Glasgow Bike Station is freewheeling in good directions.
First – this weekend – they re-locate to new, bigger premises in Haugh Street, Yorkhill. ‘We’ve over run the tiny space we started with in Barrowlands,’ explained Richard Kidd, the workshop manager.
In the expanded space, they’ll have more space for recondition bikes for sale and bike repair workshops among the other bike related activities the charity fosters.
Their newly acquired Awards will also be given display space in the sales show room. Earlier in March The Glasgow Bike Station won first prize at the Scottish Green List National Awards. The 2012 event honoured those working to make a difference to sustainable development in Scotland.
Gregory Chauvet, Bike Station Project Manager, said: ‘I am extremely proud of everyone at The Bike Station for their continued hard work throughout the year and for winning this prestigious award.’ It was presented by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson and announced by Keep Scotland Beautiful Chief Executive, Derek Robertson.
The Glasgow Bike Station picked up a further two awards the next day (Wednesday14 March) at the Grow Green Awards held at the Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green.
The first was for Best Sustainable Transport Project in Glasgow and the second for Outstanding Green Project in Glasgow.
The awards recognise individuals, groups, schools, and local businesses that made a real difference; whether getting people out on their bikes, growing their own food or even setting up community composting schemes.
Greg said: ‘These awards act as a catalyst for everyone at The Bike Station. It pushes us all to work towards a more cycle and environmentally friendly city.’
The project is one of more than 40 across Scotland granted Scottish Government Climate Challenge Funding. Their ‘A Better Way to Work’ events which promote cycling, walking and public transport as convenient and sustainable ways to travel to work, continue to keep The Bike Station on the move.
A unique Glasgow service that supports new mums and offers a life line to critically ill babies was highlighted to MSPs at a special Parliamentary event on Thursday November 18.
The service, which is based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill, is the first of its kind in Scotland. It provides donor breast milk to babies whose mothers are unable to supply their own breast milk. Mothers who give birth prematurely, have multiple births or have medical complications, often find it difficult to maintain a milk supply, for a number of reasons. This can obviously add to an already stressful and emotional time.
Debbie Barnett, Donor Milk Bank Co-ordinator, organised the event at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to highlight what the service offers to women who need support. ‘ The service has been running for 32 years, but we are now feeding more babies with more milk than ever before. With funding of £70,000 from Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, the service has, in collaboration with the Scottish National Transfusion Service, developed a milk management service second to none.’
by Lynsay Keough
The Scottish Free Bikers recently launched their charity organisation at the Carbeth Inn, Blanefield at an event to raise awareness of their cause.
In October 2011 they will be commencing a gruelling 2 week tour, from the South to the North of Vietnam, to raise money for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and the children of Vietnam. The idea was the brainchild of John Watson, Gavin Watson and Alun Brydon who have previously taken part in the Yorkhill Children’s Foundations Easter Egg Runs.
In addition to raising money for the children of both countries, one of the aims of the trip is to pair seven primary schools in Scotland with seven schools in Vietnam that the bikers would visit along their route. The would enable the children to set up a pen pal scheme so that each could learn about the other’s culture.
The Bikers will be organising various events from now until next October in order to raise money and awareness for their children’s charities.The launch event itself has helped to generate £700 so far. Merchandise and more information on their forthcoming events, including a poker event on July 25th, is available from their website, www.scottishfreebikers.com
Nerves of steel serve charity well, as shown by the brave souls who abseiled from the top of Finneston Crane on Sunday 13 June, to raise money for families of sick children.
All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House at Yorkhill. Here, the families of children being treated for critical and long term illnesses at the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids, receive free accommodation and support. This service allows families to stay together through trying and often tragic times.
Perhaps the worthiness of the cause gave the volunteers the metal to climb to the top of Finneston Crane, walk along the platform, mount the barrier, and abseil the 200ft back to safe ground by the River Clyde!
Not that they were left dangling alone! Experts from The Glasgow Climbing Centre ensured all volunteers were securely harnessed and instructed before beginning their descent. The drop allowed the volunteers to hover above the Clyde and view the iconic Clyde Arc bridge and the empty river.
Dan Cowley, Manager of the Glasgow Climbing Centre, headed up the team of climbing experts. He said: ‘ It was great that the event was for such a good cause. All the staff from the centre are vastly experienced and know the fear of going over the top for the first time. It was great fun for us to show the volunteers the ropes.’
If the presence of Dan and his team was not reassurance enough, volunteers at least knew they were attached to a dependable platform. The historic Finneston Crane can support up to 175 tonnes, a considerable amount more than any of the volunteers!
Volunteers were each asked to raise a minimum of £110 through sponsorship.
