Media release: Rethinking later life attracts SOPA and u3a members

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WHAT do a couple of Tuesday autumn afternoons, some university researchers, crime writer, Val McDermid, and former BBC political journalist, Brian Taylor, have in common?

Together, they comprise two jointly-run events on positive living in older age.

Both events are being hosted by the Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) with u3a: Online Across Scotland and u3a in Scotland.

500 free tickets for 26 October and 2 November, 2-5pm are available to their membership.

Scottish u3a trustee, Ann Keating, explained: “There’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in how to keep well or you want to try a practical stress buster session.

“You can find out how Val McDermid stays creative in her 60s, and maybe take part in a discussion to improve primary care.

“We hope the debate that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, moderated by Brian Taylor, provokes a reaction in our lively memberships.

“It’s a good opportunity to see what each organisation does and sample what’s on offer.”


Notes for editors:

1. Scotland has 54 community u3as with around 10,000 members who form part of a UK-wide and international educational movement ( Local volunteers lead these self-help learning co-operatives for those no longer in full-time work or unable to work. Scottish trustee, Ann Keating, developed the digital creation of u3a: Online Across Scotland in 2020 in response to the pandemic and COVID 19 lockdowns ( The u3a motto is ‘Learn, laugh, live’.  These two free events, held jointly by u3a in Scotland, u3a: Online Across Scotland, and the Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) are open to members of these organisations.

2. The Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) exists to give a strong voice to older people about their experience of life in Scotland, their challenges and concerns, and to celebrate the positive contribution that older people make to society. SOPA members were surveyed during the pandemic about their access to primary care services. Details of these findings will be discussed on Tuesday 26 October. For more information visit:

3. Guest speakers for 26 October will be Dr Louise A Brown Nicolls and Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi from the University of Strathclyde. On 2 November it will be University of Glasgow Research Associate, Dr Valerie Wright and University of Stirling Research Fellow, Jade French.

4. Register at and/or

5. SOPA can help with enquiries on 07434 867890 or email The phone is not always manned, but if you leave your name and number someone will get back to you. For information about the joint u3a event please contact Scottish u3a trustee, Ann Keating, on 07757 976936 or email PR advisor, Allana Parker:

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Contact: Ann Keating

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