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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.

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