by Bill Kidd MSP

Right now in Glasgow Anniesland there is much going on for schools, charities and more.

We welcomed the new Broomhill Primary School which opened its doors to pupils and teachers for the first time on Wednesday, January 24.

This fantastic school, which I had the opportunity to visit late last year in its final stages of being fitted out, is something which parents, pupils, and teachers can be proud of.

I congratulate Glasgow City Building on constructing the school to such a high standard.

I have been delighted to find out that the invaluable work of the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project has been rewarded by the Big Lottery Fund with a grant of £149,932.

The Glasgow Wood Recycling Project will use this funding to continue its work with men who have experienced loneliness and isolation through one-to-one support, activities and woodwork training.

ANYiSo, a charity which supports and empowers African and other black and minority ethnic women in Glasgow, has been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund of £115,440.

This charity offers weekly drop in sessions and workshops, which also builds confidence and helps provide integration into their communities.

The charity Scottish Disability sport will also be opening a judo hub in Clydebank for young people with visual impairments.

Another charity, 3D Drumchapel, has launched a weekly Baby Basics and Toddler Togs pop-up shop on Fridays in the Thriving Communities charity shop in the Drumchapel Shopping Centre, which will provide clothing and equipment for those who need it.

In response to the work done by these charities and the grants recently provided to help them further their work within the constituency, I have lodged motions to the Scottish Parliament congratulating all the charities on their contributions.

These motions have gained a wide range of support from many MSPs. I have also lodged a motion on the work done by the Glasgow-based BT 999 call handlers who work alongside the emergency response teams, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, hospitals and Police Scotland, to ensure that we all get the care we need during emergency situations.

It is heartening to see such great initiatives, which really shows the heart and spirit of our community, developing and growing in Anniesland.

Within the constituency we are continuing to deal with a multitude of cases which encompass the issues faced by my constituents regarding housing, health, signposting on matters of law, anti-social behaviour and transport difficulties.

If you ever need any assistance with a matter relating to the Scottish Government or Parliament, please do not hesitate to get in touch or, alternatively, come to a constituency surgery.

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