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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 December 2012

Falkirk Safe Zone

Dec. 18th 2012

That the Parliament acknowledges that 2012 is the fourth year of the Falkirk Safe Zone, which aims to reduce the burden put on police and health services due to alcohol related incidents in Falkirk town centre at weekends throughout the festive season; notes that this year’s initiative started on 7 December and will also operate on Christmas Eve and Hogmanay; understands that it provides a range of services, including taxi marshals, voluntary first aid patrols, street pastoring and a safe area for people stranded until transport can be arranged and will also work with extra police patrols as part of Central Scotland Police’s festive policing campaign; notes that this is a collaborative effort, whose partners include Central Scotland Police, the Scottish Ambulance Service, British Red Cross, NHS Forth Valley, Falkirk Business Improvement District, Sign Post Recovery, the Taxi Marshalling Service, Falkirk Council Community Safety Team and Community Development Service, Forth Valley Alcohol and Drug Partnership and Falkirk Street Pastors; believes that, as a result of the Safe Zone, residents feel much safer in the town centre; understands that licensed premises and day-time businesses also benefit because of a reduction in damage to their properties; understands that, thanks to the Safe Zone, there have been fewer ambulance call outs and 999 calls in the years it has operated; thanks all those involved for their efforts, and believes that this is a model that could be replicated in town centres across the country.

Posted by Kate | in Latest news, Motions, Parliament

Home-Start UK

Dec. 13th 2012

That the Parliament acknowledges the on-going work of Home-Start UK, an independent charity with over 30 branches in Scotland including the Falkirk West branch based in Denny; considers that the charity aims to help families facing many different challenges by providing support to parents and ensuring that children have the best possible start in life; understands that Home-Start UK helps families with young children to cope and to improve parents’ confidence through the work of its volunteers, who are all parents themselves and visit the family in their own home once a week; considers that volunteers help parents in a wide variety of ways, such as establishing routines for the family, giving advice on accessing benefits, grants and financial support, encouraging parents to play and read with their children and to become involved with the local community and, most importantly, by providing friendship and reassurance, which continues for as long as required; further notes that Home-Start UK also run family groups in which parents are able to meet other parents and children can socialise, play, learn and have fun; considers that the service has numerous benefits, including preventative spend, boosting parents’ self-esteem, improved mental and physical health for the whole family and helping parents feel more involved in their children’s development, and wishes Home-Start UK all the best for the future.

Posted by Kate | in Latest news, Motions, Parliament

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