Cllr Ben Lawrie Welcomes Interreg Funding for Angus Health & Social Care

The Angus Council Scrutiny & Audit Committee met this morning in Forfar.

Commenting on the Angus Integration Joint Board Annual and Strategic Performance Report at this mornings Scrutiny & Audit Committee, Cllr Ben Lawrie said:

“I noticed that the [Angus Health & Social Care] Partnership accessed funding through the Interreg programme, allowing them to work with European Partners on digital innovation and improving service design.

This is a really good example of how the Interreg programme benefits Angus and I hope that the UK Government will continue participation in the programme after Brexit so we can continue to reap these benefits.

I’m also heartened to see all the work that’s being done around substance misuse.

I see there’s been some collaboration with the Tayside Council on Alcohol who do a lot of outstanding work around drugs and alcohol abuse so it’s good to see their involvement.

Also, the report lists a lot of training which has been overseen by the Alcohol & Drugs Partnership. I think there’s a good focus here on education, harm reduction and preventing deaths and this is something I welcome.”

Angus IJB Chief Officer Vicky Irons responded to Cllr Lawrie’s comments on the Interreg programme saying:

“We’ve had huge benefit from the Interreg project… We’ve learned so much from that partnership that will benefit us in the future.”

Ben Lawrie: Mental Health

Ben Lawrie is campaigning for improvements to mental health services in Angus.

“As the previous mental health rep for the University of St Andrews, I’ve worked closely with mental health professionals, charities and people who have suffered from mental illness,” he says. “In the past, I’ve had my own trouble with depression. I admire the dedication and compassion of mental health professionals, and it’s not their fault that services are under-funded and understaffed. The Mulberry Unit at Stracathro is ‘temporarily’ closed due to shortage of staff and I fear we may not see it open again.

“My strongest motive for getting into politics was the desire to see mental health treated as seriously as physical health. If I’m elected, you can count on me to stand up for everyone who’s affected by mental illness and the stigma attached to it.”

Monifieth Group for People with COPD

The group meets at Monifieth Health Centre every second Monday at 2pm.

Do you or does someone you know have COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)?
If so, there is a group in Monifieth just for you!
Christine Burnett, chair of the Monifieth COPD support group says:
” We are a group of friendly, like minded people in Monifieth who have C.O.P.D.
We meet every 2nd Monday in Monifieth health centre at 2 pm.
We do gentle seated exercises to attempt to keep our muscles working.
Lots of laughs. Lots of huffs and lots of puffs.
If you would like to come along and see what we do our next meeting is on Monday Feb 27th at 2pm.
If you know anyone in the monifieth area who would benefit from our group and our input please tell them about us.”

My Mum, is actually a COPD nurse and she tells me that gentle exercise is super important in managing COPD so I would definitely recommend going!

For more information please phone Christine: 01382 535289 or Mary: 01382 539302.