Action Plan for Glasgow’s Social Enterprise Strategy approved by Council

A three year Action Plan to deliver Glasgow’s Social Enterprise Strategy was today (30 May) approved by Glasgow City Council.


This is the first phase of the ten-year strategy, which aims to ensure Glasgow is recognised as the social enterprise capital of Scotland, a place where economic activity works for people and profit is used for social and environmental change.


Glasgow has more than 700 social enterprises operating all across the city – with this number growing – with many providing services to people in the city who are vulnerable and need support, and others addressing environmental challenges, providing childcare and helping meet housing and employability needs.


Social enterprises in Glasgow generate almost £800million every year from their economic activity.


The city’s Social Enterprise Strategy – co-produced by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Social Enterprise Network – will strengthen and develop the sector in the city and ensure it has access to future opportunities to allow it to grow.


Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow has almost 750 social enterprises with a net worth of £1.6bn and generating almost £800m. Until now we haven’t truly appreciated the potential of the social economy, its valuable community role, capacity to regenerate and revitalise parts of the city and how it connects to the wider economy.

“That is why we have co-produced with the sector Glasgow’s first social enterprise strategy, aimed at building on the phenomenal growth in this area and helping it realise the market opportunities out there.

“We particularly want to increase its scale and impact, not just in terms of the number of social enterprises, but increasing the size of existing businesses and in encouraging coalitions and consortia. A stronger social sector will be better able to realise market opportunities, especially when bidding for larger contracts. Our plans will be critical to that.”


More information about Glasgow’s Social Enterprise Strategy is available at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=42639&p=0.

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Contributions to civic life celebrated at Lord Provost’s Awards Dinner.

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Individuals and organisations representing business, academia, charity, sport and the performing arts will be honoured for their contribution to civic life by Glasgow’s First Citizen.


Lord Provost Eva Bolander will present 11 Lord Provost Awards at a glittering awards dinner in the City Chambers on Friday 31 May from 6.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by Piper, David Wotherspoon and Arta String Quartet.

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The awards honour men and women who have dedicated their professional lives to public service, worked selflessly for their communities or distinguished themselves in business, the arts, sport or entertainment.


Past recipients include Baroness Michelle Mone, singer and songwriter Frankie Miller and actor Robbie Coltrane.


In the business category a Lord Provost’s Award will go to the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC Building). In recognition of the transformative way it has encouraged innovation and collaboration across academia, business and industry. Including helping develop Glasgow City Innovation District.


Mr Ray McHugh, The University of Strathclyde’s Director of Marketing and Development Services, will accept the award.  He said: “We’re delighted to receive the Lord Provost’s Award for Business & Enterprise. This award recognises the contribution the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre, which sits at the heart of Glasgow City Innovation District, has made to research, development and economic growth in Glasgow.”


Street and Arrow, a charity and social enterprise that supports people with criminal convictions into work, is also recognised with a Lord Provost’s Award for its contribution to business. It runs a community café at Glasgow Dental School and a mobile food truck in the city’s west end. Its aim, to work with partners, to improve the long- term employment prospects of people with convictions and break their cycle of offending.


Mr Stevie Mackin, Operations Manager, will accept the award. Mr Mackin said: “The team at Street & Arrow are hugely honoured. We’ve had such wonderful support from the people of Glasgow. It takes a city working together to change the lives of those in our most deprived areas. Glasgow has shown this is possible. By giving people second chances it has offered our trainees more than just a job. It has given them hope and opportunity. Thank you to the Lord Provost and the city of Glasgow for proving together we can make a difference.”


The city’s Third Citizen, Deacon Convener Tom McInally will be presented with the Lord Provost’s Award for charity for the Trades House and its fourteen Incorporated Crafts.


It honours the trades’ long and proud history of supporting the people of Glasgow. Offering direct grants to needy organisations and individuals; as well as supporting various social and educational projects, on occasion, with financial assistance. Last year the Trades House awarded more than £750,000 to deserving causes and individuals across the city.


The Deacon Convener said: “I’m delighted and honoured to accept the Lord Provost’s Award for charity on behalf of the 14 Incorporated Crafts that constitute the Trades House of Glasgow.


“The Trades House was formed in 1605 and has represented the skilled tradesmen and women that helped to build and develop the city over the past 414 years. Initially providing the rules and regulations that governed the quality of workmanship and looked after the interest of members and their dependants. The Trades House and its 14 historic Incorporations now operate primarily as registered charities helping individuals and community groups.


“I’m extremely proud of our legacy of charitable work.  We’re focused primarily on supporting education and helping our young people achieve their potential. Next week we launch our Educational Festival at the Trades Hall in Glassford Street when we’ll celebrate the activities of primary schools pupils and the craftsmanship of secondary school students. I thank the Lord Provost and the city for this honour and pledge that Trades House and its 14 historic crafts will continue to support this great city and its citizens.”


