SOPA Planning Group
See the list below of the current Planning Group (updated Feb 2018). Click on the name of the organisation to go to the website (opening in a new window).
The SOPA Planning Group comprise, in the main, volunteers from Scottish organisations and associations. They have been selected by them to serve as representatives. They give their time generously, and carry forward the work of the annual Assembly. SOPA has good access to government and can raise issues directly with Ministers, in cross-party groups in Parliament and with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Tom Berney has been Chair of the Planning Group since June 2013. His professional background in the civil service and as a national trade union representative has equipped him with the skills and experience to play an effective role in meeting and negotiating with government ministers and other officials. However, SOPA's strength does not rest in one person.
"I believe the power of SOPA lies in its Planning Group. It includes a wide spectrum of organisations representing the varied interests and concerns within the older population. We work to find common ground to bring to bear the voices and experiences of older people at grass roots. We are therefore in a strong position to challenge or support legislation by the Scottish and Westminster Governments."
Glenda M Watt, Contact for Scottish Older People’s Assembly
Tel:0131 555 9112 m: 077 2991 3474 Email: email@example.com
The Scottish Older People's Assembly is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation: Number - SC046520
Dumfries & Galloway Seniors Forum: John White. firstname.lastname@example.org
Interfaith Association: Bashir A Malik. email@example.com
Click here to open the SOPA Constitution. This document was agreed by OCSR in April 2016. SOPA is a registered charity (SCO46520).
SOPA website (+Facebook and Newsletter) - Val Bissland: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact directly to report any broken links or difficulties.