CHILDREN recovering from domestic abuse in Clydebank will receive help for three more years thanks to a funding windfall.
The CEDAR (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) programme operated by West Dunbartonshire Council has been awarded £388,253
from Investing in Communities 2: Life Transitions by The Big Lottery Scotland fund.
The programme has been delivered in West Dunbartonshire since 2012 and is in its final project year of funding.
The grant will build upon the current model and develop new therapeutic activities over the next three years.
Furthermore the project will develop provision offering a service to all primary care-givers who are caring for and supporting the needs of children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
The Big Lottery informed Gil Paterson, the MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, of the funding on Tuesday, July 20.
He said: "I'm very glad the funding has come through for continuing the CEDAR programme in Clydebank and the whole of West Dunbartonshire.
"It's so important we help children who have through no fault of their own been subjected to domestic abuse in our communities.
"The CEDAR project helps my constituents through these dark moments, and I consider it an absolutely vital service.
"I congratulate West Dunbartonshire Council for its success in applying for the funding and give the support workers all my best wishes for the future."
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairwoman, said: “This funding will provide continued support for women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse to help them to rebuild their lives."
SNP representatives have paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice last Friday.
Gil Paterson MSP, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP and Bill Kidd MP sent out messages of solidarity to the people of France.
Gil said: "The attack in Nice is an absolute tragedy and my deepest thoughts are with the family and friends of whose who have been killed or injured. On behalf of Clydebank and Milngavie I extend our sadness and solidarity - we are united in grief."
A MAJOR retailer leaving Clydebank is a blow to the town's shopping experience, Gil Paterson MSP said.
In June, it was announced BHS would be going into liquidation after administrators Duff and Phelps failed to find a new buyer.
Gil Paterson MSP warned it was a blow to the retail experience in Clyde Shopping Centre.
Mr Paterson said: "My thoughts are with the staff at BHS in Clydebank who now face being unemployed.
"What has happened to this historic business is nothing short of a corporate catastrophe where former owners have walked off with millions of pounds, and left workers with a very raw deal.
"The fact there is a deficit in the pension fund is a disgrace, and I welcome the grilling the BHS bosses have received from MPs.
"Clyde Shopping Centre now has a window of opportunity to find a vibrant new business to take over the major unit. I hope this happens sooner rather than later, and the redundant workers can find a place in it if they so wish."
CLYDEBANK and Milngavie’s MSP has backed calls for Trident to be removed from Scotland.
Gil Paterson condemned the Westminster vote to renew the nuclear weapons system on Monday, July 18.
The SNP MSP backed calls from the SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson that Trident should now be removed from Scotland.
It comes as 58 of Scotland’s 59 MPs voted against the renewal of the weapons of mass destruction.
Gil Paterson MSP said: “The decision made by the UK Government to renew Trident is tragic — this will cost the taxpayer an astronomical amount of money.
“Trident looks set to cost more than £200 billion over its lifetime, and this is money that should be going into the frontline services the UK Government been cutting.
“Just a month after being told we’ll be taken out of the European Union, we’re being officially told we will weapons of mass destruction imposed upon us. Scotland has consistently show itself to be utterly opposed to nuclear weapons – a position taken by the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, Scottish MPs and a majority of Scotland’s political parties and trade unions.
“I am backing calls to have Trident taken out of Scotland after yesterday’s landslide vote here against it.”
CLYDEBANK and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson has condemned the UK Government’s plans to renew its nuclear weapons programme.
The vote for renewal is due to go ahead at the House of Commons on Monday July 18.
Mr Paterson has always held a principled stance against nuclear weapons.
He said: “It is estimated £200 billion would be spent on the new Trident missile system over its lifetime – this is funding that should be going into our vital frontline services.
“The obsession with nuclear weapons in the United Kingdom is thankfully not shared in Scotland – the Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the notion of renewing Trident.
“It’s a crying shame the people of my constituency and the whole of Scotland will be pulled out of the EU by the UK against their will, and now they look to have nuclear weapons forced upon them as well.
“The fact the UK is even voting to renew this deadly weapons programme goes to show the vast differences between the union and a progressive and forward-looking Scotland."
GIL Paterson has condemned the former Prime Minister Tony Blair after the Iraq Inquiry was published last week.
In a statement to the Clydebank Post Gil said: “The former Prime Minister Tony Blair must be held accountable for the carnage of the Iraq War and the subsequent chaos that followed it.
“The Iraq Inquiry findings have clarified the long held doubt I have had that Tony Blair and his cronies led the United Kingdom into a war that need not have happened.
“Most of all, my greatest wish is that the families who lost loved ones are able to gain some closure from the findings published today.”
COMMUNITY groups in Clydebank and Milngavie have been urged to apply for Big Lottery Funding by Gil Paterson MSP.
As of Wednesday, July 7, Big Lottery Fund Celebrate programme opened to applications.
The new funding scheme is designed to empower community groups to bring people together. It also has a focus on intergenerational projects.
Gil Paterson MSP said: "Across my constituency there are so many groups that spring to mind when it comes to serving communities. The Big Lottery funding has really given groups a leg up in the past, so I hope organisations in Clydebank can go ahead and apply - I wish them the best of luck."
This new funding programme is putting people in the lead to celebrate what matters to them in their local communities. Celebrate will fund activities that bring people together – it might be to celebrate something in their local history or a local community hero, to mark something important to their community like the Queen’s 90th Birthday, or simply to get to know their neighbours better.
Here in Scotland, groups can apply for between £500 and £5000 for projects lasting up to 12 months. We are particularly looking for applications for projects which are carrying out intergenerational activity or activity which shows communities coming together to share their diverse cultures. To be eligible they must either be a voluntary or community organisation with its own constitution and bank account, school or statutory body. There is £575,000 available across Scotland, we will award funds regularly (as and when applications are received) and will close for applications when all of the funding has been allocated.
If you would like further details of this programme there is more detail on our webpage -https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/celebratescotland, or please contact Cath Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org
A FAIFLEY activist was flying the flag for Clydebank and Milngavie at the reopening of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday.
Brian Rocks, 53, was selected to be the constituency's Local Hero for the ceremonial launch of the new session.
Gil Paterson MSP was proud to welcome Brian, who he specially selected for the reopening for raising awareness of epilepsy.
Brian is the chairman of West Dunbartonshire Epileptic Support Group.
He said: "It was fantastic to have Brian through at Holyrood for the reopening of the new session. He and his brother David had a brilliant time and joined dozens of others like them, who dedicate their lives to helping others.
“People like Brian need to be recognised for their efforts to make the world a better place, and that's why I nominated him as our Local Hero.
“I wish Brian the best of luck in the future for raising awareness of epilepsy around Clydebank and Milngavie and the whole of Dunbartonshire.”
Brian has led campaigns dispelling myths surrounding epilepsy, using his own experiences to the benefit of others.
His campaigning has also led to training sessions, involving local police and fire officers, in assisting those suffering from epilepsy and to expand their knowledge of the symptoms of epilepsy and the similarities it has to other conditions.
Press releases prepared by Alan Ferguson, Gil Paterson MSP's communications manager, who can be contacted at email@example.com or 07342 061722..