Ben Macpherson MSP at Steads Place

Ben Macpherson

MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

It's a huge honour and a privilege to represent Edinburgh Northern and Leith in the Scottish Parliament.

I have been working hard since the day I was elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament to serve and represent everyone in our constituency.

I will consistently work constructively and purposefully to make our area better and to contribute positively to our national democracy.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am here to work for you.

- Ben

Coronavirus Update BM 04/04

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2 days ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Over recent months I have been very concerned about the high number of incidences of odour complaints about the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works. My office and I have taken all complaints up with Scottish Water and, through Scottish Water, with the operator Veolia. I have also written to the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment - please read her response on my website: benmacpherson.scot/2020/06/29/recent-seafield-odours/.

As Chair of the local stakeholder group, I have called a meeting ASAP for community representatives and elected members to impress our concerns. I will continue to engage with Scottish Water, the Council, SEPA and community representatives, as well as the Scottish Government, to seek answers and solutions. As this video from earlier in the year expresses, and the letter from the Cabinet Secretary emphasises, there is investment coming soon, which should improve matters and reduce odour problems. This will be the biggest investment in Seafield for many years, and I'm grateful to local campaigners for working with me to help secure it. However, until this investment is delivered, we must, and will, continue to push for operational improvements to mitigate odour, and I am absolutely committed to continuing to do that as Leith's local MSP.

Scottish Water have published this newsletter to update local residents, which I'd also encourage people to look at: www.scottishwater.co.uk/seafieldnewsletter.

Please also continue to register any complaints via Leith Links Community Council's reporting service, as this does make a difference and helps to emphasise the need for action and investment: www.leithlinkscc.org.uk/seafieldnuisancereportform/.

Lastly, I am also mindful that those who work at Seafield do an important job in difficult circumstances. I am very grateful to employees at Seafield for their commitment, particularly as key workers in these challenging times.

If you have concerns or questions about Seafield please email me at ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot.
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Well done Ben⭐️

3 days ago

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If you’re visiting shops please #staysafe & maintain physical distancing, follow hygiene advice, respect staff who may be asking you to shop differently & wear a face covering. We’ve made so much progress against the virus - let’s all keep doing our bit to look out for each other.❤️

(P.s. for those interested I got this Janey Godley's FanPage inspired face covering locally from Craftchatterbox.com/: www.craftchatterbox.com/contact.html.)
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If you’re visiting shops please #staysafe & maintain physical distancing, follow hygiene advice, respect staff who may be asking you to shop differently & wear a face covering. We’ve made so much progress against the virus - let’s all keep doing our bit to look out for each other.❤️

(P.s. for those interested I got this Janey Godleys FanPage inspired face covering locally from Craftchatterbox.com/: https://www.craftchatterbox.com/contact.html.)

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Brilliant mask! I want one of these 😆

Love it! :-DDD...Nice to see you supporting local arts.

Not even a mask can disguise that smile. Keep up the good work!!!!

Brilliant 👍

Loving your face covering 😊

Love the mask Ben

Love the mask x

Love the mask , you a Godley fan too ? Lol 😂 x

Love it 💙🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💙

Brilliant 👍

Scotland and Nicola are doing well, but I’m so worried, my son works in a restaurant well known in Edinburg on kitchen and they are not allowed to use face masks or face covers... is this legal?

Love it, Ben!

Class 🙏

Can you also clarify who frank is?

I understand that a shop workers protection bill is in progress through Holyrood - being put forward by Daniel Johnstone MSP and USDAW however progress has been slowed due to Covid . A similar bill was put forward in 2011 but not fully supported. Surely this time shop workers can be given some form of protection similar to others providing a front line service and no further delay is incurred

Me to I want one

Janey Godley's FanPage are you doing masks now? 😍

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Janey Godley 😂

Where can I get one

Brilliant

Brilliant!👍

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1 week ago

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2 weeks ago

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Take care yourself!

2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

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After campaigning on several animal welfare issues over recent years, I very much welcome that The Scottish Parliament has supported increased penalties for the worst types of animal cruelty and ‘Finn’s law’, which gives new legal protections for service animals such as police dogs and horses.

