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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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.  

Privacy Notice May 2018 

The information we hold about you is to send you our newsletter and invite you to our National Assembly and other events. We do not share your information with anyone else. We securely hold your name, email address and telephone number on our computer filing system. You can request details on the information held about you by contacting glenda@scotopa.org.uk

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


New Appointment

If you have the time and energy and are well versed in the concerns of the older population, used to group facilitation, and could work constructively with Government officials, professionals and other representatives, this is unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of older people in Scotland in a voluntary capacity.

Chairperson for the Scottish Older People’s Assembly – a voice of older people in Scotland.

Due to retirement, SOPA is looking for a skilled chairperson with knowledge and appreciation of governing a Scottish Charitable Organisation and issues of concern to older people. Also required is an understanding of the democratic processes by which older people can influence the Scottish Government, Westminster Government, local authorities, NHS and other public, statutory and commercial organisations, as appropriate.

The successful candidate will be practised in facilitation, leadership of a Scottish Charity and have an ability to run a meeting well, maximise participants' contributions and act as a spokesperson and figurehead, where necessary.

It is expected this role will not exceed five days per month on average. The position is not remunerated, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

The closing date is 20 July 2018.

Notifications of interest in the position and full details available from Glenda Watt glenda@scotopa.org.uk: Tel 0131 555 9112


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 2018 SOPA Assembly
Monday 23 April 2018, Scottish Parliament

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SOPA's Assembly Newsletter March 2018

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