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Glasgow’s Lord Provost pays tribute to those who volunteer in recognition of their vital work as part of National Volunteers Week celebrations.

Lord Provost Philip Braat said: “I am delighted, this National Volunteers Week, to take the opportunity to personally thank everybody who volunteers. I know everyone across the city will agree, this unprecedented pandemic has shone an important spotlight on the value and importance of those who choose to volunteer.”

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City based charity, Volunteer Glasgow is helping support local organisations with volunteering and working with people who signed up offering their assistance in response to  the Covid-19 ‘Scotland Cares’ national recruitment drive. The Scotland Cares campaign was launched by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in March. That appeal has attracted an additional 4,450 offers of help from Glaswegians.

Volunteer Glasgow manages the city’s online platform which connects people with the charities, community groups, clubs and appropriate public sector programmes that need their support.

The Volunteer Glasgow team provide guidance and match people’s individual skills, interests and experiences to available and suitable volunteering opportunities.

David Maxwell, Volunteer Glasgow’s Chief Executive said: “We’re encouraging people to join us and demonstrate their personal thanks for those who have volunteered over the last 12 months – before and after lockdown. Including the people who have offered their help during this national Covid-19 crisis response but haven’t yet been able to do so. It’s been inspiring to see so many helping neighbours and working with organisations to provide support across the city during this pandemic.”

You can get involved and show your appreciation for people who volunteer by downloading Volunteer Glasgow’s template thank you cards and window posters. Or alternatively create your own. Those who volunteer are also being encouraged to share their experiences.

The Lord Provost added: “Glaswegians are famous for their kindness and compassion. It is that sense of solidarity that motivates people to give their time to help others. At times of national crisis like this it gives us all hope for the future.”

“These are challenging times and we can all become overwhelmed by the competing demands we face.  So it is really important to celebrate volunteers across this city and beyond. Time is a precious commodity – and they donate theirs. That generosity of spirit is what makes Glasgow so special. We all know that ‘People Make Glasgow’ a great place to live, work, study and visit.

“I take great pride in our city and everyone who volunteers. I have been lending my support to a range of volunteering groups throughout this crisis and it has been humbling to meet everyone working selflessly across our communities and to witness the real difference they make to those they help. I thank them all for their energy, enthusiasm, skill and experience. Your gift of time, hard work and support is a national cause for celebration and gratitude.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer now or in the future can sign up via Volunteer Glasgow’s digital platform. Similarly groups big and small needing more volunteers can also sign up to access the diverse skills and experience of people offering their assistance.

You can celebrate Volunteers Week and say thank you to everyone volunteering by using the ideas and resources available at: www.volunteerglasgow.org/volunteer/volunteers-week-2020

There are also other resources available from Volunteer Scotland’s website and you can check them out at https://www.volunteersweek.scot/get-involved/

Sign up to volunteer and search for opportunities at: https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org or call the Glasgow Helps phone line on 0141 345 0543 (option 2).

Groups and organisations new to Volunteer Glasgow should register here:

https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org/vk/providers/registration_provider.htm or call the Glasgow Helps phone line on 0141 345 0543 (option 3).

Organisations already registered should use this link: https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org/vk/providers/login.htm

If you experience difficulties logging in, contact: findvolunteers@volunteerglasgow.org or call: 0141 345 0543 (option 3).

** Now in Glasgow**

Just hopeing to find Rocky safe and in a loving home**

I orginally rescued Rocky a 1 year old tri coloured border collie from a couple who was abusive to him for a good part of his life. I took him in to find a forever home for him. He is loving little boy who just forgave and forgave. I thought I found a lovely forever home for him with a couple who promised me they would provide him with a loving home and had all the necessities for Rocky.

