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How to Get Involved

Find out how you can help today

Any help you can give us to get the word out about our campaign is hugely appreciated. With your support, we can make a difference. 

We’ve outlined three ways you can get involved below:


Sign our Petition

We’re collecting the signatures of those who support our campaign. Click here to sign our petition – you’ll be asked for your name and which local authority you live in.

Feel free to sign in support even if your local authority already has a Champion.

Don’t worry, we’ll keep your data safe and it will only be used for the purposes of this campaign, unless you give us permission to contact you in future. You can find our full privacy policy here

Sign our Petition

Every signature means we are closer to ensuring councils listen to the needs of older people.


Share our Campaign

Sharing our posts about the campaign on Twitter or Facebook will really help us spread the word. If you’re creating your own posts, please tag us in on Twitter (@agescotland, @Scotopa) and Facebook (/agescotland, /scotopa) and we will share your posts. Remember to use #OlderPeoplesChampions.

If you're not on social media you can still share our campaign by word of mouth with friends and family - could you encourage them to sign our petition or write to their council leader? 


Write to your Council Leader

If you live in one of the local authorities without a Champion, please help us spread the word by writing to your council leader to tell them why you support our campaign.

We have created this template letter which you can use and adapt. You can find the text of the letter below to copy and paste it from this page directly.

If you'd like a physical copy of this template, please email campaigns@agescotland.org.uk or call 0333 32 32 400. 

Find your council leader’s contact details by clicking here

Use our template letter to contact your council leader:

[Date]

Dear [insert name of Council Leader],

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. Several local authorities already have these Champions in post, but I understand that the role does not exist here yet.

Age Scotland and SOPA also want to see a network of Older People’s Champions from across Scotland who will be a voice for older people at local and national level, work together on shared challenges and collectively influence for change. It would be beneficial if our area were represented.

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, planning and communities.

As many local authority budgets are under pressure, 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.

I believe the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s older people has only strengthened the need for an Older People’s Champion here.

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.       

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

[Address and post code]

[Email]  

Write to your Council Leader

If you agree with our campaign, please write to your council leader to ask them to appoint an Older People's Champion!

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