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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 April 2013

Dress for Success

Apr. 30th 2013

Recently Margaret went to visit Dress for Success a charity which helps women on low incomes into employment by giving them a smart interview outfit – for free! If candidates are successful in securing a job or work placement they are then given a weeks’ worth of clothing also free.

The clothes are of high quality and are either new or nearly new, donated by individuals and organisations. Clients are also given the assistance of a personal dresser.

The most important aspect of Dress for Success’ work is that women leave the charity looking smart and feeling good, therefore feeling better prepared and more confident for interviews.

You can learn more about Dress for Success including how to donate clothes, make an appointment or volunteer at: www.dress-for-success-strathclyde.org.uk

 

Margaret pictured with Dress for Success volunteers and staff Anne-Marie Campbell, Heather Gilchrist, Agnes Hazel and Jane Lee, with one of their clients.

Posted by Kate | in Constituency, Latest news

Scottish Crime Campus

Apr. 30th 2013

Margaret at the site with fellow committee member Graeme Pearson MSP and with Christine Grahame MSP, convener of the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing.

Last week as a member of the parliament’s Justice-Sub Committee on Policing Margaret visited the new Scottish Crime Campus based on the site of the former Gartcosh Steel Works in North Lanarkshire.

The new campus will be home to a number of agencies including the National Crime Agency, the Forensic Laboratory West, the HQ of the Specialist Crime Division and the Serious and Organised Crime division of the COPFS.

The campus is currently in its third phase of construction with a completion date this autumn and with all agencies due to be fully migrated onto the campus, which will be able to accommodate over 1100 people, by March 2014.

Commenting on her visit Margaret said:

‘It was fantastic to be able to visit the site of the new Scottish Crime Campus and to see how the campus is developing. The campus will house state-of-the-art scientific facilities which will support partner organisations locally and nationally.

‘The campus also provides the opportunity for greater pro-active cooperation and collaboration between the partners, such as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ Risk and Intelligence Division and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s Serious and Organised Crime Division which will operate from the site. It is hoped that this in turn will help reduce the threat of and harm done by Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism to Scotland’s communities.

‘Furthermore, from a local perspective it is great to see the site of the former Gartcosh Steel Works brought back into use.’

Posted by Kate | in Constituency, Latest news, Parliament

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