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15 March 2021SOPA launches 2021 Manifesto

SOPA has published a Manifesto in advance of the 2021 elections.manifesto 2021

The Manifesto sets out six recommendations that we believe should be priorities for the next Scottish Government. It is based on the views of our members, the experiences from their organisations working with older people and from SOPA’s outreach and consultation activities. The recommendations are:

  1. Deliver on the findings of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. Issues of particular importance to our members include:
  • Home care and residential care should be funded adequately and sustainably to deliver equitable and quality care for all older people
  • Health and social care workers should be paid fairly and provided with appropriate training and career paths
  • Nutritious meals must be provided to older people as part of care services
  1. Support the appointment of an Older People’s Champion in every local authority
  2. Support the restoration of free TV licence
  3. Encourage the take up of pension credit
  4. Deliver affordable digital inclusion for older people
  5. Commitment to the rights of older people in COVID recovery through Age-friendly Communities.

16 February 2021SOPA calls for Older People's Champions to be appointed across Scotland

SOPA is delighted to be partnering with Age Scotland to campaign for an Older People's Champion in every local authority in Scotland.

We are calling on all of Scotland's 32 local authorities to create the role to ensure that older people's voices are heard, their interests catered for and their concerns addressed.

Nine local authorities have already appointed a councillor to the apolitical role but the Age Scotland and SOPA campaign aims to build a network of champions to represent older people's views and identify issues that affect older people locally.

An Older People's Champion would also be involved in communicating council policies that impact older people, including transport, social care, public toilets and community services.

Diana Findley, chairperson of SOPA said:

“We in SOPA are very pleased to be working in partnership with Age Scotland, firstly to applaud the local authorities who have already appointed an Older People’s Champion but also to encourage the others to see the value of such a role and follow suit.

"This is an important ambassadorial role and if all local authorities appointed one of their councillors in such a role it would ensure that older people’s perspectives would be raised in all matters discussed in council.

"Such a network of Older People’s Champions would give older people a stronger voice but also be a space to share knowledge to assist each of the champions in their role.”

How to Get Involved:

  • Sign our Petition
  • Share our Campaign
  • Write to your Council Leader

Find out more about about our Older People's Champions campaign here: www.age.scot/OPC

16 February 2021Catalyst Top Tip films launched

SOPA partnered with the University of Strathclyde's School of Psychological Sciences & Health on research into people's experience of change during national lockdown. A series of Top Tip films share insights into how people cope and maintain their wellbeing during lockdown.

The series of 6 films are available on the SOPA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/733902343336491/225165499175243

And the Actify website:
https://www.actify.org.uk/catalyst

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