Supporting CHAS’ One Word Campaign

I was delighted to support the One Word Campaign and it was great that there was such a fantastic response.  I hope that it has raised awareness of what vibrant and inspiring places hospices can be, which is why I chose the word, “inspirational.”

Staff and volunteers, through their work and care are able to help children, young people and families by providing many different types of support.  CHAS work hard to make this possible and they deserve all our support.

Strathcarron Hospice Celebrates 30 Years

Motion S4M-01293 – Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Scottish Labour) : Strathcarron Hospice Celebrates 30 Years

That the Parliament congratulates Strathcarron Hospice in Denny on its 30th anniversary; considers that it has done extraordinary work in that time to support people with life-limiting illnesses and their families in the Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth areas; recognises the wider hospice movement in Scotland’s contribution to the physical, emotional and spiritual care of people with life-limiting conditions; also recognises the widespread local support in volunteering and fundraising for hospices and the continuing policy of Scottish administrations to match publicly raised funds pound for pound to the level of budgets agreed between the hospices and NHS boards locally, and calls on the Scottish Executive to consider how it can best continue to improve the support that it offers to hospices for them to carry out the vital role that they play in society.

Developing Perth Woods for Health Pilot

Motion S4M-01237 – Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Scottish Labour) : Developing Perth Woods for Health Pilot

That the Parliament congratulates Perth and Kinross Countryside Ranger Service on developing the Perth Woods for Health Pilot in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Partnership Group, Perth and Kinross Community Health Partnership, NHS Tayside and Forestry Commission Scotland; understands that the pilot provided a range of structured outdoor activities to supplement traditional forms of care provided to people accessing support from Perth and Kinross Community Health Partnership and NHS Tayside mental health services, was based on the John Muir Award, took place over an eight-week period between April and June 2010 at the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park and was selected to be part of Greenspace Scotland’s programme of social return on investment (SROI) analyses of urban nature sites; understands that the SROI analysis identified those most affected by the initiative and recorded and valued some of the changes that they experienced; further understands that key outcomes included a significant increase in their confidence and self-esteem, an increase in their physical activity and wellbeing, the development of new and important social connections and skills, new opportunities to have fun and enjoy themselves, opening the door to new areas of personal development and increased life capacities, supporting them in their recovery and rehabilitation and leading toward participating more fully in mainstream society; understands that every £1 invested in the Woods for Health Pilot generated between £5 and £10, and hopes that this successful pilot will lead on to many more such schemes.