Cancer survivor Ian lights up the night at Shine Glasgow for Cancer Research UK

COURAGEOUS football fan Ian Anderson led the charge against cancer in Scotland’s biggest city- after overcoming the disease.

Dad of two Ian was chosen as VIP to sound the horn and send more than 1,100 Scots on Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk in Glasgow on Saturday August 18. Sponsorship money is still coming in but the 10K which saw people of all ages and abilities uniting through light to help beat cancer sooner has already raised more than £52,000 for life saving research. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save lives.

Participants could choose to raise money for the area of cancer research closest to their hearts, selecting from 12 different areas of scientific research. These included prostate cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Or they could simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK’s overall work.

Ian is back where he belongs on the pitch playing in goals every Tuesday night as part of the Partick Thistle Football Fans in training legends team after a tough 12 months fighting cancer. But it was an emotional moment for Ian as he stepped up on to stage next to the start line of Shine Glasgow to rally the crowd as it will be exactly a year since he received a letter telling him the results of the bowel cancer screening test he’d taken were abnormal. The bowel screening test- sent through the post to people aged 50 to 74 every two years- is the most effective way of finding bowel cancer early.

Ian, 57, of Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, said: “I’m proud to support Shine to help raise awareness.

“The bowel screening test is a little bit of kit that really could save your life. It can detect cancer early and you can complete it in your own home. Of course it was a shock at first when I received that letter last August advising me there could be a problem. I knew it meant I could have cancer but I also knew how important it was to get treated for cancer early. Within 42 days of that letter arriving I was in hospital getting surgery to remove the cancer. That was actually the first step on my road to recovery.

“Since my diagnosis some of my football gang who are also over 50 have asked me about the bowel screening test.   I’ve encouraged them to take the test the next time it comes through their door. I’ve returned to work, football and life is good again thanks to that test.”

Every day around 88 people in Scotland receive the news that they have cancer and the number of people being diagnosed with the disease has reached around 32,000 cases every year.** Glasgow city centre lit up on Saturday night with fairy lights and neon as Shine participants set off from the Scottish Event Campus at 9pm. The 10K route which transformed the city streets in to a fun and inspirational parade of light crossed over Bell’s Bridge, passing BBC Scotland and STV headquarters. Participants then walked back over the River Clyde and along the Broomielaw then up to George Square and past Glasgow Cathedral and landmarks including the Duke of Wellington statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral and the University of Strathclyde. The route also passed Cancer Research UK flagship shop on Queen Street before heading back to the River Clyde and the finish line.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’re so pleased to bring Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk to Glasgow again.

“We’d like to thank our VIP starter Ian and everyone who came along to make this event in Glasgow so special.  It was a wonderful opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived cancer.

“Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer but the battle against cancer never stops. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we can fun, the sooner that day will come.

New figures show 55.6 per cent of Scots eligible for bowel cancer screening took up the offer between November 2015 and October 2017, below the target of 60 per cent. Those living in the poorest areas were less likely to take up the offer of a test, at 42.3 per cent compared to 65.3 per cent in the wealthiest areas. *  But a new test, called FIT which was introduced in Scotland last November is hoped to lead to more people returning the test as it’s easier to complete.

Shine Glasgow VIP Ian Anderson first started playing football regularly in 2015 by signing up for Football Fans in Training, a 12 week healthy living and weight loss programme which was affiliated to Partick Thistle. The course proved such a success that the group decided to continue training every Tuesday night. And the friends he met there were a great support when after a colonoscopy test and scans at the Victoria Hospital in Glasgow Ian was diagnosed with cancer last September. They even fixed up for a good luck Ian message to go out across the tannoy at a Partick Thistle versus Motherwell game before Ian’s treatment began.

On Friday October 13 last year at the Queen Elizabeth University hospital in Glasgow, Ian endured six and a half hours of surgery to remove the tumour in his bowel. It was a nerve wracking wait for Ian’s wife, Cathy Anderson, 59, and his sons, Ross Anderson, 32, and Craig, 31. But the operation was a success and all of the tumour was removed.

