Thursday 21 March 2019
It was with great sadness I attended the funeral of Sheena Glass at Glasgow Cathedral this week to celebrate her incredible life.
I first met Sheena many years ago and was struck by her dogged determination and commitment to the local community. As Director of what was Glasgow’s Older People’s Welfare Association now Glasgow’s Golden Generation we worked on a number of initiatives together.
Sheena went onto be awarded for her efforts with an MBE in 2013 and again in 2017 when she was awarded Glasgow’s Community Champion Gold Medal Special Editor’s Award.
Sheena will always be remembered for her warmth and kindness and her legacy will continue through Glasgow’s Golden Generation.
Support for people with mental health conditions will be strengthened through an independent review of the Mental Health Act.
The review aims to improve the rights and protections of those living with mental illness and remove barriers to those caring for their health and welfare.
The review will examine developments in mental health law and practice on compulsory detention and on care and treatment since the current legislation came into force in 2005.
A review group will also make recommendations that reflect people’s social, economic and cultural rights and will consider the future shape of incapacity, mental health and adult support and protection legislation.
This follows on from work already underway to review incapacity law and practice, and a review of learning disability and autism.
You can access the Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/mental-health-strategy-2017-2027/
St Patrick’s Day Celebrations
To celebrate St Patrick’s Day I sponsored a dinner and reception in the Parliament in collaboration with the Irish Consul and ESB Energy.
What a fantastic evening with a wonderful harpist providing the music, excellent speeches and of course a delicious dinner with both Scottish and Irish elements.
Consul General of Ireland Mark Hanniffy, Deputy Chief Executive of ESB Jerry O’Sullivan and Scottish Government Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment Mairi Gougeon MSP addressed the guests.
This was an opportunity for MSPs to join with the Consul General and ESB to mark St Patrick’s Day and taking the opportunity to discuss the strong partnership between Scotland and Ireland.
Able2sail were exhibiting in Parliament this week and I managed to speak to their representatives about the work they do.
Able2sail offers unique opportunities tailored to sailing and disability, with the objective to include disabled and those affected by disability, by sailing and sailing related activities.
Their aim is for this activity to improve quality of life, to experience sailing and to remove barriers from sailing. The Youth Forum includes able bodied and young people who are disabled working together, learning sailing skills, and progressing to become volunteers.
You can find out more about this organisation here: http://www.able2sail.org.uk/
I took the opportunity to chat with members of the Keep Scotland Beautiful team when they were exhibiting in Parliament this week.
They campaign, act and educate on a range of local, national and global issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and the places they live.
Keep Scotland Beautiful is leading the way on improving Scotland’s environment, tackling a wide range of environmental issues.
From reducing the amount of litter on our streets to cutting the carbon emissions that threaten our planet.
I am more than happy to support their #SpringClean19 campaign and would encourage everyone to do what they can to highlight the campaign and join in to Keep Scotland Beautiful!
World Down’s Syndrome Day
Down’s Syndrome Scotland sent these socks to all MSPs to highlight their campaign Lots of Socks and to celebrate World Down’s Syndrome Day which takes place today!
Why socks you may well ask! Down’s Syndrome Scotland believe chromosomes look like socks and people with Down’s Syndrome have an extra chromosome – a third copy of chromosome 21.
The campaign is encouraging people to take to social media with # #WDSD19 and @LotsofSocks
If you would like to find out more go to: https://www.dsscotland.org.uk/