Scotland Launches New Iniative to Tackle domestic abuse

A ground-breaking initiative to combat domestic abuse is to be expanded around the country to help maximise victims’ safety and hold offenders to account for their violence. £2.8 million will be available for local authorities to apply for support to roll out the Caledonian System within their area to enable more perpetrators to address their behaviour The Caledonian System is a specialist court-mandated programme working with male perpetrators, which also aims to improve the lives of women and children affected. The announcement was made by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson while…

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Charity renews calls for end to mountain hare culls on the last day of the open season

Leading animal protection charity OneKind has renewed its calls for an end to the mass killing of mountain hares in Scotland on the last day of the open season. Mountain hares are protected by a closed season which runs from tomorrow (1st March) until 31 July. Outside of this period, the animals are killed as part of large-scale culls to manage land for red grouse shooting and can also be shot freely for sport. In September last year, OneKind presented its 11,000-strong petition to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee…

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Taylor Bennett Foundation launches new programme in Scotland

A charity set up to tackle the lack of ethnic diversity in the communications industry is to launch its first graduate training programme in Scotland. The Taylor Bennett Foundation (TBF), which works with PR agencies and in-house communications teams to provide intensive training for black and minority ethnic (BAME) graduates, will launch its first programme outside London in early June, providing training for four graduates over five weeks.  Lead sponsors of the programme are Standard Life Aberdeen and strategic communications consultancy Charlotte Street Partners. The programme is being provided in…

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Scottish Environment Secretary challenges UK Government over deposit return.

Scotland will push ahead with a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and is calling on the UK Government to match its ambition, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said. Ms Cunningham has already pledged that Scotland will back the EU’s vision to phase out single use plastics by 2030 and urged the UK Government to do the same – “Brexit or no Brexit.” Earlier this month, the Scottish Government became the first UK administration to announce plans to ban the use of plastic cotton buds, one of the items most…

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Scottish Government Launches New National Strategy to Tackle Loneliness and Isolation.

A new national strategy, one of the first in the world, is being developed to tackle loneliness and isolation.  The draft plan, now open for consultation, will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed. Views are also being sought on how communities can build on the work of the Scottish Government, and lead on ensuring those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks. Launching the draft strategy and consultation on a visit to the Hidden…

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