a group of volunteers continued and expanded this work which became the COPE Forum. COPE became a Registered Charity in 2007, and in 2008 the County Council requested that COPE spread its wings and cover the whole county. A grant from Cambridgeshire County Council was initiated to help COPE develop. COPE then changed its name to Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise, to describe its geographical coverage.
Now, ten years later, Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise has an individual signed up membership of just under 3,000 with a part-time administrator and its own office which is open every weekday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and later to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Fridays.
COPE receives funding from Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and South Cambs District Council as well as from advertisers in its Newsletters and donations from its members.
COPE’s Research Group have produced 15 “COPEing with….” leaflets and another one with useful telephone numbers for its members, giving local information. COPE holds weekly Tai Chi classes and many other social events at its office in Cambridge, at St Ives and across the county. COPE produces lively, easy-to-read, monthly Newsletters packed full of information, articles, members' views, and much more, contributed by its membership and statutory bodies. Members are strongly encouraged to contribute to the newsletter - the voice of COPE.
COPE campaigns on issues affecting the over 50’s, consults with its membership, and signposts members, thus enabling them to access services when difficulties arise. COPE has spoken up both nationally and locally by having representatives on the National Policy Sounding Board of Age UK, EngAge (a national association of rural counties) and National Pensioners Convention, Eastern Region. COPE also networks with other older people’s groups and charities in Cambridgeshire.
Our motto is: “Our strength is in our numbers”.
It is free to join COPE – make your voice heard and join your local Forum in Cambridgeshire.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 January 2015 12:34)