Mark is delighted that Aberdeen Airport have been awarded Changing Places accreditation for their new adult changing facility. These fully accessible toilets include a height-adjustable changing bench, a hoist and enough room for a wheelchair and up to two carers. This will help thousands of people across Scotland, who due to a wide range of physical and learning disabilities, cannot use standard accessible toilets.
Mark visited Instant Neighbour at their St Machar premises, where he met with their Business Development Manager, Susan Cheyne.
They discussed the work of the charity, which supports people through the sale of low-cost furnishings for homes and foodbank parcels, as well as providing volunteering opportunities and running the Giving Tree at Christmas.
To mark National Fitness Day, Mark was delighted to join in with JogScotland Bridge of Don’s running group. National Fitness Day is a day which encourages people to get involved in fitness and physical activity and helps to raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier active lifestyles. It is well known that the benefits of regular exercise include a healthier heart, increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. Research also shows that if you exercise in company, you are more likely to stick at it; the social atmosphere creates a positive environment which is important in helping us have fun at the same time.
Mark attended ASDA Dyce's 'Plastic Purge' litter pick which took place at the River Don. The team managed to remove a lot of plastic waste and debris from around the riverbank.
Commenting Mark said:
"It's always great to see community initiatives to try and improve the cleanliness of the area.
"Hopefully people will avoid dropping their litter around the river area, as it is a beautiful place to walk in the local community, and it is a great shame to see it being spoiled by inconsiderate behaviours."
Aberdeen Donside MSP, Mark McDonald, is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join his constituency team in Aberdeen on a permanent basis.
Job Title: Caseworker
Hours: 35 hours per week (normal hours 9.30-4.30 but some flexibility may be required)
Full time/Part time: Full Time
Salary: £22,000 – £32,000 p/a dependent on experience
To provide support with all casework – including cases of a complex or sensitive nature – by investigating issues raised through correspondence and surgeries; dealing with general public enquiries, maintaining filing system, arranging surgeries and maintaining an in-depth understanding of the constituency to ensure the Member is well briefed.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Skills and Experience
A full drivers’ licence and access to a vehicle would be useful. There will be occasions where evening and weekend working will be required.
To apply, please send CV and covering letter to email@example.com by the closing date of 12 noon, 16 November 2018.
Each year the 8th of September marks UNESCO’s International Literacy day, raising awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy. First held in 1966 and now part of the UN’s sustainable development goals program adopted in 2015, International Literacy day highlights the changes and improvements being made worldwide in literacy development.
To celebrate International Literacy Day, Mark visited representatives from the North-East Scots Language Board at the Elphinstone Institute. The board was set up earlier this year with the aim to promote the Scots language with the goal of making it more visible in everyday life, including Doric signage. The body is made up of representatives from both the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon’s University, as well as other north east councils and interested parties.
Following the recent announcement by The Scottish Government that the policy of refusing to treat ADHD in adults, unless they had been diagnosed as children, was to be reversed, Mark has raised the inability of adults to obtain a diagnosis of autism in Grampian.
This causes particular issues for higher functioning individuals whose autism may not be easily detected during childhood and also for women, as there is much evidence that females are more likely to be diagnosed later in life than males.
Having read the comments from NHS Grampian in The Press and Journal, Mark has also written to their chief executive, Professor Amanda Croft, to ask for a meeting with her and her officials.
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.
Find out what Mark McDonald has been doing in his Aberdeen Donside constituency.