After attending the Little Mix concert in the AECC’s outdoor arena with his daughter, Mark has written to Nick Waight, Managing Director at the AECC regarding the chaos and disorder experienced when leaving the concert. Mark has also requested that he be advised what analysis has been taken regarding the end of the concert and the exit of the audience and what lessons will be applied to future events of this nature.
Mark has recently been contacted by constituents over the condition of the underpass at Stoneywood Brae which is littered with rubbish, broken glass, discarded cans and dog mess. Mark wrote to Aberdeen City Council on behalf of a constituent to establish ownership of the underpass.
Mark attended ‘How 2 Find the Right Home in the Right Place’ hosted by Housing Options Scotland at Sheddocksley Baptist Church.
A variety of local and national organisations were in attendance, including Disabled Persons Housing Service Aberdeen, VSA, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, Aberdeen Care & Repair, Tenant & Resident Participation from Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Action on Disability Official, North East Sensory Services and Age Scotland Veterans' Project, who were all offering housing information, advise and support to disabled people, older people, disabled veterans and those who support them.
A note from Mark.
Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of Piper Alpha. As a young boy growing up in Dyce, where so much helicopter activity takes place and the oil industry is embedded in the day to day lives of everyone, it was impossible, even at the age of eight, not to be affected by what had happened.
I remember coming downstairs to find my dad watching the news on the television. The burning platform on the screen and the sombre tone of the newsreaders.
After NHS Grampian bosses highlighted plans to relocate their CAMHS (child & adolescent mental health services) to the former City Hospital, Mark has written to the Scottish Government asking them for support for the move.
NHS Grampian has put in a bid for financial backing from the Scottish Government, as the estimated cost of the project is £1 million.
Aberdeen Donside MSP, Mark McDonald, raised £530.18 at the Blooming Great Tea Party he hosted in support of Marie Curie. The event took place on the 29th June at Dyce Church Hall, based in his Aberdeen Donside constituency, and was a great success.
Mark has written to Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive Officer at Oil & Gas UK, urging her to raise awareness around male suicide.
After meeting with representatives from Brothers in Arms, a male suicide awareness and support group, Mark wrote to the CEO at Oil & UK to make her aware of the organisation and urging the organisation to encourage companies to consider raising awareness around male suicide and support.
Mark met with Simon Pitts, Chief Executive at STV, and Bobby Hain, Director of Channels, regarding the announced closure of STV2 and potential job losses across the business, with some of those coming in Aberdeen.
Mark arranged to meet with STV bosses where he raised his concerns over job losses as part of the restructure. The broadcaster is planning on cutting fifty-nine jobs in total, with thirty-nine coming from the closure of STV2, and a further twenty cuts from elsewhere.
Mark met with staff from Bobath Scotland to discuss recent legislation that now entitles people in Scotland to communication equipment, and the support to use it.
Around 1 in 4 people with Cerebral Palsy are unable to talk or have difficulty speaking, and need to use computers, tablets or other equipment to enable them to communicate.
Staff from Bobath Scotland visited the Parliament last week, raising awareness of the charity’s services and also highlighting key policy issues with MSPs.
Following the meeting Mark has written to NHS Grampian to ask if they will consider hosting an outreach session in partnership with Bobath for families in the North East.
Mark visited Matilda’s Planet at their new facility in Northfield to discuss the work the company are doing to provide more energy efficient and warmer homes.
During the visit, Mark had the opportunity to see first-hand the product the company use to insulate homes - Matilda’s Blanket. Matilda’s Blanket is designed in such a way that insulation can be completed in just one day with no plastering or move out required, ensuring inconvenient uplifts are not required and so will not disturb normal family life. Once installed, families can make energy bill savings of up to 50% whilst living in a warmer home.
Find out what Mark McDonald has been doing in his Aberdeen Donside constituency.