Fairer Scotland

  • We are listening…

    22nd September 2015 by

    Well, the Fairer Scotland campaign is well and truly underway! It’s been a dynamic conversation thus far, and the feedback from the past few months as to what you believe would help create a fairer, more prosperous Scotland by 2030 has been illuminating. Thick and fast There are various ways to have your say on...

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  • What’s Your Story?

    18th September 2015 by

    Nicole Brandon, Young Writers Co-ordinator (Scottish Book Trust). “What’s your story?” – How often do we ask this of our teens in Scotland? We clearly care that they’re able to respond politically to this question, but what about creatively? What are their imagined worlds and their real-life tales? If they could tell any story, in...

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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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  • Time to make a difference

    15th September 2015 by

    Maura Lynch (Depute Chief Executive, The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability). As we arrange the local events on the “Creating Fairer Scotland” consultation for people with a learning disability, there is a sense that we could really make a difference here. One of the strategic outcomes of Scotland’s ten year learning disability strategy, The keys...

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  • Riochachadh Òigridh na Gàidhealtachd

    14th September 2015 by

    Kat Bateson. ‘S e aon de na àitichean as àlainn airson a’tadhail air neo a’fuireach ann ann am beachd daoine bho air feadh na dùthcha ‘s air feadh an t-saoghail a th’anns a’Ghàidhealtachd. Tha na coimhearsnachdan againn tric air fhaicinn mar taighean-seinnse seann-fhasanta air taobh na locha le bailtean beaga air falach eadar na beantann....

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  • Representing Highland’s Young People

    14th September 2015 by

    Kat Bateson (The Highland Youth Convener / High Life Highland). The Scottish Highlands have long been considered nationally and globally as one of the most beautiful areas to visit and live in. Our communities are stereotypically seen as quaint pubs on the loch front with little ramshackle villages nestled between the mountains. I would argue...

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  • Overcoming the Poverty of Participation

    14th September 2015 by

    Martin Johnstone (Secretary, Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council). One of the most exciting things that I have been involved with over the years has been a wee project, supported by the Church of Scotland, called Together for a Change. It brings together people from two different parts of the world who share the...

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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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  • Young people take the lead

    11th September 2015 by

    Isabel Dunsmuir (Innovation Development Director, DRC Generations). DRC Generations is a registered Charity based in Scotstoun in the North West of Glasgow. We have several programmes of work which overlap and complement each other – and our experience with young people in and around the area really brings into focus their problems, promise and aspirations....

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  • A Hop, Skip and Jump to more support?

    10th September 2015 by

    Peter Jardine (Communications Manager with Scottish Athletics). So, Scotland’s six track and field athletes at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa have delivered no fewer than seven medals! These teenagers travelled halfway round the globe to the Apia Stadium in Samoa seeking to show their potential to a wider audience. At Scottish Athletics, we have...

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