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Glasgow Lives Coverage

From the 9th – 13th April 2018, one of Glasgow’s biggest news networks Glasgow Live ran a series of articles on Scottish Sports Futures (SSF), focusing on some of the young people involved with the charity and how sport has changed their lives. Photojournalist Elaine Livingston met with three young people who are involved with SSF
programmes, Saskia Barclay (16), Andrew Marley (20), and Edward Fitzpatrick (21), as well as Twilight Programme Coordinator Preeti Jassal (24), and SSF celebrity ambassador Chris Forbes (35).

Saskia, Andrew and Edward all became involved with SSF after their local youth and sports clubs partnered up with SSF’s Active East programme, although it was a chance encounter is what pushed Saskia to begin her coaching
journey with Budhill Football Academy:

“I started coaching at Budhill because my wee brother was playing there and I would stand on the side-line giving him direction and encouragement. The team manager told me I should get involved in coaching, so I did.”

Budhill Football Academy are one of Active East’s partners, and it was through this partnership that Saskia became involved in Active East’s Active Champion programme, which helps young people aged 14 – 25 complete training and certification in sports, physical activity, and volunteering.                

Active Champion Saskia Barclay

                                                                                                  

Andrew credits Scottish Sports Futures’ unique approach to youth work, combining it with sport in an educational but informal environment, as being a great way to help young people see the opportunities open to them in their local communities, and help them build sustainable pathways for their own futures.

“I think youth work as a whole is so good because you’re helping to train and develop young people in an informal way and in a place where they feel safe and have fun. Not all education has to be formal. To give young people a broader education and insight gives them opportunities to take on leadership roles and gain skills that they can use in their pathways into adult life and work.”

Mini Mentor Andrew Marley

 After coming through the Active Champion programme themselves, Edward and Andrew have both become Mini Mentors, helping to mentor Active Champions like Saskia through their volunteering journey. As young people who have taken on youth worker roles, both Andrew and Edward believe that young people becoming youth workers is key to helping tackle issues facing young people today.

“Your teenage years can be tough. I think it’s really important to support young people through it and I think it’s great if it’s coming from someone in their age group who they can relate to and has been in their shoes. (Andrew)

“I became a youth worker as soon as I was allowed to at 16. Young people should be youth workers, they can relate to the people involved whether you’re working with them in the clubs or training them.” (Edward)

Mini Mentor Edward Fitzpatrick

 

Preeti spoke about how working on Scottish Sports Futures’ Shell Twilight Basketball programme has given her the opportunity to take the theoretical topics she studied at university and put them into practise in her role as a coordinator.

“I really enjoy working with the young people. My role involves working a lot with inactive girls and young women, trying to get them involved in sport and empowering them to progress in life. To see the girls starting off in the programs and build their confidence and skills is brilliant. That was what I focused on in my studies at university so I’m really passionate about it. It’s been really nice to stop writing about it and actually put it into action.”

Shell Twilight Basketball Coordinator Preeti Jassal

 

                                                                    

This is something Edward is also keen to emulate once he has completed his studies in product design:

“I’ve been doing youth work for eight years and I don’t want to leave that behind when I start working full-time. I want to combine what I’ve learned at university with my youth work and find a way to link the two in my design work and career.”

Stand-up comedian, and former basketball player, Chris Forbes became involved with Scottish Sports Futures after taking part in a charity comedy night:

“The charity knew that I had played basketball to quite a high level when I was younger and they thought I would be an ideal fit as an ambassador for them, as basketball is one of the core sports they use across their various programs to reach the young people they work with. They asked me to become involved straight after the gig.” 

“I’m really enjoying being an ambassador. I feel like my contribution is small in comparison to what the full time staff do, but I’m really happy to help if I can. When you go along to the charity’s events, and see the difference they are
making, it’s just brilliant.”