Ian said: “I’m so lucky to have a wonderful wife, family and very close friends who made everything so much easier.

“They kept my spirits up. My two-year-old grandson John who lives just around the corner kept me smiling if ever I wasn’t having such a good day. One look at his face made everything seem okay again.”

Ian started on six months of chemotherapy tablets in November. It was a huge boost on May 18 this year when Ian rang a special bell at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre to mark the end of treatment. Now Ian who is clear of cancer has returned to his job at the Royal Bank of Scotland and plans a trip to London this autumn to celebrate his wedding anniversary. Ian who has been a Partick Thistle fan since his first visit to Firhill aged 10 is looking forward to getting back in to fitness.

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend more than £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive the disease. Glasgow is home to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute where an exciting programme of work has been established to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer. Our researchers in Glasgow and Edinburgh are trying to develop new drugs to target an aggressive type of brain tumour called neuroblastoma. In Edinburgh the charity funds world-class researchers including a team at the MRC Human genetics unit, who are leading research in to the genetic and environmental causes of bowel cancer. This important work is bringing us a step closer to tests that can spot people at higher risk of the disease so they can be offered tailored advice, screening and treatment to improve survival for people with this type of cancer.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.


To find out more about how to reduce the risk of cancer and detect it early, visit cruk.org/spotcancerearly.


South African singer Marah Louw to perform at Nelson Mandela Centenary Gala Dinner in Glasgow

The Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation (NMSMF) is delighted that one of South Africa’s star singers and friend of Nelson Mandela – MARAH LOUW – will perform at its Centenary Gala fundraising dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 24 August 2018.

Brian Filling, NMSMF Chair and Honorary Consul for South Africa said: “We are delighted that Marah can make it to Scotland. It was Marah who sang and danced with Mandela in Glasgow’s George Square in 1993, when Mandela received his Freedom of Glasgow and 8 other UK cities.

“We hope to recall that most special occasion when Mandela ‘danced in the square’ before
thousands of well-wishers and anti-apartheid supporters. Marah Louw is one of several celebrity
guests who will be present at our Gala Dinner which is our major fundraising event in this special
Mandela centenary year.”

Other celebrity guests will include:
Cllr Eva Bolander, Lord Provost of Glasgow;
Anita Manning, TV Auctioneer;
Ms Nomatemba Tambo, South Africa’s High Commissioner;
Dave Anderson, Actor & Entertainer; and,
David Pratt, Journalist, Photographer and Broadcaster.

Mr Filling added: “The NMSMF’s major early objective is to raise the funds – by public donation – to erect a statue of Mandela in Glasgow, the first city in the world to award him the Freedom of the City, and to do so in the Glasgow street that bears his name, Nelson Mandela Place.”

The Lord Provost, who is also an  NMSMF Patron, said: “The late, great Nelson Mandela came to Glasgow almost quarter of a century ago, on the 9th of October 1993, to receive his award of Freeman of the City of Glasgow and of eight other cities and boroughs across the United Kingdom.

“I’m proud to say, Glasgow was the first city in the world to award him this honour. It took that decision in 1981 while Mandela was still imprisoned by a racist apartheid regime. It’s particularly poignant that Marah Louw accompanied him  on that historic trip and helped entertain the crowds in George Square.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome her back to Glasgow for what promises to be a memorable Gala Dinner to raise money for a statue in memory of Mandela and increase awareness and understanding of his place in history in securing human rights.

“Glasgow is proud it played a prominent and steadfast role in the struggle to see Mandela, and others, released; and to end apartheid. Apartheid ended in 1994 with South Africa’s historic and memorable first free and democratic elections that led to a huge African National Congress victory and Mandela being made the first President of a free and democratic South Africa.”nelson


Action Plan to Help Glasgow’s Homeless Get Homes Faster

An action plan has been unveiled to help more people who are homeless in Glasgow.