The Scottish Government's Animals and Wildlife Bill will increase the maximum penalty for the most serious animal and wildlife crimes to five years imprisonment and an unlimited fine, after passing its final stage in Parliament.

And Finn’s law removes a legal defence of self-defence for attacks on service animals in the course of their duties.

Animal welfare enforcement agencies will also be given innovative new powers, allowing animals taken into their care to be quickly re-homed without the need for a court order.

The legislation also includes mountain hares being given protected status, which I was glad to see and I know many constituents who have contacted me about this will be too.

Thank you Mairi Gougeon MSP.

More information here: news.gov.scot/news/enhanced-protection-for-animals-and-wildlife.
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After campaigning on several animal welfare issues over recent years, I very much welcome that The Scottish Parliament has supported increased penalties for the worst types of animal cruelty and ‘Finn’s law’, which gives new legal protections for service animals such as police dogs and horses.

The Scottish Governments Animals and Wildlife Bill will increase the maximum penalty for the most serious animal and wildlife crimes to five years imprisonment and an unlimited fine, after passing its final stage in Parliament.

And Finn’s law removes a legal defence of self-defence for attacks on service animals in the course of their duties.

Animal welfare enforcement agencies will also be given innovative new powers, allowing animals taken into their care to be quickly re-homed without the need for a court order.

The legislation also includes mountain hares being given protected status, which I was glad to see and I know many constituents who have contacted me about this will be too.

Thank you Mairi Gougeon MSP.

More information here: https://news.gov.scot/news/enhanced-protection-for-animals-and-wildlife.

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Hi Ben Is there not added protection for seals against fish farmers?

2 weeks ago

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Our FM & all the SNP have huge hearts x

It’s a disgrace that this number of children still need this support - Holyrood have the powers to mitigate this if they really want to - child and inwork poverty is a scourge on any country added to by high rents and not enough social housing for those who need it. It’s the community and voluntary agencies who have been supporting the poorest during this crisis and that needs to change . Food banks are a humiliation that should only be for emergency use not ongoing under an administration that claims to care

3 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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In normal circumstances, like in these pictures from recent years, I’d be on the streets with Stand up to Racism - Scotland & others, in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. But we must also stay safe from Covid-19 - therefore, as an alternative, please see this article for suggested ways to show solidarity without attending outdoor protests: www.sundaypost.com/fp/black-lives-matter-scotland/.

Please also see this: www.gov.scot/news/protesting-against-racism/.

Also, thank you to every constituent who has emailed me about the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I am in solidarity with you and you will receive a response in the coming days.
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In normal circumstances, like in these pictures from recent years, I’d be on the streets with Stand up to Racism - Scotland & others, in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. But we must also stay safe from Covid-19 - therefore, as an alternative, please see this article for suggested ways to show solidarity without attending outdoor protests: https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/black-lives-matter-scotland/.

Please also see this: https://www.gov.scot/news/protesting-against-racism/.

Also, thank you to every constituent who has emailed me about the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I am in solidarity with you and you will receive a response in the coming days.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Please, Ben Macpherson MSP, use your influence to get your constituents to Stay Home at THIS point in time. CV19 hits the BAME sector much, MUCH harder in the mortality rates. That's science speaking, the science so admirably used by the FM to keep ALL Scotland's lives safer. If black lives truly matter then people staying HOME could be the best foot forward today for that part of the whole Scottish community's protection.....

Everything helps...and who knows? Perhaps tomorrow’s protest will be well attended by those who continue to socially distance, and wear masks. Stranger things have happened.

Why did the SNP vote against the amendments to the coronavirus bill that were proposed by Andy Wightman? www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/second-coronavirus-bill-must-not-be-end-of-help-for-renters

Ben Macpherson MSP, What about the death of Sheku Bayoh? That happened here in Scotland. Are the Police Service of Scotland allowed to kill people without proper investigation or trial? Is that the kind of nation we've become? www.scottishleftreview.scot/death-in-police-custody-the-case-of-sheku-bayoh/

4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Small grants from The University of Edinburgh available to community groups and charities that are responding to Covid-19.As part of our response to Covid-19 , the University will distribute additional funding to help support community groups and small charities with their response to the virus.