SSF Ambassador, Comedian Chris Forbes

 

Successful Shell Twilight Basketball Residential at Kilgraston School

Press Release

On Friday the 13th of April 28 young people from across Scotland arrived at Kilgraston School to kick off this year’s Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassador programme. This induction residential training weekend marks the first step of a year-long programme that motivates and supports young people to take on leadership roles, become positive role models to their peers, and volunteer in their local communities. Ambassadors completed training in positive role modelling, goal setting, behaviour management, and child protection. They also completed their ‘Make it Happen’ Basketball Coaching award, delivered by Basketball Scotland. Training was also facilitated by Education Through Cashback, and SEE Consultants. Ambassadors were recruited from Scottish Sports Futures’ Shell Twilight Basketball groups from Highlands, Fife, Stirling, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Stranraer. Over the next year, ambassadors will be supported by local mentors, who will support them with their individual journeys of personal development, as they work towards their goals and grow as positive role models within their Shell Twilight sessions and their wider communities. They will also complete Community Achievement Awards, administered by Glasgow’s Kelvin College, which allow Ambassadors to receive SCQF accredited recognition for their hard work.

The Shell Twilight Basketball programme itself is designed to be an open, inclusive and positive environment for young people where personal development is supported through structured sports activity, educational inputs, role modelling, and peer rapport. The setting and programme of activity provide young people with the opportunity to develop skills, confidence and a sense of acceptance that they may struggle to find in more traditional settings. Twilight has a long track record of attracting excluded young people and supporting them into positive destinations. The Ambassador programme builds on this experience and provides a further level of support and direction with enhanced development opportunities for a focused group of young people. Through this process, the selected group makes significant progress in their personal development journeys while becoming influential positive role models within their Twilight session and local community.

This is the third year that the Ambassador programme has run nationally since it was piloted in Glasgow in 2015. Kilgraston School in Perth have hosted the induction residential for the past three years, where fantastic facilities and friendly staff have aided the success of the weekend. The FREE programme is supported by BBC Children in Need and the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities. It runs alongside Shell Twilight’s diversionary Friday night basketball sessions and aims to support young people to identify and work towards personal goals, including getting into volunteering, education and employment.

BBC Children in Need’s National Officer for Scotland, Paul Liddell commented on the initiative, “I am delighted to see that a further 31 young ambassadors have joined the programme.  Since receiving funding for the programme from BBC Children in Need, the project has grown and developed and this is a fine example of how it is progressing.”

Speaking of the new grants, Florence Burke, National Head of BBC Children in Need in Scotland, said: “BBC Children in Need is funding a number of projects across every local authority in Scotland – all of which are working to make a real and tangible difference to the lives of those children and young people who need it most.  We are delighted to include Shell Twilight Basketball among them, and are pleased to see that a further 31 young ambassadors will benefit from the training and life skills development to reach their full potential. Best of all, they will have the chance to make new friends, and receive support from positive adult role models.”

Ambassador Duncan, 17 reflected on the weekend, “I got to meet lots of new people and make lots of new friends, and it’s nice to see everyone’s different types of background and coaching styles.”

Amanda, 18 added, “I enjoyed getting to know the other ambassadors and getting to learn more basketball drills to bring back to the sessions and coach. I’m excited to see what opportunities [the programme] leads to; it will let us grow as individuals as well as team players.”

Duncan and Amanda, along with the other 29 young people attending the weekend, join a further 25 Ambassadors recruited in the first year of the programme. Building on the success of this first year, Shell Twilight Basketball plan to grow the programme, inducting a further 30 Ambassadors this year, maximising the benefit for young people and communities across Scotland.

Shell Twilight Basketball runs mainly on Friday nights across Scotland. It is FREE to attend and open to all young people aged 11-21 years old. Please see www.ssf.org.uk for more information or contact martyn@ssf.org.uk 

 

                           Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassadors 2018

Ambassador’s Duncan Watson and Chloe Canning leading one of the                weekend’s sessions

 

Children in Need

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. The charity will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

BBC Children in Need is currently providing grants to 300 projects across every local authority in Scotland and 2,600 projects across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

More information about BBC Children in Need can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey

CashBack for Communities

The Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme uses the ill-gotten gains of crime, recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities across Scotland.

