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Paisley confirmed as host of Royal National Mòd in 2022

Royal National Mòd torchlight parade

Paisley will host the Royal National Mòd – the world’s largest celebration of Gaelic language and culture – in 2022, it was confirmed this evening.

Royal National Mòd torchlight parade

The announcement – made by organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach at their AGM in Inverness – will see the Mòd come to Paisley for only the second time, after a memorable debut in 2013 – held up as one of the best Mòds of recent years.

It has been confirmed last year that one of Paisley and Perth would host in 2021 and one in 2022, but the decision over which was delayed until now.

The news comes shortly after the launch of Paisley Is – the new destination brand and website for Paisley and Renfrewshire – which aims to sell the town as one of Scotland’s key destinations for visitors and events.

The Mòd 2022 will now form part of the expanded programme of events and festivals being rolled out across Renfrewshire over the next few years as part of the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron – who sits on the local organising committee – said: “We are delighted the Royal National Mòd is coming back to Paisley in 2022.

“Paisley people are known as Buddies for a reason – a warm welcome for Gaels from across Scotland and beyond is guaranteed.

“The event’s one previous visit to Paisley – in 2013 – was the second-largest in its history, with 8,000 people over nine days, a £1.4m economic impact for the area, and a tremendous festival atmosphere around the town.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 raised our profile as a key destination within Scotland. One of the ways we will build on that is by growing our already-successful events and festivals programme over the next few years – and the return of the Mòd will be a key date within that.”

John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: “We were in a unique position last year as to who would host the 2021 and 2022 Royal National Mòds.

“Both applications were extremely impressive, so the decision was made that each would become a host city, however we would wait until the City of Culture announcement had been made before choosing which city would host which year.

“Paisley’s 2013 Royal National Mòd was widely perceived as one of the best in recent years by Mòd regulars, staff and competitors, so to be returning a second time will be fantastic.”

The Royal National Mòd 2018 begins on October 12 in Dunoon, running through to October 20, celebrating the best of Gaelic literature, music, singing, language and art, with competitions for all ages and abilities.

You can find out more about what’s on in Paisley via www.paisley.is

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Renfrewshire’s communities called on to undertake a Big Spring Clean

Every Renfrewshire community is being challenged to carry out a clean up of their area as Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean was launched today.

Launch of anti litter Initiative at Erskine Beach 16.3.18

Taking place across the weekend of 20-22 April, Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign is aiming to host a clean up within every community to further enhance the environmental improvements which have taken place since the launch of the campaign.

Launch of anti litter Initiative at Erskine Beach 16.3.18

The initiative received renewed backing by Councillors when setting their budget recently as £2.5million was set aside for investment across the next five years – doubling the original £250,000 investment.

More than 50 community clean ups have taken place since the campaign launched with community groups across the area getting behind the initiative.

Launch of anti litter Initiative at Erskine Beach 16.3.18

The investment has also seen an increase in mechanical road sweeping to every two months, an improved programme of gully maintenance, an enhanced Rapid Response Team and six new litter pickers allocated across Renfrewshire.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, joined members of Erskine Community Garden and Renfrew White Cart River Bank Nature Spot to help launch the initiative.

Councillor McEwan said: “Since the Team Up to Clean Up campaign was launched, more than 50 community clean ups have taken place across Renfrew, Paisley, Erskine, Houston and many other areas including the villages.

“The community have shown a real willingness to come together and the Big Spring Clean will be our biggest event yet as we look to generate a real sense of togetherness within Renfrewshire as we tackle littering and fly tipping together.

“We are determined to improve the cleanliness of our streets which is why we have committed to investing an additional £500,000 every year for the next five years.

“This will allow the increased gully cleaning, road sweeping and litter picking to continue, while also allowing us to support the community in doing their bit to make their area a more attractive place to live.

“If you can arrange a clean up on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday then please do so and we’ll do all we can to help you. Otherwise, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page and join in with one of the others arranged over the weekend.”

Schools, businesses and community groups are all encouraged to organise a clean up in their area and the Team Up to Clean Up team will provide litter pickers, bags and tabards, as well as arranging to collect the gathered rubbish after the event is over.

The launch took place at Erskine Beach where Erskine Community Garden are set to follow up their Big Spring Clean activity with a beach clean up on 9 June.

Volunteer Heather Clisset said: “At Erskine Community Garden, we are delighted to be involved with the Team Up to Clean Up Big Spring Clean.

“Litter picks in our communities help us to make our towns and villages better places for ourselves, our neighbours and our wildlife. We would encourage anyone to get involved in a litter pick or spring clean activity as the end result is something to take pride in and get a feeling of accomplishment, seeing an area full of litter being transformed in a short time.

“Litter picks are a fantastic way to get outdoors, work as a team and make a difference. We always caution first time litter pickers, once you’ve done one litter pick; you will notice every single piece of litter everywhere else!

“So don’t leave it to someone else, join a team, or set up your own litter pick and support the Big Spring Clean.”

If you are arranging a clean up, please contact wardens.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk or 0300 300 1375 and we will assist you as much as possible.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign and how to get involved, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup or like the Team Up to Clean Up Facebook page.

