Welcome to SOPA
SOPA exists to give a strong voice to older people about their concerns and experience of life in Scotland, and also raises issues about inequalities of age.
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.
Full membership: open to organisations involved in any aspect of promoting the voice and experience of older people. This category carries voting rights.
Associate membership: open to other bodies (public or private sector) and to individuals. This gives the right to attend members’ meetings, but without voting rights. Associate membership is open to any organisation or individual wishing to support SOPA's aims and activities.
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
SOPA 2016 Assembly,
Friday 25th November, 11.00 - 3.30
The Assembly will address its Campaign Actions, proposed Social Security arrangements in Scotland and new issues raised. Contact Glenda Watt by email to book a place or use alternative methods below.
The programme will be posted on SOPA’s website shortly.
SOPA Office base: Hayweight House, 4th Floor, 23 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DQ
Tel Office: 0131 281 0875
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. (See 'The National' article in the News page - 6 October) followed by Chair Tom Berney. Read Tom's article - also on the News page.
The morning session was held in the Members Room of the Scottish Parliament. After lunch there were six hour-long workshops in parliamentary meeting rooms 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 was delivered in the Members Room and the following Campaign Issues were highlighted -
- 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.
2015 Assembly Page - Click here to go to the Assembly page to view more pictures filmed proceeedings in each of the 6 workshops and radio interview.
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SOPA's website will keep you informed about its activities, through newsletters and updates on local events, with links to specific areas of interest in later life. Bookmark this site and visit it regularly. We welcome your input in the Guestbook.