I was contacted two days ago from one of their family members worried about Rocky and didn’t know where he was and on one occasion that they were aware of he was left abandon in a forest without water for three days before police picked him up in Dufftown I then contacted the couple who owned up to it and didn’t know where he was either but that he was given to another man but who then sold him to a couple in Burghead. I contacted that couple who then sold them to someone in Ellon once I finally was contacted over Facebook from them as I put a post up in the local group they notified me they sold him to a couple in Glasgow who just lost their own Collie 7 months ago.

I have been trying every chance I get to track him down and make sure he is in a loving home and is stable and there to stay. It’s been only 3 months since the original couple gave him away and he has had so many many owners who have gave up on him because of his past.

Please help me find him and share this post

The below photos are when he was with us.

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Worried, anxious and lonely people who are struggling with the pressures of lockdown are being helped by voluntary organisations linked to the Glasgow Help Hub.

COPE Scotland in Drumchapel is one of 300 voluntary sector organisations linked to the hub which is assisting people with a wide range of issues during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Founded in 1991, COPE provides support to people aged 16 and over, who are experiencing mental or emotional distress in west Glasgow. Its work includes listening services, one-to-one sessions, a daily email with wellbeing tips and offering online advice.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, COPE Scotland is supporting the hub and doing all it can to be there for people.

Speaking during Mental Health Awareness Week, Hilda Campbell, COPE’s Chief Executive, said uncertainty about the future is worrying many callers.

The former mental health nurse said: “We are speaking to people with worries about work, family, money and access to food, loneliness and anxiety due to social isolation, relationship issues and uncertainty about the future.

“We are in uncertain times, with an uncertain future which in itself is anxiety provoking, helping people find ways to navigate through this and suffer less is what inspires all we do.”

People who have lost loved ones to Covid19, are also contacting the helpline as they struggle with grief and being unable to hug and physically comfort other relatives and friends due to social distancing rules.

Hilda explained: “While COPE Scotland has always supported people where grief was an issue, we find, we are offering more ‘compassionate listening’ as lockdown and social isolation has made the grieving process even more challenging for people. The support network which may be there normally, isn’t the same and the whole experiencing of someone dying and organising a funeral is changed for now. In addition to the direct support we also offered a piece on loss and grief and other issues which may be of interest to people on our website.”

She added: “Covid19 has created an emotional rollercoaster, but people’s resilience and the way communities have come together to help each other has been inspiring. All of our circumstances may be different, but we can get through this by being kind to each other and ourselves. And of course, we need to recognise that at times we all need someone to listen, help and check in to see if we are okay.”

Ian Bruce, Chief Executive of Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS), said: “The hub helpline has received more than 1230 calls since it launched on March 30th. The calls have been about a wide range of issues such as financial advice, help with shopping and collecting prescriptions. Depending on the type of issue people need help with, we have 300 organisations which we can signpost people to and also a bank of volunteers who are offering their time and skills.

“GCVS, Volunteer Glasgow and the city’s public services have been working in partnership to support people at this difficult time. We are working to offer a text service for those whose first language isn’t English. We can currently offer support in Polish and Cantonese, but with help from our volunteers and partners we’ll soon be able to offer many more.”

Glasgow residents who need support while self-isolating or in lockdown can phone 0141 345 0543 for help or email helpline@gcvs.org.uk

People can also visit the website at www.glasgowhelps.org

 

  • Anyone who is feeling so overwhelmed that they are having thoughts of suicide, should seek help, from your GP, the Samaritans (call free on 116 123 or by email at jo@samaritans.org) or Breathing Space (call free on 0800 83 85 87).

If you are having serious thoughts about suicide, and have a plan and the means to carry it out: call 999 immediately.

Fat Mr F

Mr Fabulous was caught cutting some grass but who’s grass was he cutting? Where is he? In a public park? And why is he looking a bit on the heavy side?

