Praise for local day centre


Martin Whitfield MSP has joined Cllr Shamin Akhtar in praising Tranent Day Care Centre following a recent visit to the facility. The visitors met members of the centre’s staff team and chatted to some of its service users about what it means to them and their daily lives. The centre utilises a people-centred approach, creating [...]

Praise for local day centre2023-10-23T15:36:03+01:00

Backing ‘Our kids won’t wait’ campaign


Martin Whitfield MSP has lent his support to families of disabled children across Scotland as they tell the Scottish Government “Our kids won’t wait” and demand fairer funding. Gathering outside the Scottish Parliament, families put pressure on the First Minister to reconsider a decision to hold a funding decision at 2016 levels, which Scottish charity [...]

Backing ‘Our kids won’t wait’ campaign2023-10-02T15:34:37+01:00

Hosting credit union leaders


A group of credit union leaders from around the UK and beyond have been welcomed to the Scottish Parliament by Martin Whitfield MSP. The South Scotland MSP hosted a special graduation ceremony event for the Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education Europe programme, which included members from credit unions in several countries. The day [...]

Hosting credit union leaders2023-09-29T11:13:02+01:00

Visiting ‘much-loved’ beach wheelchair charity


Martin Whitfield MSP has visited local charity North Berwick Beach Wheelchairs at the town's harbour to catch up on some of its latest developments. Mr Whitfield met with the charity's Treasurer, Bryony Capaldi, and other volunteers, as well as speaking to a service user who was visiting the town from England and took the opportunity [...]

Visiting ‘much-loved’ beach wheelchair charity2023-09-20T09:48:25+01:00

Briefing from Scottish Seabird Centre


Martin Whitfield MSP has visited the Scottish Seabird Centre for a briefing on some of its current challenges and opportunities.   He met with the charity’s Chief Executive, Susan Davies, and members of her team to discuss various topical matters and given a tour of the Centre.    Among the issues discussed were the Centre’s [...]

Briefing from Scottish Seabird Centre2023-09-21T12:18:14+01:00

Visiting Borders live music venue


Martin Whitfield MSP has visited iconic local live music and arts venue MacArts in Galashiels to hear more about its innovative work supporting and promoting live music in the Borders. MacArts is run by the Duncan Mackinnon Music and Arts Trust, which was formed in December 2011 to fulfil an ambition to create a state-of-the-art [...]

Visiting Borders live music venue2023-09-22T11:35:07+01:00

Garden is first rate attraction


The beautiful Dawyck Botanic Garden at Stobo near Peebles was the destination for Martin Whitfield MSP today as he visited to find out more about its work and latest developments. Located in the hills of the Scottish Borders, Dawyck is a five star Garden renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, blue [...]

Garden is first rate attraction2023-09-21T12:19:24+01:00

Rural food poverty a growing problem


The growing problem of food poverty in rural areas of the South Scotland region was the focus of Martin Whitfield MSP's visit to Peebleshire Foodbank. Mr Whitfield visited the Peebles-based service and met with co-ordinator Fiona Dalgleish to discuss the foodbank's important work and the increasing number of local people accessing its services. Speaking after [...]

Rural food poverty a growing problem2023-09-20T15:03:01+01:00

Martin sees OPAL project in action


South Scotland MSP Martin Whitfield has visited Eildon’s Riverside House supported housing development in Peebles to see the Older People Active Lives (OPAL) project in action first-hand. The OPAL service for the Borders was launched last summer in partnership between charities Eildon Housing Association and Cyrenians. Cyrenians contacted Mr Whitfield with information about the service [...]

Martin sees OPAL project in action2023-09-20T14:57:36+01:00

Visiting PSG summer club


Martin Whitfield MSP has attended one of the Pennypit Community Development Trust PSG summer club sessions for Friday fruit hunt day. A Prestonpans resident himself, Mr Whitfield has been a strong supporter of the clubs organised by the Pennypit in the PSG and Fa'side areas since they started in 2016. Martin Whitfield MSP said:  "I [...]

Visiting PSG summer club2023-09-20T14:58:54+01:00
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