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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 July 2011

Auchinstarry Marina

Jul. 14th 2011

Margaret and Richard Millar, Waterway Development Manager, British Waterways (Scotland).

Margaret and Richard Millar, Waterway Development Manager, British Waterways (Scotland).

Margaret this week visited Auchinstarry Marina, based along the Forth & Clyde Canal

between Kilsyth and Croy, to learn more about the marina, its development and the services it offers.

Commenting on the visit, Margaret said:

‘The Auchinstarry Marina is a really excellent facility. There are great leisure pursuits available for visitors, the local community and for those who live on boats all year round on the marina.

‘There is The Boathouse Hotel & Pub, which is Scotland’s first eco-pub, and the wonderful scents and sensitivities garden, with its totem pole, stone sculptures and picnic benches adjacent to the water. The marina has 50 berths with long and short term moorings and there is also the opportunity to take an inland waterways training course with Seaskills.

‘The Auchinstarry site was once derelict but now it is a thriving and popular part of the community which contributes to the local economy. Furthermore, it is encouraging people to use the canal and to explore more of what Central Scotland has to offer. For example, from Auchinstarry you can enjoy a walk along the Forth & Clyde Canal to visit other attractions such as the Antonine Wall, a World Heritage Site, or Dumbreck Marsh which is a site of special scientific interest.

‘I hope that the marina will continue to expand and further develop its links not only with the local community but as part of the wider network of Scottish canals including the neighbouring Monkland Canal which has links still in existence.’

Posted by Kate | in Constituency

Forth Valley Advocacy

Jul. 14th 2011

Margaret and some of the staff at Forth Valley Advocacy. From left to right: Wendy Sharp, Martine Turner, Margaret & Serah Kimuyu.

Margaret and some of the staff at Forth Valley Advocacy. From left to right: Wendy Sharp, Martine Turner, Margaret & Serah Kimuyu.

Margaret recently visited Forth Valley Advocacy at their office in Larbert, to learn more about the organisation and the services it provides. Commenting on the visit, Margaret said:

 

‘Forth Valley Advocacy (FVA) is an excellent organisation working hard in Central Scotland to support vulnerable people in the community and to ensure that their voices are heard.

‘FVA works with those with mental health issues, the elderly and young people. The service gives these individuals wider access to information and equips them to explore the options available and make their own informed decisions. These decisions include, for example, giving opinions about the appropriate care they should receive. In some instances advocacy workers will speak on behalf of those who feel unable to speak for themselves.

The staff at FVA have formed a dedicated team who work hard on behalf of their services users, taking the time to visit local hospitals and to attend meetings with those individuals who require that level of support.’

‘Access to independent advocacy services is a vitally important issue. This visit was extremely worthwhile and has given me a valuable insight into the benefits of advocacy and the problems faced not only by those who require the advocacy services but by the organisations themselves who provide the support.’

 

Posted by Kate | in Constituency

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