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A source within his team said that at the beginning of lockdown Mr Fabulous wasn’t very motivated and had been eating crisps, snacks, chocolate, basically eating unhealthily for a few weeks, which promotes an unhealthy life style, and is not like him at all. It seems like Mr fabulous has been struggling with his motivation but from what was said by a member of his team this may be because he has 3 kids and is trying to keep them motivated with school work and staying at home like most parents at the moment, but his family are all safe and well which is the important thing. It was also said that he had mixed feelings during this lockdown, educating, fun, exciting, stressful, draining, loving, upsetting but safe. The main thing keeping him going through lockdown is his positive attitude and looking forward to getting back out there doing what he does best.

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Mr Fabulous was spotted helping a number of charities over the last few weeks by delivering food parcels and helping the elderly, at a safe distance of course, but also Mr Fabulous has just started a health and fitness challenge for ‘Hillhead Charity’ which helps children, families and vulnerable adults, and is hopefully going to help him get back into his sequence and on stage. By Oliver Sams (Mon 18 May 2020)

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Mr Fabulous was caught cutting some grass but who’s grass was he cutting? Where is he? In a public park? And why is he looking a bit on the heavy side?

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A source within his team said that at the beginning of lockdown Mr Fabulous wasn’t very motivated and had been eating crisps, snacks, chocolate, basically eating unhealthily for a few weeks, which promotes an unhealthy life style, and is not like him at all. It seems like Mr fabulous has been struggling with his motivation but from what was said by a member of his team this may be because he has 3 kids and is trying to keep them motivated with school work and staying at home like most parents at the moment, but his family are all safe and well which is the important thing. It was also said that he had mixed feelings during this lockdown, educating, fun, exciting, stressful, draining, loving, upsetting but safe. The main thing keeping him going through lockdown is his positive attitude and looking forward to getting back out there doing what he does best.

Mr Fabulous was spotted helping a number of charities over the last few weeks by delivering food parcels and helping the elderly, at a safe distance of course, but also Mr Fabulous has just started a health and fitness challenge for ‘Hillhead Charity’ which helps children, families and vulnerable adults, and is hopefully going to help him get back into his sequence and on stage. By Oliver Sams (Mon 18 May 2020)

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Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, will host online celebrations this year for Bookbug Week​, which runs from Monday 18 May – Sunday 24 May. As the Bookbug programme has been running since 2010, the charity will mark the ten year milestone with #HappyBirthdayBookbug, encouraging families across Scotland to send Bookbug their birthday wishes.

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Bookbug Week is an annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions. There will be many ways for families to join in the fun at home, such as a daily drawalong with Bookbug’s creator Debi Gliori, to learn how to draw Bookbug and friends. There will also be a special film with Debi, which explains how she created Bookbug ten years ago.

 

The popular live Bookbug Session on Facebook will run on Friday 22 May at 10am, for everyone to join in and sing happy birthday to Bookbug. The first live Bookbug Session was a great success with over 20,000 views. For those that cannot join the live session, there will be an option to watch later, or the option of acelebratory Bookbug Session for families to try at home themselves.

Scottish Book Trust’s home activities hub will be packed with more themed ideas to try at home, from making a party hat to colouring in sheets of Bookbug. All through the week, there will also be competitions on the charity’s website and social media. Scottish Book Trust will also be asking for families’ memories of their child’s Bookbug Bags and Bookbug Sessions with their little ones.

As always, families can access Bookbug’s Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust’s website, or on the free Bookbug app. Building on the increasing demand for modern nursery rhymes, Scottish Book Trust commissioned Sprog Rock to develop a brand new birthday song, which will launch on Wednesday 20 May. The new song was created through interactive nursery workshops earlier this year with Bucklyvie Nursery in Glasgow. The song centres around the theme of being ten years old, with nursery children contributing their imaginative thoughts about what that age means to them.

 

 

Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd said:

 

“I am delighted that we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bookbug programme in Scotland. To date, Bookbug has provided well over 6 million books to children and helped families across Scotland to take part in Bookbug activities and enjoy precious moments of reading, story-telling and singing together.

 

We know these are challenging times for families so it is heartening to see that the Bookbug online sessions are proving to be such a success. I am also pleased to see that this year’s celebrations will be packed with themed activity ideas for families to try at home.

