05 April 2019SOPA Newsletter - April 2019
15 March 2019SOPA Reception 5 March
Thank you to everyone who attended the Reception for the Scottish Older People's Assembly on the 5th March. It was an enjoyable evening, with some fantastic contributions from our speakers, interesting stalls and a chance to network with many organisations that are working with older people across Scotland.
Thank you to our host Christine Grahame MSP who provided a warm welcome, and to the Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP who spoke about how older people have been engaged as part of the development of the forthcoming Older People's Framework.
We also heard from Cllr Jimmy Miller and Cllr Elaine Thornton-Nicol, Older People's Champions for North Ayrshire and Scottish Borders Councils respectively. They gave an interesting insight into their role and called on all Local Authorities to support an Older People's Champion role to ensure that older people are considered in all decisions taken.
Look out for a March edition of the SOPA newsletter coming shortly with further coverage of the Reception....
26 February 2019Identity, Connection and Choice - report published
Last October, SOPA was invited by the Scottish Government, as a member of the Older People Strategic Action Forum (OPSAF), to undertake consultation to feed into the development of a National Framework for Older People.
The engagement work undertaken was entitled “Identity, Connection and Choice” and included:
- an event on 4th February held in central Edinburgh with 28 participants
- an online and paper questionnaire which received 422 responses
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