Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has set up a Christmas Collection point in his office at 2 York Arcade, Grangemouth, to assist with the annual Salvation Army Toy Appeal. Toys can be dropped off from Monday 5th December.

Every year the Salvation Army collects toys to distribute to children and families who have little or nothing under their tree on Christmas morning, and Angus MacDonald MSP has agreed to assist with this year’s collection.

Over the years, millions of children and young people have benefited from gifts donated to The Salvation Army. These donations have gone on to make the world of difference to people who otherwise would not have a lot to look forward to on Christmas Day. Donations received by Bo’ness Salvation Army will be distributed to families in need around Grangemouth, Bo’ness and other communities within Falkirk East.

After meeting with Lt. Tom Dunham of the Bo'ness Salvation Army, Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East commented,

“Christmas should be a time of joy for every child, regardless of circumstance. As a community, it is up to us to ensure that we do our part to share that joy for everyone.

“This year, I am looking forward to doing my part by working with the Bo’ness Salvation Army and helping to expand their toy collection efforts to Grangemouth. I am happy to offer my office as a collection point for the community to donate new unwrapped toys and gifts for children and young people in need this Christmas.

“I would urge as many people as possible to purchase an extra gift whilst doing their own Christmas shopping so that you can light up a life this year.”



Suggested Gift list for Children and Young People:


We believe every child deserves a new gift at Christmas so we are unable to take used or second hand items for the Christmas Present Appeal.


0-3 years:  dolls, teddy bears, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles


3-5: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, DVDs and CDs (music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles


5-9: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs & family friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, wordsearch, crosswords


9-12: games and toys, stationery, CDs, DVDs, books, T-Shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats


13-16: CDs, DVDs, books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, T-Shirts, hair accessories.


Is the future of Gaelic important to you?


Bòrd na Gàidhlig, 

Appointment of Board Members


Is the future of Gaelic important to you? If so, Bòrd na Gàidhlig is looking for 3 new board members.

The work to secure Gaelic’s future is challenging, but there are also many rewards and opportunities to make progress. If you are passionate about Gaelic you should consider getting involved at a time when the Board will be embarking on the development and delivery of a new National Gaelic Language Plan; a Lifelong Learning approach to language acquisition; Guidance for the Education (Scotland) Act 2016; and, new development initiatives for families, young people, communities and the arts.

Tha Riaghaltas na h-Alba air sanas fhoillseachadh agus iad a’ sireadh Bhall ùra airson Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Gheibh sibh an sanas agus litir le tuilleadh fiosrachaidh an cois seo.

More details from the advert below:


This is a time of very positive developments for the Gaelic language, alongside some significant challenges. The 2011 census showed that the long-standing decline of numbers of people speaking Gaelic had largely stabilised, with an increase in numbers speaking, reading and writing the language between the ages of 3-19.  We have also seen a very significant increase in the number of children entering Gaelic Medium Education. At the same time, setting the Gaelic language on a long-term course of increasing numbers remains of critical importance.

Scottish Ministers have clear ambitions for Gaelic in Scotland, and there are equally high expectations from the Gaelic community. This is an important time for Bòrd na Gàidhlig as an organisation, as it prepares and then takes forward the development and implementation of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023. In addition to this, the Bòrd will focus attention in a number of areas including; a Lifelong Learning approach to language acquisition; Guidance for the Education (Scotland) Act 2016; and, new development initiatives for families, young people and communities.

In line with this, Scottish Ministers seek to appoint up to 3 new members to the Bòrd.


Purpose and functions of Bòrd na Gàidhlig


Bòrd na Gàidhlig is the national language body for Gaelic. It is a statutory Non Departmental Public Body established under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and is responsible for safeguarding the future of Gaelic in Scotland. Under the Gaelic Act, Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s key functions are to:

  • Promote the use and understanding of Gaelic language, education and culture;
  • Be the principal, authoritative and objective advisor to Scottish Ministers on Gaelic language, education and culture ; and,
  • Advise public bodies, and those responsible for delivering public services, on how Gaelic language, education and culture should be considered and integrated in public service delivery
    • increasing awareness of and promoting the use of the Gaelic language;
    • working with key Gaelic groups and public sector bodies to promote the use of the Gaelic language, and identifying new opportunities for working in partnership with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors as appropriate;
    • assisting in defining and developing the Bòrd’s strategic direction, setting challenging objectives and monitoring progress towards them;
    • taking proper account of guidance provided by Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Government;
    • contributing to the work of one or more of the Bòrd’s committees (Governance and Risk, Education, Policy and Delivery and Colmcille (promoting language links between Irish and Gaelic);
    • contributing to the implementation of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and the National Gaelic Language Plan 2012-2017;

The key responsibilities for members are as follows:

The appointment is part-time and members are expected to give a minimum time commitment of 36 days per year (approximately 3 days per month) to Bòrd business. Please ensure you will be able to fulfil the time commitment before applying. Bòrd meetings are held across the country including at the Bòrd’s Headquarters in Inverness. There are 6 annual Bòrd meetings but some travel to other events and meetings (including committee meetings) will be necessary. Video and telephone facilities can occasionally be made available. Your first Bòrd meeting will be held on21/22 June 2017.


The term of appointment will be expected to be not less than 3 years with the possibility of re-appointment subject meeting the requirements of the person specification for the role at the time of re-appointment. Current remuneration is £6,388 per annum and is subject to annual review. Travel and subsistence costs directly associated with the work of the Bòrd and reasonable dependent carer allowance will be reimbursed. The appointment is non-pensionable.


The closing date for applications is Friday 16th December 2016.

An application pack and full details on this, and other public appointments, can be downloaded at:

Alternatively, an application pack can be obtained by email, post, telephone and fax using the details below. You should provide your name, address and the appointment that you are interested in.

Application packs are available in both Gaelic and English and are available to download, or on request.  

Email:  application requests and returns should be e-mailed to:

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Postal:            Scottish Government,

                        HR Public Appointments

                        Saughton House (E1 spur)

                        Broomhouse Drive


                        EH11 3XD

Freephone:  0800 015 8449

Fax: 0131 244 3833

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.


Donations and volunteers are urgently needed for Re-Act and Al Masaar Refugee Aid collection this weekend (19th and 20th of November 2016)

Warm clothing and shoes are sought, especially men's small sizes, and teenagers. There is a full list of items needed at

We also need volunteers to sort and pack the donations, ready to be driven across Europe in the next couple of weeks. On both days, shifts are:

MORNING 9-12. 

AFTERNOON 11.45 - 3pm.

LATE AFTERNOON 2.45 - 6pm. 

To sign up as a volunteer shift please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The collection point is the old Central FM radio station building , 201-203 Falkirk High Street FK1 1DU.

Opening hours on both days: 10am - 5pm 

There is ample parking at Williamson Street, which is free on Sunday. If you are arriving with a full car-load, volunteers can come to your car and help carry. Ring 07830 929734 on the Saturday or 07887 836770 on the Sunday to arrange.

To find out more, please visit Re-Act (Refugee Action Scotland) at

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