A public consultation on the future use of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub – located on Springfield Road – begins today (13 March) with an online survey.


The survey – lasting for six weeks – will run alongside public engagement events, including drop-in sessions on Tuesday 17 March (noon-2pm); Wednesday 25 March (6-8pm) and Saturday 28 March (1-3pm).


During this engagement process, we would like to find out what the changing community of Dalmarnock want and need from this building, which could bring the right local services together into one accessible space for the benefit of everyone in the community.  To get the most accurate version of what local people and organisations really want, it is important that as many people as possible take part.


The engagement will help to decide who operates and manages the hub – it does not have to be Glasgow City Council.  The process will result in a co-created vision of how the hub is run, and what services are provided there.


Councillor Greg Hepburn, Chair of the Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm Committee at Glasgow City Council, said: “I am delighted that we are announcing the beginning of this six week public engagement exercise. The people of Dalmarnock have been waiting patiently for the reopening of the Legacy Hub, and we would like everyone with an interest to take part in this consultation so that we can confirm what services the community wants to see based there. All options are on the table, from bringing back nursery provision to keeping a space for local events and social gatherings.  If you have thoughts on the building’s future, please take part in the online survey or drop-in events.  If you do, we can make sure the Hub delivers the services that the people of Dalmarnock want and need in this fantastic local space.”


Those interested in taking part in the online survey should visit:  https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCurrent&NoIP=1.


Once this stage of the consultation in complete, a short report summarising its findings will be given to stakeholders, and an open meeting will be held to discuss this with residents.


The proposals for the community hubs have been informed by Glasgow City Council’s Property and Land Strategy, and more detail about this strategy can be found here: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/Councillorsandcommittees/viewSelectedDocument.asp?c=P62AFQDN0GT10G81DN.


A woman who gave her mother a second chance at life by donating her kidney has spoken of the importance of people within black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities discussing organ donation ahead of World Kidney Day (12 March 2020).


Syma Shahzad, 40, who donated to mum Anees Haq in 2008, shared how she was challenged about her decision due to conflicting beliefs and knowledge within her community, and encouraged people to think about what they would want to happen and discuss it with family.

Syma, who works as a pharmacist in Glasgow, added her support to the awareness drive ahead of World Kidney Day (12 March 2020), as statistics show the proportion of patients from minority ethnic communities in Scotland on transplant waiting lists has gradually increased over the past two years.

In March 2020, 10.5 per cent of those on the active waiting lists for a transplant from a deceased donor were recorded as being from a minority ethnic group, compared to 9.2 per cent in March 2018.

Statistics show that in the last five years, around half as many families of minority ethnic eligible donors supported organ donation after their loved one’s death, compared with the families of white eligible donors.

People from black and Asian communities are more likely to develop conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of hepatitis than white people, which increases the likelihood of them needing a transplant1.

A kidney transplant is more successful if the donor and recipient share the same ethnicity.

Worried about the impact of dialysis on her mother’s life after she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2007, Syma raised the possibility of her donating her kidney.

A healthy person can lead a completely normal life with one kidney, and a kidney from a living donor generally offers the best outcomes for patients living with kidney failure who need a transplant.

Syma said:

“From the outset, our consultant at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary was fabulous. He helped us progress everything as quickly as possible so we could make sure the transplant went ahead before my mum had to start dialysis.  I had the first tests in March 2008, and successfully donated my kidney to her in the October of that year.”

Speaking about her faith Syma said:

“Being Muslim, there’s a lot of stigma attached to organ donation. I believe I wasn’t doing anything to put myself in danger, I was simply helping give my mother a better quality of life. For me that was the ultimate decider.

“My belief is that whatever your time is destined to be, your time will be; but whatever you can do to improve that quality of life is essential.

“Within our community, there are so many challenges around mindset and conflicting religious knowledge. I was very headstrong and wouldn’t let anyone dissuade me from doing this. With Asian people being at a higher risk of diabetes, and the associated kidney problems, I would love to see more people considering donation.

“I would encourage anyone who’s unsure about their stance on organ donation to sit down and consider what would happen if it was someone in your family who needed a transplant. Having been through it with my mother, if I could I’d do the same for anyone else in that situation.”

From Autumn 2020, the law around organ and tissue donation after death is set to change to an opt-out system.  This means that if people aged 16 and over have not recorded a decision about donation, they will be considered as a possible donor when they die, unless they are in one of the excluded groups.

Jen Lumsdaine, Lead Nurse for Living Donation Scotland said:

“Patients from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who need a kidney transplant tend to wait longer due to a shortage of donors.

