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Forest-Based Workshops to Combat Stress at Historic Edinburgh Castle

Forest-Based Workshops to Combat Stress at Historic Edinburgh Castle

A Fife business that offers forest-based workshops to help employees cope with stress and improve their wellbeing is expanding to Edinburgh. The business, called Wild Workforce, has secured permission to run its innovative programme at the 16th century Lauriston Castle, following an agreement with the city council. What is Wild Workforce? Wild Workforce is a business that was founded by Clare Stephen, who has a background in professional development and human resources. She was inspired by the successful forest schools in Scandinavia, which have been shown to benefit the physical and mental health of children, as well as their resilience…
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Daredevils to abseil from Forth Bridge for charity

Daredevils to abseil from Forth Bridge for charity

The Forth Bridge Abseil, a popular fundraising event that allows participants to descend 165 feet from the iconic bridge, is back for 2024. The event, which is run by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in partnership with Network Rail and Balfour Beatty, will take place on Sunday, June 16. It is open to individual fundraisers and groups from organisations and businesses who want to challenge themselves and support good causes. A unique opportunity to abseil from a UNESCO World Heritage Site The Forth Bridge, which spans the Firth of Forth between Edinburgh and Fife, is one of Scotland’s most famous…
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Glasgow faces backlash over plan to cut 172 teaching posts

Glasgow faces backlash over plan to cut 172 teaching posts

Glasgow City Council is facing criticism from teachers, parents, and unions over its proposal to slash 172 teaching posts across its primary and secondary schools. The council says the move is part of an education service reform that aims to save £27.8 million over three years, as it grapples with a £107 million budget deficit. Education service reform or budget cuts? The council claims that the education service reform is not just about cutting costs, but also about improving outcomes for pupils, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. It says it will invest in digital learning, curriculum development, and staff training,…
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Glasgow’s Yardworks Festival returns with a global line-up of street artists

Glasgow’s Yardworks Festival returns with a global line-up of street artists

The Yardworks Festival, one of Europe’s biggest and best celebrations of urban art and graffiti, is back for its sixth edition at SWG3 in Glasgow. The two-day event, which will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2024, will feature some of the world’s most renowned artists, as well as local talent, transforming the Galvanizers Yard into a colourful and creative spectacle. What to expect from Yardworks Festival 2024 Yardworks Festival is a unique opportunity to witness the art of graffiti and street art in action, as artists from around the globe collaborate and create stunning murals, installations,…
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How to Save the Roads by Going Green

How to Save the Roads by Going Green

The condition of the roads in the UK is deteriorating due to climate change and budget cuts. Potholes and cracks are becoming more frequent and severe, causing damage to vehicles and increasing the risk of accidents. But there are ways to reduce the impact of driving on the roads and the environment by making small changes to our habits and choices. The Problem of Potholes Potholes are caused by water seeping into the cracks in the road surface and freezing and thawing, which expands and contracts the asphalt. This weakens the road structure and creates holes that can grow larger…
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Scotland to increase minimum alcohol price to 65p per unit

Scotland to increase minimum alcohol price to 65p per unit

The Scottish government has announced that it will raise the minimum unit price (MUP) of alcohol from 50p to 65p, effective from 30 September 2024. The move is aimed at reducing alcohol harm and saving lives, but has faced opposition from some retailers and industry groups. Why is the minimum unit price changing? The MUP policy was introduced in Scotland in May 2018, making it the first country in the world to set a floor price for alcoholic drinks based on their strength. The policy was designed to target cheap, high-strength products that are often consumed by harmful and dependent…
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Deer poacher caught with high-powered rifle and carcass in his home

Deer poacher caught with high-powered rifle and carcass in his home

A man from Haddington who illegally hunted and killed a roe deer with a lethal air rifle was found with the animal’s body in his house. He was fined and ordered to do unpaid work by a sheriff who warned him that he could have faced jail time for his crime. The deadly weapon John Smedley, 56, pleaded guilty to three charges related to deer poaching at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday. He admitted to killing a roe deer without permission in Morham, East Lothian, and having the animal’s dead body in his possession at a house in North Berwick…
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Elderly woman loses £250 after being scammed by fake charity worker

Elderly woman loses £250 after being scammed by fake charity worker

A 79-year-old woman from Glasgow was left heartbroken after she was conned by a man who claimed to be collecting money for a children’s charity. The fraudster took £250 from her purse and fled, leaving her feeling “stupid and ashamed”. How the scam happened The incident occurred on Friday, February 23, 2024, around 11 am, when the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, answered the door of her flat in Maryhill. She was greeted by a man who said he was from a charity called Children in Need, and showed her a laminated badge and a clipboard. The man asked…
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Edinburgh boy with brain tumour raises funds for hospital charity

Edinburgh boy with brain tumour raises funds for hospital charity

A 12-year-old boy from Edinburgh who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour is taking on the Kiltwalk challenge to support the charity that has helped him and his family. Lochi’s story Lochlan ‘Lochi’ McCready was diagnosed with a brain tumour in July 2023, after experiencing headaches and vision problems. The tumour is attached to the optic nerve on his left eye, which has caused him to lose most of his sight in that eye. Doctors are now trying to save his right eye, which is also affected by the tumour. Lochi has been undergoing chemotherapy for 18 months,…
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Family’s agony as two-year-old boy dies in his sleep without any warning

Family’s agony as two-year-old boy dies in his sleep without any warning

A two-year-old boy from Scotland died suddenly in his sleep, leaving his family devastated and heartbroken. The toddler, who was healthy and happy, had no signs of illness or distress before he went to bed on February 23, 2023. A tragic loss The boy’s parents, who live in Glasgow, found him unresponsive in his cot the next morning. They called an ambulance, but paramedics could not revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy’s mother, who did not want to be named, said: “He was our world, our everything. He was always smiling and laughing, he loved…
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