Fiona is Guest of Honour at Thrift Shop Sale Launch

Fiona Hyslop with ASHI Chairman Mr David Okalo Olwa, Ms Mukami I McCrum MBE (Charity Secretary) and Vice Chair, Ms Nataliia Hinde

Fiona Hyslop with ASHI Chairman Mr David Okalo Olwa, Ms Mukami I McCrum MBE (Charity Secretary) and Vice Chair, Ms Nataliia Hinde

Fiona is Guest of Honour at Thrift Shop Sale Launch

Local MSP Fiona Hyslop has attended and officially opened the sale of donated products to raise money for ASHI – a West Lothian based humanitarian charity which is dedicated to local and international issues. The opening took place at the Home Aid Thrift shop in Bathgate which AHSI have leased until April 29th.

After the event Fiona said;

“I am delighted to be officially opening ASHI’s fundraising sale in Bathgate. ASHI (Association of Serving the Humanity International) are a very dedicated charity who work hard towards the relief of poverty, the advancement of better health and education and ultimately the saving of lives both locally and internationally. They have already raised funds to deliver clean water to 600 Ugandans and they aim to do this for a further 20,000 people in Uganda.

“The charity is run by a small group of volunteers and so they give their time and efforts freely. I am happy to support the dedication of Chairman Mr David Olwa to ASHI and the good work of his charity.”

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In January this year ASHI completed its initial humanitarian project by wholly funding the installation of a deep borehole (water well) that provides clean and safe drinking water to a village community of around 600 people plus many thousands of travellers in Bala Sub County of Northern Uganda.

To find out more about the charity go to:
http://ashi.org.uk/history/

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Hyslop Attends Launch of West Lothian Carers Premises

Carers of WL New Premises Opening

Hyslop Attends Launch of West Lothian Carers Premises

This morning (Friday 24th April) Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop attended the official opening of the Carers of West Lothian new premises at Sycamore House in Livingston.

Fiona said;

“The Carers of West Lothian do a massively important and hugely challenging job. I am pleased to be here to celebrate the launch of their new premises at Sycamore House as a result of their expansion as a charity – a true testament to the good work and increasing support they offer.”

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Fiona Highlights Cultural and Economic Benefits of Linlithgow Palace Event

Fiona Highlights Cultural and Economic Benefits of Linlithgow Palace Event

During a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday (21st April) on Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events, local constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop highlighted the cultural and economic benefits of the hugely popular Party at the Palace Event, scheduled for the 8th and 9th of August.

Speaking as the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona said;

“Festivals, and music festivals in particular, have played a crucial role in Scotland’s cultural calendar for a number of years. This August, Party at the Palace is back at the stunning Linlithgow Palace.

“Music events such as Party at the Palace are a hugely important aspect of our culture that celebrates and showcases our culture and creativity and also provide a great boost to the local and Scottish economy.”

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Fiona Supports Scottish Sports Alliance Campaign

Fiona Supports Scottish Sports Alliance Campaign

Fiona Hyslop MSP and Jamie Hepburn MSP i support

Photo of Fiona Hyslop MSP and Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport and Mental Health

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop met with Scottish Sports Alliance to discuss why sport matters with the Government Minister for Sport and Mental Health and to add their #ISupportSport Selfie to their campaign.

Fiona commented,

“I am very pleased to support the Scottish Sports Alliance and the work they do to promote health, mental health, education and social issues. The energy you get from sport and fitness is fundamental to our physical and mental wellbeing and something that should be embraced and promoted across our communities.”

Kim Atkinson, CEO of the Scottish Sports Association, said

“We need to embrace the many benefits of participating in sport – from sheer enjoyment to positive contributions to health, mental health, education and economic productivity as highlighted by #whysportmatters. Our members provide opportunities for people of all ages to get active and we would encourage everyone to find their sport(s) and to join us in saying #isupportsport.”

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Notes to editor:

The Scottish Sports Alliance is the collective voice of the Scottish Sports Association, Scottish Student Sport and the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils. Collectively the three organisations represent 52 Governing Bodies of Sport; 40 Local Sports Councils; 30+ Scottish Universities and Colleges encompassing 195,000 volunteers, 13,000 sports clubs and 900,000 men and woman who regularly participate in sport in Scotland.

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Hyslop Congratulates New Councillor for Armadale

Hyslop Congratulates New Councillor for Armadale

FH and Sarah King

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has congratulated Sarah King on her recent election as SNP Councillor for the Armadale and Blackridge Ward.
Fiona commented;

“I am delighted that the people of Armadale and Blackridge have voted to have Sarah King as their newly elected Councillor.

“Sarah’s energy, enthusiasm and dedication to local issues will make her an excellent councillor for this ward. She is excited to get to work straight away and I know she will be warmly welcomed into post by our strong team of SNP councillors in West Lothian.”

