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2015 Assembly

The 2015 Assembly was sponsored by Christian Allard MSP and addressed social justice in the context of SOPA’s Action Plan topics. Alex Neil, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights delivered the keynote speech. 

The morning session was held in the Members Room. After lunch there were six hour-long workshops on themes that people had identified as important - Housing and Community Safety,  Health and Social Care,  Transport, Travel and Environment, Community Empowerment, Retirement, Pensions and Money Matters and  Communication and Information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feedback delivered the following Campaign Issues -  

Funeral poverty reduction through funded developments and promotion of social enterprise funeral arrangements

Awareness-raising of negative impacts of changes to the State Pension

Promotion of the need for funded programmes to encourage active citizenship in later life, including participation in communication technology

Older representatives on all Joint Integrated Boards and improved quality of life for people cared for in a home and at home through links to the community.

Respect, excellent training and decent pay for care workers

No discrimination concerning psychological and therapeutic services for people 65 plus. 

 

The Members Room

Workshops

Each workshop focused on one or two topics, shared experiences and identified up to 2 campaigning actions for presentation in the Plenary Session. The topics were drawn from the priority areas identified at the local meetings around the country. 

The topics were Housing and Community Safety,  Health and Social Care,  Transport, Travel and Environment, Community Empowerment, Retirement, Pensions and Money Matters and Communication and Information. Click on the hyperlinks below and use the slider to navigate to the start point of the workshop video.

Workshop 1Workshop 2Workshop 3Workshop 4Workshop 5Workshop 6

Feedback Session

Workshop Feedback Video - Click here

MSP Responses to feedback - Click here

Questions to MSPs from the floor -  Click here

MSP Panel - Rhoda Grant, Christian Allard and Dennis Robertson

BBC Scotland Radio Interview

Tom Berney and Val Bissland were interviewed briefly on the Kaye Adams Programme on BBC Radio Scotland before the Assembly. They highlighted the role of older people in creating a fairer society. Click here to listen.