Fairer Scotland

  • Responding to the mental health challenge of COVID-19: Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey

    9th October 2020 by

    Today is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is ‘mental health for all’. I doubt there is a single one of us who hasn’t thought about our own mental wellbeing, or worried about others, at some point during 2020. We have all been through a lot, and the introduction of temporary measures now...

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  • Children and young people able to play sport again

    28th June 2020 by

                    Children aren’t renowned for taking a keen interest in politics but I’m sure that many of them (and their parents) will have rejoiced at the news emerging from Holyrood this week, when the First Minister announced a date for the resumption of organised sport.   Those children...

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  • Salar Mohammad Rassoul, a COVID -19 response volunteer at NHS Dumfries and Galloway

    22nd June 2020 by

    “Being a volunteer during the pandemic has really pushed me out of my comfort zone and I’ve gained a lot of confidence just by speaking to people. Volunteering has helped me to connect with Scottish people and I have made so many new friends.” - Salar Mohammad Rassoul appears next to his quote written out in white text on a blue backdrop.

    Salar Mohammad Rassoul, age 40, originally from Syria, has been volunteering with NHS Dumfries and Galloway since September 2019 and is currently involved as a COVID-19 response volunteer. “I moved to Scotland from Syria with my family in April 2018 and I found refuge in Dumfries and Galloway. I am so grateful to the Scottish...

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  • We will not be silent on Female Genital Mutilation

    12th July 2019 by

    A commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and more equal place to live

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  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    16th May 2018 by

    As the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week campaign is stress, you will no doubt have seen many groups and organisations talking about how they are helping people to recognise and manage their stress. There is a lot of good advice out there and for many of us it is about finding what...

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  • Strengthening family food support

    5th April 2018 by

    As a Government, we are committed to improving the health of our nation and tackling inequality. One of the key challenges we face in achieving this is how to ensure everyone can have a healthy diet, and in particular how to help families with young children to make sure they get the best start in...

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  • Fairer Scotland Action Plan Launched

    12th October 2016 by

    On Wednesday 5 October 2016 Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities launched the Fairer Scotland Action Plan at the Princes Trust in Glasgow. The plan is a clear commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and...

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  • The safety net or the spider’s web?

    12th November 2015 by

    Hello Fairer Scotland! My name is Dane Thomson and I’m delighted to have been asked to write a guest blog for you today. My blog is going to be a no holds barred account of my short term experience of life on ‘benefits’. First – the back story. I’ve worked hard since I was 14....

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  • People with multiple sclerosis say the benefits system is harming their health

    18th September 2015 by

    Morna Simpkins (Director of MS Society Scotland). Living with a chronic, disabling and degenerative condition such as MS is hard. It is also expensive. There are often substantial extra costs, such as accessible transport, specialist equipment, and help with household activities. Given that as many as 80% of people with MS are forced to give...

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  • Fair Food in Scotland

    11th September 2015 by

    Tracey Reilly (Policy Manager, Nourish Scotland). Food in Scotland is often described as a paradox. We produce some of the finest produce in the world, and our grain, fish and dairy products are exported across the globe. The industry is often cited as a success story, yet despite producing this bounty, many people in Scotland...

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