Thursday 20 June

Bethlehem

06.19 Bethlehem GTC

I was delighted to welcome Clinical Director Dr Caesar Hakim, Managing Director Fadia Saleh and qualified and trainee Psychologists from the Guidance and Training Center for the Child and Family based in the West Bank.

The Centre is part of the Glasgow – Bethlehem Twinning: Health and Wellbeing Project and representatives of the project from Glasgow were also in Parliament.

GTC developed training for Psychologists in partnership with Glasgow and Dundee Universities and they have also benefitted from support from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow School of Art

I participated in a members debate marking the first anniversary of the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire. The debate whilst reflecting on what lessons should be learned for both safeguarding our culture and buildings, focused on the impact on the local community and the Sauchiehall Street development.

You can access the full debate here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12196&i=110199

Mental Health

06.19 Safe HarbourSafe Harbour is a new and innovative service funded by the Big Lottery Fund to support the people of Inverclyde.

They enable people to improve their emotional wellbeing by improving aspects such as self-esteem and self-worth, as well as improving coping skills in relation to difficulties in life.

Safe Harbour helps to reduce barriers to those on the edges of our communities.

Warm Homes

Social landlords will benefit from £3.5 million in extra funding to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

The funding is being provided for measures such as insulation and internal improvements to social rented accommodation.

To receive the funding projects must also include activity to reduce a building’s carbon footprint, such as ground source heat pumps, biomass energy from organic material and solar panels.

By the end of 2021, the Scottish Government will have allocated more than £1 billion since 2009 to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency – making homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

Oor Wullie

06.19 Oor Wullie GlasgowLook who I came across! For those of you who haven’t come across the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail see if you can find this one in the city!

Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail runs for 11 weeks from 17th June 2019 – 30th August 2019, culminating in a series of Farewell Events and nationwide auctions in each of the five host cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Scotland’s first ever national public art trail aims to unite the country as it raises awareness and vital funds for Scotland’s children’s hospital charities.

Funds raised through the trail will support Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and the ARCHIE Foundation, helping children in hospital across the country.

Nursing

06.19 RCNThe Royal College of Nursing is the world’s largest professional organisation and trade union for nursing staff, with members in the NHS, independent and third sectors.

I was delighted to meet up with their representatives in the Parliament this week.

Their exhibition was celebrating the diverse nature of the nursing workforce who represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

It also explored the previously untold stories, from the contributions of deaf nurses, to the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic nurses working in the UK, through to networks of LGBTQ+ nurses.

Mesh Review

A new complex case unit will be established in NHS Scotland to ensure women who have experienced complications from mesh procedures receive the best care and treatment.

Steps are also being taken to engage with international experts to see how mesh complication services – including mesh removal – can be improved.

Carers

06.19 Cross Carers AwardsTo mark the end of Carer’s Week Crossroads Caring Scotland hold an annual carers awards ceremony.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by carers across the country.

I was honoured to present this year’s awards at the Crossroads Carers Scotland event in Glasgow at the weekend and I am pictured here with the award winners.

Help To Buy

More than 30,000 households have been helped to buy their home through Scottish Government support schemes since 2007.

Figures published today show that the majority of these purchasers were first-time buyers and young people, who often struggle to get into the property market. Just over a third were families with children.

This has been achieved through the Scottish Government’s two homeownership schemes – Help to Buy (Scotland) and the Low Cost Initiative for First-Time Buyers (LIFT).

The Scottish Government has invested over £1.2 billion in Help to Buy and LIFT, and has exceeded its commitment in 2017 to support up to 3,500 households into affordable home ownership, including approximately 2,500 first-time buyers.

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