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Dec 032017
 
 December 3, 2017

Samaritans is launching a national campaign with British Transport Police, Network Rail and the wider rail industry to give travellers the confidence to trust their instincts and act if they notice someone who may be at risk of suicide in or around a station.

By highlighting that suicidal thoughts can be temporary and interrupted with something as simple as a question, the campaign aims to give the public the tools to spot a potentially vulnerable person, start a conversation with them, and let them know support is available, including contacting Samaritans.

Frank Ritchie

Frank Ritchie

Small Talk Saves Lives has been developed after research showed passengers have a key role to play in suicide prevention. * Further research showed the majority are willing to act, but many wanted reassurance they wouldn’t “make things worse”.

The campaign draws on insights from successful interventions made by rail staff who’ve been trained by Samaritans in suicide prevention. For each life lost, six are saved and the hope is to get more people involved.

Local volunteer, Frank Ritchie, is leading the campaign across our region. He lost his own son to suicide in Lockerbie, so for him, it’s a way of bringing a positive legacy from his own loss.

Mark Smith chatted to Frank on Platform 1 at Dumfries Railway Station:


Oct 182017
 
 October 18, 2017

Alive at FiveListen again to Mark Smith’s Wednesday Drivetime ‘Alive at Five’ feature, which in ‘Challenge Poverty’ week, looks at issues of local poverty. We visit the Tackling Poverty Conference in the Easterbrook Hall and Nadim Cameron from Dumfries Community Shop joins Mark live in the studio.

We have contributions from Cllr. Elaine Murray (Leader of D&G Council), Cllr. Rob Davidson (deputy leader), Gavin Stevenson (Chief Exec D&G Council), Cllr. Andy Ferguson, John McCormick – Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Angela Roberts from Alcohol & Drugs Service, SW Scotland.

 


Oct 172017
 
 October 17, 2017

QoS TrainingQueen of the South FC opened the Palmerston gates this morning for an open training session. With the schools on holiday, lots of kids and parents turned up to meet the squad and receive some football tips!

Our own intrepid sports reporter, Stig Nordkil was there too and recorded a couple of rather blustery interviews, courtesy of Ophelia! Apologies for the poor sound quality in the wind.

QoS Manager: Gary Naysmith

QoS Goalie; Alan Martin


Oct 122017
 
 October 12, 2017
Queens of the South FC

Looking back to last Saturday’s extra time win against Montrose for the Irn Bru Cup round 3 at Links Park, and this Saturday’s league clash with Dunfermline at Palmerston, Stig Nordkil caught up with Queen of the South Manager, Gary Naysmith, earlier this morning. Listen here:


Oct 112017
 
 October 11, 2017

Alive at FiveListen again to Mark Smith’s Wednesday Drivetime ‘Alive at Five’ feature, which this week revisits the issue of local rural schools threatened with closure.  Live in the studio was Alison Lindsay from Kirkbean Primary School Parent Council and John Magill representing parents at Ae Village Primary School and a recorded contribution from Jo Wallace Chair of Garlieston Primary School Parents’ Council.

This was a follow up discussion, with statements from D&G Council and Colin Smyth MSP, following the decision the Council to ‘pause’ the consultation process over the proposed closure of the three schools.

 


Sep 282017
 
 September 28, 2017
Queens of the South FC

Looking forward to this Saturday’s away match with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, our local football club, Queen of the South’s Manager Gary Naysmith, chatted to Stig Nordkil earlier this morning. Listen here:


Sep 272017
 
 September 27, 2017

Alive at FiveHere’s a chance to listen again to this afternoon’s Alive at Five feature, with Mark Smith and Graham Anderson, joined live in the studio by Alison Lindsay from Kirkbean Primary School Parent Council and John Magill representing parents at Ae Village Primary School. The discussion was over current consultation on proposals by Dumfries & Galloway Council to close three rural schools, including Ae and Kirkbean. Local politicians; Alister Jack MP, Joan McAlpine MSP and Finlay Carson MSP joined in the debate, plus a written statement from the Council.

The Council are inviting responses to their proposals by 5pm 3rd October via [email protected]

Read the Consultation documents on http://dumgal.gov.uk/consultations

 

 

Sep 142017
 
 September 14, 2017
Queens of the South FC

After a great start to the new season for our local football club, Queen of the South, Manager Gary Naysmith, chatted to Stig Nordkil earlier today. Listen here:


May 022017
 
 May 2, 2017
Queens of the South FC

With only one more league match remaining for our local football club, Queen of the South, Manager Gary Naysmith, chatted to Stig Nordkil earlier today. Listen here:


Apr 192017
 
 April 19, 2017
Queens of the South FC

Queen of the South FC Manager, Gary Naysmith, chatted to Stig Nordkil yesterday afternoon. Listen here: