05 July 20192019 Assembly Date Confirmed
We are delighted that the Scottish Parliament has agreed the date for our 2019 Assembly on
Saturday 5th October 2019
This date will be very timely as it coincides with the Scottish Parliament's 20th anniversary, SOPA's 10th anniversary and International Older People's Day on 1st October.
Holding the event on a Saturday will allow access to the Debating Chamber and Committee Rooms for workshop activities.
Please put the date in your diaries and further information about how to book your place will follow shortly.
13 June 2019Voice of Veterans event
The Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) was delighted to be invited by Unforgotten Forces, to hold a joint engagement event for older veterans in Bathgate on 13th June. The aim of the event was to provide an opportunity for older veterans to be able to share their views on what is important to them.
There was a great turnout on the day, with 44 attendees, including around 34 older veterans along with spouses, SOPA members and others working in the veterans’ field. Following a welcome by Diana Findlay, Chair of SOPA, the programme moved on to an informative presentation from Glen MacDonald, Co-ordinator of Unforgotten Forces.
Unforgotten Forces is a collaboration of 15 organisations, led by Poppy Scotland, who have joined forces to enhance the support available for veterans over the age of 65 and their families in Scotland. Further information about Unforgotten Forces, the partner organisations and the range of support available is available on the Unforgotten Forces website.