The SNP Government has a strategy for tackling loneliness and social isolation. Kenneth, Yasmin and Eilidh have been out delivering leaflets in Saltcoats to let people know what help is available. Communities are at the heart of preventing loneliness. To read the strategy please visit this link.
The Existing Homes Alliance is a coalition of housing, environmental, fuel poverty and industry organisations calling for urgent action to transform Scotland’s existing housing stock and make it fit for the 21st century. The Alliance is calling for an ambitious programme of low-carbon refurbishment of Scotland’s homes, along with incentives, support and regulations aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and tackling fuel poverty.
At the Callanish Stones during the Local Government and Communities Committee’s evidence-gathering visit to the Western Isles. We met people with experience of fuel poverty to help ensure the SNP Government’s Fuel Poverty Bill is sensitive to the particular needs of island residents.
On 12 December I was delighted to join the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, the Scottish Professional Football League, Edinburgh City Football Club and new British bantamweight boxing champion Kash Farooq to discuss the need for blood donations, especially at this time of year.
The Funding Fayre in Saltcoats Town Hall, which I organised together with Patricia Gibson MP, was another success. Hundreds of representatives from community organisations attended throughout the morning. The funders were delighted at the opportunity to speak with people face to face, while feedback from the community groups themselves was also very positive.
With Micheal O’Conchuir, Secretary General of the European Alliance (EA) after members of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee took questions from the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
At Holyrood where I welcomed visitors from the Largs Malawi Partnership. The Malawians travelled from Mazambazi, the partner school of Largs Academy. They were accompanied to Edinburgh by Mrs Gillian Scott, Modern Studies Teacher, Mrs Christine Tait, Religious Education Teacher and four Largs pupils to see First Minister’s Questions. Mrs Tait and the Malawi committee are responsible for the fundraising and worked hard to secure sufficient funds to bring six pupils, one class teacher, their he
One of the highlights of the year is attending the Graduation Ceremony at Kilwinning Abbey Church each year to celebrate the success of our local college students.
In Kilmarnock to discuss the Ayrshire Growth Deal with my SNP colleagues Council Leader Dougie Reid, Philippa Whitford MP and Willie Coffey MSP.
With attendees at another highly successful Employment Fayre, co-organised by myself and Patricia Gibson MP.
In October I attended the Princes Trust Enterprise Awards in Saltcoats Town Hall, where I spoke to Rebecca Payling, pictured with me, Prince's Trust Enterprise Executive for Ayrshire.
On 28 September our 12th annual coffee morning was again a success, with £440.43 raised for this outstanding cause.
At SNP Conference with Dave Hart, Health and Safety, Fire Brigades Union. We had a chat about the future of the Fire and Rescue Service and the challenges facing it.
With Janice Preston, Macmillan Head of Services in Scotland, to raise awareness for the charity’s flagship fundraising campaign which aims to raise millions to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.
At Garnock Valley Men's Shed in Kilbirnie for their 'Shindig' - an open event to chat about the work of the Shed and its volunteers, accompanied by music.
With 98 year old Jack Ransom, author of “The Scottish Cockney”, a veteran of the Royal Artillery and the Burma Railway.
With Largs Academy pupils at the opening of their brand new campus in June 2018
In Beith with Woody, the eight-foot bear, a memorial to the suffering endured by performing animals, carved by Pete Bowsher.
At Dalry Station with artist Leo du Feu, unveiling six of his paintings, three of which now decorate each side of the railway bridge.
At Saltcoats Community Council's first ever Bake Off event at Argyle Community Centre - a resounding success with £151.35 raised for Penumbra.
Beautiful blooms on display at Kilbirnie Flower Show, where I was delighted to again present the trophies to the talented winners.
At the Grand Opening of the new Kitchen and Cafe at Whitlees Community Centre, supported by a £324,645 grant from Big Lottery Fund’s “Scotland: Our Place” initiative.
At Garnock Valley Pipes and Drums sharing event in Garnock Community Campus on 04 June.
At the Bradshaw Nursery's Annual Graduation in Saltcoats Town Hall on 25 June, where I was honoured to present graduation certificates to the children, ahead of their exciting transition to primary school.
Delivering the opening address at this year’s Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Annual Environmental Health Forum in April.
With Derek Pierce, Managing Director of J & D Pierce Contracts Limited, the foremost structural steel fabrication and erection contractor in Scotland, with a deserved reputation for innovation in high quality structural steelwork delivery from design to fabrication to construction.
Pictured with KCFC at Scottish Parliament Reception I hosted to celebrate the success of Tesco’s Bags of Help Programme, delivered in collaboration with greenspace scotland.
Completing a Firewalk for Team Beth Ayrshire charity Memories are Better than Dreams. The walk raised an amazing £22,000 help families make special memories with their children towards the end of their life and following their death
With David Peattie, Chief Executive of the NDA; Oliver Mundell MSP; Gail Ross MSP; and Tom Smith, Chairman of the NDA at a reception I co-sponsored to celebrate the economic and environmental contribution that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is making to Scotland.
At the site of Respect Crematoria’s new crematorium at the top of Haylie Brae.