The body of one of the eight victims of the Police helicopter disaster was removed from the wreckage of the Clutha Vaults pub today and taken to the Southern General Hospital where the formal process of identification continues. Police emphasised this takes time and has to be done completely to avoid the risk of misidentification and additional distress to the families.
Meanwhile, the painstaking work of extracting the impacted helicopter from the building continues. Safety for everyone concerned in that process is paramount, say Police Scotland.
So far, four of the eight casualties of the helicopter crashing into the busy riverside pub, have been identified.
The three who were in the helicopter were: Air Support crew, Constable Tony Collins, 43, Constable Kirsty Nelis, 36 and pilot Captain Dave Traill, 51. Both Police officers had been commended for bravery in separate incidents. The fourth person was pub patron, Gary Arthur, 48, from the Paisley area. His family has been informed. Other victims are likely to be indentified, formally, today.
Twelve people with serious injuries, still remain in hospitals across Glasgow.
Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: ‘We request anyone who has information or footage of the incident to contact us by calling 101, so that we can continue to build a picture of what happened on Friday night.
‘Our casualty bureau has already handled more than 600 calls and we are working hard to piece together information that will allow us to progress that.
‘We are providing support to the families affected.’
The Police Scotland Casualty Bureau number is 0800 092 0410. Callers should ONLY contact this number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.
Anyone who has photographs or audio or video footage of the incident or of the surrounding areas, is asked to forward it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The three people aboard the crashed Police helicopter have now been formally identifed. They were Constable Tony Collins, 43, Constable Kirsty Nelis, 36, and pilot Captain Dave Traill, 51. As Air Support Unit crew, they died when their helicopter crashed into the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow on Friday night.
Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said: ‘Kirsty and Tony were members of Police Scotland’s Operational Support Division. Captain Dave Traill worked for Bond Air Services and was very much part of the Police Scotland team. I would like to pay tribute to all three and recognise the important contribution they made to our public service and to the communities they have served.’
The Chief Constable added: ‘Since the tragic incident on Friday night it has been an extremely difficult time for all those affected. Our thoughts and condolences remain with the families and friends of the people who have died.
‘I would like to repeat my thanks to all the emergency services and partners who continue to work at the scene in what is a complex and difficult operation. I would also like to thank the many people who have expressed their sympathies and support for us. Everyone has taken great comfort from these words at such a difficult time.’
He explained that the priority of the continuing recovery operation is to expedite the identification of victims and inform families as quickly as possible. The formal identification process has to be followed in every case and involves very close liaison with the next of kin.
First, a doctor has to make a formal pronouncement of death. Then the deceased must be identified through personal effects, followed by advising the victim’s family. Finally confirmation of the identification of the victim must be obtained more widely. Sir Stephen said: ‘ To depart from this recognised process runs the risk of misidentification of the victims and additional distress to families.’
The first of the eight victims of the helicopter which crashed into the Clutha Vaults pub, has been identified. He was Gary Arthur, aged 48 from the Paisley area. His family has been informed.
Throughout the night, emergency workers will continue to stabilise the site on Glasgow’s riverside, to make it safe for searches for bodies. Police sniffer dogs have already been deployed. Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said: ‘We are dealing with a very sensitive and complex operation.’ The remains of the helicopter have to be removed from the building to enable save searches of the remainder of the popular pub.
An estimated 120 people were in the building listening to the band Esperanza. Police Scotland reported, mid afternoon on Saturday, that eight people were dead including the two police officers and the civilian pilot in the helicopter. More than 30 people were taken to hospital after the incident late on Friday night and 14 of them were reported to be serious, mostly with head and chest injuries.
People anxious to find missing relatives who were believed to be in the pub that night are asked to call the Police Scotland Casualty Bureau number – 0800 092 0410.
The Queen and UK Prime Minister David Cameron were among the first to offer their condolences. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and later, his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon have both attended the site of the tragedy.
Prayers will be said in Churches of all denominations on Sunday. Special prayers were said at the nearby St Andrew’s Cathedral in Clyde Street at the Saturday Mass which was led by Archbishop Tartaglia who said: ‘I was distressed by the news. My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by this tragic accident.’
