August 18 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


MSPs congratulate parish group for its work to support people living with dementia

A voluntary parish group helping individuals living with dementia has been congratulated by a number of key figures in the Scottish Parliament on securing new funding.

The 1st Tuesday Club, based at St Columbkille’s Church in Rutherglen, secured a £1,500 Awards for All Scotland grant from the Big Lottery Fund in order to help continue the excellent work it is carrying out.

Now in its third year, the group meets on the first Tuesday of every month to help those with dementia and other conditions and is run by a team of willing volunteers.

The funding has prompted a statement of support from a number of politicians in a motion lodged by Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey, a parishioner at the church.

The motion said: “The Parliament congratulates the 1st Tuesday Club on receiving a £1,500 Awards for All Scotland grant from the Big Lottery Fund; notes that the club is a voluntary organisation based in St Columbkille’s Church in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, which has been running for three years; acknowledges that the organisation meets on the first Tuesday of each month to provide support, advice and social opportunities to people living with dementia and other debilitating conditions, as well as their carers, and congratulates the volunteers on the important work that they do for members.”

The letter has been supported by MSPs Rona Mackay, Joan McAlpine, James Dornan, Ben Macpherson, James Kelly, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Jenny Gilruth, Stewart Stevenson, Miles Briggs, Bob Doris, Ruth Maguire, Monica Lennon, Sandra White, and Ivan McKee.

The group was devised by a number of people in the parish, who had their first meeting in the chapel house.

St Columbkille’s parish priest Fr Pat Hennessy said: “It has grown from a small group to quite an event now.”

He also stressed the importance of the need to help carers as well as those with dementia.

He added: “They’re the people who really suffer, I think.”

Fr Hennessy said the parish wanted to make ‘some small contribution’ to helping.

“For the people, that’s an encouragement to them,” he added, referring to the parliamentarians’ support.

Leave a Reply

latest news

Pope invited to Glasgow in 2020

July 12th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has been invited to Glasgow for the centenary...

Catholic groups and campaigners join forces to fight Serco refugee evictions

July 12th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Campaigners are seeking parish support for people made homeless after...

Annual ‘blessing of the boats’ event takes place in Castlebay

July 12th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

An annual ‘blessing of the boats’ took place in the...

First communion costs in Scotland contrast with irish extravagance

July 12th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Spending on First Communions in Scotland remains relatively modest in...

Social media

Latest edition


exclusively in the paper

— Success for Church-backed poverty campaign

— Scottish Catholics join 12,000-strong call for urgent action to halt climate change

— Young people help mark the feast of Opus Dei founder

— Priorities outlined in 20th year of the Scottish Parliament

— Catholic charity praised by MP for changing lives in Zambia

Previous editions

Previous editions of the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper are only available to subscribed Members. To download previous editions of the paper, please subscribe.

note: registered members only.

Read the SCO