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Celebrating the Reach of Adult Learning

That the Parliament acknowledges the partnership established between Midlothian Council’s Lifelong Learning and Employability Service and Melville Housing to assist tenants to improve their digital skills through cooking, specifically supporting people on low incomes in the Dalkeith, Mayfield and Easthouses areas; believes that, by providing a unique adult learning programme that develops digital skills, financial capacity, research and use of online information, this has helped tenants become more aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; understands that the participants were able to develop social networks to reduce social isolation; welcomes what it sees as the outstanding contribution that community-based adult learning makes to people, and welcomes debate about the impact and effect of adult learning in disadvantaged communities across Scotland.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Sandra White, Gordon Lindhurst, Clare Adamson, Alexander Burnett, Stewart Stevenson


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Midlothian LAC Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

That the Parliament congratulates Midlothian Local Area Coordination (LAC) on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the service; notes that LAC is commissioned by Midlothian Council and delivered by ENABLE Scotland, and works Midlothian-wide with children and adults who are physically disabled or have a learning disability and/or sensory impairment, and their families, to enable them to live a good life; further notes that LAC works within communities, groups and organisations, supporting them to become more welcoming and inclusive; understands that, since 2003, Midlothian LAC has, on average, worked with 120 individuals and family members each year to enable them to meet their goals; acknowledges that Midlothian LAC also provides social opportunities within local communities for 170 people; commends the service for working in partnership with many other agencies and communities in Midlothian, and wishes all involved well for the next 15 years and beyond.

Supported by: Michelle Ballantyne, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Miles Briggs, David Torrance, Alexander Burnett, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Clare Adamson, Jenny Gilruth, Sandra White, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur


LASC Childcare Services Ltd

That the Parliament congratulates LASC Childcare Services on its receipt of £200 from Asda Straiton; notes that the organisation will use the funding in Loanhead, St Margaret’s, Roslin and Bilston to continue its existing after-school programmes, which provide a range of stimulating activities for children, including arts and crafts, physical activities, homework club, board games, trips to local parks, quizzes and many opportunities for free play and imaginative game, and looks forward to the organisation's continued work and success going forward.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Gordon Lindhurst, Mark McDonald, Angela Constance, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Alexander Burnett, Fulton MacGregor, Stewart Stevenson, Ruth Maguire


Burnbrae Boys Sleep Out for Social Bite

That the Parliament congratulates five P5 boys from Burnbrae Primary School in Bonnyrigg on holding a "wee sleep out" to raise money for Social Bite, a homeless charity in Edinburgh; notes that Cosmo MacDougall, Cole Hood, Lachlan Johnson and Ollie Willis, all aged nine, and Robert Hodge, aged eight, are all participating in raising as much money as they can for the charity by sleeping outside all night on 9 November 2018; understands that the boys will also have a dress down day at school for donations, and that they recently spoke at school assembly about why they are fundraising; notes that they have raised £1,280 so far; wishes them success for their sleep out, and hopes that the weather stays dry.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt, Angus MacDonald, Angela Constance, Sandra White, Jeremy Balfour, Jenny Gilruth, Annie Wells, Gillian Martin, Neil Findlay, Gil Paterson, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Gail Ross, Ruth Maguire


Funding Award for Play Midlothian

That the Parliament congratulates Play Midlothian on receiving a grant of £6,869 through the Awards for All programme from the Big Lottery Fund; understands that this funding will be used to deliver a series of play sessions at Gypsy/Traveller sites in Midlothian and East Lothian, and wishes Play Midlothian the best of luck with its endeavours.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Angus MacDonald, Tom Arthur, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire


Funding Award from the Bill Russell Woodburn Youth Project

That the Parliament congratulates the Bill Russell Woodburn Youth Project on receiving a grant of £9,750 from the Awards for All programme from the Big Lottery Fund; understands that this funding will enable the project to fund staff so that it can provide a weekly art club in the evening during term time, and wishes the project the best of luck with its endeavours.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Angus MacDonald, Tom Arthur, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire


Funding Award for Newbattle Abbey College

That the Parliament congratulates Newbattle Abbey College on receiving a grant of £6,000 from the Awards for All programme from the Big Lottery Fund; understands that this funding will be used to organise and run a two-day literary festival in its grounds in Dalkeith, Midlothian, in April 2019, and wishes Newbattle Abbey College the best of luck with its endeavours.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, Clare Adamson, Richard Lyle, Angus MacDonald, Angela Constance, Tom Arthur, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire


Mayfield and Easthouses Y2K Project Wins Award

That the Parliament congratulates the Mayfield and Easthouses Y2K Project on being named the best community project at The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards, which were presented at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on 11 October 2018; notes that the other nominees were Borders College, the Celtic FC Foundation and Fearless; recognises the hard work and efforts made by all at the project to achieve this, and wishes them and the project continued success.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Fulton MacGregor, Stewart Stevenson, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire, Jenny Gilruth, Angela Constance, Neil Findlay, Gillian Martin, Maureen Watt


Gold Sport Award for Midlothian Schools

That the Parliament congratulates Kings Park Primary School and Lasswade High School in Midlothian on being awarded a Gold School Sports Award; believes that the initiative, run by sportscotland, is highly valuable to the pupils involved, as well as for the wider local community; notes that the gold award encourages pupils to improve their leadership skills, while at the same time increasing their physical activity, and wishes the teachers and pupils at both schools further success in the School Sports Awards.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Miles Briggs, Jeremy Balfour, Jenny Gilruth, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Clare Adamson, Mark McDonald, Angela Constance, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur


LASC Childcare Services

That the Parliament congratulates Loanhead After School Club’s Childcare Services on receiving £107,000 from the Weston Anniversary Fund; understands that this funding will be used at the Link, the services’ community centre premises, to extend and refurbish the main hall, install new kitchens and make the building more accessible for disabled people; considers that this initiative will provide substantial benefits to the services’ users, and wishes all involved success with the improvements to the facilities and with future funding bids.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Miles Briggs, Emma Harper, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Bruce Crawford, Stewart Stevenson, Kenneth Gibson, David Torrance, Angela Constance, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire, Maureen Watt


 
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