Homelessness officers have been working closely with the Scottish Housing Regulator and partners to streamline processes and speed up case assessments to ensure that those affected by homelessness in the city move into housing as rapidly as possible.

The move is also designed to ease pressures on Glasgow City Council’s Homelessness Services and ensure the council can meet its statutory obligations.

The council’s Homelessness Service made more than 7000 offers of temporary and emergency accommodation in 2017/18. However, sometimes it was unable to immediately provide accommodation for people, as no emergency accommodation was available at that point.

If this happens, staff will help people get to a safe place such as a friends’ or relatives’ house and keep in touch with the homeless person to find them temporary accommodation as quickly as possible.

The plan outlines measures to find permanent homes more quickly for people. This will free up temporary accommodation and enable the city to provide more people with help in emergencies. A target has been set of providing 4000 settled homes for people who are homeless a year.

Glasgow City Council works with Third Sector partners to provide emergency accommodation in a mixture of temporary furnished flats, accommodation projects and bed and breakfasts.

Staff intervention also prevents many people becoming homeless in the first place – via help and advice on their legal rights and benefits and mediation with landlords and mortgage providers.

Glasgow City Council has no council houses, so Homelessness teams liaise closely with the city’s Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) to source tenancies for homeless people. As part of the plan, the council and individual housing associations will review their current working arrangements, including information sharing, and how best practice can be applied citywide to ensure a consistent approach by all partners.

Councillor Mhairi Hunter, Chair of Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership, said: “The council has been working intensively with the Scottish Housing Regulator to tackle the pressures on this vital service and meet the city’s statutory obligations.

“Homelessness is a very complex and emotive issue. Every case is different and the council’s homelessness team is committed to doing all they can to help people who face this distressing prospect.

“We accept that sometimes we have not been able to help people quickly enough and we are working hard to improve that. This action plan contains some very constructive measures aimed at streamlining processes, speeding up assessment of needs and ensuring there is a consistent citywide approach with all partners.

“This should help ensure people move from emergency accommodation to settled homes quickly – freeing up emergency accommodation for those who need it.”

The Scottish Housing Regulator will also work with the city’s housing associations to help ensure homeless people are rehoused as quickly as possible.

Intensive support will also be provided through an expanded Housing First programme to help people with complex needs who can become repeatedly homeless and trapped in patterns of rough sleeping because they have trouble keeping a home as they struggle with tasks like managing household bills and paperwork or liaising with utility companies and workmen difficult.”


Glasgow Council Leader Meets UK Immigration Minister

The Leader of Glasgow City Council today met Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes and called for an end to the UK Government’s controversial asylum seekers’ lock changing policy.

Statement below

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We had a constructive meeting which followed previous conversations between myself and the Minister and ongoing engagement between Glasgow City Council and Home Office officials.

“The City Government has significant differences with the UK Government on wider asylum issues, but today was focused on the implications of the lock changing policy, and on wider operational matters in relation to the dispersal programme.

“While it is helpful that Serco has paused the lock change programme, what we are seeking is an end to lock changing regardless of the outcome of any imminent court actions.

“Until then there are other changes the Home Office can make and we also discussed the need for protocols for sharing data on those seeking asylum and where they are in the process. There is currently little clarity about the actual status of the 330 people affected, therefore it is essential that Glasgow City Council has the time and opportunity to carry out individual assessments for all of them and ensure that everyone gets the right support and outcome for their circumstances.

“The Minister agreed this was necessary and her officers have committed to engaging constructively with us to ensure this is put in place.

“Ms Nokes and her officials have been left in no doubt that lock changes and evictions are not good for anyone, and do not have support within the city. Whilst she was unable to give a guarantee that they would not continue, we have made significant progress. However we will continue to join with partners across the city to campaign for this policy to be changed.”