To join in future fundraising events for Ronald McDonald House visit their website: www.ronaldmcdonaldhouse.net
Brave souls from across Glasgow are being invited to take part in a charity abseil event in aid of Yorkhill’s family house.
The Ronald McDonald House at Yorkhill Hospital needs 100 volunteers to abseil the iconic Glasgow Finnieston Crane by the Clyde on Sunday, June 13th. It’s not for the faint hearted – the Finnieston Crane is nearly 200 feet high.
If you think you’re up to the task and can raise a minimum sponsorship of £110, give Allison a call on 201 0849 or email at email@example.com.
Glasgow Steiner School’s fayre and market in Yorkhill on Saturday 12 December, will have a woolly theme as the first phase of their £500,000 low-carbon energy project nears completion.
The event, which runs from 11am until 4pm at Lumsden Street, offers a puppet show and craft activities for the young and the young-at-heart.
There will also be a kids-only secret shop, live music, face painting and a visit from King Winter.
At the heart of the day will be the conversion of the drafty Victorian building into a fuel efficient school after the roof was raised and the loft space filled with wool insulation.
The parents of the school spent three years raising money to pay for digital surveys, leading to grant applications before the roof raising and insulation started.
The fayre also offers a craft market and café. There’s an entrance fee of £1 for adults and 50p for youngsters.
Glasgow Steiner School may be located in a 19th century building but its redevelopment could provide a model for schools across Glasgow in the 21st century and beyond.
An ambitious Low Carbon Vision program is under way which will allow the school, on Lumsden Street in Yorkhill, to achieve carbon efficiency and also generate a new income stream by selling excess electricity to the national grid.
Anne Lumb, Convener of the Steiner Glasgow Building and Environment Group believes working with the old building and using natural resources is the only way forward.
She said: ‘We have a fantastic old building that we are aiming to make fit for the future. What is the point in building a new structure when we can improve and work with the old one?
There is presently scaffolding surrounding the school allowing work – using natural resources like sheep’s wool, which creates a thremo-fleece to insulate the building – to be carried out.
This is just phase one, which is on course for completion by December. The future plans have been awarded a Climate Change Fund Grant that will allow for feasibility studies on a new energy efficient heating solution, will commence in 2010.
The school is not funded directly by the Scottish Government, and it’s been a long road as Jenny Charters, from Firhill, one of the parents of the children who is very involved, explained.
She said: ‘We started off with no money, but we organised fund-raisers like auctions and cake-bakes, everything you can imagine, and raised £15,000 to get a digital survey done which in turn allowed us to apply for the grants. ‘Parents and pupils have to do a lot of the work here, they help out the teachers. It’s a united approach.’
Steiner is very different to other private schools as it adopts a holistic approach which aims to educate what they call the whole child – head, heart and hands.
Until very recently fees were only applicable to people who could afford to pay and would allow parents of various incomes into the school. But the financial demands on the school have changed that position.
Jenny explained; ‘We have reached a stage now where new parents that want to send their kids to this school there is a fee, but we still negotiate and do deals for people who are single parents or have two or three children at the school.’
Their efforts released £35,000 for a makeover with a little help from local Councillor Philip Braat and MSP Pauline Mc Neill. The improvements to the old square included setting up natural re-cycled sandstone entrances and bespoke railings. Glasgow City Council’s Land and Environmental Services did the work.
The formal opening of phase one of the improvements will be on Friday 17 October. The same day, a new children’s play area will be opened in Kelvingrove Park.
Said Councillor Philip Braat, who has been supportive of the Friends of Overnewton Square from the outset: ‘Everyone involved in this project should be congratulated. I am delighted that the stone entrances and fencing have been completed. The next phase will be to develop the inside of the square. This will involve a physical change to the layout of the place.’
The Friends set up a design workshop and public consultation in June in conjunction with Richard East from City Design Co-operative and with support from Kelvin Clyde Greenspace. As a result, a Masterplan was drawn up for the Square. The Friends now enter the second phase of development.
Again, the Friends will host a public event and consultation in Overnewton Recreation Centre on Tuesday 21 October to get reaction to the Masterplan’s second phase.
An Autumn celebration and annual general meeting for the Friends’ Group are also planned around that time. ‘We wish to attract new, active members from the local community to help with the important task of raising funds and starting to establish the woodland garden, said Anne Lumb, Secretary of the Friends Group.
The design builds on the existing woodland character of the site and aims to provide a facility for all ages to enjoy and as an important green oasis in Yorkhill.
The Friends are also campaigning for improvements to the Overnewton Recreation centre to go alongside the outdoor upgrading. The hope is that such developments will provide the community with a gathering point and will generate active interest in the wider environment of the area.