Fairer Scotland

  • 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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  • World Refugee Day

    20th June 2020 by

    For twenty years, thousands of people from across Scotland have come together to show solidarity with refugees by celebrating the Refugee Festival Scotland and marking World Refugee Day. While we cannot physically gather together this year, it is as important as ever to show our support for people who have had to leave their homes...

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  • Putting tackling homelessness at the heart of our COVID-19 recovery

    4th June 2020 by

    We want to ensure that everyone has a warm, safe home that meets their needs. Our focus has not changed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but our ambition has increased. When I last co-chaired the Scottish Government’s Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group (HPSG) in early March, I could not have envisaged all that would be...

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  • Ending homelessness together and protecting vulnerable people

    13th March 2020 by

    Earlier this week I was joined by Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick at a meeting of the Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group, which is tasked with taking forward the Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan. Our main focus at the meeting was Covid-19 and how it will impact those who are experiencing, or at...

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  • No one in Scotland should have to rely on charitable food donations

    16th October 2019 by

    Today is World Food Day and an important opportunity to reflect. No one in Scotland should be left hungry and have to rely on charitable food donations. The theme that the UN have set for this year’s World Food Day is healthy diets for a zero hunger world. This speaks to many aspects of what...

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  • Small Steps, Big Changes – Guest blog from Sarah Robinson Galloway, YouthLink Scotland

    16th October 2019 by

    When I graduated from university our Chancellor told me to ‘go change the world’ which she probably also said to the hundreds of other students graduating that day. I took it as sentimentality at the time but now I have found myself in a job where I am trying to do just that. I am...

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  • Craig’s Story

    27th June 2019 by

    Hear about how Craig’s  play at The Yard helped build confidence by giving him the encouragement and space to socialise and try new things.  Sharon is mum to Craig, aged 11, who attends the Thursday 10-14’s club at The Yard. Craig has been a member of this club since April 2018 and enjoys coming every...

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  • Historic opportunity to end homelessness in Scotland for good

    27th June 2019 by

    Guest blog from Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis Twelve months ago, in June 2018, I was working closely with colleagues from the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to finalise our report on ending homelessness in Scotland. We had worked intensively from October 2017 to answer 4 questions: How to reduce rough sleeping...

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  • Elena’s story

    20th June 2019 by

    Elena’s story shows how Elena’s mum, Leona was able to access financial support  through the Family Fund to buy a washer dryer and outdoor play equipment. This helped improve the day-to-day quality of life they as a family were able to experience. Elena is two years old, and lives in Dundee with her family. “Elena...

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

    20th February 2019 by

    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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