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SWG3 Wins Evolution Award at Scottish Music Awards

That the Parliament congratulates the popular music and events venue, SWG3, which is in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, on winning the Evolution Award at the Scottish Music Awards 2018; notes that these awards celebrate innovation in the music sector and raise money for music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins Scotland, and wishes SWG3 continued success with its contributions to what it sees as Glasgow's thriving music and events scene.

Supported by: James Dornan, Emma Harper, Monica Lennon, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Clare Adamson, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur

Nordoff Robbins Scotland 20th Scottish Music Awards

That the Parliament congratulates Nordoff Robbins Scotland (NRS) on its 20th Scottish Music Awards to be held on 1 December 2018 at the SEC Centre in Glasgow; notes that the event will include a special addition for the 20th year celebrations, with Susan Boyle being awarded the Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award to join the ranks of Scotland's greatest artists; understands that the evening will feature an amazing line-up of performers, including Snow Patrol, Amy Macdonald and Tom Grennan; welcomes this annual celebration to raise money for NRS, which provides music therapists from its four bases in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee to work with almost 1,000 people every year across schools, hospitals, day and residential centres, hospices and other settings in Scotland; commends those involved, particularly the former chair of NRS and now chair of the Fundraising Events Committee NRS, Donald Macleod, for their commitment to the organisation and those who benefit from their work, as well as for their support for, and celebration of, the Scottish music industry.

Supported by: James Dornan, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Emma Harper, Adam Tomkins, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Fulton MacGregor, Maureen Watt, Gail Ross, Miles Briggs, Jenny Gilruth, Mark McDonald, Alasdair Allan, Mark Ruskell, Tom Arthur, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance

West End Festival St Andrew's Day Torchlight Parade

That the Parliament welcomes the third annual St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade organised by the West End Festival in Glasgow; notes that the parade will take place on 30 November 2018, leaving from the Botanic Gardens and finishing at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery; understands that the proceeds from the sale of torches will be donated to Spirit Aid, the humanitarian relief organisation founded in 2001 that is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, lack of opportunity or humanitarian crisis, which has operations running across Scotland, Palestine, Afghanistan and Malawi; acknowledges the huge success of the parade and the opportunity for members of the local community to come together, with special invitations being extended to students and residents from Greece, Russia and Ukraine, who also have St Andrew as their patron saint; commends the dedication of the team at the West End Festival in organising this annual event, and wishes them continued success.

Supported by: David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Maureen Watt, James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Gail Ross, Fulton MacGregor, Alasdair Allan, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Gil Paterson, Clare Adamson

Theatre Nemo on its 20th Anniversary

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Kelvin-based Theatre Nemo on its 20th anniversary; understands that the organisation, which was set up by Isabel McCue, is dedicated to helping people who have been affected by mental health issues to participate in the arts as a means of stimulation and self-help; believes that arts therapy can help promote recovery and sustain a better feeling of mental health and well-being, as well as contributing to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and commends Isabel and her team on their commitment to the organisation and those they have helped over the last 20 years.

Supported by: Fulton MacGregor, Annie Wells, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

The Pyramid Secures Scottish Land Fund Award

That the Parliament welcomes the £324,000 grant from the Scottish Land Fund for The Pyramid at Anderston; notes that the funding will be used to purchase the B-listed Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church; understands that the city centre facility is already well used and the award will allow it to be refurbished and reconfigured to maximise its use by the community organisation and service providers, which deliver and support activities to more than 800 people each week; congratulates all those involved on the successful application, and wishes them continued success.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Annie Wells, Fulton MacGregor, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Gillian Martin, Kenneth Gibson, Gail Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

£35,000 Accessible Travel Funding Supports Accessibility Service for Glasgow's Disabled Bus Passengers

That the Parliament recognises the awarding of £35,000 of Scottish Government Accessible Travel funding to Neatebox, supporting the provision of a bus notification app for disabled passengers; understands that the Glasgow-based project, to be run in conjunction with First Bus, will build on world-leading technological innovations aiding both disabled people and customer service teams in the provision of improved services; welcomes the commitment from the Scottish Government to open up travel for all with specific activity seeking to make public transport more inclusive, and wishes Neatebox continued success in transforming disabled people’s lives with technology that provides inclusivity and accessibility through technological solutions.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Pauline McNeill, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance R, Fulton MacGregor, Alexander Burnett, Gillian Martin, Gail Ross, Angela Constance, Tom Arthur

Vanilla Ink Jewellery School Awarded £20,000 Social Investment Scotland Funding

That the Parliament welcomes the awarding of £20,000 Social Investment Scotland funding to the award-winning Vanilla Ink Jewellery School in Glasgow; understands that the investment will support Vanilla Ink's work in educating, inspiring and empowering the jewellery industry; notes that Social Investment Scotland connects capital with communities across the country and supports organisations to become more sustainable, create more jobs and increase their social impact, and wishes all at Vanilla Ink continued success in its work to support and develop Scotland's jewellery industry.

Supported by: Emma Harper, James Dornan, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Angela Constance, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Gillian Martin, Clare Adamson

UK Declaration of Recovery Rights

That the Parliament welcomes the launch by Faces & Voices of Recovery UK of the UK Recovery Declaration of Rights, which states that all people have a right to recover from addiction to alcohol and other drugs; understands that the declaration calls for action to build communities of recovery, and pledges that people who currently or formerly used substances should be able to live their lives free from stigma, with access to quality care and with meaningful political representation; recognises that the declaration sets out fundamental rights for those in recovery, including access to quality care, the human right to healthcare and informed choice; notes that the campaign has the support of a wide range of addiction organisations, including the Scottish Drugs Forum, Alcohol Concern UK, the Scottish Recovery Consortium and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics; commends Faces & Voices of Recovery UK, which spent a year travelling through Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales collaborating with various groups and individuals to create the declaration, and welcomes the underlying principle that people in recovery have a right to respect and dignity and to live free from stigma and discrimination.

Supported by: Monica Lennon, Angela Constance, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Neil Findlay, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Maureen Watt, Gillian Martin, Tom Arthur

Planned Bank of Scotland Branch Closures

That the Parliament condemns the Bank of Scotland’s intention to close seven branches across the country; understands that thousands of Bank of Scotland customers who depend on branches in Burnside, Dundee, Keith, Kirriemuir, Lossiemouth, Paisley, Stonehouse and Glasgow St George’s Cross in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency will be negatively affected by the closures; considers that there is a need for a continued face-to-face banking service in local communities for those who remain reliant on high street branches, and believes that national banks have a duty to fully consult their customers before making such critical decisions.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Angela Constance, Jenny Gilruth, John Mason, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Fulton MacGregor, Neil Findlay, Stewart Stevenson R, Monica Lennon, Patrick Harvie, Bill Bowman, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Gail Ross, Gillian Martin

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 28/11/2018
50th Anniversary of the James Watt Street Fire

That the Parliament notes that a commemorative service will take place on 18 November 2018 at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow to mark the 50th anniversary of the James Watt Street fire; acknowledges that five women and 17 men were tragically killed as a result of the fire, which consumed the building on 18 November 1968; understands that the service will be attended by representatives of Glasgow City Council, representatives from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and will be led by Archbishop Tartaglia, and believes that it will provide a fitting and timely act of remembrance of the 22 people who lost their lives.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, James Kelly, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Ruth Maguire, Fulton MacGregor, Maureen Watt, Colin Beattie, Annie Wells, Angela Constance, John Mason, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Jenny Gilruth, Alexander Burnett, Gail Ross, Kenneth Gibson, Tavish Scott, Gillian Martin, Clare Adamson

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