18 October 2017Launch of £4M project to support older veterans

Scottish Veterans Commissioner Eric Fraser CBE at the Legion Scotland Club in Grangemouth today stated that the fund will provide a 3-year programme of support for older veterans and their families in Scotland. Mr Fraser said: “The Unforgotten Forces project is a very welcome collaboration between several organisations that provide real support on many of the issues faced by our older veterans today, such as ill health, isolation and loneliness."

Unforgotten Forces is a partnership of 15 leading organisations including SOPA. The money will be used to improve the coordination of existing provision and introduce new services. The application for funding was boosted by input from Standard Life’s Accelerated Development Support Programme, and was made to the HM Treasury grant-giving body funded from Libor banking fines.

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06 October 2017SOPA supports development of housing for OP in Scotland

06 October 2017AEA Conference in Glasgow - Choice, Empowerment, Protection

Action on Elder Abuse Conference, Friday 27th October, 10.30-15.50.
Choice, Empowerment, Protection. Can we achieve them all? Presentations and workshops. Download programme

Download booking form - £30+VAT for non-members.

15 September 2017Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation

The Right Hon Lord Bracadale (Alastair P. Campbell) attended SOPA AGM to speak about  the Hate Crime Legislation review. This independent review was announced on 26 January 2017 by Annabelle Ewing, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs.  The review is chaired by Lord Bracadale, a senior member of the judiciary. 

Please take the time to respond to his consultation exercise which is running until 23 November 2017. The consultation seeks views to inform the independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland. It is considering whether changes need to be made to the current laws; whether existing offences should be extended to cover other groups; and whether all hate crimes should be brought into one area of legislation. 

01 September 2017SOPA AGM


Friday 15 September 2017,  13.00 - 14.00 

at University of Strathclyde,

Graham Hills Building,

40 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE 

The event will be held in the Conference Room (742)

of the Centre for Lifelong Learning (7th Floor).

At the start of the meeting Lord Bracadale will speak about a consultation he is undertaking as part of his independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland.   

If you are interested in attending, contact Glenda Watt on 077 2991 3474 or glenda@scotopa.org.uk

30 August 2017New Portal for Unforgotten Veterans

The Unforgotten Forces Referrals Portal has gone live on the Poppyscotland. 


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