Glasgow’s Recovery Communities and Mrs Nancy Humphries are all recognised for their services to the community.


Glasgow Recovery Communities represents three local areas: South Community Recovery Network (SCRN), North West Recovery Communities (NWRC) and North East Recovery Community (NERC).


It’s a charity that helps people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Part of its success is due to its programme being run and developed by volunteers with personal experience of addiction. Many of whom, go on to attain recognised industry qualifications and secure related employment. Work that helps others in the community – creating a virtuous cycle.


Anna Campbell, who was helped by the charity, and is now a lead volunteer said: “It’s great the Lord Provost has recognised what we do in the Recovery Communities. Out of all the good and bad choices I made, recovery has made me the happiest. This project helped me because I was talking to people with lived experience of addiction.”


Mrs Humphries (81) from Bridgeton Lord Provost’s Award is in appreciation of her outstanding voluntary work across North and East Glasgow.


Nancy has spent more than 20 years volunteering in her local area. Principally helping families battling addictions. She is currently chair of the East Community Addiction Forum having served as a member for more than 15 years.


Nancy is also heavily involved in assisting her local church and community foodbank and was among Glasgow’s first trained Alcohol & Drug Community Engagers.


Nancy, said: “I was shocked to hear I was getting an award. Drugs and alcohol have a terrible impact on communities. It would make you cry, but there are a lot of services out there to help people. I love my voluntary work and the people I meet – it’s what keeps me going. It has kept me active and mobile. If I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t last long.”


Scientist, Professor Paul Garside from the University of Glasgow and Mr Alan Sherry, Glasgow Kelvin College’s outgoing Principal, will each receive Lord Provost’s Awards for their contributions to education.

Professor Garside has worked in Higher Education in the city at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow. A world expert in immunology as well as a leading research scientist, he formed part of the research team that successfully brought the Rheumatoid Arthritis Centre Excellence (RACE) to the city.

Professor Garside also spent six months living and working in Kenya and Malawi fostering opportunities for scientific collaboration with Glasgow researchers. That led to the establishment of an internationally accredited laboratory in Blantyre in Malawi following approval of £1 million funding from the Scottish Government’s International Development Fund. That research continuing Scotland’s long relationship with Malawi, dating back to explorer David Livingstone.

Currently The University of Glasgow’s Dean for Global Engagement (Africa and Middle East). He continues to teach undergraduates immunology subjects. In addition, he is an enthusiastic STEM Ambassador delivering his ‘Be a Scientist’ talk to school children and encouraging them to consider a career in science. Keen to demonstrate how a combination of curiosity, ambition and hard work can pay off.

Born and educated in Liverpool, attending Hillside Community School in Egerton, Skelmersdale. He was a voracious reader and inspired by his parents and teachers to pursue a career in science.

Throughout, he has guided and supervised many PhD students. Many successful research scientists working across the world.

Prof Garside said: “I’m delighted and honoured to accept this recognition from my adopted city- particularly in my 30th year in Glasgow. I have been very lucky to have an extremely rewarding career greatly enriched by colleagues and students from all over the world. I believe more strongly than ever in the importance of education.”


Mr Sherry is a founder of the former John Wheatley College in the city’s East End and oversaw its merger with Stow College and North Glasgow College to create Glasgow Kelvin College back in 2013.


His 36-year career has been devoted to improving and creating community learning and development opportunities as well as to modernising Further Education in the city.


Under his stewardship, Glasgow Kelvin College has flourished, consistently focusing its resources and expertise in the areas and communities where need is greatest. Striving for excellence for all its learners.


Mr Sherry will step down as Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College in July when he takes retirement.


He said:  “I’m truly honoured to receive this Lord Provost’s Award. It recognises the success and hard work of everyone at Glasgow Kelvin College. I accept it on their behalf.  Our learners – past, present and future – sit at the heart of all we do in the sector and I hope to see that continue.


“Working in this great city has been incredibly fulfilling and I have enjoyed making my contribution to the fundamental and positive changes in the communities of North East Glasgow over the years.”


The Lord Provost’s Award for Human Rights will be presented to Mr Sabir Zazai, Chief Executive of the Scottish Refugee Council. A leading human rights campaigner who arrived in Coventry in 1999 as an asylum seeker, fleeing conflict in Afghanistan. Subsequently becoming involved in his local community assisting other asylum seekers and refugees.


His personal experiences inform his inspirational work at the SRC. The city is proud to be a friend of the Scottish Refugee Council and to work in partnership with it.

Mr Zazai moved to Glasgow in 2017 to take up his post. He said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be honoured at this level in a city that has proudly welcomed asylum seekers and refugees, escaping conflicts across the world, for more than 20 years.

“I’m glad to have this opportunity to accept this award on behalf of everyone at the Scottish Refugee Council and everyone in this city and beyond, who has made it their business to welcome refugees and asylum seekers.

