Young carers in Scotland benefit from package of discounts and opportunities

Perhaps it’s a limited response to the above problem but at least it’s something different:

From in June 2019:

‘Young carers aged 11-18 are to benefit from a new nationwide Young Scot package of discounts and opportunities. The offers have been designed by young carers themselves with extra discounts available at certain stores and leisure venues as well as other opportunities, such as free cinema tickets and CV advice. The Young Scot project is the first element of a wider package of support announced in September 2017 by the First Minister that also includes the forthcoming Young Carer Grant and free bus travel for recipients of the grant.’

5 thoughts on “Young carers in Scotland benefit from package of discounts and opportunities

  1. Note also Scottish Govt. funding for the Scottish refugee Council for a specific project to assist refugees at risk of eviction and destitution (usually due to Home Office intransigence – Pritti always on lookout for the next vulnerable target). Link and snippets below:

    We’re pleased to receive funding from the Scottish Government to deliver a specialist service for people at risk of eviction and destitution in Glasgow.

    Over the next six months we will work with partners in the legal sector and other charities to provide advocacy and legal support and to make sure people’s dignity and rights are respected at all times.

    Our Head of Services, Wafa Shaheen:
    “This funding means we’ll be able to provide a lifeline service to people at a very difficult time in their lives.

    “Along with our partners in the Stop Lock Change Evictions coalition we’ll continue to provide expert legal advice and holistic support to people experiencing real hardship here in Glasgow.

    “Over the last six months the coalition has managed to halt 150 evictions. We’ve helped more than thirty people receive the asylum support they were entitled to, and supported ten people at risk of eviction to successfully apply for refugee status.

    “This funding will allow us to build on this work and make sure people at risk of eviction know their rights and are able to make informed decisions about their future.”


  2. Legal affairs story 1: Scotland is so wee, so poor and so stupit that the Norwegian Courts Commission has sought expert written legal briefing on the Scots laws of Evidence to consider what aspects might offer improvements in efficiency, quality and independence in judicial process etc; Link and snippets below:

    Eamon Keane has provided written evidence to the Norwegian Court Commission (Domstolkommisjonen) on the Scots law of the evidence.

    The commission is investigating how the Norwegian courts should be organised to meet expectations of efficiency, quality, and independence and approached Mr Keane in order to understand how certain matters are dealt with in the judicial process in Scotland.

    Mr Keane provided information specifically relating to the production and admission of primary documentary evidence in criminal trials and civil proofs in Scotland.

    This is one of the areas that the Norwegian Court Commission is currently actively considering with a view to potential reform in the future.

    Mr Keane is an early career fellow in criminal law and evidence at the University of Edinburgh where he primarily teaches and researches the law of evidence.


  3. Legal story 2: Eminent Scottish Lawyer is appointed as a Panel Arbitrator with the international Court of Arbitration for Art (based in The Hague): Link and snippet below:

    John Campbell QC appointed panel arbitrator at art court in The Hague

    The court has grown out of a series of conferences and discussions within the Authentication in Art Mediation Board and the Dutch Institute for Arbitration, and is now established as an independent legal entity.

    It is the world’s only dispute resolution body dedicated to the resolution of artistic disagreements, authenticity claims, copyright and IP disputes in art, chains of contract, and provenance and title disputes arising in any field of artistic endeavour.

    Applications for appropriate dispute resolution services will be heard by experienced arbitrators, mediators and dispute resolvers with ADR experience in areas of disagreement such as auction and market disputes, forensic science, fraud and provenance issues, as well as ownership, copyright, and plagiarism disputes.

    The court will generally operate under the Netherlands Arbitration Institute Rules and the AiA Adjunct Rules, but in principle, there is no reason why parties should not select the ADR rules they wish to apply.

    Mr Campbell said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as a Panel Arbitrator, and look forward to perhaps bringing some of this very interesting work to Scotland, where the arbitration facilities and support services are second to none. Getting it right and gaining the respect of the market in a transparent and fair manner at reasonable cost, and in complete confidence are CafA’s key objectives.”

    Scotland In Europe – Europe wants Scotland and Scotland wants to be in Europe – Let’s keep finding ways to make it happen.


  4. STV News picks up on the story of the surge in interest in learning Gaelic that is becoming evident. Link and snippet below: (I wouldn’t anticipate this info getting an airing on beeb Scotland – but we live in hope):

    A surge in the number of people taking up Gaelic in the last 18 months has raised fresh hopes for the revival of the historic Scots language.

    Community leaders say interest is at its highest in the past decade and are welcoming the introduction of online learning platforms, which are helping to swell the numbers of speakers.

    One factor being credited with a recent spike is online language tutorial service, Duolingo. The global service launched a Gaelic version on November 30.

    Around 200,000 people have signed up to learn the language in just 11 weeks.

    Hugh Dan MacLennan of the Royal Celtic Society said: “There’s a very much more widespread interest in Gaelic than there has been over the last ten years.

    The last census in 2011 showed 60,000 people spoke the language.

    Registrations for Gaelic classes from Glasgow Life have doubled in the last two years with around 400 people engaging in weekly classes throughout the city.

    Organisers say demand is currently outstripping supply, with waiting lists for beginners’ classes.

    A fourth Gaelic school is also in the pipeline for Glasgow due to demand for Gaelic medium education.

    At the turn of the century more than 230,000 people spoke Gaelic, with around 30,000 using it as their only language. (I’m suspecting this is loose language – and that the 230,000 speakers refers to the year 1900 rather than the year 2000 – but I’d like to be wrong!)

    The number of speakers has gradually declined in the intervening years and was at its lowest in 2011.

    But a rising interest in the past decade has led to major interventions to sustain the level of new speakers, including a recent decision by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to make Gaelic the default language until primary four in all schools.

    Children will still be taught in English if the parents choose to opt out.

    It’s hoped the surge in interest might be reflected in the census of 2021, which could result in the number of speakers increasing for only the second time since the turn of the 20th century.


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