Older people of Oban turn out to voice concerns
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.