This is a city I’m proud to call home. It’s a privilege to be involved in safeguarding human rights. There’s such a strong appetite for social justice in this great city. It’s a sanctuary for those choosing to live, work or study here.”

The performing arts is also recognised with a Lord Provost’s Award. Mr Roddy MacLeod MBE will receive the honour for services to piping. Leading the team at the National Piping Centre with passion and pride since it opened back in 1996. He has also recently overseen the merger of the National Piping Centre and the College of Piping.

Mr MacLeod’s mission has always been to promote the music and study of the Great Highland Bagpipe. He’s been at the forefront of shaping the future of piping, its music and its players.

He launched the annual Junior Piping Competition- now in its 23rd year. Testament to its success, former National Piping Centre pupil and former winner of the junior competition Finlay Johnston, was last year crowned the world’s top solo piper. He’s also a teacher at the National Piping Centre.

Mr MacLeod’s commitment to developing piping continues with a schools’ programme offering pupils free drumming and piping lessons. In addition he is Festival Director of Piping Live. A well-loved festival that generates more than £2 m for the local economy.

Mr MacLeod said: “It came as an unexpected and pleasant surprise to hear that I was being presented with a Lord Provost’s Award for my contribution to the performing arts in Glasgow.


“This is such a vibrant musical city with UNESCO status. It’s so rewarding to know this award recognises and celebrates the Highland Bagpipe and traditional music.


“Throughout my work at The National Piping Centre, organising Piping Live and my other activities, I’ve had the fortune to have had the support of a great family, colleagues and friends. Without whom none of this success would have been possible.”


The recipient of the Lord Provost’s Award in recognition of a lifetime contribution to the city, is the proprietor of the city’s Amber Regent Restaurant, Mr Andy Chung. His inspirational rags to riches story begins back in 1969 when he arrived in Glasgow from Hong Kong with just £10 to his name.

Now, settled here for more than 50 years, Mr Chung is a well-known businessman, and widely respected for his contribution across the city’s business and economic sectors.

His hard work and determination enabled him to build up a string of Chinese restaurants, including the iconic Amber Regent. His acute business acumen also led him to launch Scotland’s first home delivery service.

Semi-retired, Mr Chung’s two daughters have taken over his flourishing business. Allowing him to concentrate on voluntary work supporting various community activities including establishing the Chinese Cultural Welfare Association and the Glasgow Chinese Recreation Association.

His benevolence also extends to personally providing meals for homeless people – primarily through Lodging House Mission – where he volunteers alongside other staff and volunteers.

In addition, this much-respected, adopted Glaswegian, has sought to extend understanding and integration of the Chinese community. Mr Chung, has been instrumental in staging the colourful and exciting Chinese New Year celebrations in George Square for the past four years.

Mr Chung said: “It’s an honour and a pleasure to receive this Lord Provost Award in recognition of my lifetime contribution to this great city. It’s also a tremendous encouragement for me to continue my support for the community.

The past 40 or so years, I’ve been in Glasgow have been fantastic. This vibrant city is where I established my restaurant and where I’ve become involved in various sectors of business with success.  This success I attribute to the well-being of this great city.


“I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community.  I’m proud to be providing meals for the homeless and to have helped establish the Chinese Cultural and Welfare Society Scotland to help promote Chinese culture and bring the Scottish and Chinese communities together and will continue my efforts.”


Scotland’s star athlete and Diamond League Champion, Laura Muir, will receive a Lord Provost’s Award for Sport. World number one over 1500m, as well as European and British record holder, Laura currently has her sights on a gold at the Athletics World Championships in Doha.


She discovered her talent for running while studying to become a vet at the University of Glasgow. Successfully graduating, with breaks for competitions, last year.


Laura was crowned Scotland’s Athlete of the Year in 2016 and received the Young Scot Sport Award in 2017. She made her international debut in the 2011 European Cross-Country Championships, as part of the Great Britain junior women’s team that lifted gold.


She retained her two indoor European International Championship titles competing on home soil here at the Emirates in front of sell-out crowds.


Laura said: “It’s a real honour to receive this award from the Lord Provost on behalf of the people of Glasgow. A city where my sporting career has gone from strength to strength and which hosted the European Championships – one of the most  memorable moments of my career. Memories that will last a life time.


“My apologies for not being with you all this evening, I hope you are all having a lovely time and I send my congratulations to all the other award winners.”


Laura’s coach Andy Young will accept the award on her behalf.


Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, said: “Both personally and on behalf of the University of Glasgow I would like to offer my warm congratulations to Paul and Laura on their prestigious awards.


“Paul has an outstanding track record for research, teaching, and outreach, and this award shows that the impact of his work goes far beyond our University and our city. Laura’s incredible successes are world-class, and to have achieved them while gaining her degree in Veterinary Medicine is inspirational.”

