Category Archives: Scotland

Glasgow Film Festival 2016

WHO hasn’t wandered through the grand hall of the Kelvingrove and thought “wouldn’t it be great to recreate the classic Indiana Jones-being-chased-by-a-boulder scene here”?

It might sound like something from a movie, but bringing Indy’s stunts to one of Scotland’s most popular attractions has been announced as part of the line-up for the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival (GFF).

GFF 2015 brought in more than 40,000 attendees, making it the third largest film festival in the UK.

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Fears raised over capacity to fight homelessness

A report this month by the charity Crisis has raised concerns about Scotland’s ability to tackle homelessness, with more people being forced to stay longer in temporary accommodation.

Although the numbers of households assessed as homeless has continued to fall, dropping 5% from last year, Crisis argue that the number of homeless applications has remained steady at around 54,000 – taking into account the use of Housing Options services.

The report also raised concerns that some councils “were using Housing Options to deny people their statutory rights, limiting assistance to just signposting to other services.”

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Syrians to be welcomed to Glasgow with ‘refuweegee’ packs containing letters from locals

Vulnerable Syrian refugees are to receive special “Refuweegee” welcome packs when they arrive in Glasgow.

The packs, organised by community group Refuweegee, will contain essentials such as blankets, toiletries and stationery, Glasgow-themed items to introduce them to their new city and a heart-warming welcome letter from city residents.

Founder of the Refuweegee project, Selina Hales, said the idea came about from a desire to do something practical in the face of the growing refugee crisis.

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