Thursday 29 November 2018
Glasgow School of Art was raised during portfolio questions this week in Parliament and I took the opportunity to ask the Minister on what progress has been made with the SFRS investigation and I am pleased to hear that they are now on site and envisage concluding early in the new year.
St Andrews Day
This is your last call to participate in this year’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade 2018 organised by the West End Festival.
Make sure you head down to the Botanics on Friday 30 November to join the parade which starts at 6.15pm ending at Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
All of the money raised from the sale of the torches will go to Spirit Aid founded by David Hayman who will also be taking part again this year.
You can find out more about the event here: http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/
Having secured sufficient cross party support I brought forward a members debate in the Parliament this week on bank branch closures, in light of the recent announcement from Bank of Scotland on their intention to close the St George’s Cross branch.
You can access the full debate here: www.parliament.scot
It’s always great to catch up with members of groups across the local community.
Golden Generations is no exception. Established as Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association (GOPWA), Glasgow’s Golden Generation is now Glasgow’s leading charity for the elderly.
They offer a wide range of services and social activities which contribute to improving the quality of life of older adults in Glasgow through a variety of support services, ranging from befriending to benefits advice.
I was invited to speak at an event in the constituency on Monday organised by Adopt an Intern.
Adopt an Intern have been awarded funding to take forward an initiative as part of the Workplace Equality Fund to encourage and help Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) women into work.
They will use the funding to continue their work they started last year to support BME women returners to work and expand this service to all BME women.
They want to encourage a variety of employers to look more deeply at their recruitment processes and practices to ensure they are giving BME women an opportunity to show their skills and are supported through their integration into the workplace.
You can find out more information on Adopt an Intern at www.aai-talent.co.uk
UN Children’s Day
On Friday I was kindly invited to join staff and volunteers at the Barnardo’s shop at Great Western Road to celebrate Universal Children’s Day and the Year of Young People.
I had an opportunity to chat with the staff and volunteers about the shop and the services Barnardo’s offer across the Glasgow Kelvin constituency area.
Barnardo’s Scotland has more than 100 shops in Scotland and works with more than 26,500 children and young people in over 122 specialised community-based services across Scotland.
Their work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.
The shop as you can see from the photograph is now well stocked with Christmas goodies and I found these – particularly festive footwear! Get down to pick up some bargains and help support children and young people!
It was great to welcome Glasgow ESOL Forum to the Parliament this week for a tour. The group was made up of learners from Syria, Yemen, Spain, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, China, Italy, Greece, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, India, and South Korea.
They all had a great day out at the Parliament seeing democracy in action. My thanks to Kristen Fraley who helped organise the tour along with Glasgow ESOL Managers Jo Jarvis and Sarah Cox.
This week marks 16 Days of Activism and as part of the week I hosted an event in Parliament to highlight and promote the contribution of Everyday Heroes to the Equally Safe campaign.
The Everyday Heroes programme was designed and coordinated by the Equally Safe Participation Partnership of young adult experts from the University of Edinburgh IMPACT project, Barnardos Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament funded by the Scottish Government to inform Equally Safe Action.
Issues ranged from improving services of young abuse survivors, tackling gender inequality and societal attitudes, improve education responses and ensure participation from the people directly affected.
You can also watch my contribution to the Scottish Government’s debate this week here http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11807&i=106818 and you can get further information on the Everyday Heroes programme here: www.everydayheroes.sps.ed.ac.uk
Another great visit this week to Theatre Nemo where I met up with Director Isabel McCue to join in their 20th anniversary celebrations.
Isabel set up Theatre Nemo with the aim of supporting people in recovery from poor mental health, focusing on providing creative workshops that have a focus on mental wellbeing, teaching people coping strategies and developing a greater understanding of their own mental health as well as guiding them on where to get support and how to support others.
Arts therapy can help promote recovery and sustain a better feeling of mental health and well-being, as well as contributing to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Isabel and her team have shown great enthusiasm and commitment to Theatre Nemo and I am certain they will be celebrating another 20 years.
You can access further information at http://www.theatrenemo.org/