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Erasmus+ funding is available for youth projects in Glasgow Anniesland

Do you work for a youth organisation in Glasgow Anniesland? There is €12.8million of Erasmus+ funding available for youth projects which could support your 2018 activities in Scotland’s Year of Young People. The next application deadline is 26 April so don’t delay - apply now!

The total funding available to UK organisations this year is over €170 million, compared to €148 million in 2017. Last year, Scotland received its highest ever allocation, with €22 million shared by 169 Scottish organisations across the education, youth and voluntary sectors.

Erasmus+ funding enables participants from the UK to go abroad study, work, volunteer, teach or train. Every year, Erasmus+ funds around 16,000 UK higher education students to benefit from a study or work placement abroad, 6,000 UK vocational education and training students to benefit from a work placement abroad, and 5,000 young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, to benefit from a volunteering experience abroad.

The funding is open to schools, further and higher education, adult education and youth organisations. Funding covers a range of activities, from vocational training placements to collaborative research, from joint projects between schools to training for youth workers, and is delivered across the UK by the British Council and Ecorys. Students and young people that take part in Erasmus+ face lower unemployment; are more likely to gain management positions, and have higher academic attainment.

Attention All Students

Final chance to submit 2017-18 SAAS applications

Issued on behalf of the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) would like to remind any students who have not yet submitted their 2017-2018 application for funding and tuition fees, to do so now and before the 31 March 2018 closing date.

With just a week to go until SAAS closes for this academic session there are still a number of students who have yet to apply.  If these students do not submit their applications and supporting evidence by 31 March 2018 they risk receiving no funding.

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “It’s extremely important that students submit an accurate application to SAAS to ensure they don’t miss out.  I would encourage all students to apply now.  The Scottish Government is committed to supporting students in their Higher Education journey by offering the right level of funding.”

SAAS Chief Executive, Paul Lowe, said: “At SAAS we want to make sure that all students receive the funding and tuition fees that they’re entitled to.  I urge students to visit our website to submit their applications and supporting evidence as soon as possible. It is vital that fully completed applications for 2017-2018 are received by 31 March 2018, to ensure that all funding is paid."      

·         Information on all aspects of student support provided by SAAS can be found on the SAAS website.

·         The Student Loans Company website provides more information on student loans for Higher Education. 

·         Follow SAAS on Facebook and Twitter @saastweet.

Victoria Park Easter Event

Victoria Park Working Group are hosting a family friendly Easter Event

10am to 12pm on Sunday 1 April in Victoria Park, 12 Victoria Park Dr N, Glasgow G14 9NN


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Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the campaign awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work for the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), will visit Scotland on Wednesday, meeting Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, on behalf of the Scottish government, before joining a vigil at Faslane naval base in the afternoon, where she will be welcomed by a 14 year-old girl piper.

Since the Nobel award, Beatrice has travelled extensively to meet political and civil leaders worldwide and her visit is in recognition of Scotland's distinctive stance within the UK on nuclear weapons and the encouragement that stance gives to the international disarmament movement.

The piper who will welcome Beatrice to the Faslane vigil is Emma Montgomery, of Bellshill, from a family noted for its witness against nuclear weapons. Emma's grandmother Fiona and great-grandmother Jean were both arrested at protests against Polaris and Trident, and Fiona, who worked for Scottish CND in the 80s, is a committed and active campaigner.

Emma said:

I am really, really pleased to be able to play my bagpipes at Faslane to help Scottish CND and ICAN. My gran and my great grandma were both arrested protesting against nuclear weapons and I am proud of what they did. I want to support a really big CND demonstration at Faslane in September. I don’t want Scotland to have nuclear weapons.”

Emma’s great grandmother Jean (83) , said:

I felt these weapons were immoral in the 1960s and that it was vital to protest. While it is incredibly sad that all these years on there are still nuclear weapons in Scotland, I am really inspired by the work of ICAN and the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. I am thrilled that my great granddaughter Emma will be playing the pipes at Faslane when Beatrice Fihn visits. Young people deserve a world free of nuclear weapons.”

ICAN Partners in Scotland are Scottish CND, Medact Scotland, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, UN House Scotland, Trident Ploughshares.


Drumchapel Citizen Advice Bureau and Glasgow Eagles Receive Corra Foundation Grants

During the past year Corra Foundation has funded £8,075 in grants for local charities. Each year, the foundation distributes nearly £1 million through its Henry Duncan Grants programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.

Within Glasgow Anniesland, the Drumchapel Citzen Advice Bureau has been awarded a grant of £4,500 towards the salary of the part-time Training Officer, and the Glasgow Eagles Special Needs Sports Club has been awarded a grant of £3,575 towards running costs of delivery of the tabletennis group for children and adults with a physical or learning disability.

These awards show how the Corra Foundation continues to be at the heart of funding local communities. I’m delighted these grassroots charities are receiving these funds, enabling them to continue their great work in the Glasgow Anniesland consitutency. Many of the Henry Duncan Grants go towards staff and running costs, which means that they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.

Corra Foundation Chief Executive Fiona Duncan says “Corra Foundation is privileged to be able to contribute to the work of local groups across Scotland, supporting them as they make a real difference in the lives of many people, including vulnerable children and young people, isolated older people, unpaid carers, families experiencing poverty and people affected by disability or mental health issues. We are committed to our vision of a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives and distributing £1m a year via the Henry Duncan Grants is part of this.”

I have submitted a Motion to the Scottish Parliament to congratulate both the Drumchapel Citizen Advice Bureau and the Glasgow Eagles for being awarded grants.

Bill Kidd MSP


Bill is MSP for Glasgow Anniesland. 

His major political interests are the development of policies to eradicate poverty, job creation, housing policy and an end to the nuclear power and weapons programmes of successive British Governments.

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