Glasgow Horror Fest

Coming to Glasgow this Halloween weekend – a full two days of terror from Glasgow Horror Fest: Halloween 2018. Glasgow Horror Fest is the city’s premier Halloween and horror attraction, taking over The Classic Grand and Stereo Cafe Bar on the 27th – 28th October 2018. 🎃

Full weekend + single day tickets now available. 🧛

– Horror Feature & Short Film Programs
– Classic Horror (Incl. House on Haunted Hill…in EMERGO!)
– 80s Horror Inspired Escape Room; The House with Neon Windows in partnership with Scare Scotland
– ‘Comicon’ style convention hub / horror market
– Demonic Burlesque from Roxy Sparks
– Live Horror Performance from Big Puppet Theatre Co. and GOTHeatre Productions
– Guest speakers incl. Nicoletta Wylde on sleep paralysis and R-CADE on the history of horror gaming
– Industry panels including Stephen King adaption I Am The Doorway, Creature Feature CREEKYear Zero Filmmaking : Tartan Features and Whaam Shorts, and Scottish zombie hit Plan Z
– Live practical fx monsters and demos from CREEK and Wendigo
– Gore FX demo show from Taarna Swanson
– Plague City Live Freak Show
– Free to Play retro horror games from R-CADE
– Raffle and costume prizes
– Horror Book/Comic Shop
– Halloween caricatures by Liam Irons Artwork
– Halloween Busking Plinth
– Horror on Kickstarter: Exhibit & Raffle

💀 Info and tickets – http://bit.ly/GlasgowHorrorFest


Renfield Street to reopen fully

Renfield Street is set to be fully reopened to traffic and pedestrians as the work to demolish the fire affected buildings around the former Victoria’s Nightclub on Sauchiehall Street draws to a conclusion.

The operation to clear the rubble from the demolition has now concluded with heavy plant machinery also removed from the site.

Work will then begin tomorrow (Thursday, July 26) so that the cordon currently on Renfield St is drawn back to the pedestrian precinct on Sauchiehall Street. This will allow traffic to move between Renfrew Street and Bath Street once more and pedestrians to use pavements on both sides of Renfield Street.

The pedestrian precinct on Sauchiehall Street will remain closed to the public while utility companies undertake work to reconnect essential services to the affected site via a 40 metre trench dug along the northern side of the street.  Work to build hoardings at the front and rear of the gap site will also be undertaken during this time.

Renfrew Lane will also remain closed for the time being.

Friday, August 3 has been pencilled in for the end of all work in relation to the site but depending on the build of the hoardings and clearance of machinery and tools from within the cordon, it is hoped that the cordon can be reduced further before that date.

This would allow the pedestrian precinct to be safely reopened to pedestrians for the first time since the fire on March 22.


Glasgow becomes first UK airport to host virtual dementia tour

Glasgow Airport will today (Wednesday, July 4) host an innovative and immersive experience designed to give staff and passengers a better understanding of some of the difficulties faced by people living with dementia.

Passengers and many of the airport’s 5000 staff will be invited to take part in the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) in a mobile unit based outside the main terminal today.

The interactive sessions are designed to give an understanding of the physical, cognitive and sensory changes a person living with dementia may experience.

During the taster sessions, staff will be asked to complete a range of daily living tasks while having their physical and sensory abilities altered.  They will feel and behave in a similar way to those living with dementia and will be able to empathise with some of the difficulties they face when they are not provided with appropriate support.

Those taking part in the Virtual Dementia Tour will learn:

  • How the environment can help and hinder a person living with dementia
  • Describe ways to make the environment conducive and promote dignity and respect for people with dementia
  • Identify ways to improve communication and challenge stereotypes and labelling of people living with dementia
  • Understand the importance of person-centred care and approaches for people who have dementia
  • Relate to how a person with dementia may feel in an unfamiliar environment such as an airport

The visit of the Virtual Dementia Tour comes one year after Glasgow became the first airport in the UK to host the Autism Reality Experience.

Glasgow Airport’s Terminal Compliance Manager Paul Scott said: “The Autism Reality Experience was a fantastic success last year for a number of reasons.

