The WOOPI Advisory Group, established in 2016 to offer "Wider Opportunities for Our People in Inverclyde", brought local Inverclyde groups together to share knowledge and resources.
Initially set up thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery, the WOOPI programme built specific opportunities for older people and led to the development and establishment of 24 groups across Inverclyde - many including the WOOPI Singers, GRASP, Clune Park Arts Group and Clune Park Cross-Stitching Group, continue very successfully today.
The WOOPI Advisory Group, chaired by Russell Young, closed earlier this year, enabling local groups to steer their own paths, rather than operate through a shared network. The remaining resources of the WOOPI Advisory Group, totalling more than £500, have now been donated to CVS Inverclyde to be used to support its Networks across Inverclyde.
Russell Young, former Chair of WOOPI Advisory Group (right) presents the cheque to Eleanor Robertson, Friend of CVS Inverclyde, with Alan Deans Inverclyde CLD, who worked on establishing and developing WOOPI, and Susan Robertson, Strategic Investment Officer, CVS Inverclyde.