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Training for Glasgow autism champions from city venues to take place

Training for Glasgow autism champions from city venues to take place


As part of Glasgow City Council’s Autism Aware Glasgow programme, a series of training days for staff from participating venues in the city will begin on 31 May.


The purpose of such training – a key objective of Autism Aware Glasgow’s plans to deliver the best possible experience of the city for people with autism – is to develop greater awareness and allow staff to be more confident in their approach to individual situations.


This intensive training will be carried out by Autism Network Scotland and Tanya Tennant Autism Training & Consultancy, and will take place at Glasgow City Council’s Training Academy at 40 George Street, with subsequent sessions on 27 June and 25 July.


Participating venues can nominate between one and four ‘Autism Champions’ for these sessions, which all have the same content and therefore staff need only attend one session.


A number of organisations in Glasgow, including museums and galleries, transport hubs, business organisations, shopping centres, the Hotel Association, arts venues, and the TOA, have already taken part in similar training as part of Autism Aware Glasgow.


Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow is making huge strides towards being a truly autism-friendly city.  These training sessions will allow all sorts of organisations across Glasgow to play their part in making the city as welcoming and inclusive as possible – and make a real, positive and daily difference to the lives of many people.”


Organisations wishing to take part in these sessions should contact dana.brady@glasgow.gov.uk.


Glasgow city centre alone attracts around 55million visits every year, and with just over 1% of the UK’s population being effected by autism, this training can help to ensure people with autism, and their families, can fully enjoy a visit to the city.


For more information on participating venues in the Autism Aware Glasgow programme, please go to: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/22411/Autism-Awareness-Venues.



Race for Life Inverness VIP starter Shannon Murphy, 22, with her daughter Sophia. Shannon rang the bell in memory of her husband Michael who died aged 25 from cancer

A HEARTBROKEN Inverness mum who shared her story on television led the charge against cancer at Race for Life Inverness in memory of her husband who died from the disease.

Race for Life VIP starter Shannon Murphy at the start line of Inverness with daughter Sophia

It was an emotional moment for Shannon Murphy and her two-year-old daughter Sophia as they were chosen to ring the bell to send more than 1,350 Scots on the 5K and 10K courses at Bught Stadium on May 26 to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK. It was a special tribute to her husband Michael Murphy who was just 25 when he died on September 11 last year. Former chef Michael was diagnosed with leukaemia just two months after his wedding day to Shannon in 2016. Shannon, who also turned 20 on her wedding day, was six months pregnant with their first child Sophia.

It was while receiving treatment at Raigmore Hospital that Michael first took part in filming with Channel 4 for the campaign Stand Up To Cancer, sharing his determination to be the best dad possible for Sophia. The family’s story was watched by millions on Channel 4 during a night of fundraising last October just weeks after Michael’s death.  Shannon dedicated Race for Life Inverness to the love of her life who she misses every day. She was  cheered on by her mum, Liz MacKenzie, 53, as well as event host, MFR breakfast radio presenter, Grace Nicoll.

Shannon of Inverness said: “I treasure the Stand Up To Cancer film as it’s a chance to hear Michael’s voice one more time and make memories for Sophia.

“It means Sophia will be able to grow up hearing her daddy’s voice, knowing how much he loved her and wanted to live to watch her grow up. Michael was in hospital when I took part in the Race for Life Inverness last May. I remember spending time with Michael on the ward and all the nurses wishing me good luck as I headed off to to do Race for Life. We’re getting closer to the first anniversary of Michael’s death and it’s been the toughest year of my life. It was devastating to lose Michael but if his story can help stop other families having to go through what we did then I couldn’t be prouder.”

Shannon knows exactly how vital the power of research is to help give families more tomorrows with their loved ones. Michael was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and chronic myeloid leukaemia in September 2016 after collapsing at home. He started chemotherapy treatment and three months later on December 28, the couple’s daughter Sophia was born. In June 2017 at hospital in Glasgow, Michael had a bone marrow transplant which doctors explained was his best chance of survival. He was allowed home to Inverness later that summer and the family moved in to their first house. But in spring last year, tests showed the cancer had spread to his spine and brain. He endured more chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Sadly, after that there was nothing more that could be done.

Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 32,000 people every year.* There are Race for Life events across Scotland this spring with events everywhere from Irvine to Aberdeen, Falkirk to Fife. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save lives.

Participants from as far afield as America took part in Race for Life Inverness. They included friends Christine Brown, 50, from Alaska and Jane Michaud, 47, from New Hampshire who took time out from their holiday to complete the 5K.

A team of work pals from Tesco Extra at Inshes Retail Park, Inverness also took part including employee Yvonne Charlton, 77, who took part in memory of her husband Jeff Charlton who died from lung cancer. A total of 45 pupils from Inverness Royal Academy also participated- inspired by their class mate, Mya MacKay, 15. Mya’s mum, Louise MacKay died the day before her 40th birthday in February this year from cervical cancer and already more than £1,300 has been raised by school pals.

