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Sarah Rochira, The Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Sarah Rochira Biography

Sarah took up post as the Older People's Commissioner for Wales on 4 June 2012 having spent over 25 years within the public and third sectors in Wales. 

Over the course of her career she has worked within a wide range of NHS organisations across Wales, including acute hospital, community and primary care and mental health services and as a commissioner of services.  She also had specific responsibilities within the NHS in Wales for equality and diversity, organisational development, training and education programmes and communication.

Sarah has worked extensively with and for older people.   She served as Director of the RNIB Cymru Group from 2008-12, a membership based organisation and the largest sight loss charity within the UK providing extensive front line services and support, to the 110,000 people within Wales with a sight loss, the majority of whom are older people.  She has also been an active campaigner for changes to UK and Welsh Government policy and priorities.

In 2009, Sarah established, and has been Chair of, the Wales Vision Strategy, a World Health Organisation linked initiative that brought together over 25 partner organisations with the purpose of reducing blindness and ensuring effective support to people within Wales who live with sight loss.  Prior to taking up her post as Commissioner, Sarah was Chair of Age Alliance Wales, an alliance of 20 national voluntary organisations committed to working together to support and inform the development of legislation, policy and services to improve the lives of older people.

Sarah is passionate about making a difference to the lives of all older people in Wales. As Commissioner, she will ensure that they have a strong voice, and will be a vocal advocate and champion for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

Commissioner's Blog

  • The Devastation of Loneliness

    16.12.14

    At this time of year, with Christmas just around the corner, many of us will be looking forward to spending time with our friends and family, enjoying all of the joy and laughter that this time of year brings. But for many older people, Christmas will be incredibly lonely, a day spent in isolation, a day filled with sadness.

  • Human Rights Day 2014: Making Human Rights Real

    10.12.14

    Today is human rights day, a day for us all to pause and think about why human rights matter and, more than that, why we need to reclaim them and ensure that they sit at the heart of our public services.

  • Talking about listening

    28.11.14

    I want to use Carers Rights Day as an opportunity to say something about the importance of listening and what effective listening looks like.

  • Talking about Listening

    28.11.14

    I want to use Carers Rights Day as an opportunity to say something about the importance of listening and what effective listening looks like.

  • Commissioner’s Blog – Ageing Well in Wales Launch

    24.10.14

    On Wednesday this week, I was delighted to be joined by the Minister for Health and Social Services, as well as colleagues and stakeholders from across Wales and Europe, to formally launch the Ageing Well in Wales Programme, which I am proud to Chair as Older People’s Commissioner for Wales...

  • National Eye Health Week

    22.9.14

    The fifth National Eye Health Week takes place from the 22-28 September. Eye care charities, public sector and private sector organisations from across the UK will be joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all. Ceri Jackson, Director of RNIB Cymru and Chair of the Wales National Eye Health Week Steering Group, explains why we all need to get better at looking after our eyes.