Older People's Reference Group

Mary Sinfield

What were your involvements before NDA?

Mary Sinfield

A retired senior civil servant, my involvements were then and continue to be working as an unpaid volunteer with several older people’s groups and community organisations at local and pan-London level, as a social & consumer rights volunteer worker to disabled and older people, and as a trustee/management board member of the local Volunteer Centre. At the personal level, for 20 years until 2003 I was carer for my mother-in-law and my own blind and disabled mother. So I have a lot of experience of and continuing contact with older people and their problems.

Why did you join the OPRG?

I volunteered because, through life experience, I had discovered that only by being an older person does one truly understand the problems and issues of ageing in later life, and I wanted to be involved with a programme that included older people actively working from the outset with other older people and not their self-styled representatives.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of the OPRG?

Knowing that I am listened to and actively involved in projects designed to benefit older people.

What would you like to see the NDA achieve?

I would like to see all NDA Project results translated into practical outcomes and all future older-people programmes with older people actively working with other older people on the main Advisory Board.

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