Welcome to SOPA

As a pressure on Governments, SOPA exists to give a strong voice to older people about their concerns and experience of life in Scotland, and also raises issues about age inequalities.

SOPA identifies issues that worry the older population and conveys messages from the grassroots direct to Scottish and Westminster Governments.

SOPA contributes to and supports policy that has a positive impact on later life and challenges when implementation falls short. 

SOPA highlights successful volunteering where the voice and experience of older adults are making a difference across generations. 

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Recruitment: Sessional work   

Researchers for Scottish Older People's Assembly    

We are looking for researchers who can source and analyse existing research, government policies, legislation and reports relating to later life issues in Scotland, as well as contribute to the evaluation of meetings. The outcome will be succinct, clear reports meeting specific deadlines (both written and verbal) to support the work of SOPA’s planning group to which they will be responsible. The contract will be for 18 days ending on to 30 June 2018 with remuneration of £100 per day.   

Candidates should provide details of their education, experience, and knowledge of the issues and current research in this area.  Email CV and some writing samples to glenda@scotopa.org.uk  The closing date has been extended to Friday 16th March 2018 (17.00).  

Interviews will take place in Glasgow or Edinburgh - date to be confirmed.  

About SOPA:   SOPA is a small charity and membership organisation promoting the voice and experience of older people in Scotland and has received funding from the Scottish Government since 2009 and from the National Lottery.  It delivers a National Assembly, usually held in the Scottish Parliament, and local meetings to gather the views and experience of older people.  SOPA aims to share concerns with Government Ministers and officials to influence policy-making and delivery of services.    

Glenda Watt, Scottish Older People's Assembly (SCO46520), 14 Ashley Place, Edinburgh EH6 5PX

Tel:0131 555 9112        m: 077 2991 3474     glenda@scotopa.org.uk


Membership categories:

Full membership: open to organisations involved in promoting the voice and experience of older people. This category carries voting rights.

Associate membership: open to any organisation or individual wishing to support SOPA's aims and activities. This gives the right to attend members’ meetings, but without voting rights. 

Please complete and sign the membership application form and return it to Glenda Watt. Contact details on the form.  Download here. To view the Constitution go to the foot of the Committee Page.

SOPA would like to hear from you: To leave a comment or suggest an idea for the next Assembly or for a SOPA action click here to go to Guestbook

The Scottish Older People's Assembly is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation: Number - SC046520


 2018 SOPA Assembly
Monday 23 April 2018, Scottish Parliament

Clare Adamson MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw will host the event. Registration and refreshments from 10.30 for 11.00 start to 15.30/ 45. Programme details to follow.


Enquiries to Glenda Watt on 0131 555 9112 or glenda@scotopa.org.uk

SOPA's website keeps you informed about its activities. Look at the Links page. You are a click away from many websites of specific interest in later life, including newsletters from affiliated organisations. Bookmark this site and visit it regularly. We welcome your input in the Guestbook.

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