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15 May 2018SOPA Reception at Holyrood in June

Wed 6th June from 6-8pm, Scottish Parliament

Christine Grahame MSP is delighted to host this event which will focus on older adults as consumers, understanding particular needs, conflicts and challenges, and MSPs' role  in contributing to potential solutions.

For further information, contact Glenda Watt on 0131 555 9112 or glenda@scotopa.org.uk

11 May 2018Consumer Engagement Seminar - Monday 16 June

Following on from the Scottish Older People's Assembly workshop on Preventative Interventions,  Standards Scotland (TSS) and SOPA are hosting this seminar in COSLA, Verity House, Edinburgh from 11:30am to 14:30pm. The aim is to gather your views into the development of proactive prevention campaigns to tackle scams and doorstep crime and enhance consumer awareness. Book by contacting Laura Jamieson at laura@cosla.gov.uk by Friday 8 June.

03 May 2018Scottish Veterans Commissioner's new report

The Scottish Veterans Commissioner has released a new report. It assesses the provision of health and wellbeing services for Scotland’s veterans and makes recommendations to the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland for improving the experience of ex-service personnel seeking support: bit.ly/SVCHealth 

Also watch this 2 minute film which brings to life some of the issues. Hear insights from veterans who have overcome significant physical and mental health challenges from their time in the Armed Forces: http://bit.ly/SVCHealthFilm 

24 April 2018A Successful Assembly yesterday at Holyrood

Jeane Freeman OBE MSP, Clare Adamson MSP and Tom Berney SOPA Chair, began proceedings yesterday in the Scottish Parliament to a packed Assembly Room of 130 people. After lunch themed workshops were held in the Committee Rooms followed by a plenary session which included a dialogue with members of the Scttish Youth Parliament  and Children's Parliament. The session was closed by Question Time with a panel of MSPs. More photos and information at  http://www.scotopa.org.uk/2018assembly.asp

14 April 2018Building Bridges: Uniting Communities 

SOPA was pleased to contribute to the Soroptimist’s International Scottish Conference at the University of Stirling on Saturday 14 April. 

Speakers: SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen: Women, Water and Leadership
and Maggie Lennon, Director, The Bridges Project
Interactive Workshops:
Scottish Older People's Assembly - Glenda Watt
Our work at the United Nations - Angela Sauvage, SI UN Representative
Generations Working Together - Maureen O'Reilly
Philippines Community Fund - Jane Walker

48 Soroptimists took part in two SOPA workshops at which older people’s concerns were discussed. The issues raised will be delivered to the Assembly in the Scottish Parliament on 23 April.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement with a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International’s advocacy is its work across six UN Centres, where our UN representatives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard. Our membership work on grassroots projects that help women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in communities worldwide.

08 March 2018Civic Reception Dundee

Top Photo: The SOPA group: Avril Crossley, Jim McBrierty, Bill McDonald (below), Glenda Watt, SOPA chair Tom Berney, Diana Findlay and Jimmy Miller.

On 8th March in the City Chambers Dundee's Lord Provost Ian Borthwick hosted a reception involving a joint venture by SOPA and Alzheimer Scotland. Archie Noone spoke on behalf of the Scottish Dementia Working Group highlighting the importance of people with dementia using their voice and experience to influence services.  

(Lower photo) Tom Berney, SOPA's Chair and Marcia Ramsay, Alzheimer Scotland's Director of Operations presented updates on developments in SOPA  and new aspects of care and support for people with dementia and their carers.

 

 

 

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