Priests from the Cathedral parish have been offering assistance during the search and rescue operations. One of them, Monsignor Christopher McElroy, said: ‘We shall hold the deceased, the injured and those still engaged in the rescue and recovery at the Clutha in our thoughts and in our prayers.’
A telephone number for members of the public who are concerned about relatives who may have been involved in the Glasgow helicopter crash has been established.
The Police Scotland Casualty Bureau number – 0800 092 0410 – is now live.
Callers should ONLY contact the Casualty Bureau number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.
Eight people are now reported dead after a Police Scotland helicopter crashed into the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub on Glasgow’s riverside around 11.25pm on Friday night.
Chief Constable Sir Stephen House gave the news at a sombre press conference near the tragic site this afternoon.
He said three of the dead were found in the helicopter and five were in the building. Another 14 people are seriously injured in the three Glasgow hospitals where victims were taken after the incident. An estimated 100 people were in the pub listening to the band ‘Esperanza’ when the helicopter crashed into the roof. At the time of the incident 32 people were taken to hospital.
A major investigation is underway and the Air Accidents Investigations Branch will also conduct an inquiry into the cause of the crash. Police Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service are still working on the site ‘to rescue and recover those still inside the building,’ said Sir Stephen.
But no questions were answered about the possibility of other people being found alive.
He said: ‘We are dealing with a very sensitive and complex operation and we expect that emergency services will be at the scene for some time.’
A massive tarpaulin now covers the helicopter blades as emergency service personnel painstakingly work through the wreckage. Specialists from across Scotland are working with firefighters to make the building safe to enable the search and rescue operation to continue.
Sir Stephen said: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to praise the people of Glasgow who helped in the very early stages following the incident and commend their courage. We would thank the public for their co-operation as our officers and other emergency service colleagues continue this difficult task.’
First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have been been at the scene. Alex Salmond called it a ‘black day forScotland,’ and instructed Scottish flags to be flown at half mast on this St Andrew’s Day. Nicola Sturgeon said ‘thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.’ Glasgow City Council Leader Gordon Matheson praised the people of Glasgow who ‘headed towards’ the scene to help with the rescue. Gary Hardacre of the Ambulance Service said it was ‘very challenging’ to gain access to the casualties.
Westminster MP Jim Murphy who was driving near the scene at the time, assisted in passing people along a ‘human chain’ to bring out the injured from the pub.
‘It was an amazing humanitarian effort,’ he commented.
Within less than 24 hours of the incident, nearly 22,500 people had left messages of condolence on the Clutha Vaults’ website.
Esperanza, the Band which was playing in the pub on the night of the crash, report they are all ok but say: ‘Waking up and realising that it is all definitely horribly real. Despite the situation, everyone was so helpful and caring of each other. The police, ambulances, firefighters all did a stellar job and continue to do so today in extremely difficult conditions. Our biggest concern is that everyone is found and can get the care and help they need.’
Govan is in danger of losing one of its oldest communities. Show families who have lived in the area for generations fear they are being pushed out to make way for developers despite legislation which should enable them to buy their land. Show people bring shows to fairs and events around the country and have been doing so for hundreds of years.
At a meeting called to promote – Behind the Scenes at the Fair ! a three day family fun event at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum on 6,7 and 8 December highlighting the culture and heritage of Show people – some very serious concerns of Govan Show people surfaced.
Said Sheldon Johnstone who lives with ten, related, family groups in one of only two Showmen’s yards in Govan: ‘My father was born in Govan. I’ve lived here for 30 years and am on the Scottish Guild of Showmen. But we are only allowed to stay here on a monthly lease. Originally it was a six month lease. We want to be here permanently but we all worry that we’ll be put off this land and have to go and find somewhere else to live.’
Jimmy Stringfellow, who has the other Showman’s yard in Govan, told the meeting of around 30 people: ‘We have no security. I’ve been served with eight eviction notices and have had 50 visits from the police in the past three months. The CID has visited me 18 times, and the Council’s case against me was thrown out of court. I’m having a hell of a time living here in Govan. But I’m not leaving. I intend to die here!’
The meeting was held in Govan Old Parish Church which is recognised as the church for all Show families in Scotland.
