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17 January 2020Older People's Wellbeing in Scotland Conference 15 January 2020

SOPA Chair, Diana Findley, was invited to speak at a Scottish Policy Conference held this week. The session included a wide range of topics related to Older People's Wellbeing, with a focus on the Older People's Framework, Health and Social Care reform, Housing, Transport, Loneliness and Isolation. Themes of using positive language to address underlying ageism and the importance of investing in preventative approaches ran through all the presentations.

Diana spoke about SOPA's drive to encourage every Local Authority to appoint an Older People's Champion to ensure that the views of older people are considered in all decisions made.

07 January 2020SOPA Receives Awards for All Funding

We are delighted to announce that SOPA has been successful in its recent application to the National Lottery Community Fund “Awards for All”. SOPA has been awarded funding to deliver additional outreach and online engagement over the next year. This will really help SOPA to achieve its aims of supporting older people to have their voices heard, recognising that we need to use all the channels we can to reach diverse views from across Scotland. Fantastic news!

20 December 2019Report from the 2019 Assembly

The report from the 2019 Assembly is now available! 

The report provides details of the issues discussed on the day, along with a Draft Action Plan for SOPA and its partners to work on. You can also watch the speeches and panel discussion on the Scottish Parliament TV channel:

Part 1 (speeches) 

Part 2 (MSP Question Time Panel) 

Many thanks to everyone that participated in the 2019 Assembly. Particular thanks to those that led workshops, made speeches, took notes and helped the day to run smoothly. Thanks to the Scottish Parliament for hosting and supporting the event and to the SOPA Board and members for their ongoing work to ensure that the voices of older people are heard. Thanks to Isabella, one of the volunteers for helping to draft the report.

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