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Library books could be delivered to housebound

A new initiative could see library books and services being delivered to the homes of people who are housebound and isolated.

Renfrewshire Leisure hopes to introduce a new service after consultation has taken place with organisations that provide supportive care to people who are unable to get out of their homes.
Tablets could be used to access the thousands of titles available in local libraries and books could be delivered by those who make regular home visits to the housebound.

This new service would be financed from the re-investment of the resources made through Renfrewshire’s mobile library service being taken off the road from April 27th.

The decline in people using the mobile library service, the aging fleet and rising costs does not present value for money and new technology can help a wider group of people who are housebound and can’t access either a local or mobile library due to a lack of disability access.

The number of visits to the mobile library has dropped by 65% per cent in the past 5 years from 9,344 to 3,277.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure – which operates the local library service – Joyce McKellar said: “Along with Renfrewshire Council we have been investing heavily in our library service and we want to make sure the benefits of this investment are available to everyone – even if they can’t get out of their homes to visit a library.

“The mobile library service no longer makes best use of the money and resources and if we can re-invest the money from the current service to bring books and other library services to the housebound, then that is a better use.

“We’re committed to our libraries and we’re providing people with a modern and up-to-date service that includes not just borrowing books, but things like community spaces, access to computers and the internet along with digital learning suites.”

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Credit event a good investment

Paisley’s Tannahill Centre was a hub of affordable credit advice today (23 March) at an event held to benefit people who work with Renfrewshire residents who may be at risk of borrowing from high cost lenders.

The event was hosted by Renfrewshire’s Affordable Credit Group.

The Group came together in 2017 to work to improve the financial wellbeing of local residents by increasing access to, and spreading the word about, lower cost credit options.

Attendees came from organisations that offer financial advice to the community, such as housing associations, community organisations and charities.

Finance, Resources and Customer Services Convener, Councillor John Shaw said: “This event is all about raising awareness of the affordable credit options that are available across Renfrewshire.

“By encouraging practitioners to attend, we’ve effectively reached people who speak directly to residents in need of financial assistance.

“Attendees now have the latest insights into the many affordable credit options available, and can pass this information on to their clients to help them better manage their finances.

“I congratulate the Affordable Credit Group for hosting events like these as they really do go a long way to helping Renfrewshire citizens gain access to affordable credit and prevent financial crisis.”

The information event included stalls from organisations promoting affordable credit options, and sessions including ‘Bank Account Myth Busting’, ‘Understanding Credit Unions’ and ‘Explaining Rental Exchange’.

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Get ready for work and improve your customer service skills this Spring!

Starting in April and May we have two exciting courses to get you work ready!

Preparing for Employment Employability Workshops – This course is ideal if you’re thinking about starting work or returning to work after a long break, or if you have few or no formal qualifications.

Starts: 1 May – 5 June,Tuesday 9:30am to 12:00 noon.

Basic Customer service Skills – This course is ideal if you are interested in working with people or customers. It will give

you a better understanding of how to communicate with customers successfully.

Starts: 20 April – 8 June, Friday 12:30pm-3:30pm.

To book a place on any of our courses or for information call or email Kathleen on: 0141 842 1015kathleen.brown@wcs.ac.uk

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Golden Ticket competition to celebrate launch of new Paisley town centre Loyalty App

Visitors to Paisley are being encouraged to Shop Local with the launch of a new loyalty app which will offer Love Paisley deals, discounts and special promotions in a wide range of town centre businesses all year round!

Paisley First has teamed up with LoyalFree – the digital loyalty app – to help promote local Paisley businesses. And to celebrate the launch this Easter, a Golden Ticket prize draw will see six lucky winners each winning £250 worth of Paisley town centre gift vouchers.

Visitors to Paisley will benefit from the app 365 days a year with a wide range of special promotions offered by local retail businesses, as well as food and drink, and health, hair and beauty outlets. The Golden Ticket Competition will run from Thursday 29th March until Monday 16th April with a large number of Paisley First BID businesses participating in the special Easter holiday competition.

Customers will be given a Golden Ticket with their receipt in participating outlets; all they have to do is complete the ticket with their contact details and post in one of our Golden mailboxes located within the Paisley Centre and the Piazza Shopping Centre.

Two lucky winners will be chosen during each draw on Tuesday 3rd April, 10th April and 17th April, each winning £250 of vouchers to be spent within town centre businesses. Each winner then gets to choose where in the town centre they wish to spend their vouchers!

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “This is a great initiative to promote our fantastic businesses within Paisley town centre. When people shop and socialise locally they really are making a huge difference to their local community.

“Not only will people benefit from great offers every week but they also have the chance to win £250 worth of gift vouchers. Why go anywhere else?” For all your Love Paisley offers, download The LoyalFree app for free at www.loyalfree.co.uk/download or for more information on the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition head to www.paisleyfirst.com

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School drivers have lots to learn

Unsafe parking and vehicle idling at Renfrewshire schools are under scrutiny as complaints about irresponsible drivers continue to rise.