Find out more and apply for up to £500 -> edin.ac/36zBttJ
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Small grants from The University of Edinburgh available to community groups and charities that are responding to Covid-19.

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Jenny Cornfield not looked at the detail, but perhaps for Soul Food? X

1 month ago

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The SNP Government’s school age payment offers low income families, or those who receive support like Universal Credit, a £250 payment around the time children start at primary school. In these unprecedented and difficult times, I’d encourage families across Edinburgh Northern and Leith to check what financial support you may be entitled to. Visit www.mygov.scot or call 0800 182 2222 to find out more or apply. ... See MoreSee Less

The SNP Government’s school age payment offers low income families, or those who receive support like Universal Credit, a £250 payment around the time children start at primary school. In these unprecedented and difficult times, I’d encourage families across Edinburgh Northern and Leith to check what financial support you may be entitled to. Visit www.mygov.scot or call 0800 182 2222 to find out more or apply.

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On the ball as usual!!! Greetings from Andalucia! Keep up the good work !!

Surely this should read The Scottish Government - not SNP government as all decisions are voted on by the whole of the devolved parliament ?

1 month ago

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Volunteers’ Week gives us all a chance to celebrate the contributions of volunteers who, individually and together, make such an important difference. Particularly in recent months, when many people in Edinburgh Northern and Leith have taken on new volunteering roles to help deal with the many consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, I want to say a big thank you all volunteers and especially those of you who continue to help the NHS and our local communities during this challenging time.⭐ Happy #VolunteersWeekScot! ⭐
We want to thank all volunteers, past, present and future for their outstanding support and all that they do. THANK YOU from all at Volunteer Scotland. www.volunteersweek.scot/get-involved/
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Volunteers’ Week gives us all a chance to celebrate the contributions of volunteers who, individually and together, make such an important difference. Particularly in recent months, when many people in Edinburgh Northern and Leith have taken on new volunteering roles to help deal with the many consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, I want to say a big thank you all volunteers and especially those of you who continue to help the NHS and our local communities during this challenging time.

1 month ago

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Standing up to racism in Leith:

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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Some significant updates from The Scottish Government over the last week. Please get in touch if you live in Edinburgh Northern and Leith and require assistance or have any queries. #HereToHelp

26/05— Test and Protect, NHS Scotland’s approach to curbing the spread of Covid-19, will come into effect on 28 May. Anyone with symptoms over the age of 5 should book a test. If an individual’s test is positive, NHS contact tracers will then get in touch with the individual’s recent contacts: www.gov.scot/news/test-and-protect-rolled-out-nationally/.

21/05— First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the framework for a phased approach when moving out of lockdown. This publication outlines how we can begin to return to some form of normality, as long as Covid-19 continues to remain suppressed: www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-thro....

21/05— Schools to potentially re-open from the 11 August. The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, stated that, subject to public health and safety guidance, teachers and school staff could return to schools in June to make preparations for students who will return to a new blended model of education: www.gov.scot/news/schools-to-re-open-in-august/.

18/05— Loss of smell or taste, known as Anosmia, has been added to the list of symptoms of Covid-19. The new full list of symptoms now includes: a new continuous cough OR fever OR a loss of or changed sense of normal smell or taste. An individual and their household with any of these symptoms must self-isolate: www.gov.scot/news/update-to-coronavirus-symptoms/.

#StayHomeSavesLives
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Some significant updates from The Scottish Government over the last week. Please get in touch if you live in Edinburgh Northern and Leith and require assistance or have any queries. #HereToHelp

26/05— Test and Protect, NHS Scotland’s approach to curbing the spread of Covid-19, will come into effect on 28 May. Anyone with symptoms over the age of 5 should book a test. If an individual’s test is positive, NHS contact tracers will then get in touch with the individual’s recent contacts: https://www.gov.scot/news/test-and-protect-rolled-out-nationally/.