‘I was married here on 24 November 1964,’ said Christine Stirling whose maiden name was Colquhoun. ‘It was a double wedding with my husband’s brother. My daughter Cindy was married here in February 1994. All my four grandchildren were christened here and the funerals of two babies who died also took place here. This is a special place for me and my family and for all Show people in Scotland.’
Six beautiful stained glass windows were installed and dedicated in the Church in 1991 to ‘show the devotion’ of the Show families.
But in the church’s meeting space near the ancient sarcophagus stones dating back to around the 9th century, today’s art works were the intended matter of discussion.
Tara S. Beall, Artist in Residence at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum promoted the culmination of months of research done in conjunction with Scotland’s Show families. This is part of her PhD work. ‘On Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December at the Riverside Museum we’ll have three days to enjoy a traditional fun fair,’ she said. ‘Attractions include a steam traction engine, a carousel, chair-o-planes, swing boats, game stalls and food stalls.’ Enthusiastically she added: ‘Visitors can learn how rides are packed and transported around Scotland, how they work and even try setting up a showground game.’ She said: ‘The Riverside is a transport museum and the Show people who have contributed to this, know how to transport, pack, fix and engineer all the equipment you see in a fun fair. They’re the experts and this three day event will help spread that knowledge as people can ask any of the experts about the fairground equipment. It will be family fun too.’
A key speaker at the meeting in the Church, was Professor Mairead Nic Craith, Chair of European Culture and Heritage at Heriot Watt University. She explained the differences in language between heritage in old Irish Gaelic – from the soil, the roots, values, traditions, principles, sense of values and the new Gaelic form – legal rights, what one is entitled to.
‘These differences are obvious in Gaelic but not in English,’ she said. Further differences in meaning were explored in English speaking cultures where heritage generally applies to something tangible – ‘like a castle,’ said the Professor. ‘In some Asian cultures it can refer to the skills required and handed on to create – and re-create – a place.’
This led to the observation that tangible cultural heritage could be recognised more easily and so World Heritage sites were protected. But intangible cultural heritage was more difficult to codify. While music might be intangible, it would have the tangible element of the instruments used to make the music. Social practices, festivals, fairs and events were intangible and craftsmanship such as that used to make Arbroath smokies would also be intangible.
She noted that the United Kingdom Government has not signed the UN Charter to protect cultural heritage which would go some way to protecting intangible elements important to Show people. The Scottish Government was in favour of signing it but cultural heritage is not a devolved issue so it cannot do so.
Alex James Colquhoun, Chairman of the Showmen’s Guild, Scottish Section, outlined the difficulties the Guild has encountered in having the work and heritage of its members recognised.
‘The Guild will be 125 years old next year. It promotes education and lobbies for our way of life, our heritage. At a meeting in Brussels sit was made clear we can’t be a part of European cultural heritage schemes or protection because the UK has not signed up to it.
‘We are not looking for money. We are only looking for the recognition we think we deserve for our intangible culture and heritage.’
One of the reasons the UK government has not signed the UN Charter is because heritage is used as a political football, suggested Dr Alan Leslie, of Northlight Heritage, a Glasgow based archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research.
He suggested ways to tie-in the intangible with the tangible. ‘Culture needs weight and force to tie-in with other things around,’ he said.
An example of a Fair that has been held in Kirkcaldy for 700 years was used. Alex James Colquhoun said it was in danger of stopping because of official objections. ‘Establish whether it is an issue about the location or the Fair itself,’ advised Dr Leslie who instanced other cultural entities which lost out to commercial development.
In Europe a similar ancient Fair was revitalised through the UN Charter and the European approach because it received status, out of which came sponsorship.
The Govan event was orchestrated by Liz Gardiner of Fablevision. She is one of the people behind a gathering momentum in culturally sensitive and place-based regeneration. She said: ‘Behind the Scenes at the Fair! is an amazing project. It is important to Glasgow and Scotland. And interestingly, by holding this meeting in this church and by the involvement of Govan Show people and young film makers at Fablevision, and the commitment of Chris Jamieson of Glasgow Life Open Museums, all roads lead to an important intangible project.’
Scotland’s future was mapped out today with the Scottish Government’s launch of its guide to an independent Scotland.
In a smooth performance First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy Nicola Sturgeon presented the 650 paged book of proposals.
