An independent voice and champion for older people across Wales

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is an independent voice and champion for older people across Wales, standing up and speaking out on their behalf. She works to ensure that those who are vulnerable and at risk are kept safe and ensures that all older people have a voice that is heard, that they have choice and control, that they don’t feel isolated or discriminated against and that they receive the support and services they need. The Commissioner's work is driven by what older people say matters most to them and their voices are at the heart of all that she does. 

The Commissioner works to make Wales a good place to grow older - not just for some but for everyone. 

Ten Years of Driving Change for Older People

Our interactive timeline highlights our work to make Wales a good place to grow older for everyone

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Equality &
Human Rights

Information and resources about equality and human rights...


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Adult 
Protection

Information and resources about adult protection in Wales... 


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Help &
Support

We provide direct bilingual support to older people across Wales...

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Engagement
Roadshow

We travel extensively across Wales to meet and speak with a diverse range of older people...

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Latest News

  • Response to publication of ‘A Healthier Wales’

    11.6.18

    I welcome today’s publication of ‘A Healthier Wales’, which sets out how the Welsh Government aims to transform the delivery of health and social care in Wales to ensure that services will be able to meet the changing needs of our population. Many of the proposals within the document reflect calls made by the Commissioner about how health and social care needs to change for older people, and I particularly welcome the fact that the document explicitly states that older people across Wales will be ‘valued, supported to live independently and treated with dignity and respect...

  • Heléna Herklots announced as new Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

    05.6.18

    We welcome the announcement that Heléna Herklots will be the next Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. Having spent her career working tirelessly to improve the lives of older people and carers across the UK, Heléna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a fresh perspective on how the issues that affect the lives of older people in Wales can and should be addressed.

  • Commissioner’s response to Committee report on the use of antipsychotic medication in care homes

    17.5.18

    I strongly welcome the publication today of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s report on the use of antipsychotic medication in care homes, an issue that I highlighted as part of my Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales.

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