NEED ADVICE? LOOKING FOR A FRIENDLY FACE?
THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN AT GLASGOW OLD PEOPLE’S
Be happy, stay active and make friends at our clubs throughout the city
Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association - a one stop shop for advice and products for people aged over 60 – is reaching out to help senior citizens remain active within their community.
Sheena Glass, Director of the ‘self funded hands-on’ charity, says: “It’s true that life needn’t stop just because time is catching up with you. We run five Day Care Centres throughout Glasgow and have over 2000 volunteers across 130 affiliated clubs who work hard to support older people in various ways.
“Age creeps up on us all, but for many older people, losing confidence can hold them back. Unfortunately for some, relatives don’t live close by or they find it difficult to leave the house due to their physical wellbeing. We want to make sure that these people are able to enjoy life, whatever that might mean to them.”
GOPWA was established after the Second World War and in 2008 celebrated 60 years of service. To date, the charity has helped over 70% of Glasgow’s 117,000 elderly citizens. Welfare Information and Advice, Income Maximisation, Advocacy, Neighbourhood Visiting Services, Residential Homes and Sheltered Flats are some of the other services offered by the charity.
Sheena added: “We want older people across Glasgow to know that whether they’re looking for advice on a bill, or maybe just want a bit of company, we have the experience and expertise to help.
“We provide a friendly voice at the end of the phone and our door is always open to visitors, new and old. We want to hear from anyone that might need our support, now.”
With the help of our volunteers, many of whom are pensioners themselves, we have arranged many different fundraising events. We have also been nominated by BiP Solutions and Sainsburys Partick as their Charity of the year and they have also helped to arrange many different fundraising events.
If you’d like to see a friendly face, or perhaps you’re interested in volunteering or donating, then please get in touch with Sheena Glass by calling 0141 221 9924, or drop in to the office at 7 Sandyford Place, Glasgow, G3 7NB.
Information is also available online by visiting www.gopwa.co.uk.
Scottish Memories • November 2010 This month’s cover image shows some of the many fishermen who plied their trade in Stonehaven during the nineteenth century. Taken from the new book Victorian Scotland. For more images turn to page 10.
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W lc m t Technology is everywhere these days, whether it’s mobile phones, ipods, computers or sat nav, the younger generation seem to be glued to these gadgets and gizmos for most of their waking hours.
It’s not all bad, of course, and it’s fair to say that there has been a revolution in communication thanks to the internet – the web is a wonderful tool for bringing people together – but this sense of progress is nothing new.
revolution in communication thanks to the internet – the web is a wonderful tool for
Take the Victorian era for example. This was a fascinating period in our modern history, when innovation and industry thrived. Just look at the wonderful images in our special feature on page 10, such as the incredible shots of the construction of the Forth Bridge, and you can begin to appreciate our ancestors’ achievements.
Of course, one of the greatest inventions, which began to be widely used during Victoria’s reign, is the camera, which enabled these historic moments to be captured on film. Could any of the subjects in this pictorial feature have imagined that we would be looking at their photograph more than 100 years later?
Speaking of photography, I’m sure you will enjoy the beautiful pictures of Ayrshire in this month’s destination guide on page 27, which provides all the information you need for a day out or holiday in the area. We’ve even included a map for a picturesque drive, so you can leave your sat nav at home!
C t ts 5 Then and Now WIN! A historic football match, the Papal tartan and a chance to win a Robert the Bruce DVD
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34 From Fife to Florida The incredible story of the derelict Fife theatre which was moved to the USA
10 Victorian Scotland Rare behind-the-scenes photographs of the construction of our well-known landmarks
15 Monster’s lair Discover the striking ruin once believed to be the home of the Loch Ness monster 16 Memories Mailbox Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ popular Writing to Remember column
36 The man i’the rock An unusual cliff-side carving created by a Kirkcaldy handloom weaver
38 When Scotland roofed the world! The men who toiled on the west coast islands to provide the world with slate 40 Reader memories Your stories of Marymass in the 1930s and wartime evacuation. Plus, Bonfire Night memories with Aileen Torrance
18 Flying with our VC heroes The three Victoria Cross heroes whose names adorned a fleet of RAF planes
20 The islands of Mary Queen of Scots We explore the picturesque islands associated with Mary’s dramatic reign 22 Movie memories Why Hollywood soundtracks so entranced Scottish film-goers 24 Year to remember: 1970 A nostalgic look at the films, news and music of 1970. Plus, On This Day in History
27 Destination Ayrshire We help you plan the perfect autumn break in Ayrshire. Plus: View of the Month
44 A nurse in Vietnam The incredible experiences of an Orkney woman who worked in war-torn Vietnam 46 Days of the dividend Our new fiction series humorously chronicles the trials and tribulations of 1950s Co-op manager Stan Sutherland
47 My Scotland: Johnny Beattie The much-loved actor and comedian looks back on his long and eventful career
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland We give you the lowdown on the latest books and CDs with a Scottish flavour
52 Puzzles WIN! Put the kettle on, sit back and relax with our page of puzzles and competitions
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