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Archive for October 2012

Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers

Oct. 29th 2012

The Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers (PSALV) charity returned to The Scottish Parliament again this year in order to host an exhibition Parliament to highlight the condition ahead of World Psoriasis Day on 29th October.

Psoriasis Scotland is the only peer-led Scottish registered charity for those with skin psoriasis in Scotland. Its members work to help those with psoriasis and to raise public awareness about the condition which is an autoimmune condition affecting the skin-red scaling plaques, joints, tendons and has been linked to other illness such as heart disease.

Margaret as a patron of PSALV and sponsor of the exhibition, went along to show her support.

Margaret with Mairi MacIver from PSALV.

Member’s Business – Dyslexia

Oct. 26th 2012

Margaret after the debate with members of the CPG on Dyslexia, all wearing their blue ribbons, and Ellie.

This week Margaret’s motion on Dyslexia was debated during Member’s Business at the Scottish Parliament. The debate focused on the update to the Dyslexia Toolkit, a resource for teachers, parents and children, which aims to increase understanding of and to support the early identification of dyslexia, ensuring that those who need support are able to receive it.

The debate was attended by members of the parliamentary Cross Party Group (CPG) on Dyslexia of which Margaret is convener. The debate was also attended 12 year-old Ellie Gordon Woolgar a pupil at Edinburgh Academy, who has created a blue ribbon to raise awareness of dyslexia during next month’s Dyslexia Awareness Week (which runs from the 6-10 November).

Commenting on the debate Margaret said:

‘This was an extremely important debate and I was delighted that so many members of the Cross Party Group were able to attend. It was also a great pleasure to meet Ellie and to learn more about how she came up with the idea to make the ribbons. I hope that these ribbons will help raise people’s awareness about dyslexia and congratulate Ellie on her hard work.’

The Official Report of the debate can be viewed online at:

The debate was also covered online by the BBC on its Democracy Live page:   



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