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Nov 14, 2011

Clydebank Asbestos Group wins a prestigious Award

This last week has been highly significant in respect of the Clydebank Asbestos Group.

As is our usual way of working, we request those who have asbestos related problems to get in contact.  If they are able, we make an appointment for them to come to the office.  If the situation is more serious, we will make home visits, and if need be do hospital visits.

It is with some regret that over the past few months that we have to report an increase in the latter due to more clients having been diagnosed with Asbestosis and Mesothelioma.

However, the work goes on, and I would make a couple of points, apart from those situations of appointments and visits, we operate an open door policy.  Should someone come to the office, there will be someone there to discuss the situation, process both their welfare rights benefits and also civil compensation.

My next point is to make it clear that we are a charitable organisation, manned by volunteers, we do not have full time paid staff, and all of those involved give their leisure time to the work of the group.

Having made these points, I will return to my initial point re this past week.

I had the honour of representing the Group at the House of Commons at both the National Asbestos Forum and the All Party Parliamentary Group on 9 November.

I would wish to record our grateful thanks to Tommy Gorman, who apart from being a member of the Group, during his period as a senior Welfare Rights Officer at West Dunbartonshire Council, was also one of our monitoring officers for the aforementioned.  Tommy is now working for McMillan Cancer as a senior Welfare Rights officer.

I mention this due to the fact that Tommy made a statement, maybe should have said a tribute which was recorded, will be in the minutes and archives of the All Party Parliamentary Group.

This was about our late great friend Frank Maguire.  I have read and heard many tributes, but would have to say, this surpassed anything.  Watched hard case Mp’s, Trade Union leaders, would swear that there were tears from everyone.

The big thing about this was Tommy declared himself as talking for Clydebank Asbestos Group.  Thank you Tommy:

Going forward to my next point, on 10 November through in Edinburgh, our Group were at the National Health Awards, sponsored by the Daily Record.

It is with great joy that I can record on this site, that we, Clydebank Asbestos Group won the award as the top volunteer organisation in Scotland.

Was not able to be there myself, was still travelling home from London, but I would wish to thank all of my colleagues for the achievement.

Bob Dickie    Chairman
Dave Colraine  Vice Chairman
Hope Robertson  Secretary
Jimmy Cloughley  Management Committee
Joan Baird   Management Committee
John Carruth  Management Committee
Caroline Haney   Website Manager

Submitted by Joe O’Neil

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