Tele column – 10th June 2016

The recent good weather has been most welcome. Sunshine tends to put a smile on our faces and encourages us to feel good. Inverclyde is always a good place to work but when the sun shines, the dark nights and cold winters just slip away. This brings an added optimism and as Noam Chomsky says “Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” I would ask you to take responsibility and make someone else’s future better. Please consider carrying an organ donor card. Currently there are around 560 people waiting for transplants in Scotland. Their lives could be transformed by your unselfish act. Please visit for further information.

And talking about being unselfish. It’s Carers week. Across the UK there are 6.5 million people caring for an ill, older or disabled family member or friend. The economic value of the care provided by unpaid carers in Scotland equates to over 10 billion pounds each year which is nearly as much as the entire Scottish NHS budget. Three out of four carers don’t feel their caring role is understood or valued by their community. It’s time for all aspects of the community to take positive steps towards being truly carer friendly. I look forward to meeting a number of carers this morning at Inverclyde Carers Council.