“Prior to its visit we would normally receive between four or five requests a month for assistance to support a passenger with autism. Following the visit, and the exposure it received, we now receive more than four or five requests every week.

“These drop-in sessions really excel in providing passengers and the wider airport staff with a much better understanding of the difficulties people with hidden disabilities face.

“It’s important our staff are aware of this and that’s where the Virtual Dementia Tour really works well – it gives them an understanding of the challenges a person living with this dreadful condition has to overcome on a daily basis.

The VDT has been developed by world-renowned geriatric specialist P.K Beville with an aim to increase empathy and insight into living with dementia.  Training2Care UK Ltd is the sole UK license holder offering structured training sessions to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK.

This includes care and nursing homes, day centres, hospitals, hospices, local authorities, universities and the retail sector.

Training2Care’s Managing Director Glenn Knight said: “An airport can often be a daunting and overwhelming place for someone with dementia.  We are pleased to be working with Glasgow Airport as the first airport in the UK to offer the Virtual Dementia Tour to its workforce and passengers.

“Staff working in various areas in the airport will gain a better insight into what dementia might be like. As a result they will be able to enable people with dementia to have a better experience at the airport with support from staff who have seen the world from their perspective.

“We see this training experience as a positive step from Glasgow Airport towards building on its existing special assistance service by also creating a dementia-inclusive environment.”

Glasgow Airport has been working with a number of different charities to improve staff training and awareness of hidden disabilities and to improve the assistance it provides. If travelling with have a hidden disability the airport can provide a lanyard which will discreetly identify a passenger to airport staff as requiring additional support.

The airport’s front line staff have been trained to recognise these lanyards and offer special assistance to passengers. To obtain one, passengers and/or their travel companions can visit the special assistance desk on the ground floor in the main check-in area.

To request assistance of any kind, passengers can call 0141 842 7700 (24 Hr) or email GLA.PRM@ocs.co.uk.


Life Changing Project Helps Young People with Disabilities into Work

A life-changing Glasgow partnership is helping young adults with autism and learning disabilities gain full-time, paid work.

Darren McCluskey with the new car his job has helped him buy.

Project Search aims to boost the job prospects of people aged 18 to 25 who may struggle to find work due to their disabilities.

Over the past six years, it has helped 74 people into full-time employment – changing their lives in the process. And a few places are still available for the next intake of the tailored-made training programmes.

Darren McCluskey hasn’t let Asperger Syndrome hold him back in life. The 22-year-old graduated from Project Search last year and now works as a catering assistant at Glasgow University. His job has given him more personal freedom and he’s thrilled to be able to use his wages to pay for his own car.

Darren from Glasgow’s West End said: “Project Search is a fantastic programme to do. It has helped me improve socially. I’m a lot more outgoing with other people now. It helped me get my job and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

“I loved my job from the day I walked in. I love speaking to the students and hearing what they want to do with their lives. It has raised my confidence and that is crucial in life. I enjoy being in the kitchen. It is very fast paced and keeps you moving.

Darren McCluskey at work in the Glasgow University kitchen.

“I’ve got a new car which I pay for myself. It means I don’t have to rely on other people so much. I’m also looking forward to leaving home and getting a place of my own in the future.”

Project Search offers intensive work experience as well as classroom tutorials focusing on skills such as job hunting, CV writing, interview techniques and working with others.

Previous graduates of the scheme have landed jobs with employers including Glasgow City Council, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Strathclyde University, Haggs Castle Golf Club, Mother India’s restaurants, Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Science Centre.

More than 20 people have successfully graduated from this year’s courses.

Kate Binner, a Job Coach with the council’s Supported Employment Service, said: “We are very proud of the 23 young people who completed Project Search this year. Eleven secured full-time employment before the end of the programme and we are optimistic that, with intensive employer engagement, most of the other talented, motivated young people in the group will be working soon.”

A few places are still available on the next Project Search programme which lasts a year and runs from Mondays – Fridays, 9am to 4pm.