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. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’d like to thank Shannon for supporting and to everyone who contributed to making Race for Life Inverness such a special day despite the rain.

“Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients across Scotland access to the latest treatments. You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else.  All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

This year everyone can take part in the Race for Life whatever their fitness level. Because it’s not about breaking records, it’s about beating cancer.

Last year Cancer Research UK spent around £38 million in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. A study in Inverness is looking at the best treatments for men with prostate cancer following surgery. The study aims to find out the most effective way to use radiotherapy and hormone therapy and target the men who will benefit the most from these treatments.

To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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FOUR public processions have been re-routed by Glasgow City Council after police raised serious concerns about their potential impact.

The marches, which take place next weekend [1-2 June], have been re-routed away from a stretch of London Road passing St Alphonsus church.


In recent months, similar marches have prompted counter protests and also support from others in the community. Yesterday, Police Scotland advised the council that this was likely to be repeated in response to next weekend’s events – and raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the wider community.

Police also advised it would be necessary to call in officers, including specialist resources, from across Scotland in order to safely manage the marches and any protests.

Under normal circumstances, such concerns would be put to a Public Processions Committee for consideration. However, the timing of the marches relative to the holiday weekend mean it would be impossible to do this while still allowing organisers adequate opportunity to exercise their right to appeal any order that may have been made by the committee.

In order to preserve that legal right, while responding appropriately to the clear concerns raised by Police Scotland, officers have made the orders to re-route the marches using their delegated powers.

In each case, the order has been made due to the high risk of disruption to the life of the community and the excessive burden likely to be placed on Police Scotland, should the proposed route be used.

The orders do not prevent any of the events from going ahead on the amended route and preserve the participants’ right to assembly. Failure to comply with the orders is an offence.

The processions affected are:

1 June

1700hrs – Apprentice Boys of Derry (Bridgeton), starting at Gateside Street and ending at Tullis Street.

1700hrs – Dalmarnock No Surrender Branch Club, starting at Gateside Street and ending at Bartholomew Street.

2 June

1115hrs – Dalmarnock Orange & Purple District 50, starting at Baltic Street and ending at John Knox Street.

1115hrs – Orange & Purple District 37, starting at Tullis Street and ending at John Knox Street.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “Police have raised significant concern about the impact of these marches and counter protests – both on the local community and their own resources.

“The council’s decision to re-route the processions is proportionate and maintains the participants’ right to assembly while addressing those concerns.”

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Clean-up Campaign for Seven Lochs Area

Volunteers from local community groups, schools and business in Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire are helping out as part of a campaign to Clean Up Seven Lochs.

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The clean-up campaign, which runs until early June, is organised by the Seven Lochs Partnership under the banner of the nationwide Clean Up Scotland campaign, which is run by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

At least 15 clean-up days have been organised at 10 sites across the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, which is being developed as Scotland’s largest urban heritage park thanks to a £4.5 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The campaign has already seen Glenboig Development Trust and Northern Corridor Community Volunteers work together with local people to clean up Glenboig, and volunteers from Glasgow Community Energy take action on litter in Easterthouse Town Centre.

So far the campaign has seen pupils from Lochend High School clean up Bishop Loch local nature reserve as part of their John Muir Award, while volunteers from the Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves and the John Lewis ‘Partners in the Community’ initiative helped remove over 20 bags of rubbish from Hogganfield Park.

Over the May bank holiday weekend volunteers from community groups and businesses will help clean-up five parks and nature reserves, and in early June Glasgow City Council will work with Provanhall Housing Association and others to carry out an intensive ‘week of action’ at litter and fly tipping hot spots on the edge of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

Commenting on the Clean Up Seven Lochs campaign Councillor Maureen Burke, Chair of the Seven Lochs Partnership, outlined plans for the park and asked for local people and businesses to support the initiative and get involved.

Councillor Burke said:

“Litter and fly tipping are a problem across the Seven Lochs Wetland Park area. It reduces pride in our area and studies have shown that littered places increase the fear of crime and affect our health and wellbeing.

“The Clean Up Seven Lochs campaign will take immediate action as well as encouraging local people to come up with further ideas that will have a long lasting impact.  Once the area is cleaned up, we’ll be looking to keep Seven Lochs beautiful – including planting wildflowers for biodiversity, working in partnership with local businesses to reduce litter, and encouraging people to report fly-tipping as soon as it happens. We want the Seven Lochs Wetland Park to be a great place to visit, and taking action on litter is a key part of that.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“The Seven Lochs Partnership, and schools, community groups and businesses around the park, are to be commended for the difference they are making to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.  Their work, and the work of thousands of other volunteers like them across Scotland, are the foundation of our Clean Up Scotland campaign.