“As Syma’s story illustrates, living donation can ensure a better outcome for the patient, and dramatically reduce the time a loved one has to spend on dialysis.

“Choosing to donate a kidney remains an exceptional gift, and living donation will continue to be vital part of continuing to improve transplant numbers when opt-out legislation is introduced, so more lives can be saved and transformed.”

To find out more about living donation visit livingdonationscotland.org

Glasgow City Council today (10 March) considered a new temporary street café policy for the city centre.


The draft policy comes from the City Centre Strategy, which has – as a core objective – the aim of attracting people to the city centre by optimising trading hours, improving the visitor experience and linking to other leisure activities.


In recent years, Glasgow city centre has seen growth in the number of restaurants, bars and cafes, adding value to the city centre experience and supporting the area’s retail and other sectors.  As a result of this growth, many more outdoor areas – in the form of temporary street cafes – have opened.


The new policy responds to the concerns of local communities and businesses – including the application process being too onerous, cleanliness issues, opening hours not being long enough, and occupation of pavements and other spaces – by proposing a two-year trial of a new process.


This process – whose overall objective is to encourage operators to act as good neighbours, improving the overall experience of street cafes for everyone – features:


  • Fewer steps required for applicants
  • Changed fee structure to a square metre rate, rather than a flat rate
  • Clarified operating standards
  • An improved enforcement process


Councillor Greg Hepburn, Chair of the Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm Committee at Glasgow City Council, said: “Our new street café policy is a huge positive for Glasgow City Centre, matching the city’s ambitions as a major European city and making the area more attractive for Glaswegians, visitors and investors.  The policy will also bring benefits to our retail outlets, leisure facilities and cultural scene, bringing even more life to our major streets and avenues.  Importantly, the proposals also ensure that the needs of city centre residents are taken into account, so that any particular concerns can be addressed and the street cafes can benefit everyone.”


The draft policy will now go to the council’s City Administration Committee later this month, when a decision will be made on whether to proceed to public consultation, before returning for a final decision on the adoption of the policy.

UK Tenpin hall of fame

By Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association President John Ashbridge


Brunswick Hampden Bowl Sommerville Drive Mount Florida Glasgow S2

This 32-lane tenpin bowling centre was opened by the Brunswick Corporation on 27th June 1963.  It is believed, the centre closed on 15th May 1970. Very popular with the people of Glasgow the singer Lulu was a visitor and the centre held the first ever Old Firm bowling match between Celtic and Rangers. A future Great Britain international Tommy Marshall also on hand in the centre coaching juniors.

Thanks to David and Sandie Waugh we have photos and news from the Brunswick Centre Pin magazines produced for Brunswick equipped bowling alleys.

all content thanks to the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame.

UK Tenpin hall of fame

Cat Leaver

In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day, The Ivy Buchanan Street is hosting an exclusive ticketed dinner and panel discussion with Cat Leaver, Chloe Milligan and Ann-Maree Morrison. Hosted on Wednesday, 11 March from 6.30pm to 10:00pm, the evening will touch upon inspirational stories including their biggest achievements, alongside motivational tips and advice on how to be the best in your business.

Cat Leaver

Led by Cat Leaver, director of Brand Scotland, and known for running TEDxGlasgow, the evening includes panel discussions with Chloe Milligan, founder of Mud Urban Flowers and Ann-Maree Morrison, Women20 for G20 UK Delegate and Head of Ecommerce task force.

With a diverse range of experience across various industries, the trio will be sure to inspire and motivate guests while sharing their own personal experiences and career journeys which have led to their success. It will also be a great opportunity for women to network and share challenges and advice with other women in the city.

Ann Maree Morrison

Guests will be treated to Champagne on arrival before being invited to pose questions in an intimate setting whilst enjoying a delicious three-course dinner with wine in The Ivy Buchanan Street’s private dining room, The Morgan Room; priced at £52 per person.

Chloe Milligan

Suzanne Gilchrist, General Manager at The Ivy Buchanan Street says: “The team at The Ivy Buchanan Street look forward to welcoming guests into The Morgan Room where they will receive a glass of Champagne on arrival and a three-course dinner, while enjoying an intimate evening recognising women across diverse industries who are doing great things.”

Tickets can be purchased from https://theivycollectionevents.giftpro.co.uk/events/international-womens-day-dinner-and-panel-discussion/.


Former Old Firm players helped launch a new alternative giving scheme for people involved in street begging in Glasgow city centre today (Tues).

Ex Ranger striker, Mark Hateley, and former Celtic defender, Tosh McKinlay, joined supporters of Street Change Glasgow to unveil one of three new contactless card donation points installed at Central Station to raise funds for vulnerable people.


