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Barnardo's Scotland’s Big Toddle in Fife

That the Parliament congratulates Burntisland Nursery, Burntisland Playgroup and First Class Nursery on successfully organising a Barnardo's Big Toddle in Burntisland; applauds the 140 children who walked for over an hour and who hope to beat the £3,700 that they raised last year for Barnardo's projects across Fife; notes that the Barnardo’s Big Toddle is in its 15th year and is the United Kingdom's biggest sponsored event for under-5s; recognises Barnardo's Scotland’s Child and Family Support Service based in Kirkcaldy, which works across Fife to provide intensive support and assessment to children under 12 and their families through a range of interventions, including direct work with children, family work, group work, befriending and volunteering, helping to ensure that local children stay in school and helping families stay together, and notes that the money raised by the Burntisland toddlers will enable Barnardo's to keep on supporting young people in Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth and across Fife as they have for over a decade.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Fiona McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Roderick Campbell, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Liz Smith, Bob Doris, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Humza Yousaf, Jamie Hepburn, Joe FitzPatrick, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Aileen McLeod, Adam Ingram, Mark McDonald, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Linda Fabiani

Current Status: Fallen on 28/11/2011
Kirkcaldy YMCA 125th Anniversary

That the Parliament congratulates the staff and volunteers of Kirkcaldy YMCA, founded in 1886, on this year celebrating its 125th anniversary; considers that it has a proud history in hosting and supporting local sports and providing a prominent venue and performance space for musical bands and initiatives over the past 60 years; commends the organisation on what it considers to be its excellent work in delivering opportunities for young men and women through diverse and exciting educational, recreational and caring programmes to assist the physical, social, mental and spiritual development of young people and their contribution to the community, and wishes Kirkcaldy YMCA every success for its next 125 years of service to the people of Kirkcaldy.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Roderick Campbell, Bill Kidd, Humza Yousaf, Kenneth Gibson, Paul Wheelhouse, Rob Gibson, Aileen McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Jean Urquhart, Christina McKelvie, Colin Beattie, Murdo Fraser, Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Bill Walker

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Evergreen Project, Kirkcaldy

That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Association for Mental Health on officially opening its Evergreen Project Garden Centre at Barnet Crescent, Kirkcaldy; notes that the project is a training service providing work experience in horticulture for individuals experiencing or recovering from mental ill health and leads to an SVQ in horticulture under the supervision of Elmwood College; commends the Evergreen Project for providing support and training as well as a commercial incentive by selling plants grown and gardening equipment handcrafted by trainees to the local community all year round, which, it considers, will help counter the prevalent stigma of mental health problems, and wishes the project all the very best for its future success and contribution to the local community.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Stuart McMillan, Rob Gibson, Willie Rennie, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt, Kevin Stewart, Paul Wheelhouse, Roderick Campbell, Adam Ingram, Richard Simpson, Chic Brodie, Bill Walker, Colin Keir, Alison Johnstone, Fiona McLeod, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen McLeod, Joe FitzPatrick

Current Status: Fallen on 30/05/2014
Big Lottery Awards for All Grants in Fife

That the Parliament recognises the success of three Fife initiatives in securing Awards for All funding grants totalling £20,250 from the Big Lottery Fund; congratulates Fife Shopping and Support Services Ltd on receiving £10,000 to purchase two vans with cooling installations for its food shopping service and delivery to 315 older residents and housebound service users across Fife; congratulates Kirkcaldy-based Furniture Plus Ltd on securing £7,500 to create a training centre for staff, volunteers and local people to receive practical, skill-based training in furniture repair and recycling, enabling the group to increase the amount of furniture available for sale to the wider community and reducing the amount sent to landfill, and, finally, congratulates the West Wemyss Events Group on receiving a £2,750 grant to organise a festival to celebrate and strengthen community spirit in the West Wemyss area of Fife, providing opportunities for the local community to come together to participate in a variety of exciting events and competitions.

