Fairtrade Fortnight Celebration

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Dundee Fair Trade Forum is delighted to invite you to its event ‘Come on into Fairtrade’ at Birchwood Food Emporium – Cafe, 28 – 32 Commercial Street on Wednesday 26th February at 5.30pm. 
This will be directly followed by the Dundee Fair Trade Forum’s Annual General Meeting, which you are all invited to attend. 
Dundee is Scotland’s first Fairtrade City and the Forum would like to encourage and support more local businesses in sourcing Fairtrade products. 
This event will include the opportunity to hear from Ian Alexander, owner of local business Birchwood Food Emporium – Cafe and Billy Miller from Scottish coffee supplier Coffee Conscience, about how Fairtrade is a ‘win win’ situation for all. 
We hope to be joined also by a Fairtrade cocoa producer, celebrating this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme of a living wage for cocoa farmers.  We can however promise the opportunity to enjoy some lovely samples of Fairtrade chocolate! 

Getting things done – Park Place #dundeewestend

Residents have drawn to my attention the mess recently of Park Place near the Old Hawkhill junction – see photo below :
The bins here are a mix of council and commercial bins and I have contacted environment management at the City Council’s Neighbourhood Services requesting action to have the area tidied and necessary steps taken to ensure the area is kept clean in future.

Meet & Greet at Ninewells Hospital – volunteering opportunity

NHS Tayside is looking for volunteers :
“Based at the front door of Ninewells Hospital, you will be a point of contact welcoming people into the Hospital. 
You will provide clear directional information to help people get to their appointment, signposting, or escorting patients or visitors.
This role is suited for people with good listening and communication skills.    You will have a reasonable level of fitness, able to walk with visitors to their destination if required. 
You must be reliable, have a helpful, friendly and courteous attitude, and be caring, sympathetic and sensitive. You will have a genuine interest in helping people. You will be able to work without direct supervision.”
The time commitment is one shift per week – 9am – 12 noon or 1pm – 4pm.
For further information call 740136 or e-mail volunteeringservice.tayside@nhs.net

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

Blackness Road (at Peddie Street) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 26 January for Scottish Water work.
West Marketgait at Police Station – off peak lane closures in both directions on Monday 27 January for street lighting lantern replacement works.

Latest update from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Tomorrow – Saturday 25th January – at 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert starring Wilma Kennedy
We launch the 2020 Wighton season with double Mod Gold Medallist Wilma Kennedy, singing at our Burns Day Cappuccino Concert.   Rabbie set many of his loveliest lyrics to Gaelic tunes so would surely approve. 
One of our finest Gaelic singers, a sought after teacher and coach with wide experience on television and radio, Wilma is no stranger to the Wighton.   As the Friends of Wighton Gaelic Song tutor for several years she introduced numerous singers to the beauties of the Gaelic tradition.
It is a joy to welcome her back for what will be a wonderful morning of song.
Admission £5 with tea/coffee available for a small donation.

Can you help Marie Curie?

As residents will be aware, Marie Curie is a registered charitable organisation that provides excellent care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families. 
Marie Curie is looking for volunteers and has provided the following helpful information :
“You can offer your time any day of the week, between 9am and 9pm, so that you can find a time that works for you and the individual that you are supporting.
The type of support our Helper volunteers give often includes:    companionship and emotional support;   practical help;    a break for families and carers;    information on other support available and support after a bereavement.
 Every day of your life matters, from the first to the last. We believe everyone living with a terminal illness should be able to get the most from the time they have left, however hard that may sometimes feel. We’ll be here for you and your family when you may feel like no-one else is, to help you cope when you don’t know how. 
Marie Curie Nurses care for you in your home, when you need them most, day or night. Our hospices are at the heart of communities around the UK. 
And our trained volunteers and advisers are here for you with practical information and support when you don’t know what to do next or just need to talk.”
To find out more call 07515 134703 or e-mail john.cardno@mariecurie.org.uk – many thanks.