“Scenery and landscape are the number one reason for visiting Scotland, so it is essential that we make Scotland clean, green and sustainable. The Seven Lochs Partnership is doing a fantastic job to help us achieve this goal.”

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COURAGEOUS Sara Wilson who beat cancer as a student but lost her dad to the disease launched Scotland’s biggest Race for Life today which marked its 25th anniversary.

Sara aged 25 was chosen as VIP to kick off Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Glasgow. She sounded the bell to send around 6,500 participants on the 5K and 10K courses from Glasgow Green and was cheered on by event host, Heart Scotland’s Des Clarke. Glen Griffiths, 13, of Clarkston who is a member of the Giffnock North running club was the first home, completing the 5K in 19 minutes 57 seconds.

The event also included 18 members of the Strathaven Superhoopers who power hooped their way through the entire 5K course. An incredible £20 million has been raised in Glasgow to fund gentler and more effective treatments for cancer since Scotland’s first Race for Life event was held in the city in spring 1995. Money raised every year helps scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

Runners at the finish line.
Race for Life Glasgow 2019.

Sara who was only a baby when Race for Life first started knows exactly why raising funds to give others more tomorrows is vital. Her dad Derek Wilson who was a keen runner was 47 when he died from skin cancer on Boxing Day 2008. Sara, who was studying for her school exams at the time, was devastated. She went on to win a place at university but it was a hammerblow when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma- a cancer of the white blood cells- just before her 21st birthday.

Sara of Dennistoun, Glasgow said: “Cancer scares me as it has taken away so much from my family.

“It broke my heart when my dad died. Dad knew he was going to die and worried about telling me when I was studying for my exams. But losing Dad spurred me on. I was determined to pass my exams, to go on and achieve everything I could in life that would have made Dad proud. That’s why it felt unfair so soon afterwards when I found myself listening to a doctor telling me that I had cancer.”

Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 32,000 people every year.*

Sara, who is now clear of cancer, also took part in the Race for Life Glasgow today with her boyfriend, Ross Alexander, 27. It was an emotional moment as Sara crossed the finish line and recalled everything she’d been through. She was studying criminology at Abertay University when she started feeling unwell, developing a lump on the left side of her neck, suffering night sweats and constant feelings of exhaustion. After a series of blood tests, nothing could have prepared her for the news on October 30 2014 that she had cancer. Sara’s step mum, Lillian Snowden drove straight over to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee to help Sara.

Sara said: “I was in shock but my step mum just dropped everything to be there for me.

“She’d already supported my dad through cancer and she knew what to do. I don’t know if I could have got through it without her but she was calm and positive. I have so much to thank her for. Sometimes in life you just need a hug from someone who knows you really well and cares.”

Doctors warned that cancer treatment could affect Sara’s chances of having a baby in the future so advised a cycle of fertility treatment to freeze her eggs. Sara then went to Disneyland Paris for a surprise weekend away to celebrate her 21st birthday before starting cancer treatment in February.

Runners at the finish line.
Race for Life Glasgow 2019.

Sara endured 12 cycles of chemotherapy over six months. A low point was losing her long dark hair due to side effects. She had her final chemotherapy treatment on July 9 2015 which should have been her university graduation day. Instead Sara faced another year before graduating but tests showed she was clear of cancer.

Sara said: “My step mum took me on an amazing holiday to Disneyland in California that summer when I finished treatment.

“I had loved Disney as I was growing up. Even now as an adult, Disney reminds me of a nicer, simpler time. It brings back good memories of my dad too.”

And Sara who completed the Glasgow half marathon just months after completing treatment has wise words for anyone going through cancer today.

Sara said: “Everyone is different so do what you need to do to get through cancer.

“Cancer changed me. I’m definitely stronger. I’m more likely to take chances and grab opportunities now. I remember one of the cancer nurses saying, ‘remember, you’re only in your twenties. It’s so important to still live your life.’ I hope Dad would still be proud of me and by doing this I’ll help others who are going through cancer right now.”

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. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Glasgow is home to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute where a thriving community of cancer scientists and doctors are working to reduce the impact of this disease around the world. An exciting programme of work has been established to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer. Our scientists in Glasgow first manufactured the brain cancer drug, temozolomide. Thousands of people now benefit from treatment with this drug worldwide.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’d like to thank Sara and everyone who came along to make Race for Life Glasgow in its 25th year so successful.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime.  Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend.  To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.