Corralled in Glasgow’s Science Centre with several hundred journalists from around the world, the pair easily answered all the questions usually quoting the exact pages where the information was printed.
Alex Salmond called the document ‘the most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published.’ Entitled ‘Scotland’s Future – Your Guide to an Independent Scotland’ the 170,000 word document is available online and 20,000 copies have been printed. It can be read on: http://www.scotreferendum.com/
He said: Scotland’s future is now in Scotland’s hands. It won’t be decided by the government or the media but by the people of Scotland.’
Setting out his prospectus he said: ‘It is a mission statement for the kind of country we should be and which this Government believes we can be.’ He emphasised that one part marked the route to a vote for independence. The other part contained the proposals to achieve the objectives set out, should an SNP Government be returned in the general election following such a vote.
He said: ‘We know we have the people, the skills and the resources to make Scotland a more successful country. What we need now are the economic tools and powers to buld a more competitive, dynamic economy and create more jobs.’
Deputy Nicola Sturgeon asked as many people as possible to read the guide and make up their own minds about Scotland’s future. She said: ‘This is an incredibly thorough and detailed guide which includes 650 questions about an independent Scotland – with the answers.’
‘When it comes to social equality, health, quality of life and economic performance, Scotland has too often lagged behind the performance of our near neighbours across Northern Europe – many of them countries of similar size to Scotland.’
She went on: ‘ This is an unprecedented chance to transform our country for the better. Our employment and social policy proposals – including a revolution in childcare – show what is possible.’
Among the key parts of the massive document is a section detailing the changes needed, the opportunities independence would provide for a Scottish Government to make those changes and the present SNP Government’s priorities for action.
The timescale and the process needed for Scotland to make the transition following a ‘yes’ vote, are outlined. Details of the negotiations and agreements that would be needed are set out. Emphasis is placed on a written constitution and equality and human rights being protected and promoted in a future ‘modern democracy.’
Among the priorities of an SNP Scottish Government in an independent Scotland would be:
an expansion of childcare provision to enable more women and parents to work.
a reduction of corporation tax by three percentage points
cutting Air Passenger Duty by 50 percent.
A safe, ‘triple-locked pension’ to put more money into pensioners’ pockets.
basic rate tax allowances and tax credits to rise, at least, in line with inflation.
A change in the way ‘green levies’ are paid to save families around £70 a year on energy bills.
A fairer welfare system, including a halt to Universal Credit and the abolition of the Bedroom Tax.
Said Alex Salmond: ‘We do not seek independence as an end in itself, but rather a means to change Scotland for the better.’
Outside the historic launch there were three sets of demonstrators.
The persistent Anti-ATOS campaign with their Gorilla showing how barbaric they consider the ATOS health care company treats people they assess as job -ready. The group’s constant call is that ATOS should be removed as a sponsor of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Football fans ‘United 1994′ showing a spirited blue and green ‘together’ stance. And some totally committed Yes supporters who make a point of showing their devotion by being at all such events.
This website contacted all 12 candidates for the Shettleston by-election when they were confirmed. Each was invited to send a photograph and 150 words to say what they’d do FIRST if elected. Here is the latest to arrive.
This makes the fourth candidate to respond. Only eight more to go…
ALASDAIR DUKE, Green Party
I would work alongside other Councillors, including Glasgow’s five Green Councillors to prevent cuts in services for elderly, children and young adults.
Greens pushed the Council to increase discretionary housing payments to tackle the dreadful bedroom tax and to support food banks. We support community empowerment, allotments and local food networks. These allow people to grow their own food, work together as a community and get funding to do it.
Greens are working with the Council to reduce fuel poverty by creating local electricity-generation projects such as the windmills on Cathkin Braes. They should attract grant funding and offer quality local employment.
I’d keep essential services especially in social work and schools and end a culture of big retirement pay-offs to senior managers.
I believe in listening to people and would have regular surgeries in various locations throughout Shettleston to ensure I am listening to and working hard for Shettleston.
A forceful Facebook campaign resulted in almost 200 people attending a ‘gathering’ to discuss the state of Govanhill and Crosshill on Saturday 16 November in Holyrood Secondary School. At the end of the day, Westminster MP Anas Sarwar and local MSP Nicola Sturgeon answered questions.
