Older peo­ple of Oban turn out to voice con­cerns

The Oban Times - - News -

MORE than 50 peo­ple from Oban packed into the Cor­ran Halls last Fri­day to at­tend a lo­cal meet­ing of the Scot­tish Older Peo­ple’s As­sem­bly (SOPA).

The meet­ing was held in part­ner­ship with Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, NHS High­land, and Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

SOPA chair­man Tom Ber­ney said he was de­lighted to have the peo­ple from Oban add their voices to those of other com­mu­ni­ties from around Scot­land.

While some is­sues are al­ways go­ing to be spe­cific to lo­cal ar­eas, Mr Ber­ney said there are many gen­eral prob­lems that af­fect older peo­ple through poli­cies made in Holy­rood and West­min­ster.

He said: ‘The peo­ple of Oban now have a chance to feed into this na­tional di­a­logue about how we shape the fu­ture for older peo­ple in Scot­land.’

Res­i­dents raised con­cerns about trans­port, in­clud­ing the ab­sence of bus stops and ve­hi­cles and some care ar­range­ments for peo­ple at home or in hos­pi­tals.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Tom Ber­ney con­tin­ued: ‘SOPA’s lo­cal meet­ings pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for older peo­ple across Scot­land to make their voice heard and I was really en­cour­aged by the dis­cus­sions in Oban.

‘Our aim is to help im­prove the qual­ity of life for the in­creas­ing num­bers of older peo­ple in Scot­land and events like this are a vi­tal part of un­der­stand­ing which is­sues we should be tak­ing di­rectly to de­ci­sion makers.’

Those in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about SOPA are en­cour­aged to visit their web­site www.sco­topa.org.uk or fol­low on so­cial me­dia.

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