A request for help from MCR Pathways…
“My mentor tells me that I am good enough. She makes me believe in myself as well. That alone makes me feel more confident. I haven’t had a lot of times where someone tells me that I’m good enough or ‘you can do it’.” Shannon, MCR mentored young person
At MCR Pathways, we know that all young people are talented. However, Scotland’s care-experienced and disadvantaged young people face challenges beyond their control that make it more difficult for them to succeed. Our vision is that every young person in Scotland gets the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person, no matter their home circumstances. And we need your help to make this happen.
MCR recruits and trains volunteer mentors who are matched with a young person based on personality, interests and career aspirations. Mentors meet with their young person at their school for just one hour a week and provide a compassionate, listening ear. Our mentors come from all walks of life but what they share in common is their desire to help Glasgow’s young people.
One of our mentors, John Hetherington, says, “I have a young family and I felt mentoring would help me understand some of the things they may encounter. It has opened my eyes and will definitely help me to relate to my own children better.”
Through meeting each week, mentors and young people create a supportive relationship. It’s this relationship that makes the difference. In 2014, before mentoring was extended, only 48% of care-experienced young people left school to a positive destination while on 2018, 86% of our mentored young people did.
Can you #GiveAnHour and mentor a young person? We’re in all 30 secondary schools and the programme is flexible to fit around your schedule.
We’re hosting info sessions every week at our office at the Mitchell Library and can also come out to you! Sign up today at http://mcrpathways.org/get-involved/
Meet, question and listen to our local Council candidates
Local elections take place on Thursday 4th May 2017. The Strathbungo Society and Pollokshields Trust have teamed up to bring you ‘Question Time Pollokshileds’.
This is an opportunity for you to meet, question and listen to the candidates standing for Pollokshields.
Candidates from Glasgow Labour, the Conservatives, Scottish Greens, Scottish Liberal Democrats, SNP, and UKIP will attend.
So, what local issues are important to you?
If you want to ask the candidates a question you can ask on the night or email it by Sunday 23rd April to Hustings2017@pollokshields.net
Hosted by Douglas Fraser (BBC Scotland)
Douglas is Business & Economy Editor, BBC Scotland and a former Political Editor of The Herald. He lives in Strathbungo.
Open from 6:30:
– Exhibition of new housing developments in Pollokshields ward
– Snacks and refreshments
7:15pm – 8:15pm:
– Pollokshields Question Time
Pollokshields Question Time is supported by Pollokshields Trust, The Strathbungo Society, Pollokshields Community Council, Pollokshields Heritage & Pollokshields Development Agency.
This is first time Pedal on Parliament has had a Glasgow event. Pedal on Parliament is campaigning for improved infrastructure for cycling, see here for the manifesto
Some cyclists from Strathbungo have arranged to join other cyclists from Waverley Park at 11.45 at Shields Rd/Nithsdale Rd junction and then meet main feeder ride from Pollok Park to join event at Glasgow Green. On the way we want to take photos and highlight the non-existent links between Strathbungo and the South West cycle path. Children are welcome – we have allowed lots of time to get to Glasgow Green – and we can walk across junctions before joining the South West cycle path. We will make arrangements on the day – depending on who turns up and what time they want to leave George Square – for cycling back (though train also possible). Any questions please contact me Nickkempe1@gmail.com
The first meeting of the new committee of the Strathbungo Society briefly discussed this initiative, to set up a cycling forum, and have agreed to send reps – the community council is very keen to work with us on this. A small group from the committee met last night and are going to work up some ideas for consideration in Strathbungo. More news soon but anyone who wants to be involved do contact me.
At the recent Cycling Celebration Day more than 350 people came along to support the opening of South-West City Way a dedicated traffic-free cycleway from Pollokshields to the City Centre. Following that event many local residents expressed interest in a community-based organisation to encourage more Pollokshields people to cycle for leisure and exercise.
Many people expressed an interest in this idea and, in response, the Pollokshields Community Council are inviting you to help establish – Pollokshields Community Cycling Forum – an independent community group to create an environment that supports people of all ages and abilities to travel by bicycle. Based on experience elsewhere cycle friendly communities may offer cycle parking, bike hire or bike loan schemes, cycle training and a range of information on local cycle networks. It will have defined cycle routes and infrastructure linking popular locations. Local businesses should support and encourage an increased cycling culture.
The Community Council, in cooperation with SoulRiders will hold the inaugural meeting on Monday, 7th December at 7pm. Venue: SoulRiders 171 Maxwell Rd G41 (entrance in Forth St)
Short presentation on similar organisations around Glasgow
Qualifying for Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Community Award
Election of Steering Group
Please RSVP to PollokshieldsCycleForum@yahoo.co.uk to confirm your attendance.
(The monthly meeting of Pollokshields Community Council will be incorporated in this event)
QP Christmas Market, Saturday 5th December 2015. 11am – 4pm. Back for it’s 4th year, the popular Queen’s Park Baptist Church Christmas Market has something for everyone! Over 60 stalls: crafts, toys, unique gifts, books, home baking, Christmas Hampers, Santa’s Grotto, Family Zone, Live music and much more. Christmas Market Cafes will also be serving lunches, teas and coffees. All proceeds will go to Glasgow City Mission.
Adults £1, Kids go Free
We look forward to seeing you!
Spacious, sunny, one-bed flat on Pollokshaws Rd available to rent from 10th September. Contact details and further photographs are available here:
A great, affordable home in the conservation area, owned by the former Chair of the Society. Excellent transport links, generous rooms and a thriving neighbourhood on your doorstep.
Rent 400pcm, band B. Dining kitchen, lounge with large storage or office area off, bedroom at the rear overlooking beautifully maintained shared back garden.