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£111k boost for local groups as part of Paisley 2021 bid

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Groups connected to Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 are in line to share a six-figure boost from a fund designed to boost the area’s creative scene.

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Councillors will this week be asked to approve a £111,299 spend from Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, to allow 12 different cultural and charity groups to run a variety of arts-related projects.

The CHE Fund was set up to help unlock Renfrewshire’s creative potential in the run-up to and during the Paisley 2021 bid.

This will be the third round of funding since the CHE Fund was set up – and saw 44 applications and a total ask of more than £700,000 for the judges to sift through.

The 12 projects recommended for approval include:
– £25,000 to Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) to use virtual reality and other digital technology to help older people have new cultural experiences;
– £15,000 for the Paisley First Business Improvement District to fund a project to produce six murals in partnership with local artists and community groups;
– £14,364 to the Historical Adventures group to help bring Renfrewshire’s deaf community together and involve them in arts projects.

Other shortlisted projects include an international tango festival for Paisley, a bi-annual poetry journal, a series of plays on the history of Renfrewshire, and money to help set up a local Scottish-Polish club.

A number of additional projects have been shortlisted but judges did not have all the information they needed to make a final decision on them – so councilors are being asked to give officers the power to approve up to another £45,000 of grants before the board meets again.

Members of the council’s leadership board will be asked to approve that request, as well as approve the other grant awards, when they meet on Wednesday 15 February.

The council set aside £500,000 for the CHE Fund back in 2015, and should the latest 12 applications be approved, £345,401 will have been spent to date.

That would also mean 46 projects will have been supported from a total of 152 applications – and a total funding ask of almost £2m.

Projects funded to date include teenage Kilbarchan animator Morgan Spence’s incredible Paisley 2021 Lego movie, released earlier month and now been seen by millions of people around the world.

Renfrewshire Council Leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 will bring massive economic and social benefits to the whole area.

“But if it is to succeed we need to show a thriving local creative scene and a proven ability to stage cultural projects.

“The CHE Fund is key to that – we know there is a huge depth of creativity and talent here in Renfrewshire and the fund is intended to help people show that off.

“The response from the public has been phenomenal and the level of ask has far outstripped the funding available.

“That has given the judges a tough task, as they have had to pick between a really high quality of application in each of the three rounds to date.

“We are pleased the latest shortlist includes a range of projects to help some of the less-heard voices locally – such as older adults, the deaf community and women who have experienced mental health difficulties.

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s bid is to harness the power of culture to make people’s lives better and this latest round of funding will help do that.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is due to be lodged in April, with organisers at the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport to announce the shortlist over the summer.

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Pride of Paisley Auction

On Friday 21st October, 2016 the Pride of Paisley lions will be auctioned with proceeds raised going to the Accord and St. Vincent’s hospices.

Autumn Lion Courtesy of David Muir

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Painted predominantly by local artists, these twenty-five colourful lions have adorned Paisley streets since July as part of the biggest public art project in the town’s history.

Sun Lion Courtesy of David Muir

Sun Lion
Courtesy of David Muir

This Paisley First initiative has raised awareness of the town’s cultural and heritage assets, and attracted new visitors and tourists as part of the town’s culture-led, regeneration strategy. Paisley’s BID manager, Andrew Mitchell said: “The auction will be a fantastic night and will give us the final opportunity to say goodbye to lions whilst raising money for two valuable causes. Thousands of people took part in the art trail, taking them to parts of Paisley they had never seen before. These people also used local shops and businesses they had never used before. We still have some tickets available, so if you’ve nothing planned for Friday, then come and take part in the auction.”

Friday’s auction will take place at  The Normandy Hotel and tickets are priced £36, which includes a three-course meal, live entertainment and of course, the chance to bid on one of your favourite lions. Scottish legend, Andy Cameron, will host the event and there will be live music from Clanadonia, Paisley’s own Cat Caldwell, Iain Forbes and newcomers, Clyde. For those who can’t make the auction but still want to bid on a lion, you can also visit paisleyfirst.com to download an advanced auction bid form. On the evening, the auctioneer will start with the highest minimum bid received. The Pride of Paisley auction starts at 7pm and is going to be streamed live on the Pride of Paisley Facebook page.

Tickets available here.

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Provost Hall takes a job at the Co-operative- all in the name of charity

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has shown her charitable side once again- working at a local funeral directors to raise money for her charity fundraising scheme.

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Provost Hall spent the day at Co-operative Funeralcare in Paisley- undertaking a number of daily duties to learn what it takes to be a part of their specialised team.

Beginning work at 8:30am, Provost Hall attended the staff briefing to find out what was in store for her and her colleagues for the day.

And they proved hard taskmasters, putting the Provost through her paces by helping to wash their extensive fleet of limousines and hearses- some of which can reach 19 feet long.

Provost Hall also attended a funeral on the day to see how the Co-op cares for families and ensures the occasion is handled with dignity and professionalism.

Other tasks included the furnishing of coffins, seeing how the funeral arrangers work closely with families to arrange a service and taking a full tour of the facilities.

Provost Hall said: “I was delighted to be asked to spend a day working with the Co-operative Funeralcare and I am grateful for their donation to my fundraising scheme.

“I learned the lengths they go to in order to ensure families receive a sensitive, professional and efficient service at such a difficult time.

“I am determined to raise as much as I possibly can during my time as Provost to ensure the maximum benefit to my four chosen charities- and I’m always on the lookout for new challenges.”

Gordon Powrie, Principal Funeral Director, said: “We, at Co-op Funeralcare Paisley, were delighted to welcome Provost Anne Hall to assist and take part in our daily general duties which are carried out by our Funeral Directors for the community.

“Paula Mitchell, Hub Manager, and the team in Paisley are fully committed to Provost Hall’s charity endeavours throughout the year and have sponsored Anne for this work experience day with the funds to go directly to a charity nominated by Anne herself.”

Provost Hall carries out a number of fundraising activities each year to raise funds for her chosen charities- and her latest challenge is a zip slide across Paisley’s East End Park.

She is seeking as many fellow thrill-seekers as possible to join her on Saturday 3 September to fly through the air and add to the £25,000 she has managed to raise so far.

The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices- Accord and St Vincent’s- chosen by Provost Hall to feature in the special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

For more information visit  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provost or call 0141 618 6794.

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Fearless Renfrewshire Provost to zip through the air for charity

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is seeking fellow daredevil fundraisers to fly through the air with her in her latest charity exploit.

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Provost Hall is heading for the clouds again as she undertakes a special zip slide across East End Park to raise vital funds for her chosen charities.

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And she’s looking for as many people as possible to conquer the heights with her in order to add to the £25,000 she has already raised during her time as Provost.

The event will coincide with Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day celebrations and fundraisers will fly across Paisley’s East End Park on Saturday 3 September.

Provost Hall said: “I can’t wait to get my feet off the ground once again to raise money for my charities.

“After undertaking a wing-walk, a skydive and an abseil during my time as Provost, a zip slide seemed the natural next step.

“I’m determined to raise as much as possible for my four charities and I hope as many people as possible can join me to take part.”

The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices– Accord and St Vincent’s– chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

There is a registration fee of £20 and participants- who must be 16 or over- will be expected to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

To sign up contact: Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794.