Thursday 1 November 2018

Further Education Visitors

Universities Scotland held a reception at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday evening showcasing further education establishments across the country.

Glasgow was well represented with all of our further education institutions exhibiting and I managed to get the opportunity to chat with them all.

10.18 Strathclyde Uni10.18 GC Uni10.18 UoG10.18 GSoA10.18 Conservatoire 2

Asylum Seekers

As well as taking part in the Scottish Government debate on asylum seekers on Thursday I also took the opportunity to raise the issue of asylum seekers and the support they receive during portfolio questions on Wednesday.

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

And the portfolio question here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11745&i=106289

Budget

The UK Budget will see Scotland’s resource block grant almost £2 billion lower in real terms next year than it was less than a decade ago.

The Budget does not deliver on the promises of a rise in public spending – Scotland’s NHS has been short-changed, the roll-out of Universal Credit has not been halted, and the richest 10% of the UK population will be the ones who benefit most from tax cuts.

Tearfund

10.18 Tearfund Scotland

It was a pleasure to attend an event in Parliament to celebrate Tearfund Scotland’s 50th anniversary.

The evening included presentations, music and art. I’m pictured with Iain Campbell a Glasgow based portrait painter. Iain has been working on a series of paintings for Tearfund’s 50th anniversary after visiting Tearfund projects in Nepal. The artwork was very impressive and Iain took the time to chat with me about his work and his collaboration with Tearfund Scotland.

The event also highlighted Tearfund’s 50th anniversary impact report, which outlines the transforming impact of Tearfund’s work over the last five decades. It also included a review of the impact of a decade of Scottish Government funding, telling the inspiring stories of communities that have benefited from this support.

Christmas!

11.18 Caring Christmas TreesThat time of year already I hear you cry! It is and I wanted to make you all aware of the Bethany Christian Trust’s Caring Christmas Trees project.

You can purchase a tree and the money raised will not only stay in the local area but will be used to support people in crisis this Christmas.

Bethany work with homeless people, families and children and those that are isolated and marginalised so your purchase will be going some way in offering support to our most vulnerable.

Caring Christmas Trees are freshly-cut, grade 1 standard Nordman Firs, grown in Scotland in managed, sustainable tree farms. These trees are grown especially to be future Christmas trees.

You can get more information about the project and how to get your tree here: https://www.caringchristmastrees.com/glasgow/#simple1

Saint’s Celebrations

Scots are being urged to spread a little kindness this St Andrew’s Day in celebration of the nation’s shared values and inclusive view of the world.

The #MakeSomeonesDay campaign marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – backed by £550,000 from the Scottish Government – opening with St Andrew’s Day on 30 November. This will be followed by events over the Christmas period, Hogmanay and, in January, Burns Night.

EventScotland is supporting events across Scotland and BEMIS, the national ethnic minorities-led umbrella body, is hosting multi-cultural celebrations as part of the Winter Festivals.

For the first time, the Scottish Government is teaming up with the global Fair Saturday Foundation on 1 December with a programme of more than 70 nationwide events to help fundraise for good causes and promote fairness and sharing.

You can find out what’s happening in Glasgow here: https://app.fairsaturday.org/listaeventos2018/Glasgow

Love Rally

10.18 Love RallyWhat a wonderful experience to march through the city centre with so many people demonstrating a commitment to a lifetime of equality, respect and love for all care experienced people.

I was joined by my colleagues Mhairi Black MP and Patrick Grady MP.

The march started at St Enoch Square at 12 winding through the city streets ending outside the Royal Concert Hall steps on Buchanan Street.

This rally was part of Care Experienced Week which runs in tandem with National Care Leavers’ Week, taking place at the end of October.

This additional event was born because people don’t leave their care experience behind them, just because they leave formal care. Rather, their care experience represents a fundamental part of who they are – and we want to celebrate that.

Learning

10.18 CoGC Campus VisitHad a very good visit to the new City of Glasgow campus this week.

Having met up with staff and students from the woodtrades during a showcase event on Traditional Build at the Parliament in September I was invited along to the college campus to see the workshops which were very impressive.

Not content with a tour of the woodtrades department I was also taken round some of the other departments across the campus including the travel and tourism department, painting and decorating, art and creative industries department.

It’s great to meet up with students and staff and see learning in action.

 

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