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"Politics is all about people. As a Central Scotland MSP it is both a pleasure and a privilege to meet and become involved with a hugely diverse number of people and organisations"

Margaret Mitchell
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Archive for January 2010

Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre – Bellshill

Jan. 10th 2010

Margaret is a strong supporter of this key community asset and is supporting the Centre with its application for vital funding from the Third Centre Resilience Fund. Speaking about the centre Margaret said that,”Having been involved with the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre for the last 6 years and having made regular visits to the Centre over that time, I am acutely aware of the invaluable work carried out at this multi purpose centre which is the hub of the local community.

More specifically, there are 23 different activities and services at the Centre currently on offer. These include the much needed and well used Theo’s Café, a Food Co- operative which provides accessible and affordable food to the community, a Credit Union and a Befriending service to name just a few of the vital services supporting the users who come from a social inclusion area.

The work that this organisation does benefits a wide age group from the elderly people to the very young and provides a life line to many of the users from the wider community. Over 1000 people use the centre in any one week but unfortunately with the ongoing credit crunch some of the vital services that the centre offers are experiencing in usage and income as work dries up and parents cut back on child care and eating in the café which in the past provided a small income to the centre but is unable to do so now in the present economic climate.

The Centre prevents so many people in the Bellshill area including the elderly, from becoming marginalised and cut off from the community by providing a focal point and a safe and welcoming haven. It is as the Orbiston Centre themselves point out ‘A place for People, A Centre for All.’

Quite simply without this organisation providing the services that the Orbiston community needs an additional burden would be placed on both the services provided by the Local Authority and the NHS who would ultimately have to deal with the consequences.”

 

Margaret helping to raise funds at the annual Christmas Fayre is pictured with Irene, Jim and Cathy

Margaret helping to raise funds at the annual Christmas Fayre is pictured with Irene, Jim and Cathy

Posted by William | in Constituency

What bad weather? East Kilbride Senior Citizens visit the Parliament

Jan. 10th 2010

On Thursday 7 January a group of senior citizens from East Kilbride visisted the Parliament building and were hosted by Margaret.  Despite the bad weather there was a healthy turnout and the visit was a great success.

Margaret with the group shortly before she made sure that they had been given generous amounts of tea and shortbread before setting off into the snow

Margaret with the group shortly before she made sure that they had been given generous amounts of tea and shortbread before setting off into the snow

Posted by William | in Constituency

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