Get Involved

Become a Member of Southend OPA

It's simple and free.

Membership is FREE for all over 55's resident in the borough and all that is needed to become a member is for you to complete the on-line application form via our Contact Page or telephone us for an application form on 07760183633.

Come to our public meetings and share your experiences, concerns and speak to us about services, or in some cases lack of them and help us to influence change - "Together we can make a difference".


Public Meetings

Public meetings are held regularly throughout the year and members receive an invitation and advance notice of the agenda ahead of each meeting together with the quarterly newsletter, The Assembly Times.

Our meetings are different and exciting each quarter, with guest speakers addressing a range of relevant topics plus Question and Answer sessions.

The venue for our public meetings is the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue Southend on Sea, SS2 6ER. New member and visitors welcome. See our Contact Page for a map.

Be a Committee Member

Consider becoming a committee member and getting even more involved in the work of the OPA. Our committee pro-actively supports the Assembly and meets monthly to plan the varied and interesting programme of our public meetings.

We also formulate our approach to communicating with council officers, other service providers such as bus companies, health, housing, utilities, highways, waste management and voluntary organisations. We also gather and disseminate information on topics such as pension reform, scams, changes to legislation, care and carers.

Committee involvement can be rewarding and it's a great way to use skills such as IT, secretarial, administration, organisational. Commitment beyond attendance at the monthly meeting can be as little or as much as you want. You can learn more or apply to become a Committee Member by visiting the Join the Committee Page.

Events and Activities

The Southend Older People's Assembly actively takes organises and hosts community events around Southend. Each year we take part in 'Active Ageing', an event held to promote an active lifestyle in later years and provide information and support for all kinds of subjects.

As an organisation, we also try to keep up to date with events, meetings and talks from other groups and organisations around Southend. You can visit the Events Page here on our website where we will constantly update you with useful information. Members are welcome at most of the events they see on our site. Please however contact the event organisers for more details about participating.

We include information about leisure activities and advice about Active Ageing in our monthly magazine.

Become a Member of Southend OPA

It's simple and free.