Make Space for Nature

Arran’s local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on a new Scottish Natural Heritage initiative Make Space for Nature As lockdown measures ease, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is encouraging folk to make space for nature. Lockdown saw an increase in the number of people visiting the outdoors to enjoy the natural environment and stay healthy. Of 1,000 …

Free cancer course comes to Ayrshire

A leading cancer charity is hosting a free support course in Ayrshire for people with cancer and their close supporter. Penny Brohn UK’s two-day Living Well will be offered at the recently opened Health and Wellbeing Centre at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire. The event will take place on Saturday 7th March and Saturday 14th March …

RNIB helpline available in Ayrshire

A free telephone counselling service for people affected by sight loss in Ayrshire is available. ‘Need to Talk’, which offers free counselling and confidence-building support, is run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland (RNIB). Through the project, people are helped to come to terms with sight loss, or that of a family …

Preventing Suicide

Local MSP Kenneth Gibson writes here about a new panel that the Scottish government has set up to help people affected by suicide.  On World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2019, the SNP Government announced a new panel to inform and educate on ways to prevent suicide. The Lived Experiences Panel will be made up …

Running for Neil McNicol

On 22nd September, local Arran lady Sarah Thomson will be running the Scottish 10K in Edinburgh raising funds for British Heart Foundation in memory of one of her best friends, Neil McNicol, who sadly died before his 60th birthday last year. Sarah has set up a Just Giving page to help raise money for the …

Prioritising Wellness

By local MSP Kenneth Gibson In a speech to the Technology, Entertainment. Design (TED) Summit in Edinburgh on 24 July, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP advocated for a focus on policies that promote wellbeing and not just economic growth, to help address the rise of alienation and disaffection from politics. In a world of growing …