21/05— First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the framework for a phased approach when moving out of lockdown. This publication outlines how we can begin to return to some form of normality, as long as Covid-19  continues to remain suppressed: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis/.

21/05— Schools to potentially re-open from the 11 August. The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, stated that, subject to public health and safety guidance, teachers and school staff could return to schools in June to make preparations for students who will return to a new blended model of education: https://www.gov.scot/news/schools-to-re-open-in-august/.

18/05— Loss of smell or taste, known as Anosmia, has been added to the list of symptoms of Covid-19. The new full list of symptoms now includes: a new continuous cough OR fever OR a loss of or changed sense  of normal smell or taste. An individual and their household with any of these symptoms must self-isolate:  https://www.gov.scot/news/update-to-coronavirus-symptoms/.

#StayHomeSavesLives

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

As we head towards the end of Mental Health Awareness Week it is good to remember, especially during these difficult times, that it is okay not to be okay. With this in mind, here is a list of some organisations available to help, both nationally and locally in Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

#KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Pilton Community Health Project

Local Edinburgh Northern and Leith Organisations:

Projekt 42
A not-for-profit gym and wellness centre in Leith which focuses on mental health and physical fitness.
Email: info@projekt42.co.uk
Website: www.projekt42.co.uk/

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre
Provides community based emotional and practical support during times of crisis.
Freephone: 0808 801 0414
Email: crisis@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk
Website: www.edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk/wordpress/

Cyrenians
Supporting people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.
Email: admin@cyrenians.scot
Phone: 0131 475 2354
Website: cyrenians.scot/

The Junction - Young People, Health and Wellbeing
An organisation that takes a holistic approach towards young people’s health and wellbeing.
Email: support@the-junction.org
Phone: 0131 553 0570
Text: 07758348850
Website: the-junction.org/

Living Well North Edinburgh (LWNE)
A community mental health organisation.
Email: admin@livingwellnorthedinburgh.org.uk
Phone: 0131 343 6375
Website: www.livingwellnorthedinburgh.org.uk/

Turning Point Scotland (Edinburgh)
Provides support for people experiencing problems with substance misuse.
Phone: 0131 554 7516
Email: edinburgh@turningpointscotland.com
Website: www.turningpointscotland.com/edinburgh/

Stepping Stones North Edinburgh
A voluntary organisation that provides support to young parent families and pregnant women in the North Edinburgh area
Email: info@steppingstonesnorthedinburgh.co.uk
Website: www.steppingstonesnorthedinburgh.co.uk/

Pilton Community Health Project
Working in the Pilton area with a social model of health.
Email: admin@pchp.org.uk
Text: 07513379036
Website: pchp.org.uk/

National Mental Health Organisations:

Breathing Space
Breathing Space offers a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Phone: 0800 83 85 87
Website: breathingspace.scot/

Samaritans
Samaritans offers 24-hour emotional support for anyone struggling to cope.
The Samaritans also provide information on the effects of coronavirus on mental health - www.samaritans.org/scotland/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about...
Phone: 116 123
Website: samaritans.org

Shout
Shout is volunteer-run and is the UK’s first 24/7 crises text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.
Text: 85258
Website: giveusashout.org

SAMH (Scottish Association of Mental Health)
SAMH has a lot of resources and information on coronavirus and your mental wellbeing. It includes help with anxiety, OCD, issues for older people and young people, benefits, and coping with distressing news coverage.
The SAMH helpline is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, except on Bank Holidays.
Call: 0344 800 0550
Email: info@samh.org.uk
Website: www.samh.org.uk/

Age Scotland
The Age Scotland helpline is a free, confidential phone service for older people, their carers and families in Scotland. The helpline provides information, friendship and advice, is free to call, and available Monday-Friday 9-5pm.
Call: 0800 12 44 222
Email: helpline@agesscotland.org.uk
Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/

ChildLine Scotland
ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine anytime and in these ways; You can phone, send an email, have a 1-2-1 chat, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards.
Call: 0800 11 11
Website: www.childline.org.uk

