Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Recovery Walk in Glasgow

On Saturday, 15th September, I took part in the Recovery Walk 2018 which was held in Glasgow. The event began with a memorial ceremony for people's loved ones who have lost their lives through alcohol, drugs and mental ill health. Flowers were placed in the River Clyde to remember their lives.

 View of flowers in the river.

Information is available from Scottish Recovery Network at https://www.scottishrecovery.net/

The Recovery Walk involved groups from all over Scotland in a walk through the city centre, starting and finishing at Glasgow Green.

This annual walk is a celebration for people in recovery from addiction along with their families and friends, but it also offers hope to those still struggling with addiction. The Recovery Network is seeking more resources to support people recovering from addictions. The next walk takes place in Inverness in mid-September 2019.

Doors Open Day at Napiershall Street.

This year, for Doors Open Day, I visited the Napiershall Street Centre which is a three storey sandstone former school building which has been converted in to office and studio spaces. It is operated by City Property. An informative exhibition and tour of the building was organised by the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council who occupy offices in the building. 

View of main hallway with glass covered atrium.
Plaque to commemorate the first headteacher.

View of the Napiershall Street Centre in Woodside.

Former pupils of the school shared their memories and evidence from the archives, including old photos of the interior, was showcased for Doors Open Day. Thanks to everyone who supported this celebration of local history.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Culture at the European Championships

During the European Championships taking place in Glasgow, I made a visit to hear a classic music concert at the Woodlands Community Garden. 

 Crowd gathers for the concert.

 Views of the flowers and vegetables at the growing plots in the garden.

I have enjoyed various community events, this month and the gardens across the Hillhead area including Woodlands Community Garden have been thriving.

Stalled space at Sixty Steps

On a walkabout in the North Kelvinside area, I visited the wildlife garden and stalled space at the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps. This land is a special site planted to support bees, butterflies and insects.

Signage at the sixty steps

Wooden fencing and gate access to the stalled space.

There has been a charitable trust established to promote the Sixty Steps and this space gives a boost to the environment surrounding this important local heritage feature. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Helping reduce plastic waste

In July, I took part in a clean up organised by Glasgow Over Plastic. Volunteers gathered up rubbish next to the city centre motorway network which included cans, plastic bottles, crisp packets, plastic bags, plastic packaging and cardboard.
Some rubbish gathered as part of the clean up

Find out about Glasgow Over Plastic

View of wildflower area next to the motorway at Anderston

I was glad to clear litter from a grassland area which had been planted with wildflowers. There has been planting of wildlflower seeds to encourage bees across the city. 

University of Glasgow Settlement Celebrates

Last week, I visited the free exhibition by the University of Glasgow Settlement Management Committee in the Wolfson Medical School Building on University Avenue. This unique exhibition, on display until the end of August 2018, celebrates the history of the Settlement and its legacy of effective student social action. 

Views of the exhibition 
There are display boards featuring women's extraordinary contributions including references to Madge Easton Anderson, Marion Gilchrist and Janet Galloway. These women of Queen Margaret College made a significant impact on the life of our city and built the foundations for the continuing work of current students through the University Settlement.

Monday, 30 July 2018

New Woodside Health Centre takes shape

As part of my travels on Garscube Road, I have noticed the development of the new Woodside Health and Social Care Centre which is due to open in early 2019.

 View of the new building from Garscube Road
View of new bike parking and spaces for Nextbike, nearby on Firhill Road.

I am supporting the provision of a Green Travel Plan for the new facilities. Requests have been made for local cycle hire provision and better bike parking to make it easier to travel to and from the new centre by bike.