More information can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk/cashback 

 

 

Shell Twilight Ambassador Residential 2018

An Ambassador’s eye view of this year’s Shell Twilight Ambassador Residential.

This time last year I was sitting in the same room as the Ambassadors are right now, arriving at Kilgrastion to complete the ambassador training weekend.

But this year was different for me.

I came back, but for the mentoring role. I’m super excited to take on this role and see what opportunities this will give me.

I have to admit I was a little worried about going on the residential this year. The thought of taking on a more  responsible role was scary, but if the Shell Twilight Basketball staff didn’t think I was ready for it they wouldn’t have asked me.

This weekend was a lot of fun as I had the opportunity to create more friendships with the other mentors and this year’s Ambassadors, and I managed to develop my own skills on this weekend more than what I thought I would. Looking back on last year, I never thought that I wold be doing something like this.

I honestly would say that it’s down to my own mentor from last year being a great role model for me and I hope to be just the same for my Ambassadors this year. I hope if I show my Ambassadors a good role model example they can then become a great role model for the other boys at our session.

 

By Bryanne Ford, Shell Twilight Ambassador. 

For more information on our Shell Twilight Basketball programme click here

 

Active Champions True Role Models In Their Communities

 

The Active Champions have continuously been role models to their local community for the past 5 years!

The Create18 Active East-ER event on the 7th April has shown this on a large scale and a local event.

10 Active Champions took the lead and designed their own event and continuously publicised and shared the event with everyone they knew. Active East-ER was designed around what the Active Champions thought young people in the East End would love to attend, and they did love it! 100 young people and their families making the bus trip from Easterhouse and Coatbridge or a walk round from Bridgeton and Dennistoun to enjoy a day of fun and sporting activities at Crownpoint Glasgow Club.

A true demonstration of young people taking the lead!

 

By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator.

Active Easter event a huge success

Press Release

 

Young volunteers from Scottish Sports Futures’ (SSF) Active East programme ran their own Easter – themed family fun day on Saturday 7 April 2018 at Crownpoint Sports Centre in the East End of Glasgow.

 

Over 100 young people and their families attended the event which was funded by the Create18 project. The event was the brainchild of ten Active Champions – young volunteers aged between 14 and 25, who completed an individualised programme of awards and training in sport, physical activity and volunteering.  

Active Easter event at Crownpoint Sports Centre on Saturday 7th April

The Create18 Fund is powered by Young Scot, on behalf of EventScotland, and provides young people in Scotland aged 8 – 26 with the opportunity to celebrate and engage in the Year of Young People 2018 by staging a unique event that will showcase their talents and abilities in their local community. After making it through the two rounds of the funding process, the Active Champions were awarded funding to put on their Easter themed event.

 

Active Champion Holly Halferty said:

“We have worked really hard to get this event organised and have loved being able to completely design and manage the project. We were delighted with the support we received and to see so many young people come along as Active East-ER has been created by young people for young people!”

 

Alistair Neil, Youth Development Coordinator for Active East, said:

“It has been amazing to see the Active Champions really take the lead on this project. They really pushed for the funding and designed the day around what young people love to do. HAVE FUN! The Year of Young People really has given them the opportunity to take the lead and create a fun event for other young people in their local area..”

Young people attending the event

Active East is an exciting programme which aims to create a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games for young people in the East of Glasgow by increasing levels of physical activity and building skills through volunteering.

 

For more information on and all Scottish Sports Futures activity please visit our website www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk.

 

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Notes for Editors:

 

 

  • Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is a Glasgow based Charity delivering Education through Sport programmes to young people nationwide with a particular focus on those at risk and suffering disadvantage.
  • Scottish Sports Futures programmes use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.
  • SSF’s portfolio of programmes support young people from early interventions right through to training and employment. Each programme is focused at a different stage of youngsters’ development and targeted at communities that are vulnerable or at-risk.
  • SSF programmes have 10,000+ young people engaged annually
  • SSF have over 200 volunteers supporting activity
  • Delivery Programmes:  Active East, Shell Twilight Basketball, Jump2it, Education Through Cashback, Healthy Powerful Communities – MEND.