Young Scot
Young Scot provides relevant and accessible daily digital information on Coronavirus to help ensure young people have all the information they need to make informed decisions and choices during these unsettling times.
Website: www.young.scot

Scottish Women’s Aid
Scottish Women’s Aid has a specific COVID-19 page with resources for women experiencing abuse, children and young people who might feel unsafe at home, Women’s Aid workers, journalists and other frontline staff who have questions about their practice just now.
Website: womensaid.scot/covid-19/

Rape Crisis Scotland
In response to COVID-19, Rape Crisis Scotland is exploring how they can make support more accessible. Anyone affected by sexual violence can contact Rape Crisis Scotland by phone, by email, or by text.
Call: 08088 01 03 02
Email: support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk
Text: 07537 410027
Website: www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
Call: 0800 027 1234
Email: helpline@sdadfmh@org.uk
Website: sdafmh.org.uk

Relationship Helpline
Free support line providing a safe and confidential space for anyone struggling with their relationship. They provide free relationship counselling if you feel you'd benefit from a bit of extra support. This will either be online or over the phone.
Call: 0808 802 2088
The Helpline is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Friday.

Scottish Autism Helpline
Call: 01259 222 022
The Helpline is open 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

Scottish Government - Clear Your Head campaign
Highlights practical ways to look after mental health and wellbeing while continuing to stay at home – and signposts sources of help and advice.
Website: www.clearyourhead.scot

Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation recommends some tips on looking after your mental health during lockdown, which can be found on their website.
Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
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As we head towards the end of Mental Health Awareness Week it is good to remember, especially during these difficult times, that it is okay not to be okay. With this in mind, here is a list of some organisations available to help, both nationally and locally in Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

#KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 

Pilton Community Health Project

Local Edinburgh Northern and Leith Organisations:                                

Projekt 42
A not-for-profit gym and wellness centre in Leith which focuses on mental health and physical fitness.
Email:  info@projekt42.co.uk
Website: https://www.projekt42.co.uk/

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre
Provides community based emotional and practical support during times of crisis.
Freephone: 0808 801 0414
Email: crisis@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk
Website: http://www.edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk/wordpress/

Cyrenians
Supporting people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.
Email: admin@cyrenians.scot
Phone: 0131 475 2354
Website: https://cyrenians.scot/

The Junction - Young People, Health and Wellbeing
An organisation that takes a holistic approach towards young people’s health and wellbeing.
Email: support@the-junction.org
Phone: 0131 553 0570
Text: 07758348850
Website: https://the-junction.org/

Living Well North Edinburgh (LWNE)
A community mental health organisation.
Email:  admin@livingwellnorthedinburgh.org.uk
Phone: 0131 343 6375
Website: http://www.livingwellnorthedinburgh.org.uk/

Turning Point Scotland (Edinburgh)
Provides support for people experiencing problems with substance misuse.
Phone: 0131 554 7516
Email: edinburgh@turningpointscotland.com
Website: https://www.turningpointscotland.com/edinburgh/

Stepping Stones North Edinburgh
A voluntary organisation that provides support to young parent families and pregnant women in the North Edinburgh area
Email: info@steppingstonesnorthedinburgh.co.uk
Website: https://www.steppingstonesnorthedinburgh.co.uk/

Pilton Community Health Project
Working in the Pilton area with a social model of health.
Email: admin@pchp.org.uk
Text: 07513379036
Website: https://pchp.org.uk/

National Mental Health Organisations:

Breathing Space
Breathing Space offers a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Phone: 0800 83 85 87 
Website:  https://breathingspace.scot/

Samaritans
Samaritans offers 24-hour emotional support for anyone struggling to cope. 
The Samaritans also provide information on the effects of coronavirus on mental health - https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
Phone: 116 123
Website: samaritans.org

Shout
Shout is volunteer-run and is the UK’s first 24/7 crises text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.
Text: 85258
Website: giveusashout.org

