I would encourage community groups seeking funding to consider applying to Awards for All Scotland. This body awards grants of between £500 and £10,000 for art, sport, heritage and community activities and for projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. Read more of this post
As 2011 draws to a close, I extend my best wishes to the Dunfermline Press and all its readers. My thoughts, at this time of year, go out to those for whom the festive period is a challenging time, particularly the elderly and the infirm, our Armed Forces and their families, and others who cannot be with their loved ones. Read more of this post
I was pleased to be invited to recently open the Sustainable Technology Centre, based in the Halbeath Campus of Carnegie College. This is a purpose-built Centre with the latest equipment for training technicians and installers in environmentally friendly technology. Read more of this post
Public services reform is to be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee, which has announced a call for evidence today for the first part of what will be a three-strand inquiry running throughout 2012. Read more of this post
Bill has welcomed an initiative that will create affordable housing in Fife and across Scotland.
The Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust are working with a number of Councils and developers to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes for rent across the country and support hundreds of jobs in the construction industry and wider economy. Read more of this post
As 2011 draws to a close, I wish to extend my best Christmas and New Year wishes to everyone.
My thoughts, at this time of year, go out to those for whom the festive period is a challenging time, particularly the elderly and the infirm, our Armed Forces and their families, and others who cannot be with their loved ones. Read more of this post
News that Scotland will have a dedicated Youth Employment Minister has been welcomed by Bill. An extra £30million will be invested to help Scotland’s youth back into training, work or education to secure a strong workforce of the future.
Bill has expressed support for a raft of MSPs from across the political spectrum who have been growing and nurturing moustaches throughout November to support “Movember” – a movement which aims to change the face of men’s health by raising awareness of prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. Read more of this post
Another eagerly awaited facility has now opened, the refurbished Carnegie Leisure Centre. I enjoyed a sneak preview prior to the doors opening last Saturday. The facility is like a Tardis, seemingly larger on the inside. It boasts state-of-the-art equipment, but I am pleased to say it preserves the original Edwardian features of 1905, when Andrew Carnegie, our great local philanthropist, presented it to the community. Read more of this post