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Vaccine Drop In Centre- 8th June

Over 40 year olds & anyone who has waited over 10 weeks for the second dose of AstraZeneca can come to tomorrow’s drop in clinic for their vaccine. Tues 8th June, Fountain of Love Church, 205 Drumry Rd East, G15 8NS. 11am-6.30pm. 
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Best Start Grant Opens Today

FAMILIES IN ANNIESLAND URGED TO APPLY FOR BEST START GRANT

Bill Kidd MSP is urging eligible families in Anniesland to apply for this year’s Best Start Grant School Age Payment, as applications open today. Eligible families can apply by visiting mygov.scot/beststart or calling 0800 182 2222.

The payment, which is only available in Scotland, is open to families who get tax credits or certain other benefits and have a child who was born between 1st March 2016 and 28th February 2017.

It is part of five family payments delivered by Social Security Scotland that also include: Best Start Foods, Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment and Scottish Child Payment.

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Vaccine Update- 26th May 2021

Under 30s Urged to Register for the Vaccine Now

if you are aged between 18 and 29, you can now register online for vaccination. You can register at this address: register.vacs.nhs.scot. You can register as long as:

  1. You are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland
  2. You haven't already had your first COVID-19 vaccination for medical reasons or due to working as an unpaid carer, or as a frontline health or social care worker. 

If you are in the 30-39 age group you should wait to be contacted- you will receive a letter in the post in the coming weeks.

 

What to do if you think you should have already received your first vaccine, but haven't. 

Invitations have been issued to everyone aged 40 or over. 

So if you are in the 40+ age group and you haven't received an inviation to receive your vaccine, then please follow the below instructions on how to arrange an appointment. 

Please go onto the NHS Inform website to arrange an appointment. The vaccinations section of the site has a section on missing appointments details, which provides a form you can submit. Alternatively, you can call the hotline on 0800 030 8013. Please have your NHS number (a 10 digit number which will be on any letter you receive from the NHS) to hand before calling the hotline. 

Doing this means that if your appointment has been missed because of, for example, wrong address details, it can be re-arranged.

30 to 39 year olds are starting to be invited now. In the specific areas of Glasgow affected by the current outbreak, all 18 to 39 year olds are being invited with older age groups first. The NHS is aiming for everyone in Scotland aged 18 to 49 to have their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of July, depending on supply.

 

To date over 5 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Scotland. Bill Kidd MSP strongly reccomends getting your vaccine- this will protect you and your community from the coronavirus. 

Running Major Scott Sherwood- Let’s Get Running in Glasgow!

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Congratulations to Scott Sherwood who has been selected as Glasgow's new Running Major, as part of an initiative to encourage more people to start running and building healthy lifestyles. 

Scott said:

"Getting out and running has so many benefits; it can be good for the environment, it can have a dramatic affect on your physical and mental well-being, and it can be amazing fun! I would like to inspire more people to have running adventures and share them to encourage others!"

Running is a great way to exercise. It can boost mental health and wellbeing. If you want to start running, try new routes to keep it interesting and listen to favourite music or podcasts whilst on the go. This can be a great habit to form & give you headspace during a busy week or household. New to running? Try couch to 5K. 

Weekly exercise is an important part of living a healty lifestyle. If you are wanting to loose weight make sure to check out the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's good eating advice leaflet explaining the best ways to loose weight

Remember, your diet is the biggest contributor to weight gain or loss. This should be accompanied by weekly exercise. 

Easy first steps to weight loss:

  • 1) Download an app to log your food, so you know how much you are eating.
  • 2) Weigh yourself daily whilst loosing weight. Ideally this should be done at the same time everyday (e.g. before breakfast). Note your weight can fluctate day to day for a number of reasons, including your hormones. Recording your weight is about being aware of your weight pattern (maintining, building or loosing weight). So don't be disheartened if it goes up one day. 
  • 3) Switch white bread/pasta etc. to whole grain, whole meal or brown bread and pasta. This will fill you up for longer and give you more energy.
  • 4) Switch sugary snacks (crisps, chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks) for fruit. This will still give you a sugary kick of energy, but with much fewer calories & it will fill you up for longer. 1 apple= 90 calories. 1 chocolate bar= 240 calories. 
  • 5) Eat mindfully. Stop eating when you are full, not when your plate is finished. Eat dinner without watching TV. Sometimes it is easy to eat as a pick me up. Try choosing nice things you can do instead of this, ahead of time. E.g. watching a favourite show, reading a book, having a bath, go for a run or speaking to a friend. 
  • 6) If you are tired drink two glasses of water before eating. You may be dehydrated. 

Make sure to check your ideal weight through the NHS's BMI calculator & speak to your GP if you need advice on weight gain or loss. 

WH Malcolm Appeal Rejected

'Whiteinch WH Malcolm gasification plant gets final rejection' Clydebank Post Article Extract 

"Opponents of a controversial plant to 'gasify' waste in Whiteinch have delcared victory as the plans were rejected after a five-year wait."

The plans included building a 230 foot chimney. There were many concerns voiced by the local community and Bill Kidd MSP, including the impact of fumes and heavy traffic flow on the health of the local community, the lack of a credible Community Heating programme and on environmental grounds. The significant community action was supported by Bill Kidd MSP throughout the current session in the Scottish Parliament- from 2016 to 2021- who made repeated representations to the Scottish Government during this slow legal process on behalf of local residents and community groups. 

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Bill Kidd MSP

Welcome

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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