“It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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Taking the message to the front door of BBC

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Rallies against the prosecution of former British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland have been held across the UK including Glasgow.
Hundreds of people – many of them waving banners in support of an Army veteran being prosecuted for the murder of two men on Bloody Sunday – protested outside BBC Scotland in Glasgow.  Rallies were also held in London, Cardiff, Bristol and Northern Ireland.
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 Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Scotland organised the event, follow the announcement by Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt earlier this week that British troops and veterans would be given stronger legal protections against prosecution – proposals that exclude alleged offences in Northern Ireland.
Six former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Conflict are currently facing prosecution.
In the case of Bloody Sunday, a former British soldier known as Soldier F faces prosecution for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney in Londonderry in 1972. They were shot dead at a civil rights march.
The decision to exclude soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Conflict angered protesters outside the BBC in Glasgow, as many veterans expressed anger at what they say is a lack of media coverage of the issue.
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One elderly veteran added: “Ex service-personnel didn’t ask to go to Northern Ireland, they were sent there, following orders. So if anything, the government was to blame, not the individual soldier.”
The Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland has said that of 26 so-called Conflict legacy cases it has taken decisions on since 2011, 13 related to republicans, eight to loyalists, and five were connected to the Army.  The rallies on Saturday were the latest in a series of protests over the last few months, including the Million Veterans March.
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Suzanne Fernando, Founding member of Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Scotland said: “I felt honoured to have been in the company of Retired Lt Colonel John Charteris MBE MC and the one and only Mr Dennis Hutchings, both of whom I have the upmost respect and admiration for.  Last Saturday we had a phenomenal day with 900 on parade and a further 100 non marchers attending, the constant sound of applause and support from the crowds melted my heart and will stay with me forever, but the lack of media attention was evident which is why we chose to join forces by taking part in the rally outside the BBC.  Our group has given those of us who served in Operation Banner “one voice”. It’s allowed us to show our complete dismay at the betrayal we have faced at the hands of our politicians.  Veterans like Dennis Huchings, Soldier B and soldier F need closure, we all need closure, the government need to stop ignoring us, get their heads out the sand, tear up the good Friday agreement and apologise to each and every soldier they’ve put through hell as a result of this ridiculous witch hunt.
So many terrorists had the slate wiped clean as a result of the Good Friday Agreement. How can evidence after 40/50 years possibly be sound?  Something needs to change and it needs to change NOW.  No human being should have to endure what our brave heroes endured, they deserve nothing but respect and admiration for serving their Queen and Country, instead almost 50 years later they continue to be persecuted, woken up in the middle of the night and arrested.  We now hear that Soldiers and veterans are to get greater protection from historical war crimes allegations who served abroad, However, any new measures would not apply to cases arising in Northern Ireland.  Why not?
We who served in NI are the NEW FORGOTTEN ARMY it seems!
Our veterans are the most important people in our country, because without them you wouldn’t have a country so let’s put a stop to this once and for all.”

Council approves £290,000 developer funding towards Sauchiehall Avenue

Glasgow City Council today (16 May) approved the use of £290,237 of ENV2 funding towards the Sauchiehall Avenue public realm project.


The Sauchiehall Avenue – now nearing completion of its first phase – is the first project in the wider Avenues programme in Glasgow city centre, which is funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal.


This ENV2 funding comes from development activity on council-owned land in the local council ward, and will specifically contribute to the £372,289 cost of the refurbishment of the northern footway of Sauchiehall Avenue between Charing Cross and Rose Street.  This allocation will allow the redistribution of an equivalent amount of City Deal funding to the second phase of Sauchiehall Avenue, and lead to a greater quality of intervention in both phases.


The Avenues programme will bring economic, environmental and social benefits to everyone who lives, works, studies, shops, goes out or invests in the city centre, creating a more attractive and healthier environment and encouraging active travel.  This is being done through the provision of new public realm, ‘smart’ surface water management infrastructure, enhanced public walkways, new cycle tracks, junction upgrades and new trees.


Work on the next phase of the Sauchiehall Avenue project – from Rose Street to Buchanan Street – is currently being designed with work on-site expected to begin in the Summer of 2020, with completion in late 2021.