 

I would like to thank Scottish Book Trust and everyone involved in delivering this wonderful programme and I hope that many families can join in the exciting virtual events and resources during the Bookbug week.”

 

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: 

 

“Scottish Book Trust is looking forward to celebrating Bookbug’s tenth birthday with families across Scotland through our website, social media channels and Bookbug app. We are extremely proud of the impact that the Bookbug programme has made in the last decade: from delivering free bags of books, to bringing communities together through Bookbug Sessions, to working with families at home who need our support to get started sharing stories and songs together.

 

“We’d like to thank all our colleagues from libraries, health, education, social care and the third sector for building Bookbug with us – it truly is a national partnership that shows how much we value books, and value children. We look forward to receiving everyone’s birthday messages for Bookbug and hope that families can join us to celebrate.”

 

 

Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme. The Bookbug programme encourages mums, dads and carers to sing and share stories with their children from birth. It gives every child in Scotland four free bags of books in their first 5 years, gifting over 885,000 books every year. Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events in libraries, shopping centres and other community venues which attracted audiences of over 720,000 parents and children in 2018-19.

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Lockdown didn’t stop one of Scotland’s oldest women celebrating her 107th birthday at a Glasgow care home yesterday!

Ellen Gardner has lived through two World Wars and the 1920s Spanish Flu outbreak, so she wasn’t going to let the current Coronavirus pandemic spoil her celebrations.

Staff at Glasgow’s Orchard Grove Care Home pulled out all the stops to ensure Ellen’s milestone birthday was marked with a special party, complete with a DJ and a piper.

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TV hadn’t been invented when Ellen was born in Glasgow’s East End in 1913, women couldn’t vote – the Suffragette movement was at its peak, George V was King and Asquith was Prime Minister.

But despite her grand age, Ellen, latterly of Auldhouse, still enjoys a party. She enjoyed special birthday cakes donated by McGee’s the Bakers, flowers from Glasgow’s Lord Provost and music provided by Orchard Grove employee and part-time DJ, Stephen Kay, who set up his decks in the home so all the residents could share in the fun while staying safely indoors.

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Pupils from Toryglen School hub for key workers also created Happy Birthday banners for the special occasion which was delivered, contact-free to the home.

Visitors are currently banned from entering UK care homes due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but Ellen’s son, Ronnie and his wife Liz, were able to safely see her open her presents and wish her happy birthday from outside the building in the garden area.

Retired surveyor, Ronnie of Clarkston, said: “I usually visit mum three times a week but haven’t been able to see her for weeks now because of the virus, which is a bit annoying. I’ve been able to phone her and the staff sent me a WhatsApp message of her in a wheelchair out in the gardens, but it was nice to see her on her birthday, even if it was from a distance. She seems to be keeping remarkably well and is in good health for her age.

“Everything the staff have done is really remarkable. The staff are excellent in the unit she is in. They are very thoughtful and always friendly to myself and my wife when we visit.”

Great-grandmother Ellen loved to travel when younger – visiting her other sons, Alan, and Johnston, in Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa. She also loved knitting, puzzles and Scrabble and was a member of South Shawlands Parish Church.

Ellen cared for her family and husband John who worked at Beardmores in Parkhead but sadly died of cancer in 1970. She also worked as a nursing auxiliary at Philipshill Hospital in East Kilbride and for Prudential Insurance.

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Glasgow Lord Provost, Councillor Philip Braat, sent Ellen a bouquet of flowers along with special birthday wishes.

He said: “I’d like to congratulate Ellen on this very special occasion. She has lived through some truly historic world events and her 107th birthday takes place amid yet another one. It is really heart-warming to hear of the hard work staff at Orchard Grove have put in to ensuring she can celebrate this momentous event and share it with her family despite social distancing and the lockdown. Their thoughtfulness and compassion at this exceptionally challenging time is commendable.”