Angry local residents said it was a repeat performance of five years ago when a similar event showed how run-down the area was and what the main problems were.
But the Restore Govanhill Community Group who set up the Facebook initiative with co-operation from Glasgow City Council, Govanhill Housing Association, Govanhill Community Development Trust and Police Scotland, delivered some straight talking.
Neutral chairperson Jonathan Coburn of Social Value Lab set out the plan for the day which ended with a free lunch but not a free-for-all. He conceded there were ‘lots of tensions,’ and that ‘Glasgow City Council was not the best at listening.’
Pressure of time obliged Gordon Smith of the Govanhill Partnership to give a very fast presentation on local service provision. A powerpoint presentation provided a great volume of facts and figures which, he said, proved the area had ‘moved on considerably.’
He touched on the £1.5 million provided by the Scottish Government to reduce the density of private landlord provision with 500k of that due to be used in 2014/15.
Improvements in backcourts were highlighted. ‘But this is not finished. Nothing like it,’ he added. ‘There are nine backcourts to go.’ Front garden improvements in Allison Street were about to start and a community training garden was included in the Development Trust plan.
He detailed how much had been spent already on tenement repairs and controlled entry systems. ‘But they’re not much use if people don’t bother to use them,’ he commented. Another £5 million was committed to housing stock repair. And 500 tonnes of fly tipped rubbish was cleared away from the area last year. Around 80 bags of street litter are picked up locally, daily.
Gordon Smith went on to say increased Police visibility had reduced anti-social behaviour.
Despite all the improvements, five of the 12 datazones were ranked in the bottom 10% in Scotland for health. Another four were in the bottom 5% for addiction and mental health problems. While drug related health issues were down, low birth weight was only ‘improving.’
The success of 600 children from four local primary schools enjoying the ‘Big Noise Orchestra’ established by Sistema Scotland was important, he said, as a long term intervention.
Assessing the level of poverty, Govanhill had half its datazones in the 15 bottom ranks in Scotland. All but two datazones were in the bottom 30.
Other statistics he gave were that people in the area were 150% more likely to be unemployed, 50% were on benefits and 75% on job seekers allowance. Of the 2600 properties owned by private landlords 2300 were now officially registered.
His outline of Govanhill differed from the survey carried out by the Restore Govanhill Community’s survey.
In her first ever public speech, Jade Ansari Murphy, who started the Facebook campaign, said: ‘No one said the place was getting better. The vast majority said it is getting worse and a few said it was about the same.’
‘Living conditions here are not acceptable. People are leaving because of crime and lack of cleanliness.’ Pictures posted on the Facebook pages showed how bad some streets and backcourts were. ‘But why has it needed a Facebook campaign before anything is done?’ she asked.
‘This is our community. We want a clean living environment. We want to be happy to live here.’ Her passionate speech was followed by details of the survey given by Fiona Jordan, another of the Facebook campaigners.
Restore Govanhill Community had asked nine questions which were answered by more than 220 people in a seven day period using online internet technology and going round local businesses such as hairdressers to ask people not on the internet, for their views.
When asked: ‘How strong is the sense of community in Govanhill?’ 54.07% said not strong; 31.10% said strong and 15.79 said very strong.
When asked: ‘How safe do you feel in Govanhill?’ 81.11% said ‘not safe’, 15.21% said ‘safe’ and 3.69% said ‘very safe.’
When asked: ‘How clean is Govanhill compared to other areas in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland?’ 100% said ‘not clean.’
Said Fiona: ‘We thought we’d made a mistake when we got 100%. We laughed and said that couldn’t be true and certainly would not be acceptable in any university dissertation. So we went back to check all the figures. From the comments we found the word ‘clean’ was the problem. People said we should have used – manky, boggin’, minging – compared to other areas.’
Comments ranged from ‘a disgrace,’ to ‘a hovel’. This illustrated the great frustration people felt and their sense of shame. We urgently need more resources. All residents need to know the process to dispose of anything. How come the entire contents of a house can be dumped in the street and no one knows who did it?’
Continuing with the analysis of the survey she said the question ‘How proud are you to say today, you live (or have lived) in Govanhill?’ had 70.42% saying ‘not proud’ 13.62% saying ‘proud’ and 7.98% saying ‘very proud’ with 7.98% saying the question didn’t apply.
