Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur will use debate in parliament this afternoon to praise the work of Age Scotland Orkney over the past 25 years and will draw attention to plans for rolling out a Good Day Calls service nationwide. The scheme has been run successfully in Orkney over recent years and Age Scotland Orkney will now deliver it across Scotland
Today’s debate will take place following a parliamentary reception last night to mark Age Scotland’s 75th Anniversary. At the reception, Mr McArthur met Gillian Skuse, Managing Director of Age Scotland Orkney, to discuss arrangements for the Good Day Calls service, which will offer a daily phone check-in service to older people, helping tackle loneliness and providing assurance that they enables them to live independently in their own home for longer.
Mr McArthur also drew attention to the wide range of other services that Age Scotland Orkney is delivering to older people in the islands at a time when the number of people aged 75 and over in Orkney is set to have increased by 50% in a decade.
Ahead of the debate, Mr McArthur said:
“Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity of visiting a drop in session at the Dementia Hub at Age Scotland Orkney’s offices in Kirkwall. It was immediately obvious to me how valuable this service is to those affected by dementia, their carers and family members, offering a chance for a cup of tea and a chat, as well as access to advice, information and services.
“This is just one example of the innovative way in which Age Scotland Orkney, working with other statutory and voluntary sector partners, is looking to meet the needs of a population that is living longer but often with a range of complex conditions. Gillian Skuse and her team deserve enormous credit for the approach they have taken and the determination they have shown to develop and improve services where they can.
“I know from speaking to Gillian about the positive impact that the Good Day Calls service has had locally over recent years. The feedback from those receiving the service reinforces this, underscoring the benefits in terms of tackling isolation and giving older people more confidence about staying in their own home for longer. Age Scotland’s decision to ask the Orkney team to deliver this service nationwide is therefore excellent news and a real tribute to the quality of work being done by Age Scotland Orkney.”
Following the event in Parliament, Gillian Skuse said "We are really grateful to Liam McArthur for his continued support and interest in Age Scotland Orkney and found his contribution to the special debate in the Scottish Parliament of our work to be heart-warming.
"We're really proud of the work that we do at Age Scotland Orkney to support older Orcadians love later life. Island life presents its own challenges to our lives as we grow older, so it is important that people know that charities and services like ours really do help.
"Our local Good Day Calls service has been a particular success in enabling older people to live independently in their own homes. The safety and security a daily call brings is clearly valued by those who use it. So much so that Age Scotland will be running their national Good Day Calls service from our team in Orkney."