Orchard Grove Care Home is run by Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership.

Hundreds of litres of free hand sanitiser have been delivered to Glasgow care homes thanks to Scotch whisky producers, Chivas Brothers.

The Coronavirus pandemic has prompted the Dumbarton distiller to produce supplies of hand sanitiser for charities and frontline health and social care staff.

In just one week, the company has distributed more than 7,500 litres of hand sanitiser to 166 organisations in Glasgow, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.

Supplies are being manufactured at the firm’s parent company, Pernod Ricard’s gin distillery in England before being packaged and distributed by staff at the Chivas Brothers site at Kilmalid, Dumbarton.

Contact-free deliveries were made to Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership for use in its care homes across the city.

Liam Donegan, Manufacturing Director at Chivas Brothers, said: “It has never been more import to come together as a community, especially to help the most vulnerable and at risk amongst us. I’m proud to see our teams working so hard to package and distribute essential hand sanitiser to those who need it most. We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we can keep providing for our communities during this difficult time.”

Councillor Mhairi Hunter, Glasgow’s Convener for Health and Social Care, thanked the company for its support.

She said: “It’s great to see businesses like Chivas Brothers rallying round frontline social care staff who are working hard to protect people in care homes and in the community who are most at risk of this appalling virus. Their donation is very much appreciated – not only because it will help tackle the virus and safeguard staff and care home residents – but also because the gesture is recognition of the tremendous work being done by our dedicated teams.”

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Huge congratulations to Catherine Craigie who celebrated her 100th birthday in style yesterday (Wed 15th) despite the Corona Virus lockdown.

Staff at Glasgow’s Hawthorn House Care Home in Possilpark arranged a special celebration for the great grandmother – whilst obeyed the rules around Shielding.

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Catherine was serenaded by a piper who played outside a lounge window in the home’s courtyard. The piper is a friend of a staff member and when he heard about Catherine’s landmark birthday, he volunteered to go along to help her celebrate – without entering the building.

Other residents with rooms overlooking the outdoor space were also able to enjoy the music safely from their windows. The tunes included a range of Scottish songs and, of course, Happy Birthday!

Visitors are currently unable to enter all UK care homes, due to the Corona Virus pandemic, but Catherine’s family were able to share in the fun using technology, as staff Facetimed them throughout the party.

Catherine’s daughter, Rena McDonald (aged 70 years) from Largs said: “It was absolutely fabulous. The staff could not have done any more to make it special for my family.

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“Before lockdown, we were all planning to go and celebrate with mum on her birthday. I was really upset when I realised we wouldn’t be able to go.

“I thought I’d have a miserable day, but the staff went above and beyond to make it really special for her and the party really lifted my spirits. My mum looked great, her carers had done her hair specially, as the hairdresser isn’t allowed to visit at the moment. They’d got her birthday cake, balloons, nibbles and a wee glass of fizz. I was able to watch her blowing out her candles and opening the cards we’d sent in. She also had her telegram from the Queen.

“I’d like to say how wonderful the staff have been. I can’t thank them enough – our family are so grateful to them.”

Catherine, who has dementia, was a keen dancer in her younger years and was fit and active until the age of 94. She lost her husband Danny around 18 years ago and has lived at the home, which is run by Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership, since May 2018.

Rena said: “Mum is happy and content at Hawthorn House. She usually has her hair done every Friday at the home’s salon and I go and visit her every week. I can’t wait until the lockdown is lifted and I can give her a huge birthday hug!”

Councillor Mhairi Hunter, Glasgow’s Convener for Health and Social Care, congratulated Catherine on her landmark birthday and thanked staff at the home for their hard work and thoughtfulness.

She said: “It is really lovely to hear about Catherine’s special birthday party and I send her my very best wishes on this milestone occasion. Her experience and that of her family, are a real tribute to our residential care home staff who are working hard, in to make life as safe, rich and full as possible for residents and their families at this challenging time.”

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

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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.