Both the Garage and Cathouse night clubs are also hosting Street Change Glasgow donation points and it is hoped more businesses will sign up soon to expand the network across the city centre.

Third sector organisations, businesses, Glasgow City Council and the city’s Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) have teamed up with Simon Community Scotland to launch the new alternative giving scheme. It offers the public an alternative to putting change in a cup, to help bring about positive, long term change for people involved in street begging.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost’s Fund has donated £10,000 towards the initiative and CGI, the council’s I.T. provider paid for the new donation points which accept donations via contactless bank cards. A raffle by Best Bar None Glasgow also raised almost £4500 for the fund.

Street Change Glasgow will help vulnerable people improve their lives long term. The fund will be led and managed by Simon Community Scotland and payments will be made to individuals via Glasgow’s Street Team which works with people on the streets and is funded by GCHSCP.

Money from the fund will be used to pay for items such as travel to or clothing for job interviews, to provide tools or protective clothing required to take up a job offer or continue employment or to help people access training.

Lorraine McGrath, Chief Executive of Simon Community Scotland said: “We are constantly working to find new ways to reach, respond and resolve the kind of desperation that drives someone to street beg. Street Change Glasgow provides one such new way for us to reach and bring new options for people  to assist them to move away from the harms that result from street begging. We are delighted and privileged to host the initiative and bring all of our expertise in responding to the most extreme vulnerabilities of those caught up in all forms of street lifestyles. We know from direct experience what difference having access targeted funds can make in bring change for even the most chronic and concerning circumstances, working person by person to find what works for them.”

Street Change Glasgow is based on a similar scheme in Manchester which members of Glasgow’s Working Group on Street Begging visited while developing this initiative.

Councillor Allan Casey, Chair of Glasgow’s Working Group on Street Begging, said: “Glasgow City Council is proud to be a partner of this exciting initiative which will be a first of its kind in Scotland. Glasgow is a generous city and people care deeply about those who are vulnerable and marginalised. They regularly give their spare change to people who are begging. This may help in the short term, but may not bring about positive, long term change in that person’s life.

“Street Change Glasgow will offer the public a new way to help, which aims to deliver long term change for individuals – giving them personalised practical support to improve their lives by pursuing positive paths.”

Drew Burns, Network Rail’s station manager for Glasgow Central, said: “Over 40million customers pass through Glasgow Central every year and they are always quick to support the charity initiatives we host in the station. The Street Change Glasgow project will give passengers another option for donating to help the city’s most vulnerable residents and we are pleased to be part of it.”

Brian Fulton, Owner / Director of Hold Fast Entertainment, which runs the Cathouse and the Garage, explained why his company is supporting the scheme.

He said: “We hope Street Change Glasgow will make a real difference to vulnerable people’s lives. It is an innovative concept and I’m sure the contactless donation points will be popular with our customers. Many young people don’t carry cash these days, but still want to do their bit to help people who are less fortunate, so contactless donations will appeal to them.”

Street Change Glasgow will work alongside existing services and initiatives which help vulnerable people in the city centre such as Glasgow’s homelessness services, Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness, the city’s Digital & Financial Inclusion Outreach Officer and Housing First.

Other partners involved in Street Change Glasgow include Glasgow City Mission, Turning Point, Red Media, The Big Issue, Housing First Scotland, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Homeless Network Scotland, Police Scotland and British Transport Police.

Further information on Street Change Glasgow can be found at https://www.streetchangeglasgow.com/


Payment amount to increase for applications received from April

Over 1,500 payments were made from mid-September to late January to help people in Scotland pay for funerals according to latest Funeral Support Payment statistics that were published today.


Eligible applicants received an average of £1,516 to help towards the cost of a loved ones funeral.

And from April 1, the standard flat rate will be increasing by 40% to £1000, to further support those struggling with funeral costs. The latest statistics show that almost eight out of ten (78 percent) of applications were authorised.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“Coping with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult events any of us can face. It’s even harder when there’s extra stress trying to find the money to pay for a funeral.

“I am encouraged by these new figures which show Funeral Support Payment has been available to support people at such a difficult time in their lives.“

“Making sure that everyone gets the financial support they are entitled to is a basic step in putting dignity and respect at the heart of social security in Scotland.”


  • Introduced in September last year, the Funeral Support Payment replaced the UK Government’s Funeral Expense Payment in Scotland, increasing eligibility. It is intended to help alleviate the burden of debt faced by those on low income benefits when paying for a funeral.

