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Markus is safe and sound, thanks to Shelter Scotland

From childhood, life has dealt Markus a difficult hand. There has seldom been a safe place to call home and, at his lowest ebb, he struggled to see a way forward.

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Call to action...rather than celebrating its 50th birthday, Shelter Scotland is planning a 12-month series of events and promotional activities under the banner We're Still Fighting.

Shelter Scotland: we’re still fighting, 50 years later

It is 50 years since Shelter Scotland was formed to help deal with the unique challenges of homelessness and bad housing in Scotland.

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That's my girl...Duncan Slater can now enjoy going out for a walk with his daughter Lilly (8), after having both his legs amputated. Despite life-changing injuries, he has no regrets about his RAF service.

Duncan Slater: So proud to be part of the RAF story

Despite almost every bone in his body being broken, Scotsman Duncan Slater remains both proud of the RAF and his service in it.

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Daddy's girl...Grace was just six months old when Kevin Ogilvie was injured while serving with the RAF. He and his family received a tremendous amount of support from the RAF Benevolent Fund as he tried to overcome his injuries.

Kevin Ogilvie: So proud to be part of the RAF story

Kevin Ogilvie was just 20 when he signed up to join the RAF and two years later, the young Scotsman’s life changed forever.

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Discussion days...were held across the country, including at Stirling University where interim planning group members asked their peers for their views.

No matter your age, get involved in Year of Young People

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble for the last few months, you’ll know 2018 is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People.

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Musical partners...Felix Slavin and Andrew Pankhurst are ably backed by Rosie Gemmell (13), Sarah Edwards (12), Freya Edwards (14) and Calum Shand (12).

Readers asked to play their part in Pass It On Week 2018

Zero Waste Scotland is asking readers to help make sweet music for this year’s national re-use week, which runs from Saturday, March 10, to Sunday, March 18.

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Making their voices heard...Enable's magnificent seven Change Champions have already given their own presentation to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.

Help Enable Scotland stamp out bullying: Be The Change

Nine out of 10 people with a learning disability have been bullied in their own communities.

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All mapped out...VisitScotland celebrated our own stars of the big screen with its Six Degrees of Scotland map, linking this year's Oscar contenders with film locations across the country.

Scotland’s Oscar links mapped out by VisitScotland

There were no big Scottish winners at the 90th Academy Awards but Scotland is out in front in the Hollywood filming stakes, with a host of big-budget movies now being shot here.

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Killer set...Seal turned on the style with his big band at the Usher Hall in Edinuburgh on Saturday night, performing Standards as well as some of his biggest hits. (Pic: Robert Kidd)

Seal is a sensation singing Standards in Scotland

From the second Seal swaggered onto the stage, clicking his fingers as the big band played the opening chords for Luck Be a Lady, everyone in the audience knew they were in for a treat.

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Red flags...should be flying for potential puppy owners if they are ever asked to pick up their new pet from a car park. So it's best to Adopt, Don't Shop. (Pic: Courtesy of the SSPCA)

Readers can help improve animal welfare in Scotland

The Environment Minister, MSP Roseanna Cunningham, has asked our readers to have their say on the public consultation to regulate and license animal sanctuaries and rehoming centres in Scotland.

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On the street...and in classes across Scotland, No Knives, Better Lives positive message has witnessed an 80 per cent reduction in young people carrying knives.

Scotland is a role model for the UK on knife crime

Scotland is leading the way in tackling knife crime and is now being held up as a role model for others to follow.

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Just walking the dog...is proven to improve your health, as dog walkers are usually fitter and healthier than people who don't go walkies with man's best friend!

Simple changes could reduce your cancer risk

It’s World Cancer Day on Sunday, February 4, but are there steps you can take right now to safeguard against the dreaded disease?

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Sound idea...to commemorate Armistice Day centenary in November 2018, composer Martin Suckling is looking for readers help to sample church bells across Scotland.

Record your church bells for new Scottish composition

Readers are being asked to help create a new classical music composition to commemorate the centenary of armistice in November 2018.

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Stop being a stick in the mud...and get down and dirty in it when Tough Mudder returns to Drumlanrig Castle on June 16 and June 17 this year. (Pic: Robert Perry)

Make Scottish charities your New Year resolution

Losing weight, getting in shape, finally packing in the fags. All very worthwhile resolutions to make and keep this year.

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A party at Stirling Castle marked 100 years of the Boys Brigade's Junior Section

Boys’ Brigade Scotland director John Sharp spoke to Kirsty Paterson about how – and why – the organisation is so proud to be celebrating 100 years of the Junior section this year.

If you know a member of the Boys’ Brigade – and as one of Scotland’s largest youth organisations, the chances are you will – you might have noticed them baking a giant cake, planting 100 bulbs or learning to play marbles.

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Scotland's woodlands are ideal places for recharging batteries and increasing exercise levels.

Green spaces good for health

Scotland’s woodlands are the ideal places to help improve health and well-being as autumn continues and winter approaches, according to Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES).

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Happier times...Craig and Fiona celebrating Christmas 2010 with their much-cherished first child, Robert.

Sepsis awareness fight taken to Scottish Parliament

FEAT chairman Craig Stobo speaks to Julie Currie about the necessity for a public awareness campaign on the life-threatening condition sepsis.

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Heritage Awareness Day aims to bring us face to face with our past

Kirsty Paterson finds out more about Scotland’s first Heritage Awareness Day – and what you can do to get involved ...

Remember your first date? Maybe you arranged to meet outside a particular shop or went to the cinema.

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Of those polled, 96 per cent said they are happier now than they have ever been.

Things retirees do not miss about being young

*Driving their children around, the daily commute and the stress of running a family home are just some of the things the over 60s do not miss about being younger, according to a recent survey.

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Emotional day...for Graham Fraser who was able to walk his daughter Stacie down the aisle the day after he left hospital, having had his third liver transplant.

Two Scottish dads saved thanks to Organ Donor Register

During Organ Donation Week, which runs from September 4 to September 10, Julie Currie speaks to two Scottish dads whose lives have been saved by organ donors.

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