The 1,068 volunteers who helped make the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year, ‘the best ever’ have been honoured by an exhibition in the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green. The displays will run till 3 August 2015 – the date the Games finished in 2014.
Co-curated by some of the Volunteers, the exhibition features objects from the Commonwealth Games journey. These include the only remaining costume of the Games mascot, Clyde, an iconic teacake seen in the Opening Ceremony, uniforms, photographs and other memorabilia.
Entitled ‘Our Games’ the new exhibition challenges pre-conceived ideas of who can be a volunteer and encourages visitors to add their own experiences of the Games.
Natalia Baltramaitiene, who communicates using British Sign Language, was among the first volunteers to visit the exhibition. She said: ‘The Games was my first volunteering experience and I loved every minute. I met many wonderful people and this has encouraged me to carry on volunteering. I’ve kept my uniform and bags, but it’s brilliant to come to the People’s Palace museum and see so many great memories.’
Volunteer Frank O’Hare said: ‘ Being part of the Games was, for me, like meeting your brothers and sisters in the streets. I’d definitely consider doing it again and I’d encourage anyone thinking about volunteering to give it a go.’
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: ‘The People of Glasgow were the magic ingredient that made the Games such a success. Our Host City Volunteers were the face of Glasgow and offered a welcome bursting with warmth and passion and pride.’ He added that the exhibition hopes to inspire people to volunteer. ‘Now we have a whole army of positive role models who will encourage even more people to give volunteering a go. That’s a legacy to be proud of.’
Every one of the 1,068 Host City Volunteers was given intensive training and is featured in ‘Our Games’ exhibition via a large screen projection. Corresponding community exhibitions are on display at community centres in Netherton, Barmulloch and Castlemilk.
For more information on volunteering in Glasgow visit: www.volunteerglasgow.org/volunteer/search or call Glasgow Life volunteer inquiry helpline on 0800 027 6402.
A Cross Party Group on Deafness has approved a consultation paper on MSP Cathie Craigie`s proposed British Sign Language (BSL) Bill. While recognition of BSL is good, the language still has no standing in law.
The consultation, launched in July, is the first step in trying to ensure that the language has the same protection, status and rights as any other indigenous language in Scotland.
Cathie Craigie, Convenor of the Cross-Party Group, said: ‘I am pleased that the consultation period on my proposed BSL Bill has begun. It will give fellow politicians, community groups, public bodies, Deaf organisations and the general public a chance to scrutinise the proposals and give opinions on them.
‘British Sign Language is the first, or preferred, language of many Deaf people in Scotland, but it does not have equal status with English or Gaelic. I believe this has to change. This Bill would establish British Sign Language as one of Scotland`s official languages. It would provide a degree of equality to BSL users, create better awareness of BSL, promote it throughout Scottish heritage and permit it to be taught in schools.
‘Since Devolution 11 years ago, the Parliament has been at the forefront in seeking equal opportunities throughout Scotland. I am hoping that this Bill will provide accessibility, opportunity and fairness to all BSL users in Scotland and rid us of the existing inequality.’
The consultation will run until Friday 29 October 2010.
For more information about the consultation and how to respond, go to the Scottish Parliament website on the Proposals for Members Bills page at…
or contact Cathie Craigie by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tel: 01236 825 372 or Fax 01236 820 556
You can also download a PDF copy of the consultation paper using the link on the homepage of
Colin Mackie, who has been a columnist with the LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW for several years will be running in the Glasgow10K road race on Sunday 5 September.
Over the years he has been writing about the Southern Necropolis, Oatlands and now British Sign Language (BSL) and the Deaf communities.
He said: ‘This being my 26th year taking part in the Glasgow event…(phew how time flies eh!), I would really appreciate any donations towards my chosen charity – the West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society. They do a fantastic job.
‘My fundraising page can be found at… www.justgiving.com/colmacglasgowbsl
‘Here`s hoping for some good weather on the day and I`m sure there will be a fantastic turnout…just like last year. Thanks.’
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The LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW celebrated moving into our new office at 142 West Nile Street, Glasgow, by having a party this week.
Columnist Colin Mackie who writes about British Sign Language (BSL) and his niece Nicole, who also signs for the deaf, took the chance to instruct LOCAL NEWS staff and guests in some finger spelling to show the letters of LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW.
See if you can spell out a word from this demonstration.
Photograph: Stuart Maxwell