Pictured L-R: Rhona McLeod, Chief Executive, Trust Housing Association, Christina McKelvie MSP, Hamilton, Larkhall, Stonehouse, Maureen Dowden, Director of Governance, Wheatley Group and Chair of Happy to Translate Advisory Group
Happy to Translate (HTT) held a very successful event on Thursday 21st December to launch their redesigned Toolkit and Website. The event, held at the prestigious Scottish Parliament and sponsored by Christina McKelvie, MSP was well attended by MSPs, HTT member organisations and members of local ethnic minority communities.
The Toolkit is used by members of Happy to Translate to communicate with customers who speak little or no English and has been redesigned to accommodate the multilingual tools available to download from the members’ website, a training DVD and promotional tools that help organisations advertise its membership to the public.
The website has been revamped with a fresh look and restructured to make sure new and current members get the best assistance possible. The public side of the website has the added benefit of a ‘quick quiz’, offering prospective members the chance to perform an equality health check on the accessibility of the information and services they provide.
Christina McKelvie MSP said: ‘I was delighted to be invited to sponsor the event to introduce the redesigned HTT Toolkit and website. Scotland is proud to be known as a country that welcomes individuals from across the globe. The Scottish Parliament is a member of HTT and recognises the importance of taking the lead in providing equal access to information and services.’
Rhona McLeod, Chief Executive of Trust Housing Association, who manage Happy to Translate, said: ‘The team worked hard this year to produce the redesigned toolkit and website in response to members’ changing needs in the way they engage with their customers. It’s this dynamic and proactive thinking that earned HTT the title of UK’s Most Innovative EDI Initiative of the Year 2017, from the National Centre for Diversity.’
Local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, has welcomed grants made over 2017 in their constituency. During the past year Corra Foundation has funded £12,000 in grants for local charities. Each year, the foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Grants programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.
Within Hamilton, Larkhall & Stonehouse, Community Volunteers Enabling Youth Project (COVEY) has been awarded the grant of £5,000 towards the salary of the full-time Befriending Leader.
Milan Lunch & Social Club has been awarded the grant of £2,000 towards running costs of the lunch club to support 35 older people from a BME community.
Machan Trust has been awarded the grant of £5,000 towards the salary of the full-time Children's Worker to work in Strutherhill and Hareleeshill.
Commenting, Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“These awards show how 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 my constituency. Many of the Henry Duncan Grants go on staff and running costs like this, meaning they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.”
Corra Foundation Chief Executive Fiona Duncan added “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.”
Latest figures from the Scottish Government have revealed that the transformative Baby Box policy has already 2378 new-borns across NHS Lanarkshire since they were introduced last year – and over 22,000 across Scotland.
The Baby Box is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making Scotland the very best place in the world to grow up – and contains important items for parents and babies alike, such as baby clothes, a digital ear thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.
The box itself also doubles as a bed for a new-born, containing a mattress, mattress protector and fitted sheet – providing a safe and warm place for babies to sleep.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie said:
“It is excellent to see so many families across my constituency benefitting from the Baby Box.
“The Boxes are a really positive Scottish Government initiative providing parents with many of the essentials they need to care for their child.
“From thermometers to towels, changing mats to clothes – the boxes are a fantastic way of giving children in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse the very best start in life.
“That 2378 boxes have already been provided to parents across Lanarkshire, part of a total of over 22,000 across Scotland, shows how popular they are proving with parents in every corner of the country – and given how beneficial they are to parents and new-borns, long may that continue.”