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Glasgow Rally 2019

It’s 50 years since Op Banner.
For those of you not familiar with why Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Scotland was established, I was asked by Founding Member, Alan Barry to set it up in order to form a united front in our fight against the one-sided witch hunt of the ongoing legacy enquiries.
This group has enabled those who served in Operation Banner ” one voice”. It’s allowed them to show their complete dismay at the betrayal they have faced at the hands of politicians.  Veterans like Dennis Hutchings, Soldier B and soldier F need closure, the government need to stop ignoring our veterans, get their heads out the sand, rip up the good friday agreement and apologise to each and every soldier they’ve put through hell as a result of this.
Dennis is 77 years old with poor health and has been charged with attempted murder from an incident in Northern Ireland 42 years ago.  Despite his poor health, living so far away, he is still determined to come up here to Glasgow this coming Saturday 18th to stand with Million Veterans Scotland at the BBC and thank them for supporting him.   Dennis Hutchings is not alone and what is happening is directly in contradiction to what the Prime Minister herself personally promised.  She was asked during a recent debate if she could inform people like Dennis exactly what she has done and what she is doing to end this process that is abhorrant to so many people in this country.
The Prime Minister replied by saying, she has been clear about Northern Irelands past, and that it clearly isn’t working well for anyone.  She continued to state the obvious facts we’re all very aware of like the 3,500 that died during the troubles and that the majority of them murdered by terrorists. She herself admitted the system needs to change for better outcomes but as we know it’s simply not good enough.   Teresa May is so out of touch on many, many issues. Her tenacity is not to be admired but rather seen as an unwanted, only just elected career politician desperately clinging to power at any cost.  And where’s Tony Blair sculking amidst all this?
She admits that the way things are being investigated is not fit for purpose, well if that’s the case why hasn’t she put a stop to it!  So Teresa May is doing, and has continued to do nothing.   AND God help us all if May is in cahoots with Corbyn!!  She’s a perfect example of talking for 90 seconds without saying one word with meaning in answer to a very simple question.  She did what most politicians do & completely ignore the question and give a generalised nonsensical answer.  If she has an ounce of dignity she needs to resign for the good of our country.
Our soldiers deserve nothing less than immunity, a public apology, compensation, burning the good friday agreement and putting terrorists back in jail where they belong.
This group has allowed veterans to show their complete dismay at the betrayal they have faced at the hands of politicians.  Veterans like Dennis Huchings, Soldier B and soldier F need closure, we all need closure, the government need to stop ignoring us.  No more media blackouts. Theirs only so long they can continue to ignore us!
So many terrorists had the slate wiped clean as a result of the Good Friday Agreement. How can evidence after 40/50 years possibly be sound?
Something needs to change and it needs to change NOW.
TRIALS of veterans for incidents in The Troubles should be moved from Northern Ireland to the mainland in the interests of justice, I’ve no faith whatsover any would get a fair trial in Northern Ireland. Dennis is one of five British soldiers facing trial over The Troubles.  If they say they cannot get a jury for a case in Northern Ireland, all service people facing trial there should have the option of being tried in England, Scotland or Wales.  That would remove the need for a judge-only trial and give veterans – whether of the Armed Forces or RUC – the right to appear before a jury.
Recently prosecutors announced that one soldier – Soldier F – will be prosecuted over Bloody Sunday.
Can you imagine Soldier F getting a fair trial in Northern Ireland? It’s impossible. Dennis has been called a murderer in the Northern Ireland media. I have no faith in the system there.
Dennis served for 26 years in the Life Guards, and will continue to deny charges of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent over the 1974 shooting incident.  Dennis has twice been investigated and cleared over the killing of John Pat Cunningham, 27.  But in 2015 Dennis, the last survivor of the three soldiers in the immediate area of the incident, was arrested and charged over the death.  Under Tony Blair’s Good Friday Agreement, more than 500 convicted terrorists were released early and 300 on-the-run letters or “Letters of Comfort” were issued to suspected terrorists telling them they would not be pursued.  At that time the IRA was on its knees. It could not do anything without us knowing about it.  But Sinn Fein had Blair round its little finger and he was prepared to sacrifice us to get his bit of glory. He’s not alone. Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May also forgot us.  We need to get the message out as to how our soldiers have been treated.  During The Troubles between the late 1960s and 1998 more than 3,500 people were killed including 722 members of the Armed Forces and Police.
British veterans have been betrayed and we want to get the message out, our soldiers went there to keep the peace and while terrorists have been let out of jail the British Government is hounding veterans in a witch-hunt.  Mrs May has repeatedly told MPs that the current balance of investigations in relation to the Troubles is “patently unfair.  The Northern Ireland Office is drawing up plans for a new approach to “legacy” killings in The Troubles and is under pressure now to introduce a 10-year time limit for prosecutions.  But all moves on the reform have been held up by parliamentary logjam caused by Brexit.
We literally have thousands upon thousands who will not let this lie & all despite the mass media blackout. They can’t ignore us forever!
It’s getting serious, this isn’t anything that is going to go away.  Fairness & humility IS NOT a lot to ask for.
So many terrorists had the slate wiped clean as a result of the Good Friday Agreement. How the hell can evidence after 40/50 years possibly be sound?
I can’t begin to imagine what our British soldiers witnessed during the troubles, what they went through for our great country.  They put their lives in danger every day patrolling the streets in Northern Ireland, doing their best to saves lives and keep the peace while terrorists deliberatly planted bombs under police cars, planted bombs in a pub full of innocents and yet these murdering evil scumbags walk free.  Now you tell me where the justice is in that!
No human being should have to endure what our brave heroes endured, they deserve nothing but respect and admiration for serving their Queen and Country, instead almost 50 years later they continue to be persecuted, woken up in the middle of the night and arrested.
Well the government need to wake up and realise we’re not going anywhere, we’re here to stay and as our numbers increase as does our passion for justice.  They need to do the right thing and put an end to this once and for all.
Our veterans are the most important people in our country…
because without them you wouldn’t have a country
Next Protest at the BBC Glasgow
Sat 18th May