Contact your Council Leader
We have listed the contact details of Council Leaders of local authorities who do not yet have an Older People's Champion. Click on your local authority's name to find the contact details you need.
We have created this template letter which you can use and adapt. You can also find the text of the letter below if you'd prefer to copy and paste it.
If you're not sure which local authority you live in, you can check here by entering your post code: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
* denotes a local authority which had an Older People's Champion (or equivalent position) before the local government elections in May 2022, but which is yet to confirm a re-appointment as far as we are aware.
City of Edinburgh*
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Use our template letter to contact your council leader:
Dear [insert name of Council Leader/Councillor],
Older People’s Champions Campaign
I am writing to seek your support for Age Scotland and the Scottish Older People’s Assembly’s (SOPA) campaign for every local authority in Scotland to establish the role of Older People’s Champion and to appoint a councillor to the position.
An Older People’s Champion is a councillor who acts as a link between the council and older people in the local area. More than half of local authorities in Scotland now have a Champion/s in post, but I understand that the role does not exist here yet. As such, I would welcome the consideration of the creation of the role for our council.
With a growing older population, it is vital that local decision-making meets the needs of older people and that councillors have a better understanding of these. Local authorities are responsible for providing and supporting so many services which older people rely on – such as public transport, social care provision and community services.
As many local authority budgets are under pressure and as we all attempt to cope with the rising cost of living, older people need someone specifically tasked with standing up for their interests and finding out what they need from local decision-makers. Importantly, there is no budgetary implication attached to this role.
Age Scotland and SOPA also facilitate a network of Older People’s Champions, bringing together Champions from across Scotland to discuss issues affecting older people at local and national level. The group allows Champions to work together on shared challenges and collectively influence for change. It would be beneficial if our area were represented.
I hope that you can support this campaign and will establish the role of an Older People’s Champion for our council. I look forward to hearing from you.
[Address and post code]