Midlothian appoints first Older People's Champion

Councillor Margot Russell has been appointed as Midlothian’s first Older People’s Champion.

An ambassador

At the full Council meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted in favour of Councillor Russell, who is also Depute Provost, taking on the ambassadorial position.

Part of wider campaign 

The agreement came after the charity Age Scotland and the Scottish Older People's Assembly (SOPA) launched a campaign calling on every local authority in Scotland to establish the role of an Older People's Champion. 

To improve the lives of older people 

Councillor Russell will work with local older people, support organisations and other bodies representing older people to identify and address issues impacting on this age group.

Representing their interests 

The Older People’s Champion will also make sure the views of older people are heard within the council.

11 May 2021