In an effort to tackle and eradicate the problem, Renfrewshire’s Community Safety Partnership is continuing to target 10 schools each year as part of the school parking and idling campaign.

Over a three-day period, Renfrewshire Wardens attend the schools to encourage drivers to think about their behaviour and the impact it has on children.

The school also assists by distributing leaflets via children, issuing text messages and highlighting the issue in the school newsletter.

The campaign has been running over the past three years with over 30 schools targeted. Other schools have also been visited to assess parking when complaints are made.

Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Convener Councillor Marie McGurk said: “While I appreciate how difficult it is to park at busy times, the safety of our children must be the number one priority.

“I am currently getting complaints on a regular basis about inconsiderate and dangerous parking, not to mention the illegal practice of vehicle idling.

“To that end, the Council will work with partners such as Police Scotland to look at sustainable solutions to these problems.

“This may be via more enforcement, or it could be a matter of looking at more efficient use of the roads in and around our schools.

“I urge people to look at changing their behaviour, whether it is switching off engines or parking further from schools and walking the final five minutes where possible.

“It’s all about taking responsibility for your actions, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in looking for positive solutions to this serious issue.”

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Innovative schools partnership sets young people on the right path

Young people in Paisley are looking to the future as part of an innovative schools partnership which outlines prospective career options and learning pathways.

Five Paisley primary schools – Lochfield, St Charles, St John Ogilvie, Todholm and Williamsburgh – have adopted the partnership approach which has seen the schools host a series of workshops for pupils examining further career paths.

Pupils are informed of the expectations of teachers, parents and employers in a number of fields including digital, healthcare, construction and events to ensure they can fully consider the skills and approach needed to succeed in that industry.

The initiative forms part of Renfrewshire’s commitment to the Career Education Standard (CES) 3-18, published in support of the Scottish Government’s strategy to tackle youth unemployment – Developing the Young Workforce.

CES 3-18 offers children and young people the opportunity to experience a curriculum through which they can learn about the world of work and develop career management skills.

Each school decided to host a session for a particular sector or theme and allowed pupils to select which one they would like to visit.

The sessions included:

Lochfield – IT, Digital and Social Media
St Charles – Early Learning & Childcare, Healthcare and Education
St John Ogilvie – Construction, Engineering and Science
Todholm – Customer Service, Hospitality, Retail and Sport/Leisure
Williamsburgh – Arts, Culture and Events

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “We’re determined to give our young people the best start in life and ensure they have the foundations to pursue a successful career when they complete their education.

“Recent statistics show that more than 90 per cent of our school leavers are going into higher or further education, employment or training, and this stems from providing them with the right opportunities from a young age.

“This pilot is giving primary school children the chance to examine a range of careers and see which sector is best suited for their interests and talents, even ones which they may not have thought were for them.

“It’s fantastic to see our schools working together to ensure their pupils have every opportunity to find the right pathway and I look forward to seeing the aims of the pilot come to fruition.”

Pupils will be able to reflect on their learning by engaging in further career research through peer review and outlets including Skills Development Scotland’s My World of Work.

Claire Macgregor Duncan, Lochfield Primary Head Teacher, said: “This has been a very successful pilot and all the pupils have gained a real insight into the world of work and future careers.

“Their eyes have been opened to new possibilities for careers. It is lovely to have a partnership with our local schools and hopefully this is something we can build on in the future.”

Lochfield Primary pupil Calum Hunter, said:  “I thought it was interesting as I didn’t realise there were so many jobs that were related to technology. All of these jobs seem really fascinating.”

Classmate, Abby Hutchison, said: “I found learning about the nurseries exciting as I would like to do that. However, I didn’t realise all the things you need to do to be able to have that sort of job.”

Pupil, Alex McEwan, said “I thought it was really instructive and you got lots of information about what we need to do to get a job in the care and education sector.”

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Commonwealth Games basketball star says kids will have hoops of fun

Commonwealth Games basketball player Chris Cleary knows exactly how kids can have hoops of fun during the Easter school holidays.

They’ll have a ball at one of several Spring Activity Camps being run by Renfrewshire Leisure.
There’s a wide range of activities throughout Renfrewshire including sports, fun and games at camps being held in The Lagoon, in Paisley; ON-X, Linwood; Johnstone Community Sports Hub; Renfrew Sports Centre and Parkmains High School, in Erskine.

Then there are outdoor activity camps with activities like kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing and gorge walking, with groups leaving from King George V Pavilion, Renfrew. There are also football camps with qualified SFA coaches at Parkmains High School, King George V Parks, Renfrew and Ralston Sports Centre.

Chris, who works for Renfrewshire Leisure as an Active Schools and Community Club Officer, has been picked to play for the Scotland basketball team competing in the Commonwealth Games, in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4 to 15.

He said: “There’s something for everyone in our Spring Activity Camps during the school holidays.
“All the camps are run by highly trained, enthusiastic staff who have experience in working with young children.

“The camps are great value for money with reduced rates for concessions and multi-child bookings from the same family.

“And as well as giving youngsters something to do during the school holidays, the camps keep them fit and healthy and best of all, give them lots of fun.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/activitycamps for more information and details of how to book a place.