Supported by: Roderick Campbell, Jean Urquhart, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Paul Wheelhouse, Joan McAlpine, Gil Paterson, Jim Eadie, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Humza Yousaf, Maureen Watt, Bill Walker, Kevin Stewart, Jamie Hepburn, Richard Simpson, Aileen McLeod, Chic Brodie

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Busy Bee Nursery, Kirkcaldy

That the Parliament congratulates the Busy Bee Nursery in Kirkcaldy, which opened in August 2010, on being awarded “very good” grades in its first Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland inspection of 26 April 2011 for quality of care and support, environment, staffing, management and leadership, and on receiving a Bronze Award from the Eco-Schools programme on 14 July 2011; commends the nursery’s safe and welcoming environment and the work being done by children, parents and staff to reduce waste by collecting and re-using plastic, recycling paper, monitoring water usage and using rain catchers for indoor and outdoor plants and vegetables; further welcomes the nursery's efforts to make children aware of litter, recycling points and composts in the local and wider community and congratulates it on its successful tomato plant sale to raise money for its own compost bin; appreciates the collective efforts of the nursery to improve recycling, energy conservation and awareness in the local community, and wishes it all the very best for its work in the future.

Supported by: Roderick Campbell, Mike MacKenzie, Dennis Robertson, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Paul Wheelhouse, Bill Walker, Chic Brodie, Bob Doris, Mark McDonald, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen McLeod, Stuart McMillan, Annabelle Ewing

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Floodlight Upgrade for Kirkcaldy Rugby Football Club

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Government on 30 August 2011 that Kirkcaldy Rugby Football Club has been awarded £50,000 from CashBack for Communities to upgrade its floodlights system, and notes that this will provide more young players with the time to train in the evenings, and help to improve fitness and activity among Kirkcaldy’s young people as well as providing a better service for the local community.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Humza Yousaf, Joan McAlpine, Liz Smith, Margaret Burgess, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Sandra White, Chic Brodie, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Roderick Campbell, Colin Beattie, Richard Simpson, Graeme Dey, Rob Gibson, Paul Wheelhouse, Bill Walker, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Mark McDonald, Claire Baker, Stewart Maxwell

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Fife Society for the Blind, Kirkcaldy

That the Parliament congratulates Fife Society for the Blind in Kirkcaldy on securing £8,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Ideas programme; notes that this will fund a consultation and feasibility study aimed at improving the society's efforts to develop a social enterprise model of rehabilitation and training for people who experience significant sight loss, and which aims to provide them with better and more sustainable services and environments.

Supported by: John Finnie, Bill Kidd, Humza Yousaf, Roderick Campbell, Bob Doris, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Chic Brodie, Dennis Robertson, Rob Gibson, Colin Beattie, Paul Wheelhouse, Fiona McLeod, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Mark McDonald, Claire Baker, Annabelle Ewing

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Beautiful Scotland Awards, Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn

That the Parliament congratulates Nicol Street Tenants and Residents' Association in Kirkcaldy on being awarded a silver gilt certificate for its entry in the Flatted Community category of the Beautiful Scotland awards; also congratulates Kinghorn in Bloom on receiving a silver certificate in the Coastal Resort category; commends both projects, and the eight other award-winning communities from Fife, on their work and what it sees as their imaginative contribution to their communities; appreciates the contribution of Keep Scotland Beautiful in supporting and reflecting the Scottish Government's efforts to improve sustainable development, social inclusion, regeneration and quality of life, and notes that, when determining success at the Beautiful Scotland awards, specific emphasis is placed on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Roderick Campbell, Maureen Watt, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Scottish Apprenticeship Week

That the Parliament notes the success of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2011, which ran from 5 to 9 September with the aim of encouraging employers to take on apprentices; considers that apprenticeships can help employers plan for succession in their skilled workforce and can add to productivity from day one; notes with concern reports that 40% of Fife’s skilled workforce will retire in the next few years, and welcomes Carbon Free Developments’ agreement with Adam Smith College to set up the first scheme in the UK to use community benefit from renewables to pay for long-term training by funding 150 apprenticeship placements for its proposed Earlseat wind farm development.

Supported by: Chic Brodie, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Roderick Campbell, Liam McArthur, Humza Yousaf, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Paul Wheelhouse, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Stewart Maxwell, John Park, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Hugh Henry, Jamie Hepburn, Maureen Watt, Clare Adamson, Fiona McLeod

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Bank of Scotland’s Small Grants Programme in Fife

That the Parliament congratulates Home-Start Levenmouth in Buckhaven on securing £5,566 from the Bank of Scotland Foundation’s Small Grants Programme, assisting the charity’s work to provide parenting support for families with young children in the Kirkcaldy area, and welcomes the Small Grants Programme’s overall annual funding of over £16,000 to voluntary organisations across Mid Scotland and Fife and the positive impact that this is making on local charitable causes and communities.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Humza Yousaf, Colin Beattie, Paul Wheelhouse, Roderick Campbell, Adam Ingram, Maureen Watt, Jamie Hepburn, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan

Current Status: Fallen on 26/01/2012