  • The Funeral Support Payment is made up of three separate parts: burial or cremation costs; travel costs; and a flat rate for other expenses – and it is this element which is being increased.
  • For further information or to apply online line go to: https://www.mygov.scot/funeral-support-payment/

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

“The UK Government came to Glasgow simply to dismiss international expert evidence and the voices of those with lived experiences, frontline clinicians and social care professionals as a ‘distraction’.


“Even before the event commenced Mr Malthouse announced that a more assertive law and order approach was the solution to our drugs emergency. That is not the ‘open mind’ he promised to bring to Glasgow.

“We will continue to urge the UK government to move away from its rigid criminalisation of addiction, which does nothing to address the underlying causes and ultimately contributes to loss of lives in our city.

“We know the solutions to addiction are multi-faceted and long term and that a safer drug consumption facility, is an urgently needed addition to our existing core, mainstream treatment and care services.

“Glasgow has a democratic mandate, the public support and the expert and clinical capacity to deliver a facility. Our priority is saving lives in our city.”


Three community projects in Glasgow today received almost £2.75million from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).


The RCGF funding – for community-focused projects in Glasgow – is going to Laurieston Arches (an award of £997,776), Milton Family & Community Centre (£800,000), and Elderpark Learning & Community Centre (£950,000).


The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) is a Scottish Government budget, developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities. It has an annual budget of £25million and aims to provide financial support to projects that will help to deliver large-scale improvements to deprived areas.  It focuses on projects that engage and involve local communities and those that can demonstrate the ability to deliver sustainable regeneration.


The council has worked with a wide variety of local organisations to develop these applications and projects, which have secured £2,747,776 of Scottish Government funding for the city.  The projects are as follows:


Laurieston Arches – this project will see the re-purposing of 11 derelict 19th Century railway arches to create commercial and community use spaces in the heart of the Gorbals in an attractive and upgraded physical environment.  The project will continue the regeneration of this area, in particular the Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area, and the project will be led New Gorbals Housing Association.


Milton Family & Community Centre – led by North United Communities (NUC), this will provide a new focus for this community in the north of the city.  The council will assist NUC to deliver a new community centre, which will be complemented by an adjacent early years’ nursery and office accommodation.


Elderpark Learning & Community Centre – this project will refurbish and re-purpose the A-Listed Elderpark Library in Govan to provide addition community spaces in the building.  The project, which is also benefitting from the council’s investment via the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund, will be delivered by Glasgow Life in partnership with Elderpark Housing Association.


Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “All of these projects will make a significant contribution to the communities in which they are located, and so this support from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund is very welcome.  Projects of this type play an important role in the social and economic life of these areas, and are crucial to their regeneration.”


A list of all the projects to receive RCGF support can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/regeneration-capital-grant-fund-projects-recommended-by-investment-panel-2020-2021/.

Youngsters across Glasgow will be able to take part and enjoy free food and fun during the school holidays.

Glasgow City Council today (Thursday, 27 February) agreed to fund 70 organisations, through its Children’s Holiday Food Programme, with £2.3m to deliver a wide-ranging programme of healthy meals and activities during school holidays.

The Children’s Holiday Food Programme is funded by Glasgow City Council and delivered by charities, third sector organisations and community groups.

The council has dished out £3.7m since the programme was introduced in Summer 2018 to help address poverty in the city – specifically children’s holiday hunger.

The programme complements existing activities already in place by third sector organisations, with the majority of council funds going towards provision of food.

Last year, almost twenty thousand children and young people participated in the events and projects being served in every ward of the city.

Glasgow City Treasurer, Councillor Allan Gow, said: “This is fantastic news. Our Children’s Holiday Food Programme is making a real difference to the lives of hundreds of families and the health of thousands of children.

“This is an invaluable service for families in Glasgow.  Many struggle to feed their children, let alone during school holidays.

“By being able to provide third sector organisations with the means to deliver a continued programme of fun packed projects, we’re seeing a real difference in the lives and well-being of so many youngsters.

“While our holiday food programme focuses on the provision of food, feedback shows that is brings with it a host of other benefits from socialising more, exploring new foods, eating healthy food, learning cooking skills, being more active and interacting with other children and their peers.

“We remain committed to tackling food poverty and look forward to working with third sector organisations to deliver this invaluable programme again this year.”

All organisations to receive money from the Glasgow Holiday Food Programme 2020/2021 will be monitored by the council’s grant fund arrangements to ensure their projects stay on track.

The Glasgow Holiday Food Programme runs in the Spring, Summer, October and February school breaks.

The full report to the City Administration Committee can be found here: Children’s Holiday Food Programme 2020/21