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Public Audit Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP)

I agree with my colleagues that this has been a useful session. I will come out of it knowing much more than I expected to know when I went into it.

I was delighted to hear Dr Dijkhuizen’s comments about the work in Tayside because I was slightly concerned by Mr Ross’s comments about experts coming from Birmingham and London to help with the flow. It appears that there was someone pretty much next door who could have been spoken to, and I was worried that that meant that best practice was not being spread across the country. I hope that that is not the case. If it has been the case, I am sure that, after this session, it will no longer be.

Grampian and Lanarkshire have the same issue, although for different reasons, but Tayside does not have that issue. Does anyone have an explanation of why that is the case?



Public Audit Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Dornan

It would certainly be nice if, when we discuss this again, everybody has that closure between the cost of the post and the post in place.

On the other point that I raised, is best practice being shared across health boards just now?



Public Audit Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Dornan

That takes me on to my last point. How long has it taken you from deciding that you had to change the way things were being done to get to the point that you are at just now?



Public Audit Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Dornan

It can be useful to be paranoid.



Public Audit Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Dornan

My comment was not about where the people came from but about the fact that Tayside is close at hand. I just wondered whether its best practice was being shared.



Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2014 : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
8. James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to improve support for unpaid carers. (S4O-03518)



Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2014 : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
James Dornan

I welcome the minister’s comprehensive response. He will be aware that the carers allowance is the lowest income-replacement benefit in the United Kingdom. Does he agree that the UK Government should increase it to at least the level of jobseekers allowance as a matter of urgency?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP) This debate is on a subject that is very important to me. I could speak on it for half an hour, but members will be delighted to learn that I will not do so and that I will try to stick to my seven minutes.

I welcome to the chamber the Rev Neil Galbraith, founder of Glasgow the Caring City. Many members will know him. He has been tireless in his work both in the city of Glasgow and further afield. He is the minister of Cathcart old parish church; he is a police chaplain; and he also works with veterans, particularly in his coming home project, which he runs from his church. The project, which was discussed with the minister, Keith Brown, before it began, is for veterans who find it difficult to reintegrate into society. It gives them somewhere to go and meet their peers, and it is becoming a place where they can move on, get jobs and move back into society. It is fairly invaluable; in fact, I was speaking to a couple of people involved in it the other day.

For many, however, the Rev Neil Galbraith will be known as the founder of Glasgow the Caring City, the charity that I am delighted the Parliament is recognising today. It was founded in May 1999 as Glasgow’s very own aid agency. It was originally set up to help those who had been made homeless by the wars that were raging across the Balkans, and its aim was to help as many as possible of the thousands of asylum seekers and refugees who were arriving in Glasgow at that time. At its core, the charity’s central aim is to provide care, help and love to the most fragile and destitute children at home and abroad. It has worked tirelessly towards that aim for the past 15 years.

Glasgow the Caring City works with a number of projects around the world to provide help and support, locally and internationally. It also provides emergency relief where it can.

The charity’s first theme is education, which is a key part of its development strategy. As the late, great Nelson Mandela said,

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

The Caring City has taken that mantra to heart.

At home, the organisation has worked on its give a kid a goal project for the past couple of years. That started as a way to encourage primary 6 and 7 pupils to think in a different way about the issues that are closest to them and has grown into a much bigger project. It gets kids involved in their communities: they can organise or take part in a community event, take part in a youth organisation, find out a wee bit more about people’s history or get involved in a local campaign. It helps to foster links between children worldwide: children can, for example, support the work of an international charity, gather resources that are to be sent or take the time to learn about what life is like for children in different parts of the world.

The Caring City is clear that it wants to work towards its projects becoming self-sufficient. It provides help and expertise on education as the initial set-up, but the endgame is to empower communities around the world to decide what is best for their school or college. It has been fantastic to see the charity’s vision in action when I have visited the many projects that it has been involved in. I have been fortunate to travel abroad to see some of the great work that it has done in Uganda and South Sudan, which I will talk about in a moment.

The charity does a lot of work on disaster relief in relation to its key themes. In education, that means assisting and rebuilding schools that have been destroyed by natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes. That was clear from its support for the people of Cité Soleil in Haiti, helping to rebuild a school after the devastating earthquake there in 2010.

Another theme of the charity’s work is security. I believe that Glasgow the Caring City is one of the best examples of a charity that sees security not only as physical security from harm but as human security—the belief that being secure means more than just having police and an army but also comes from having easy access to food and water and having a secure job, home, relationships and family life.

Human security was at the heart of the Caring City’s work in post-tsunami Sri Lanka, where it invested in medium to long-term projects in the fishing and hospitality industries that became self-sustaining. That meant that the community could start to build a better future for itself out of the horrors of that fateful boxing day.

That approach is also apparent in the charity’s work in South Sudan at Matthew’s farm, which helps young men and women to become farmers and teaches them the skills that they need to farm the land; it also teaches them to read, write and do basic maths.

I have had the pleasure of visiting Matthew’s farm, which was funded by Ross Galbraith, the Caring City’s international development officer, to whom I give a special mention. He has seen the farm grow from being just a patch of land into a sustainable farm. The people who use it can now grow their goods, take them to the market, sell them and feed their families on the basis of what they get. That was not the case before. I have spoken to a number of people who have benefited from the farm, which is fantastic to see.

Closer to home, the organisation’s sofa-cycle initiative gives recycled furnishings and white goods to people across Glasgow who might need a helping hand to make their home life more secure.

Under the health banner, the Caring City has done great work around the beautiful game. When I was in Uganda, I watched a football match between local children who all wore Scotland strips that Scotland’s captain, Darren Fletcher, had donated. That is a great initiative and I hope that it will get continued support.

I have only scratched the surface of the many great projects that the Caring City has worked on and is working on. It is fair to say that its work has had a huge impact at home and around the world. I have been fortunate to see at first hand a lot of the work that it is doing in my constituency and in Glasgow, as well as further afield, as I said. The charity is a brilliant example of the sort of work that epitomises the Glasgow spirit. In a previous debate, I spoke about the brilliant celebration city festival during the Commonwealth games, which showed the city at its best.

It will come as no surprise to anybody in the chamber that I am proud of my constituency, where lots of great things are going on—I could bore members to death with all the examples. However, not many examples show my constituency, the city of Glasgow and the country of Scotland in a better light than Glasgow the Caring City. It has done great work over the past 15 years and I look forward to the work that it will do over the next 15 years.

I know that the minister has visited and has a close relationship with the charity, and I am sure that he will have kind words to say about it. I am delighted that the organisation is there for all the people whom it helps and that it is based in my constituency of Glasgow Cathcart. I thank again the Rev Neil Galbraith and the others involved for all the work that they do.

12:39

Meeting of the Parliament 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP) The member talked about the health service, standing against fascism and so on. All of those things are positive reasons for and good things that came out of the union. Could she give us an example of something over the past 20 years that shows how the people of Scotland have benefited from being a member of the union?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 13, 2014
James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart) (SNP)

7. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the comments by the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive and chairman, Sir George Mathewson, that the better together campaign’s claims on banking and currency in an independent Scotland are “nonsense”. (S4O-03467)

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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