SAMH (Scottish Association of Mental Health)
SAMH has a lot of resources and information on coronavirus and your mental wellbeing. It includes help with anxiety, OCD, issues for older people and young people, benefits, and coping with distressing news coverage.
The SAMH helpline is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, except on Bank Holidays.
Call: 0344 800 0550
Email: info@samh.org.uk
Website: https://www.samh.org.uk/

Age Scotland
The Age Scotland helpline is a free, confidential phone service for older people, their carers and families in Scotland. The helpline provides information, friendship and advice, is free to call, and available Monday-Friday 9-5pm.
Call: 0800 12 44 222
Email: helpline@agesscotland.org.uk
Website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/

ChildLine Scotland
ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine anytime and in these ways; You can phone, send an email, have a 1-2-1 chat, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards.
Call: 0800 11 11
Website: www.childline.org.uk

Young Scot
Young Scot provides relevant and accessible daily digital information on Coronavirus to help ensure young people have all the information they need to make informed decisions and choices during these unsettling times.
Website: www.young.scot

Scottish Women’s Aid
Scottish Women’s Aid has a specific COVID-19 page with resources for women experiencing abuse, children and young people who might feel unsafe at home, Women’s Aid workers, journalists and other frontline staff who have questions about their practice just now.
Website: https://womensaid.scot/covid-19/

Rape Crisis Scotland
In response to COVID-19, Rape Crisis Scotland is exploring how they can make support more accessible.  Anyone affected by sexual violence can contact Rape Crisis Scotland by phone, by email, or by text.
Call: 08088 01 03 02
Email: support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk
Text: 07537 410027
Website: https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
Call: 0800 027 1234
Email: helpline@sdadfmh@org.uk
Website: sdafmh.org.uk

Relationship Helpline
Free support line providing a safe and confidential space for anyone struggling with their relationship. They provide free relationship counselling if you feel youd benefit from a bit of extra support. This will either be online or over the phone.
Call: 0808 802 2088
The Helpline is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Friday.

Scottish Autism Helpline
Call: 01259 222 022
The Helpline is open 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

Scottish Government - Clear Your Head campaign
Highlights practical ways to look after mental health and wellbeing while continuing to stay at home – and signposts sources of help and advice. 
Website: www.clearyourhead.scot

Mental Health Foundation 
The Mental Health Foundation recommends some tips on looking after your mental health during lockdown, which can be found on their website.
Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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Thanks Ben, if anyone is looking for support from LWNE can they please contact manager@livingwellnorthedinburgh.org.uk and I’ll gladly call/email back. Our services are being provided online whilst Covid restrictions are in place. Our current timetable of support can be seen on our Facebook page. Thanks 😊

Thank you for the mention, Ben💯❤️ For anyone experiencing thoughts or feelings of suicide, We’re 24/7 for anyone aged 16+ in Edinburgh. So please reach out to us❤️

1 month ago

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Well done Ben!

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Today in The Scottish Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the nation to explain The Scottish Government’s routemap that will guide the country out of lockdown.

The routemap gives practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time.

If the evidence shows transmission of COVID-19 is under control and the number of infectious cases continue to decline the Scottish Government will consider moving to Phase 1 of the route map following the next end-of-cycle review date on 28 May.

The NHS Scotland test, trace, isolate and support system – known as Test and Protect - will be ready for expansion in all 14 health boards from 28 May.

A plan agreed between councils, professional associations and parent representatives to partially reopen schools from 11 August, subject to scientific advice that it is safe to do so, has also been published today.

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Today in The Scottish Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the nation to explain The Scottish Government’s routemap that will guide the country out of lockdown. 

The routemap gives practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time.

If the evidence shows transmission of COVID-19 is under control and the number of infectious cases continue to decline the Scottish Government will consider moving to Phase 1 of the route map following the next end-of-cycle review date on 28 May.

The NHS Scotland test, trace, isolate and support system – known as Test and Protect - will be ready for expansion in all 14 health boards from 28 May.

