Glenda Watt from The Scottish Older People’s Assembly provides a guest blog on SOPA in Parliament
Clare Adamson MSP, Tom Berney Chair of Scottish Older People’s Assembly and Jeane Freeman OBE MSP and Minister for Social Security began the proceedings of our 9th Assembly in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 23 April 2018.
We had an overwhelming response to attend our event but sadly could not accommodate everyone who applied. However, amazingly, 130 people did participate in our four workshops dealing with: Funeral Poverty, Bevridge’s Giant Five Evils – where are we now?, Sustainability of Adult Social Care, the Prevention and Management of Falls, and Scams Towards Older People.
To celebrate 2018 as the Year of Young People, the afternoon session opened with a lively interactive discussion on Human Rights with members of the Children’s Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament and Scottish Older People’s Assembly. Alison Johnstone MSP and Clare Adamson MSP closed the session with a Question Time.
It certainly appeared that the guests enjoyed the event and the following comment from Dundee Voluntary Action was a treat to receive -“We thoroughly enjoyed our first Scottish Older People’s Assembly yesterday. It was a fabulous day with great discussion. We look forward to working closer with you this year.”