"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 February 2012

Kilbryde Day Hospice Drop-in Centre

Feb. 28th 2012
From left to right: are: Veronica Langlands (Nurse), Margaret and Donna Hegarty (Business Development Manager) which some of the materials used in the Headstrong service.


Margaret recently visited the Kilbryde Day Hospice Drop-in Centre in East Kilbride to learn more about the services it provides for those living in South Lanarkshire who have any life-limiting illnesses.

 Commenting on her visit, Margaret said:

 ‘The Kilbryde Hospice is a fantastic facility providing invaluable services and support for patients, families and carers. The hospice currently has two nursing staff as well as a consultant and complementary therapist.

 In particular the hospice, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Care Scotland, provides the ‘Headstrong’ service for cancer patients. This offers practical and emotional support for patients experiencing hair-loss service which can be a traumatic experience, affecting both their self-confidence and wellbeing. The hospice also provides a wide variety of classes and social events such as Tai Chi, craft days and quizzes.

NHS Lanarkshire makes a funding contribution for its current services but the hospice also carries out a variety of fundraising activities and currently operates two charity shops within the East Kilbride Shopping Centre and is looking to open more retail units in South Lanarkshire.

 In addition, it was interesting to hear the plans for new hospice building on the grounds to the rear of Hairmyres Hospital which is due to start construction this year and will provide in-patient beds for palliative care. The construction of the new Kilbryde Hospice will cost £3million and fund-raising for this is on-going. This coming Sunday (4th March) will see the first ever Kilbryde Hospice Firewalk at the Holiday Inn East Kilbride to raise more funds.

 The staff and volunteers at the Kilbryde Day Hospice Drop-in Centre do sterling work and overall it was an extremely worthwhile visit. I wish all those taking part in the Firewalk this weekend the best of luck!’


Posted by Kate | in Constituency

Forestry Commission Scotland Employability Initiative

Feb. 28th 2012

Recently Margaret visited Monklands Canal at Calderbank, where the Forestry Commission Scotland, in conjunction with the Wise Group and The Waterways Trust are running a new employability initiative for young people aged 17-25 living in the Central Belt.

Commenting on the visit Margaret said:

‘This is an excellent scheme which aims to improve young people’s employment opportunities by giving trainees practical experience in a number of forestry related training programmes. Trainees learn many new skills and gain certifications which are then transferable to many other vocational positions.

The scheme is running through the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area, operating not only in Calderbank but in also runs in Falkirk, Croy and Uddingston where trainees have been working to improve a section of the Clyde Walkway/Sustrans cycle network. Their training has included safety and first aid, edge-strimming and tree thinning and pruning.

At both Clydebank and Uddingston participants have had the opportunity to achieve the CSCS Site Card and a CIEH certificate in Manual Handling which will be a great benefit in the future. Coaching and support is also provided to help trainees search for jobs, create a CV, identify suitable vacancies and prepare for interviews.

This initiative is an excellent way to help unemployed young people in the Central region to learn and develop transferrable skills and to include them in their local community.’

Margaret with representatives from The Wise Group and The Waterways Trust and some of the trainees.

Posted by Kate | in Constituency

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