Alzheimer’s Research UK welcomes Scottish government’s pledge to research why so many people with dementia have died from COVID-19

Alzheimer’s Research UK has welcomed the Scottish government’s plan to support people with dementia affected by COVID-19, as it vows to carry out research to find out why so many people with dementia have died during the pandemic. The commitment is one of several made in the government’s plan, outlining how it intends to support people with dementia, their carers and families, as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, the National Records of Scotland showed that of all deaths involving COVID-19 between March and June 2020,…

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Period-Friendly Employer Challenge Launched For Businesses In Scotland

Social enterprise Hey Girls alongside the Scottish Government has launched www.myperiod.org.uk, a website designed to educate and remove stigma around periods in the workplace for employers. Periods affect around 50% of the population throughout most of their working lives, yet it’s still very rare to find provision for menstruating employees in workplace toilets. MyPeriod.org.uk features an interactive test for employers to take, looking at how they provide for people that menstruate in their business and how they can improve the quality of services for their staff.  The quiz prompts thinking…

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Scottish Government Launch Latte Levy

The Scottish Government will legislate for a charge to be applied on single-use drinks cups, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed. Proposals will be included in the forthcoming Circular Economy Bill. Should the legislation be passed, the level of the charge will be subject to consultation and approval by parliament. This legislation would also enable a charge, similar to the carrier bag charge, to be applied in the future to other items proven to cause environmental harm. This is one of a range of measures that will be implemented in…

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Scottish Government tackle funding for food during school holidays

More children and young people are set to benefit from nutritious meals and a place to play and socialise when schools are closed for the holidays this year. Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell has announced £340,000 for six charities that offer children breakfast, healthy snacks and a hot lunch, as well as a range of games and activities during the school holidays. The funding means that this Easter, and throughout the rest of the school holidays this year, more than 46,500 children will be supported with food and activities. This is…

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Scottish Government and See Me Launch Youth campaign to end stigma and discrimination

Young people are being encouraged to join the biggest conversation Scotland has ever had on mental health stigma and discrimination. As part of the Year of Young People 2018, the Scottish Government and See Me, the national programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, are working alongside young people to create a new campaign for eight to 26 year olds. Young people are being surveyed to share their views on the mental health issues they face, including if they are able to talk about their feelings and if they…

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