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We are so delighted that Roar has been awarded Age Scotland’s Services for Older People’s Charity of the year 2018! This award belongs to us all because collectively we are Roar – so congratulations everyone. What with awards and being on the telly, it’s been an exciting time. The launch of the Stay Mobile Stay Connected campaign has been so well received that the members of the film making group have been in high demand for interviews and other projects. The feedback from them is that they cannot believe how much they are enjoying themselves! They have something interesting to do, lots to talk about with family and most importantly they have made new friendships.

 

At one of the clubs, a member asked “how do you get picked to be part of these projects?” The answer is ‘Be open to something new and when we come to ask for names for a new project – say yes, I’d be interested.’ Easier said than done, I know. As both May and Elizabeth say in the films, they had no idea what to expect but everyone was so kind and they were never put in a situation of doing something they didn’t want to do. We will make sure you are safe, well fed and have great fun!

 

Some of the other project that some of our members have been involved in include being in a virtual reality film where they acted as tour guides round Coats Observatory, were ‘green screened’ into a film clip of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and took part in a Police Scotland bus driver training film for making bus travel safer for elderly passengers. The people involved just can’t wait for the films to be launched and all described feeling excited about doing something different and there being lots of laughter.

 

In the coming months we will be approached by organisations looking to involve older people in projects, focus groups, films and cultural opportunities. We often don’t know the details about days and times until the planning and funding comes together and we often have to fit with the slots they have available, and this can be a barrier for some people. However I would urge you to step out of your comfort zone! Put yourself forward to try something new and whatever that turns out to be I guarantee that you will be very pleased you did!

Nicola Hanssen