21 November 2018Fuel Poverty Bill

SOPA's Caroline Clark, Christine Wilson and Tom Berney met the Scottish Patliament's Local Government and Communities Committee to discuss their scrutiny of the draft Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. The bill is aimed at redefining fuel poverty and setting a strategy and target dates for insulating houses and improving the energy efficiency of homes in Scotland.  They expressed some reservations about the contents of the bill and SOPA has been invited to follow up with written comments.

You can see the draft bill here

and useful comments on from the Scottish Parliament's Information Centre here

01 November 2018Welcome to Caroline

SOPA is very pleased to welcome our new sessional worker Caroline Clark.  After growing up in Lancashire, Caroline moved to Edinburgh to study in 1999 and has lived in the city ever since! Caroline has worked in a number of roles in local government, including seven years in the planning and commissioning of health and social care services for older people, and has recently worked on projects involving older people in the voluntary sector. She is passionate about ensuring the views of older people are used to develop services and policies, and believes that everyone should have access to the support they need to live happy and healthy lives. Caroline is excited to take on the role with SOPA and is looking forward to meeting the members.       

19 October 2018 UK Age Friendly Cities Network

Glenda Watt represented SOPA at the UK Age Friendly Cities Network held in the impressive Belfast City Hall. Also in the picture are Carole Clark, Leeds; Jo Garsden, Greater Manchester; David Thorley, Manchester; Natalie Turner Centre for Age Friendly Communities;Steve Hutton,  Ageing Well Wales;
Adam Rees, Age Friendly Bristol; Ange Jones, Centre for Ageing Better.
As an associate member of the UK Age Friendly Network of Communities Steering Group, Glenda Watt of SOPA met with others of the Network in Belfast on 18 & 19 October 2018 to discuss its programme of activities for the coming year and contribute to an exchange learning event hosted by Gillian McEvoy of Belfast City Council. This included NI ‘s Public Health Agency, Age NI and Members of Greater Belfast Seniors Forums who spoke of their priorities for older people in Belfast.

18 October 2018Bus Toilet Break

SOPA's Vice Chair, Alan Sidaway, has reported that with the support of their local MP, Unite Dumfries's Retired Members Association has won their on-going battle, to have an adequate toilet break at Abington services written into the new Stagecoach timetable for the lengthy bus route from Dumfries to Edinburgh.  It's  a welcome relief for many older people.

Alan Sidaway, Vice Chair

15 October 2018Age Friendly Champion

Diana Findley, Chairperson of the Scottish Older People's Assembly, gives some insight into her involvement with the Assembly and how she has helped her community become more age-friendly.



07 October 2018Bogus Callers

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Police have produced a useful video on Bogus Callers

You can see it here 

25 September 2018Older People's Strategic Action Forum

 The Scottish Government has set up an Older People's Strategic Action Forum which is to be chaired by Christina McKelvie, MSP, the Minister for Equalities and Older People. At it's meeting on 25th September 2018   Diana Findley and Glenda Watt represented the Scottish Older People's Assembly.  Representaties from Generations Working Together, Action on Elder Abuse, LGBT Age, Out of the Box, Age Scotland, Scottish Pensioners Forum and Scottish Seniors Alliance also took part.

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