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Hyslop Welcomes Bathgate Shortlisting for £50K Creative Place Award 2015

Hyslop Welcomes Bathgate Shortlisting for £50K Creative Place Award 2015

Local MSP, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news that Bathgate in West Lothian has been shortlisted for a Creative Place Award.

Fiona commented;

“I am delighted that Bathgate has been shortlisted for this award. If chosen, the community has decided they will spend the £50,000 grant on setting up a community choir for all age groups; offering a series of lunchtime cabaret activities for older people; and establishing a film and documentary making course for young people.

“Even to be shortlisted for the Creative Place award shows the progress Bathgate is making and it is great that the Bathgate community is being recognised at national level.”

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Notes:
Since their launch in 2012, the Creative Place Awards have been awarded to smaller communities across Scotland, outside of the main cities, to enable them to enhance and promote the creative activities and programmes in their area. The awards recognise the communities’ ambitions in using the arts for the benefit of both local residents and visitors to their area.
The awards are made and funded by Creative Scotland, the the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

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Hyslop Welcomes Broxburn Academy LGBT Achievement

Hyslop Welcomes Broxburn Academy LGBT Achievement

Fiona Hyslop MSP for Linlithgow Constituency has welcomed and congratulated Broxburn Academy on becoming the first school in Scotland to receive a silver LGBT Charter Mark Award.

Fiona commented;

“I am extremely proud of the students at Broxburn Academy for their dedication and hard work in achieving a Silver Charter Mark Award for their work in creating awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender issues.

“School should be a place where pupils can feel safe and respected regardless of their sexuality and I am very pleased that their work has been formally recognised and that Broxburn Academy is the first school in Scotland to receive the award”

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Notes:
To achieve the award Broxburn Academy worked in partnership with the council, LGBT communities, West Lothian Youth Services and members of the LGBT Forum. The school carried out awareness raising activities and ensured that appropriate training and policies were in place across the school.

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Hyslop Welcomes Irish Government Minister to West Lothian

Fiona and Irish Minister
Hyslop Welcomes Irish Government Minister to West Lothian

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed Irish Government Minister Joe McHugh to West Lothian and the Chamber of Commerce business breakfast on Thursday. (19th March) at Houston house hotel in Uphall.

Fiona said,

“I was pleased to welcome Irish Government Minister Joe McHugh to my constituency at the business breakfast meeting organised by West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.

“I am delighted that the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce took the opportunity to discuss new and expanding business opportunities developing between Scotland and Ireland.”

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Hyslop Opens First Cultural Diversity Event in West Lothian

Kulture Klub - diversity event
Hyslop Opens First Cultural Diversity Event in West Lothian

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop attended, Kulture Klub’s first West Lothian Cultural Diversity event at the Strathbrock in Broxburn last week. (Friday 13th March)

Fiona said;

“I was delighted to be asked to say a few words to officially open the Cultural Diversity event in Broxburn. It was great to see their stalls and demonstrations.

“Well done to everyone involved particularly the young people who helped organise the day. I understand that there will be further events in the near future and I would encourage my constituents to go along and get involved.”

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Next event is on Saturday, 28th March at the Mosswood Community Centre, Fergusson Way, Knightsbridge from 1.30 – 4.30pm.
For more info on the event, contact:
k.klub@outlook.com

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West Lothian Women Highlight Midnight League Sessions in Blackburn

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West Lothian Women Highlight Midnight League Sessions in Blackburn

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, Local Councillor Mary Dickson and SNP Westminster Candidate for the Blackburn area, Hannah Bardell attended the Scottish Football Association and the Bank of Scotland’s Midnight League Session at Blackburn Community Centre at the weekend (March 14th) to highlight the work they do for young people in local communities.

Fiona commented,

“I was delighted to attend the SFA and Bank of Scotland’s Midnight Session in Blackburn, West Lothian, where the first ever Midnight Session was piloted 11 years ago. It has proved such a success it has now been rolled out all over Scotland.

“So much effort has been made by the two organisations to make this possible and it is great to see how much the young people get out of the evening. This is a fantastic initiative and one I am happy to support.

“Hannah Bardell who has a keen interest in football was a real star of the evening coming off the subs bench to score a goal.”

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Info:
The BoS Midnight League, which is run in partnership with the Scottish FA, is a national network of diversionary 5-a-side football activity that targets 12-16 year olds across Scotland. The Midnight League has grown substantially over the past eleven years and now around 7,000 young people participate across 100 communities each year. In addition to providing a platform to play football, the Bank of Scotland Midnight League offers participants access to stars of the Scottish game, skills development and engaging activity which grows confidence and ability.

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