Scottish older people’s assembly announced for October 2009

Assembly to tackle key issues facing older people in Scotland

[UKPRwire, Wed Sep 30 2009] On 2 October at the Scottish Parliament, 300 older people, and others drawn from every corner of Scotland will come together at the very first Scottish Older People’s Assembly.

Organised by a group of organisations of and for older people, including WRVS, and with the support of the Scottish Government, the Assembly will highlight the key issues for older people in Scotland that are within the power of the Scottish Parliament and Government to tackle.

Chaired by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and launched with an address from the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, the day will feature presentations, debates and discussions which will help create a report that will both inform and inspire action to address the issues raised.

Topics of discussion to include:

* What price old age?
* Can we afford the cost of care?
* Has the choice been removed from our later lives?
* Are our voices being heard - and if not, why not?

What must be done to ensure a wealthier and fairer, smarter and healthier future for Scotland's older people - and who's going to do it?

This is an historic gathering which will change the way Scotland’s older people’s voice is heard forever.

Applications to attend are now closed but details of how to access the subsequent report will be available on this website once it has been produced.

If you are a member of the press and have a media enquiry or would like to speak with a WRVS representative, please contact Andrew Jackson, media and public affairs manager, Scotland on 07714 898623. For all other enquiries please contact us.

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Contact Name: Andrew Jackson

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Contact Phone: 07714 898623

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