Applicants must live in Glasgow, want to work full-time (over 16 hours a week), be aged 18-25 years, be able to travel independently and have a learning disability or autistic spectrum condition. Participants are expected to have excellent time-keeping and attendance. Interviews will be held in August.

The programmes are run by City of Glasgow College – based at the University of Strathclyde – and Glasgow Clyde College – based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Glasgow Supported Employment Service continues to support those who have successfully completed Project Search and are still looking for their first paid job. They are holding an employers event on Thursday, August 9th, from 9am-11am in the St Mungo Museum. Attendance is by invite only. Interested businesses should email supportedemployment@glasgow.gov.uk

Further details on Project Search, including how to apply for a course, are available at https://www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk/courses/project-search-employability-programme-dpg18-scqf-level-3-2018-08-27 

Glasgow Supported Employment Service is part of the city’s Health and Social Care Partnership. In Glasgow, Project Search is deliver by partners including Glasgow City Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Clyde College, City of Glasgow College and Autism Network Scotland.


Extra hour for pubs and clubs during Euro Championships

All Glasgow pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels will be able to enjoy an extra hour’s opening during the forthcoming 2018 European Championships.

Glasgow Licensing Board has agreed that all on-sale licensed premises in the city should be able to remain open for an additional hour throughout the competition, which runs from Thursday, August 2 until Sunday, August 12.

The decision means that bars can move their closing time from 12 midnight to 1am while clubs in the city centre can remain open until 4am for the duration of the event. Last orders for restaurants and hotels vary in accordance with their own individual conditions. The extension does not apply to casinos, which will be able to continue to operate until 6am as normal.

Premises do not have to apply for the extension. Instead they will simply be expected to notify the Licensing Section at Glasgow City Council of their intention to open later to take advantage of the scheme.

No premises is obliged to take up the offer and licence holders who opt in can still make their own business-related decisions on when they wish to open in accordance with the hour’s extension.

With Glasgow set for its biggest festival of sport since the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, it is anticipated there will be a celebratory atmosphere across the city for spectators, residents and visitors alike.

Chair of Glasgow Licensing Board, Councillor Matt Kerr, said: “The European Championships will again put Glasgow in the international spotlight with a potential TV audience of over a billion tuning in to view the sporting action. There will also be thousands of athletes in the city and visitors from all over continent coming to Glasgow for the first ever multi-sport European Championships.

“Festival 2018 will also provide a cultural experience away from the sport and it’s right the city is geared up to provide as warm a welcome as possible. Glasgow pubs, clubs and restaurants have a fantastic reputation and we know from our experience during the Commonwealth Games that people in the city want to go out and enjoy themselves after the day’s competition is over. I’m sure our licensed trade will rise to the occasion as they always do.”

Glasgow is co-hosting the 2018 European Championships with Berlin. Glasgow and other locations in Scotland will host swimming, cycling, rowing, triathlon, gymnastics and golf. Berlin will stage the athletics competition of the event.

More information on the event itself is available from www.glasgow2018.com


Council urges public to stay out of fire site

Experts have urged people to stay away from the scene of a major fire at The Glasgow School of Art and Sauchiehall Street.

Council building control officers say it is essential that people observe an exclusion zone, which remains in place to protect public safety.

Glasgow City Council’s Head of Building Control Raymond Barlow said: “We have had reports of people breaching the cordon, and we have many requests from displaced residents to access their properties.

“I fully understand people’s desire to get back into their property and if we could safely do anything to facilitate that then we would.

“However surveys in recent days have shown us that the West and East elevations remain of significant concern

“This means that there is a risk that parts of the building might fall into Scott Street or Dalhousie Street. This could happen without warning.

“Our number one priority is public safety and It is therefore simply too dangerous to allow anyone to access the site.

“Working with The Glasgow School of Art and Historic Environment Scotland we are currently devising a methodology to allow us to examine the building up close, however it will be at least the early part of next week before we are able to do that.”