A plan agreed between councils, professional associations and parent representatives to partially reopen schools from 11 August, subject to scientific advice that it is safe to do so, has also been published today.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis/

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2 months ago

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I know it gets harder as the weeks go on, but PLEASE #StayAtHome this weekend (except for essential purposes ie food/medicine and exercise). You are making a difference and saving lives. Let’s stick with it for a bit longer to get this virus properly under control. Thank you 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

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Some significant updates from The Scottish Government over the last week:-

11/05— First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stresses that the guidelines in Scotland are unchanged, despite changes in England. In Scotland we should continue to adhere to: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives: www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-ministers-speech-11-2020/.

10/05— Going out for exercise more than once a day is allowed in Scotland from 11/05, however, people should still not meet in groups, sunbathe or picnic: www.gov.scot/news/changes-to-advice-on-going-outdoors/.

07/05— Lockdown to be extended for three more weeks in Scotland. The next official review of lockdown will be on 28 May but the Scottish Government will continue to consider the measures during this time: www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-minister-speech-7-may-2020/.

05/05— The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon provided more details about how the Scottish Government could ease some of the lockdown measures when it is safe to do so: www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-further-information/.

#StayHomeSavesLives #HereToHelp
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Some significant updates from The Scottish Government over the last week:-

11/05— First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stresses that the guidelines in Scotland are unchanged, despite changes in England. In Scotland we should continue to adhere to: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-ministers-speech-11-2020/.

10/05— Going out for exercise more than once a day is allowed in Scotland from 11/05, however, people should still not meet in groups, sunbathe or picnic: https://www.gov.scot/news/changes-to-advice-on-going-outdoors/.

07/05— Lockdown to be extended for three more weeks in Scotland. The next official review of lockdown will be on 28 May but the Scottish Government will continue to consider the measures during this time: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-minister-speech-7-may-2020/.

05/05— The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon provided more details about how the Scottish Government could ease some of the lockdown measures when it is safe to do so: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-further-information/.

#StayHomeSavesLives #HereToHelp

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

This week marked 4 years since I was elected as your local MSP, in the early hours of Friday 6 May 2016.

Over those years, I’ve been incredibly proud to serve all of the people of Edinburgh Northern and Leith, and so many remarkable organisations and vibrant communities.

As your MSP, I will always work tirelessly to help you as much as I can. I will keep doing my best to effectively represent our area and to address local issues.

And I will continue to play my part in delivering policies that build a fairer, better, kinder Scotland, particularly at this challenging time.

Best wishes,

Ben

#StaySafe #HereToHelp

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Congratulations Ben. You have been a credit to the SNP over the past three years. Thank you for working so hard for us all! 😊

Great to have you as our MSP Ben .. Thanks for all your work .

I agree. Best wishes from Sevilla under quarantine and glad.

Jason MacGilp

You are a credit to the SNP Ben keep up the good work you are doing.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

You are all doing a great job, many thanks Ben.

Thanks for your service, Ben Macpherson MSP

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Last week I spent some time supporting Scran Academy in their remarkable work to help people self-isolating and shielding in our constituency and across Edinburgh.

I'm working each week with several organisations in Leith and North Edinburgh that are delivering food safely to those who need it.
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Well done Ben. Support were it is needed and appreciated 👋👋

Good for you!

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Some significant updates from The Scottish Government over the last week:

04/05— Details for a ‘Test, Trace, Isolate and Support’ approach were announced by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. This paper provides information on the approach to maintain low levels of community transmission of Covid-19 in Scotland: www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-trace-isolate-support/.

01/05— First Minister Nicola Sturgeon provided an update on testing in Scotland with active testing capacity on 1 May at 4,350 tests per day through the NHS: www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-ministers-speech-1-2020/.

29/04— Applications opened for the additional £100 million fund for SME businesses, small and micro enterprises in the creative, tourism and hospitality sectors, and the newly self-employed: findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice.

28/04— The Scottish Government will provide £10 million to local authorities to improve infrastructure for walking and cycling - this funding will help councils adjust to ensure that there is safe distances for the public when they are outside: www.transport.gov.scot/news/10-million-to-support-pop-up-active-travel-infrastructure/.