When asked: ‘Overall, are you satisfied with your experience jof living, working and visiting Govanhill?’ 79.81% said ‘not satisfied,’ 16.90% said ‘satisfied’ and 3.29% said ‘very satisfied.’
Summarising the changes need to improve Govanhill, the survey said the area needed ‘a vision.’
‘Government at both national and local level must show leadership and come together with the local community to provide that strategic vision. Many people now look to neighbouring communities such as Gorbals and Oatlands and feel that in comparison, their area has either been abandoned or ignored. At best, Govanhill has received ad hoc, fragmented investment and improvements to the physical built environment and any attempts at improvements to local services such as cleansing have been short term and inconsistent.’
Some people surveyed saw ‘demolition of the area’ as the only solution. Others said that strong leadership and investment from Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council was an ‘absolute requirement’ to ‘re-awaken the spirit of Govanhill.’
Said the summary: ‘This leadership must have the capacity to create and deliver a regeneration strategy that utilises joined up thinking and services from all areas and aspects of government and local agencies. That strategy must implement legislation to prevent slum-like properties, unscrupulous landlord practices, unsanitary cleansing conditions and a feeling of threat to safety from ever prevailing again in Govanhill.’
The ‘snapshot’ survey had been printed out to distribute on the day. But two of the Facebook Restore Govanhill Community Group were confronted by five police officers before the event started and warned that if they did distribute it they’d be liable to be prosecuted for some racist comments it contained.
Said Jade: ‘We were very careful to delete anything we thought was unacceptable and we don’t know how the police got a copy of the survey.’
Another member of the Facebook Group was visited by two police officers on the morning of the event to be questioned about a person who’d lived at that address 13 years before. They also asked where the current householder was going that morning? When asked for their badge numbers, the police officers left.
Following workshops where people vented their strong feelings on the issues, the politicians faced the diminished crowd.
Commented Jade afterwards: ‘We feel we’ve been met in a positive, constructive manner and look forward to meetings promised soon.’
Many Glasgow agencies, working to respect the planet, found much in common today thanks to Maryhill Climate Challenge. The Challenge had organised a Community re-use day in the Community Central Halls in Maryhill Road near St George’s Cross.
Pan African Arts Scotland used cloth for its art works which came from The Reclaimer. That agency encourages people to start the separating process in their own home then picks up the things being disposed of and re-cycles them.’I didn’t know these other people before,’ said Naa Densua Tordzro the fashion designer at Pan African Arts.
The Impact Arts young team were making bird boxes out of wood that was being thrown out. ’We didn’t know many of these organisations at this community re-use day, either,’ said Dawn Barrett Impact Arts team leader. Impact Arts is recruiting 16-19 year olds who are not in education or training for a new course starting now.
Among the others mixing and finding useful connections were Spruce Carpets which trains people to clean quality carpets they’ve been given before they sell them on.
GalGael, the Govan based group which enables people’s skills to emerge through learning to build things in wood, particularly, was also at the event with some of their unique products. Most people don’t know that GalGael crafted the wooden handle of the Queen’s silver baton which is currently travelling round the world. But items as fine as that will be available to buy at their Christmas Fair on Saturday 14 December at their Fairley Street premises in Govan, G51 2SN
From Crieff, mosaic Artist Katy Galbraith had a full stall of fascinating items from ornaments to mirrors all embellished with beautiful, colourful mosaic designs. ‘I use anything from crushed windscreen fragments to coloured sweetie papers to make things,’ she said.
Starter Packs Glasgow gives packs of household goods such as dishes, cutlery and bedding, to people who’ve been homeless and are setting up in a new place. ’We always need donations,’ said their spokeswoman. ‘We’re at 47 Burleigh Street, Govan G51 3LB.’
And GUEST – Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team – is working with the university staff and students to promote sustainable transport, biodiversity, energy conservation, and recycling including embedding the concept of sustainability within the curriculum.
Said Lauren Lochrie of Maryhill Climate Challenge: ‘While I would have liked more members of the public in today as well as the schools which came, I am pleased so many of the organisations we invited have become acquainted with each other for they have lots in common.’