Contact:

Kirsty McNab Head of Operations kirsty@ssf.org.uk call: 0141 218 4640/07758884691

Rohanna Irvine Active East Programme Manager rohanna@ssf.org.uk call: 0141 218 4640

 

For more information see website: www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk

Kiltwalk’s a slam dunk for basketball stars on Tartan Day

American basketballer and Glasgow Rocks star Earl Brown wears a kilt for the first time and scores a slam dunk for Kiltwalk in the process.

Glasgow Rocks Basketball Star Earl Brown Wearing The Official Kiltwalk Kilt

The team at Glenisla Kilts had a tall ask on their hands making sure they had a kilt to fit the 6’6” basketball star ahead of this month’s Glasgow Kiltwalk.

Players for Scotland’s professional basketball team are encouraging charitable walkers across the city to take part in the event to raise funds for Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) – and they were looking the part as they gave the iconic Scottish garment a whirl in a bid to promote the Kiltwalk.

The stars were shooting hoops in Kiltwalk kilts ahead of Tartan Day (April 6) after Rocks’ training at the Emirates Arena, just a mile from Glasgow Green, where the Glasgow Kiltwalk will start on April 29.

Glasgow Rocks stars encourage walkers to sign up now and walk as part of #TeamSSF

Daniel Bajwoulk, General Manager at Glasgow Rocks said: “The Rocks are proud to have the opportunity to be associated with the Kiltwalk especially due to our ever-strengthening partnership with Scottish Sports Futures.

“Hopefully anyone looking to participate in the Kiltwalk considers SSF as their choice. I know first-hand how hard they work and what they have been able to achieve across Scotland since they were established back in 2000. To all those making the Kiltwalk trek this year, I wish you all the best and be sure to stay hydrated!”

 

Paul Cooney, Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk, added: “We are really pleased to have netted the Glasgow Rocks, Scotland’s only professional basketball team, as ambassadors for the event.  I hope this will encourage Rocks’ fans to walk for SSF, or any Scottish charity.”

Glasgow Rocks players Boris Matrakov and Jordan Clarke get into the spirit and encourage walkers to sign up for #TeamSSF

Emma Reid, Development Manager at Scottish Sport Futures, said: “We’re proud to have the Glasgow Rocks as motivational role models to thousands of young people across Scotland.

“We are delighted that they’re encouraging people to walk the 2018 Kiltwalk in support of our charity.  For us, the Kiltwalk is a perfect fit. It represents the inspiring, challenging and life-changing impact sport and physical activity can have when used and delivered in the right way.

“The young people get a real buzz from being involved and the fundraising potential is critical to our survival. We love being a part of the occasion.  ”

 

Thanks to the unique fundraising formula from Kiltwalk backers The Hunter Foundation, for every £100 raised by a walker, your chosen charity receives £140, ensuring the Kiltwalk offers the most effective fundraising model of any mass participation event.

 

Last year, more than 14,000 people took part in the Kiltwalk helping to raise over £1.9million and with The Hunter Foundation’s 40% top up, over £2.6 million was raised for 780 charities across Scotland.

 

Walkers can choose from four Kiltwalks this year, the first in Glasgow on 29 April, Aberdeen on 3 June, St Andrews to Dundee on 19 August and Edinburgh on 16 September. Each walk has three distances to choose from to suit people of all ages and abilities. With Glasgow, the 23-mile Mighty Stride starts in Glasgow Green and ends in Balloch, there’s also a 15-mile Big Stroll and six-mile Wee Wander.

 

For more information about the Kiltwalk, or to get your own Kiltwalk Kilt made by Glenisla go to www.thekiltwalk.co.uk

To sign up and walk as part of #TeamSSF contact Emma on 0141 218 4640 or emma@ssf.org.uk

Kirkton Collect Spirit of the Tournament Award at Shell Twilight Basketball National Tournament 2018

Press Release

On Saturday 24th March Shell Twilight Basketball hosted its 10th National Tournament at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell which was a great showcase for the programme. The event featured around 150 young people from; Dundee, the Highlands, North Ayrshire, Stranraer and Glasgow. The event also included a girl’s category alongside existing under 14, under 16 and under 21 categories. The aim of which was to promote female participation in sport and physical activity.

