Points of View 27th January 2018

Know your network: Linda Jane McLean

by Paul Bradley


Job title: Retired (I think…but still doing lots on Social Care)

Org: Arac

Location: Nigg, Tain, Highland

Network Member since: June 2017

Contact me at: [email protected]

How would you describe your job to a child?

I find ways to help people to live in their own homes longer. That  means that they enjoy life better and  have more things to do and friends to come and see them. Little things can make a big difference when you are old, and you have to know what to look for.

What does the concept of open government mean to you?

Open Government, to me, is allowing people a voice. . There are some really interesting ideas  that are raised. Voices are all very well, but can become no more than a clamour unless there is some filtration

What would your autobiography be called?

The Adventures of a Pioneer

Why did you become involved in the Open Government Network?

I was invited by a member. I have watched the action, but so far have been a bit too busy to take part.

Tell us one thing you’d like this Network to do in the next 6 months

One thing that needs to be learned is the huge amount of pressure that can be removed from the NHS by funding Community Care. I would like to see it in the next 6 months, but as I have been fighting solidly for over 25 years,(when Scotland was voted as having the best paradigm in Europe) I am not holding my breath.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Different every day. It depends on needs of friends, family, community and furry friends. It is very, very busy up in the North. You learn independence.You cut your own wood for the fire.Almost everyone has a trailer, as you need to shift things yourself. You can be called upon to do a variety of things, from helping with staining a shed, to advice on annual leave.

What breed of social media user are you?

Probably a dipper. Not too sure of my ability media wise, and the world keeps spinning!

What three things could members of this network get in contact with you about?

How to think creatively around “Social Care”.


Old age/loneliness.

The link to the one website/blog/online community that you cannot live without, and nor should others:


Is there a particular area of open government that you’re interested in? Or, do you have a question you’d like network members to respond to?

I am particularly interested in Public engagement. Are there any really good examples of this,especially with an older age group?

Where do you see the open government movement in Scotland in three years?

I hope it remains an open and honest site. Will it have real clout? I do not know,

Biggest like:

New Information

Biggest Dislike: 

Can’t think of anything