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1 June 2020

Stevenson Pays Tribute to 'Outstanding' Volunteers in the North-East

Local MSP Stewart Stevenson has paid tribute to volunteers who have helped the NHS and local communities in the North-east as Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) kicks off.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution and work of millions of volunteers who give up their time to help others.

During this pandemic, volunteers have signed up to help in record numbers through the Scotland Cares initiative – over 53,000 in one month – joining the thousands of people who were already helping, either with one of Scotland’s many voluntary and community sector groups or informally with neighbours.

The Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP said:

“Volunteers’ Week gives us a chance to celebrate the outstanding contributions of volunteers in the North-east who have offered an immense amount of support to their local areas.

“I know what a huge debt of gratitude we owe to the amazing volunteers working so hard in all of our communities to help us deal with the many consequences of the coronavirus, and it’s more important than ever to show our appreciation.

“I want to celebrate and mark the fantastic work of all our local volunteers who I know have worked tirelessly and have been dedicated to helping the NHS and their local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am sure I speak for everyone in North-east when I say thank you for all you do to ensure everyone gets the help and support they need."

29 May 2020

Stevenson Welcomes Return of Six-Day Mail Delivery

MSP Thanks Postal Workers for Providing Vital Service

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the news from Royal Mail that six-day mail deliveries will return on Saturday 13 June.

The news came during an online meeting between the MSP and Royal Mail senior officials.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“I very much welcome this commitment from Royal Mail that Saturday deliveries will be restored from 13 June as the country takes the first, careful steps towards returning to coming out of full lockdown.

“During this time, our mail deliveries have been more important than ever to many people who have been working from home or self-isolating, and of course allowing those businesses who can trade by post to carry on safely providing employment.

“I should like to place on record my heartfelt thanks to our postal workers across the North-east who have continued to provide a valued and appreciated service to the communities they serve. The steps taken by postal workers to continue providing a service while keeping themselves and the public safe are to be applauded and I am grateful to them, so too are the public at large.”

28 May 2020

MSP Urges Third Sector Organisations to Apply for Share of £600,000

Stewart Stevenson MSP has urged third sector organisations to apply for Creative Breaks funding from the Short Breaks Fund with just one week left to apply.

The Creative Breaks programme provides 12-month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), and young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.

Grants are for one year (October 2020 – September 2021) with a total of £600,000 available.

Short breaks activities can include breaks away, days out, and/or shorter sessions. Activities should be designed to enable carers to have a life outside or alongside their caring role, and to support their health and wellbeing. The hope is that the breaks will benefit the cared-for person and help sustain the caring relationship.
Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“Helping carers access short breaks is one of the key ways we can help support some of those performing the most crucial roles in our communities.

“I know that respite due to services being suspended is putting extra strain on carers and some are worried about burnout if there continues to be no access to services.

“Evidence shows that regular breaks for carers is paramount to them being able to sustain their caring role and so I would encourage any organisations who could benefit from this funding to apply to the Short Breaks Fund.”

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