 

This was the first appearance for Dundee’s Kirkton Twilight session after the programme launching late September last year. The group performed extremely well, especially considering they only had six players. The team got off to a great start winning their first two games with some thrilling basketball skills on display. Fatigue unfortunately took its toll into the third and fourth game which saw them narrowly miss out on a slot in the finals! However, the group performed admirably and were without a doubt the best competitors on the day. As a result, The Kirkton team were awarded ‘Spirit of the Tournament’. This trophy is Shell Twilight Basketballs most prestigious award and is presented to the team who’s attitude best encapsulates the ethos and sportsmanship we aim to encourage throughout our programmes across Scotland.

 

Title Sponsor Shell have recently renewed their 3 year sponsorship of the programme. Their Communications & Social Performance Advisor, John Raine commented on the initiative “Shell Twilight Basketball is an exciting initiative that is making a real contribution to social inclusion by giving young people the opportunity to make a number of positive choices for their futures while having fun and learning vital skills. We are delighted to be able to continue to work with Scottish Sports Futures, the Scottish Government and The Glasgow Rocks in delivering this programme”.

 

SSF Programme Manager Sean Brady said, “Shell’s continued support of the programme will allow us to develop and deliver the initiative in new communities across Scotland. Our aim is to embed sessions in communities and ensure there is a lasting legacy of local staff and young people to deliver the programme beyond our initial investment”

 

The young people are at the very heart of all SSF programmes and were crucial to the success of this year’s tournament. The Shell Twilight Basketball Ambassador programme, funded by BBC Children in Need, offers young people motivation and support to take on leadership roles, become positive role models to their peers, and volunteer in their local communities. A variety of roles including coaches, referees and table officials were taken on by ambassadors throughout the tournament. The girls’ category was also planned and implemented by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers. Due to the opportunities and training the programme provides, young people are now taking leadership roles at their sessions to further support the transition to fully sustainable activity.

 

A young person who supported the tournament as a volunteer commented “It was great to help out and an unforgettable experience”

 

Three young people from the Kirkton session will start their ambassador journey this April at the induction residential followed by a year of tailored training to help them take more of a leadership role within their session and give back to their local community.

 

Educational workshops were scheduled into the event to provide the young people with important information on topics including; healthy relationships, cybercrime, organised crime, resilience and being a good team player. The workshops provided a great opportunity for young people to learn and integrate with others with similar interests from different areas in Scotland. The delivery staff were amazing and engaged their audience throughout the day. Police Scotland and Sexpression came in specially to offer professional advice on organised crime and healthy relationships.

 

Comedian, and former basketball player, Chris Forbes, who is also an ambassador for Scottish Sports Futures, dropped in to see the Twilight players, and hand out the winner’s trophies. He said:

The twilight basketball tournament was incredible. To see so many young people from all over the country taking part was brilliant. All the hard work and dedication from the organisers and volunteers was equally inspiring. So many great people coming together to make opportunities like this a reality is what it’s all about. You could tell everyone was having a great time; laughing, socialising, competing and there was a lot of great basketball on show too!

 

As well as title Sponsors Shell the programme is also supported by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities scheme, North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership & BBC Children In Need.  The Kirkton session in Dundee runs every Friday night from 8 – 10pm at the Kirkton Community Centre and aims to keep young people off the streets, get them active and through the unique educational time out system, help them make positive lifestyle decisions away from drugs, alcohol and smoking. Shell Twilight Basketball is delivered by qualified coaches and youth workers who provide a variety of content suitable to the participants

   

Please see www.ssf.org.uk for more information or contact martyn@ssf.org.uk.

