19 February 2019Web Volunteer Wanted - Can You help?
The Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) is looking for a volunteer to help them review and revamp their website. Do you have the time, skills and interest to help? Find out more about the role.
10 February 2019Holyrood Loneliness and Isolation
Former SOPA Chair, Tom Berney, spoke at the recent Holyrood Conference on the Scottish Government’s proposed strategy on Loneliness and Isolation. He welcomed the initiative as loneliness had a detrimental effect on the health and life expectancy of many older people. However, while he understood the strategy's emphasis on community support he referred to German research which had revealed a clear correlation between low incomes and loneliness, for example, the British state pension left many older people in poverty inhibiting their ability to take part in many social activities. He felt that eliminating poverty had to be a key objective in the strategy. The Conference Agenda is here and Tom's Powerpoint is here
29 January 2019SOPA Newsletter - January 2019
11 January 2019Older People's Framework - Have Your Say
The Scottish Government are developing a new Older People’s Framework in 2019 and the Scottish Older People’s Assembly have been asked to help gather views to feed into this process.
The deadline for survey completion is 30 January 2019.
We will also be holding an engagement event entitled “Identity, Connection and Choice” on Monday 4th February 2019, 10am-3.30pm at COSLA Conference Centre, Haymarket, EH12 5BH. Places are limited and will be prioritised for SOPA members but if you are interested please register on the Eventbrite website and we will confirm availability shortly.
21 December 2018Fuel Poverty Submission
SOPA submitted comments on the Scottish Government's Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill which is aimed at eradicating fuel poverty by improving the fuel efficiency of Scottish housing. We welcomed the objectives of the bill, as the unaffordable cost of heating is regularly raised by older people. However, against a background of hundreds of thousands of Scots living in fuel poverty and 35% of winter deaths being from cold and damp related lung conditions like flu and pneumonia we expressed our doubts that simply improving fuel efficiency would be an adequate solution.