Written 19 posts

Tom’s story

24th April 2019

Caring for a child with exceptional health care needs is an intense and often stressful job, which can feel lonely at times. Tom’s mum Laura tells their story.

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Guest Blog: Alasdair Bennett, Bethany Christian Trust

29th March 2019

Bethany Care Shelter fixed venue New raised beds and comfy mattresses!  New fixed 32 week venue!  We are so thankful to be at Diadem, part of Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church in Edinburgh.  Our larger single venue also has laundry, showers and new toilet facilities. This is desperately needed with over 70 people a night given…

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Sharing views to tackle hate crime

22nd February 2019

Our public consultation on hate crime legislation is closing this week (Sunday 24 February). We’re looking for your views on a number of issues including how best to tackle gender based prejudice and misogyny. Over the past few months, we’ve also been running a series of roadshows across the country and we’d like to thank…

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Guest blog: Ann Loughrey, Chair of the Independent Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel

20th February 2019

In this day and age, it is unacceptable that people in Scotland can’t heat their homes properly or pay for the energy to cook their food.  I am proud that as a nation we are tackling this issue.  It is a challenging but exciting time because today the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland)…

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Guest blog: Phil Wray, Head of Projects at Glasgow City Mission

5th February 2019

Working together to tackle rough sleeping Most of us have had the heart-rending experience of walking through a city on a cold winter morning past a figure in a sleeping bag tucked into a doorway. None of us wants a Scotland where this happens. In 2010, Glasgow City Mission established the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter,…

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World Homeless Day – Jon Sparkes

10th October 2018

A guest blog from Jon Sparkes, CEO of Crisis. Ending Homelessness Together The Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group completed its work in June 2018 after nine months of intense activity to answer four key questions: What could be done to reduce the number of people rough sleeping in the winter of 2017/18 How can…

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100,000 thank yous! Celebrating our young volunteers

8th June 2017

Guest blog from Elaine Gibb, Development Manager at Voluntary Action Scotland The past week has been full of inspiring stories about volunteers and the difference they make to communities across Scotland. As we reach the end of Volunteers’ Week 2017, Voluntary Action Scotland and the Third Sector Interface (TSI) Network are delighted to celebrate a…

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50/50 on public boards

21st April 2017

Guest blog from Hala Ousta, a recent apppointment to the sportscotland board which has now achieved 50/50 gender representation.

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This year’s priorities

21st January 2017

Communities, Social Security and Equalities Secretary Angela Constance looks ahead to the rest of 2017: January is a time for reflection on the milestones that we’ve met in the year past and renewed action towards the goals we will achieve in the year ahead. From the outset this government has been clear that we want…

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