 

 

Notes for Editors:

  • Photo info – All participants from every session involved at the Shell Twilight Basketball National Tournament 2018

 

Shell Twilight Basketball

  • Basketball is the main engagement tool in this programme – the activity is inclusive, played and watched by males and females in equal proportion
  • Basketball is a first choice sport for many young refugee and asylum seekers and Scottish Sports Futures benefits from a unique partnership with the Glasgow Rocks professional basketball team, allowing access to professional role models and inspirational athletes.
  • Shell Twilight Basketball locations:

Dundee, Glasgow, Stirling, Aberdeen, Nairn, Aviemore, Dingwall, Fife, Stranraer, Inverness and North Ayrshire.

CashBack for Communities

  • The Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme uses the ill-gotten gains of crime, recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities across Scotland.
  • More information can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk/cashback

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF)

  • Scottish Sports Futures programmes use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.
  • See website for more information – http://scottishsportsfutures.org.uk/

Contact:

Martyn Horsfield, Senior Programme Coordinator call: 0141 218 4640

 

For more information see website: www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk

SSF & Scot Squad Need You!

Scot Squad stars Chris Forbes and Karen Bartke will be walking the Glasgow Kiltwalk on Sunday 29th April 2018 in aid of Scottish Sports Futures, and they want you to join them and walk for #TeamSSF!

Chris and Karen will be tackling the 15 mile ‘Big Stroll’, walking from Clydebank in Glasgow to Balloch Country Park on the shores of Loch Lomond. 

Chris said:

“As a proud ambassador for SSF, I am taking part in the Kiltwalk to help raise awareness and funds for this incredible charity. Scottish sports futures help over 10,000 disadvantaged young people every year across Scotland and I have seen first hand how they use sport to help change lives.”

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) are offering FREE entry to anyone who walks the Glasgow Kiltwalk for #TeamSSF on Sunday, 29th April 2018. All we ask is that you raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship.

The Kiltwalk is a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for SSF. The Tom Hunter Foundation will top up ALL donations by 40%. So if you raise £100, we will receive £140!

SSF have set an ambitious target of raising £20,000 from the Kiltwalk this year. This will support our work with Scotland’s most vulnerable communities and allow us to introduce inspiring role models, delivering life changing messages to an additional 1,000 young people across Scotland.

If you do not want to walk BUT do want to support us, we are also looking for volunteers to sign up as a Kiltie on the day. For every hour you volunteer, SSF will receive £1.40 for your time and support. We are also looking for volunteers to go and cheer on our walkers along the route. A t-shirt, cheer sticks and flags will be provided.

 

Glasgow too far away? Already got plans for 29th April?

Never fear, the Kiltwalk also run three other walks across Scotland throughout the year:

  • Aberdeen – Sunday 3rd June 2018
  • Dundee – Sunday 19th August 2018
  • Edinburgh – Sunday 16th September 2018

For more information click here.

If you would like to join #TeamSSF on any of the four Kiltwalks, as a walker, a Kiltie, or a volunteer, follow the instructions in the video

 

Active East-ER Create18 event supported by the Year of Young People!

 

10 Active Champions from our Active East programme had the idea to run an Easter Family Fun day at Crownpoint for all the young people in the East end and now their event is only 2 weeks away!!

Step 1: Ideas for event?! (tick)

Step 2: Apply for funding (tick)

Step 3: Successful Funding (tick)

Step 4: Event planning (tick)

Step 5: Run Event….. April 7th 2018

The Active Champions successfully organised, planned and will be running their very own event designed by young people for young people! Ideas for games, sports, DJs, fun activities, paint your tee shirt and where the event would be held all decided upon by the Active Champions! They have even planned to end the day with a HUGE Easter egg hunt!

Every part of the day will be young person led and the Active Champions are all super excited to have everyone there! Come along and join us!

Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) are proud to endorse ASH Scotland’s charter for a tobacco-free generation by 2034, supporting six key principles that encourage discussion and enable organisations to examine how their own policy & practice can best contribute to the tobacco-free goal. 

More information is available on ASH Scotland’s website – Taking Action on Smoking and Health

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