Graeme Visits Arbroath Round O Five O

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Marking International Day of Older Persons

Graeme recently paid a visit to local Arbroath charity Round O Five O, coinciding with the 31st International Day of Older Persons.

Observed around the world every 1st October since 1991, following its establishment by the United Nations General Assembly the previous year, it is an opportunity to celebrate the lives and contributions of older people and highlight both the challenges and opportunities that aging presents. The overall umbrella theme for 2022 is ‘Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World’, with a particular focus on the resilience of older woman in the face of lifelong inequalities and on ensuring their inclusion at the heart of policy going forward.

Over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double – reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050. Developed countries are already increasingly facing challenges associated with an aging population, and the Scottish Government has this year consulted on its Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People. The SNP government has said it is committed to making Scotland “the best place in the world to grow old, with older people living full and rewarding lives, contributing to society and actively involved their health and social care”.

Mr Dey visited Round O Five O as a local organisation dedicated to improving over-50s’ quality of life through community development and the provision of recreation facilities. He dropped into their Abbot Street Lounge location in Arbroath to meet their engagement worker and discuss the inspiring difference the charity is making in the lives of many.

From singing, games, crafts and coffee mornings, to the provision of discounted healthy fruit and veg, the Lounge is a hive of activity each week. Round O Five O also organises a free walking photography group among its various projects for the local community.

Graeme’s visit follows a Motion he raised in the Scottish Parliament earlier in the year, congratulating Round O Five O on having secured £84,798 of National Lottery Funding which has been used to employ a development worker and manager to run the new community hub.

– Graeme 

I was delighted to visit Round O Five O and hear more about their great range of activities in Arbroath, and the wellbeing impact on those over-50s getting involved.

I was very pleased to see how the lottery funding is being put to good use there for the benefit of the local community – a fitting way to mark this year’s International Day of Older Persons.

Older people are a vital part of ensuring Scotland’s future success – essential to our communities, our economy, our public services and to society as a whole.

The SNP Scottish Government is determined that, by working together, we can place older people at the centre of the recovery, remove barriers and ensure an effective, joined up approach to healthy ageing.

– Amy Gourlay, engagement worker at Round O Five O

It was lovely to be visited by Graeme and to discuss some of the areas we are currently working on with the local community.

Our work is about spending time chatting and actually hearing what people say, then ensuring we are able to react to that. It’s a much longer-term approach, but over the course of almost eight years we have undertaken a large number of projects to empower and enable local people to be the best they can and want to be.

The new fruit and vegetable project was born out of such conversations regarding older people and those living alone – around their issues with food waste and a lack of choice because of larger portion sizes and supermarket offers.

With the simple solution of offering single items and half portions, we believe we can help address areas such food poverty, food miles and pollution, as well as social isolation – all through simply offering choice.