NAPA is an umbrella organisation that connects, signposts, encourages and motivates anyone with an interest in lifestyle, wellbeing, life, love and laughter in the care sector. NAPA was founded in 1997 by a small group of like-minded people who wanted to improve quality of life, through person-centred activities, for older people. It was registered as both a charity and limited company. Over time these volunteers established a membership base of around 400 activity organisers . In 2004 grants from the Big Lottery Fund and Department of Health supported the establishment of some permanent staff posts. By 2016 NAPA was self -funding and the membership stood at more than 2,500. NAPA is now seen as the 'thought Leader' in this specialist field of care and where many organisations seek advice and guidance.