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All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population

All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population

'All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population' was published on March 2007.

All Our Futures is published in three volumes:

On 8 December 2008 the Scottish Government presented its first progress report on All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population to the Scottish Parliament. It has been presented in the context of the Scottish Government's Purpose, its 5 strategic objectives, and of the national outcomes, indicators and targets. The Report looks back to the document published in March 2007, and forward to older people's issues and demographic ageing in the context of the present Government's policies. Progress Report

The main All Our Futures commitments have been implemented, as detailed below.

The Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice came into being in late 2007. Initial priorities were to develop a website, with materials accessible and useable by all, and run introductory roadshows across Scotland, held in February and March 2008.

The Centre is working with public, private and voluntary sector organisations, as well as individuals and families, to gather and share best practice, provide information and support, and develop new opportunities for intergenerational working in communities.

The Centre's web-site with up to date information is at

The National Forum on Ageing has a number of forms:

  • The National Forum on Ageing Implementation Group whose first meeting was held on 16 September 2008. Its remit concerned implementation of All Our Futures.

The anti-ageism campaign has 3 phases. The first began with a press launch on 4 July 2008 at Discovery Point in Dundee, and ran from 7 July to end-September 2008. The message is See the person, not the age. It involved TV advertising over a 9 week period, radio over an 8 week period, press advertising, and public relations work with local authorities and the voluntary sector, e.g. Community Service Volunteers. The campaign was re-run between 23 March and 24 April, and again in October 2009 with TV and radio advertising (and Wrinkly billboards in October). The link to the campaign is at

The national stakeholder event was held as 7 regional events, so more people could share in it. These were in Glasgow on 14 November 2008, Inverness on 3 December, Galashiels on 21 March 2009, Perth on 23 March, Aberdeen on 5 May, Dumfries on 20 May, and Edinburgh on 3 June 2009.

The report from these events can be found here: Stakeholder Events report 2009

This also provides a link to a report from each individual event.

Scottish Older People's Assembly

The Scottish Older People's Assembly was not envisaged in All Our Futures. The first was held in the Scottish Parliament on 2 October 2009, to coincide with UK National Older People's Day (1 October). The Assembly was organised by members of the Older People's Consultative Forum, facilitated by Age Scotland. The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, addressed the Assembly, and there was a panel discussion with questions from the floor, followed by breakout sessions and discussion in the afternoon. 300 people attended, and the report from the Assembly is available here . The Scottish Government's response to the 13 priorities identified in the Assembly's Report can be found here: Scottish Government response April 2010.

The second Scottish Older People's Assembly was held in Glasgow on 10 November 2010, and the report of the day's event can be found here.

Consultation Exercise and evidence gathering

The consultation exercise, Age and Experience: Developing the Strategy for a Scotland with an Ageing Population ran from March 13, 2006 to June 5, 2006.

This attracted a large number of detailed and thoughtful responses from a wide variety of individuals and organisations. Where respondents have given their permission, their responses are available to the public at the Scottish Government Library, which can be contacted on 0131 244 4556.

The responses have been analysed, and the analysis is available in:

Further Qualitative Research in the form of focus groups and interviews was carried out with members of the public, and the findings are also available in:

The consultation was also supported by the Sharing Experience website, which includes further details of the various evidence gathering work carried out in support of the Strategy, such as a telephone survey and a series of seminars organised by external stakeholders, as well as the external Advisory Group.