It’s been just over a week since SMC retired and The Spark took up the mantel. We wish SMC all the joy with its post retirement hobbies. Meanwhile, The Spark is settling in quite nicely to its new role in the lives of the Scottish public.

Cutting the cake

Aileen Campbell, MSP (left) & Stella Gibson

We are exceptionally grateful to those who could make it our launch event on the 29th January, but for those who couldn’t attend please allow me to give you an overview. Of course, I won’t be able to pass the cake ‘round with a blog post and I apologise greatly for that.

We kicked off proceedings with our very own CEO, Stella Gibson, taking the opening speaker position. She began with a brief history of the organisation over our many years of providing support. Stella followed by summarising where we hope to go with the organisation in the years to come. I would repeat the jokes and family anecdotes but I think it’s a “you had to be there” kind of thing.

Our new identity, The Spark, was launched by our keynote speaker Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People. We would like to thank Aileen for the kind words and the enthusiasm she showed for the work we do across Scotland. Make sure to follow @ClydesdAileen to keep up to date with what’s going on with the Minister.

The Spark Ad Van

Let us know if you see our ads

The live action portion of the event came in the form of a play entitled “SPARKing a Connection”. Our volunteer actors portrayed a family who accessed The Spark services – there were tears and laughter in the audience, and large round of applause for our performers.

Last in our line-up of speakers was one of our Young Parents. She gave a powerful and insightful look into the life of a young parent in Glasgow. She shared with us how her interactions with The Spark have helped her find herself again, after being “mummy” for so long.

We concluded the event in the traditional way… with cake, which I can tell you now was rather delicious. It was also around this time that our Ad Van made an appearance. If you see it, or one of our billboards, send us a picture or tweet to let us know.


For more pictures and audience comments from the Launch event join us over on Twitter, and follow us @SparkScotland.

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