Thursday 13 September 2018

Macmillan

09.18 MacMillan Coffee Morning

It was a pleasure to join Janice Preston Head of Macmillan Services in Scotland at the Parliament this week for the charity’s flagship fundraising campaign which aims to raise millions to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.

Last year thousands of people across the UK took part in a Coffee Morning event, raising around £27m for Macmillan. This year the total raised by Coffee Morning since it began in 1991 will pass the £200m mark. The official day for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Friday 28th September but you can hold your own event at a time to suit you.

It couldn’t be more simple to get involved – all you need to do is get together with family, friends or colleagues over coffee and cake. You can register now for your free fundraising pack via the website – http://www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee – or find a Coffee Morning near you to get involved in.

Help people with cancer live life as fully as they can and find a Macmillan Coffee Morning in your community to attend this September. www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee

Brexit

Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell set out the actions the Scottish Government is taking to protect Scotland, as much as possible, from the ‘threats’ of Brexit.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, Mr Russell said existing financial and staff resources, backed by £27 million of additional preparation funding, are being aligned towards areas with specific EU exit-related demands to ensure an effective response.

Mr Russell warned that an unprecedented number of pieces of legislation known as statutory instruments, required to prepare Scottish laws for Brexit, will place a heavy burden on the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government.

He reiterated that the best option for Scotland’s economy, society and people is to have continued membership of the European Single Market and Customs Union.

Homeless World Cup

09.18 Homeless World Cup

It was great to see The Open Museum , Glasgow Museum’s outreach service exhibiting in Parliament this week.

They create pop up displays, community projects, events, art installations and exhibitions for Glasgow and the wider Scottish community.

The display they brought to Parliament contained objects, photos and stories to inspire and educate people about the positive impact of the Homeless World Cup on those who participated and what they have moved onto now.

Mental Health

The chair of a taskforce reviewing mental healthcare for young people has called for a stronger focus on prevention and more community-based care which would free specialist services for the children and adolescents who most need them.

The taskforce will conduct a whole system review of CAMHS in Scotland and is supported with an initial £5m.

Other recommendations include identifying where immediate changes can be made to address the issues raised in the rejected referrals review, building a diverse workforce, and strengthening information systems to get better data.

You can read the recommendations here: https://news.gov.scot/resources/dr-dame-denise-coia-preliminary-view-and-recommendations-final

Shelter

09.18 Shelter ScotlandShelter Scotland were in Parliament this week to mark their 50th anniversary.

Shelter have seen a huge amount of progress over the past 50 years, but there’s still plenty to do until there’s a home for everyone.

Housing is now the key factor determining a person’s health, well-being, and prospects in life.  In the past 4 decades, Shelter Scotland has been working to help as many people as possible who are living in bad housing or with no home at all, and there is still a lot to be done.

Members had the opportunity to join Shelter Scotland to mark this important anniversary and hear from a range of speakers as they look towards what’s required in the future.

Glow Gold

Glow Gold was established to raise awareness of childhood cancer during September through gold illumination of iconic buildings and landmarks throughout the world and I am more than happy to add my support to their campaign.

Representatives of the campaign were in Parliament this week to highlight Glow Gold for September. The campaign wants to ensure the colour gold becomes synonymous with childhood cancer and September as awareness month.

They are hoping that with increased awareness of childhood cancer, comes greater awareness of the early signs and symptoms, earlier diagnosis, increased funding, increased research, kinder more targeted therapy and ultimately a change in the prognosis for kids diagnosed with childhood cancer.

Find out more here: http://glowgoldseptember.com/

Nae Pasaran

My colleague Linda Fabiani MSP led a members debate in the chamber this week on the 1974 group of workers at the Rolls Royce factory in East Kilbride who showed their support for the people of Chile by refusing to carry out the vital repairs of engines for Hawker Hunter planes, which had been used during the brutal military coup in September 1973.

The boycott endured for four years but the Scottish workers never knew what impact they had; it was a matter of conscience and an act of solidarity

You can access the full debate and my contribution here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/ReportSelectPage.aspx?type=plenary&year=2018&page=0&meeting=-1

Species Champion

09.18 Species ChampionHow many of you have spotted the Kelvin Kingfisher? As the Species Champion of the Kingfisher I’ve been keeping an eye out for our local Kingfisher which I’m happy to say I’ve spotted numerous times whilst out and about.

Representatives were in Parliament this week to mark the end of the Species Champion 100 day Challenge and I had the opportunity to meet up with them to chat about the future of Species Champions and Scottish biodiversity post 2020.

Glow Gold

Glow Gold was established to raise awareness of childhood cancer during September through gold illumination of iconic buildings and landmarks throughout the world and I am more than happy to add my support to their campaign.

Representatives of the campaign were in Parliament this week to highlight Glow Gold for September. The campaign wants to ensure the colour gold becomes synonymous with childhood cancer and September as awareness month.

They are hoping that with increased awareness of childhood cancer, comes greater awareness of the early signs and symptoms, earlier diagnosis, increased funding, increased research, kinder more targeted therapy and ultimately a change in the prognosis for kids diagnosed with childhood cancer.

Find out more here: http://glowgoldseptember.com/

Traditional Building Skills

IMG_1407 (2)Members of the Traditional Building Skills visited the Parliament this week along with pupils from Hillhead High to experience a hands on mini-masterclass in roof slating, stonemasonry, painting and decorating and joinery.

The mini-masterclasses were delivered by apprentices from Edinburgh College, City of Glasgow College, Dundee & Angus College and West Scotland College.

It not only gave me a chance but pupils as well to have a chat about the apprentices’ routes into employment and training while receiving hands on mini-masterclasses in the trades being demonstrated.

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