#StayHomeSavesLives #Heretohelp
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Some significant updates from The Scottish Government over the last week:

04/05— Details for a ‘Test, Trace, Isolate and Support’ approach were announced by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. This paper provides information on the approach to maintain low levels of community transmission of Covid-19 in Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-trace-isolate-support/.

01/05— First Minister Nicola Sturgeon provided an update on testing in Scotland with active testing capacity on 1 May at 4,350 tests per day through the NHS: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-ministers-speech-1-2020/.  

29/04— Applications opened for the additional £100 million fund for SME businesses, small and micro enterprises in the creative, tourism and hospitality sectors, and the newly self-employed: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice.

28/04— The Scottish Government will provide £10 million to local authorities to improve infrastructure for walking and cycling - this funding will help councils adjust to ensure that there is safe distances for the public when they are outside: https://www.transport.gov.scot/news/10-million-to-support-pop-up-active-travel-infrastructure/.

#StayHomeSavesLives #Heretohelp

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Thanks for this Ben. I am encouraged to see the plans being rolled out.

Ben we’ve emailed you about our family business...

Keep up the good work. From near Sevilla

2 months ago

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I’m wondering if you can tell me where the hubs are for family carers to pick up PPE please , I’m struggling to find info x

This lady speaks clearly , concisely & from the heart , she doesn’t shirk questions & if she has no answer she says so & explains why , she instils great faith in me , a true leader x

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Some significant updates from The Scottish Government over the last week:

24/04— A new campaign was launched urging people to contact the NHS as normal about any health worries they may have that are not related to Covid-19: news.gov.scot/news/urgent-medical-help-still-available.

23/04—The First Minister of Scotland released a paper outlining how the Scottish Government will continue take steps to deal with Covid-19 and consider how some degree of normality can be restored in due course: news.gov.scot/news/looking-beyond-lockdown.

21/04— The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Fiona Hyslop MSP, confirmed that grant funding applications for the newly self-employed and SMEs in distress will be available by the end of the month, with payments being made in May. The funds will provide extra support for certain industries and people in need: news.gov.scot/news/lifeline-support-for-business-confirmed.

20/04— New guidance was published to help support home learning, with more advice for pupils, parents and teachers: news.gov.scot/news/guidance-for-home-learning.

#StayHomeSavesLives #HereToHelp
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Some significant updates from The Scottish Government over the last week:

24/04— A new campaign was launched urging people to contact the NHS as normal about any health worries they may have that are not related to Covid-19: https://news.gov.scot/news/urgent-medical-help-still-available.  

23/04—The First Minister of Scotland released a paper outlining how the Scottish Government will continue take steps to deal with Covid-19 and consider how some degree of normality can be restored in due course: https://news.gov.scot/news/looking-beyond-lockdown.

21/04— The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Fiona Hyslop MSP, confirmed that grant funding applications for the newly self-employed and SMEs in distress will be available by the end of the month, with payments being made in May. The funds will provide extra support for certain industries and people in need: https://news.gov.scot/news/lifeline-support-for-business-confirmed.

20/04— New guidance was published to help support home learning, with more advice for pupils, parents and teachers: https://news.gov.scot/news/guidance-for-home-learning.

#StayHomeSavesLives #Heretohelp

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Will people get seen now?

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

‪#ClapForCarers 👏 #ClapForTheNHS 👏 #ClapForKeyWorkers 👏 in Leith this evening.❤️‬

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Aha! You're that guy in the red jacket!

Ben, how is that shot so stable?

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Thanks to everyone in Edinburgh Northern and Leith for all you’re doing to stay safe and look out for each other. I’m here to help if you need assistance: 📧ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot. Also, you can call The Scottish Government national helpline on 📞08001114000 (www.gov.scot/news/support-for-those-at-high-covid-19-risk/). Take care everybody. Ben ... See MoreSee Less

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All the best Ben Stay safe

Thanks for the message Ben, you take care too. xx

Still looks pretty busy. The Shore and the Links has been mobbed recently.

Nice wee message Ben, you take care too

Keep up the good work! Cheers from Spain

Hi!😁

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