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Pupils across Renfrewshire shine a light on respect awareness campaign

Pupils in Renfrewshire are learning what respect means to them and their peers as primary and secondary schools joined in a national awareness campaign – “All Different, All Equal”.

Children and young people took part in a wide variety of activities focusing on respecting individual identity and that people can be different but also equal.

From lip syncing challenges at Johnstone High School to Happy Heroes at Kirklandnuek Primary School in Renfrew; all ages got involved in the week.

Open talks about respect and the use of banter took place at St Benedict’s High School, Linwood, while Houston Primary School pupils used respectme resources to talk about what respect means to people of different backgrounds.

The I Am Me Scotland Cine Bus dropped into St Anne’s Primary School, Erskine, with children from all year groups and the nursery getting on board, and pupils at Todholm Primary School, Paisley, got creative by making collaborative poems on what respect means to groups of pupils.

The award-winning MVP youth group at Paisley Grammar School led assemblies with S1-S3 year groups, talking about the importance of healthy relationships, while Trinity High School pupils in Renfrew explored respect with people of other faiths as part of Scottish Interfaith Week.

Gallowhill, Auchenlodment in Johnstone and Howwood primary schools encouraged pupils to discuss being a good friend, using social media safely, and consulting on respect in their school.

“The staff and pupils across the school have welcomed the opportunity, this week, to join in the national conversation on what respect means to them,” said Karen Parker, PT Pastoral Support at Trinity High School.

She added: “Achieving a culture at the heart of our school community that encourages respect, values opinions, celebrates difference and promotes positive relationships involves everyone playing their part. Giving everyone the chance to have their voice heard on this topic throughout this week has been a hugely positive experience for all.”

Lynne Hollywood, Headteacher at Johnstone High School, said: “This is a nationally important campaign that has had a great impact on schools across Renfrewshire. We are all doing a lot of work on positive peer relationships and school values such as respect and friendship.  The ‘all different, all equal’ campaign has allowed us to explore these issues in lessons and through fun events across the week.”

“Auchenlodment pupils have been focussing on Respect as a school value and what this means in how they live their lives,” said Gerry Carlton, Headteacher. He added: “They have participated in various activities and events throughout the week which encourages friendship, kindness and having a positive mindset.

“The pupils, parents and staff have worked together to create their new Respect Me policy which has a clear focus on prevention and support. The week has been a huge success with all members of the school community coming together to promote Respect.

“We are looking forward to seeing the impact that the week has had on the school and in the wider community of Johnstone Castle and beyond.”

Karen Logue, Headteacher at Kirklandneuk Primary School, is very proud of the confidence the Happy Heroes show in leading classes. She said: “Sharing is an important message about treating everyone with respect and supporting classmates.  We couldn’t do it better ourselves.”

Schools also took part in a national social media campaign and posted their activities on Twitter and Facebook using #respectmeans and #allequalalldifferent.

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BACK BAKER STREET PAISLEY AND PAISLEY TO WIN

Paisley Community Trust are delighted to announce Baker Street Paisley has been announced on the shortlist of Scotland’s Towns: FutureTown design competition.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the national agency and ‘go to’ body for towns north of the border, shortlisted entries will go on public display at Paisley Town Hall on November 21st as part of the annual Scotland’s Towns conference.

 

Members of the public will be able to vote for Baker Street Paisley TO WIN via an online public vote held during Scotland’s Towns Week, 20 – 26 November 2017. And we’re now asking for your support, for the whole COMMUNITY to back PCT to WIN and back Paisley to WIN. (Look out for more news on how to vote over the next few days.)

 

Phil Prentice, chief officer at Scotland’s Towns Partnership said: “I’d like to congratulate all shortlisted entries for the initiative and forward-thinking demonstrated regarding the future of their towns. “While Scotland’s towns continue to be impacted by economic, social and technological changes, the applications to this competition show how collaboration and innovation can help communities to take advantage of opportunities and make the most of everything our diverse towns have to offer”. “I wish each applicant the very best in the competition and in making their town vision a reality.”

 

Paisley Community Trust recently revealed their plans and vision for a new cultural and creative quarter in Paisley on the site to the rear of the old Arnott’s department store.

 

An unkempt wasteland currently greets 7 million passenger journeys passing through the town by rail. The potential to transform this site and in doing so the perception of the town is obvious and desperately needed. Plans feature an amazing Performing Arts/ Film Theatre and Performance Academy designed by award winning Architects Stallan-Brand.

 

In 1978, Paisley born singer-song writer Gerry Rafferty launched his greatest hit to date; ‘BAKER STREET’. No other name provides the connection to Paisley’s rich performing arts heritage and acts as a location name for the proposed development.


Baker Street Paisley is a COMMUNITY led proposal with potential to be a catalyst for the regeneration of Paisley Town Centre, improve social cohesion and create a sense of place for all to enjoy. It can become more than just a new building for Paisley and will become a transformational place and destination for the arts, culture, entertainment and education.

 

“We’re really pleased to be shortlisted and intend to go all out to WIN. This competition is a fantastic opportunity to set Paisley off on WINNING ways, to continue the feel-good factor and for Paisley to get into the WINNING habit.

“Let’s turn our community project into an unstoppable juggernaut towards the finishing line for Paisley to WIN the UK City of Culture Title in 2021. Let’s get everyone supporting Paisley Community Trust and Baker Street Paisley, let’s get everyone voting for Paisley to WIN. That’s what this is all about – making Paisley feel good and become a better place. It’s a great habit to form”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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Fashion first for intu Braehead mall

TWO new fashion chains open their first stores in the west of Scotland, at intu Braehead, today. (Friday, November 17)


Both the Simply Be and Jacamo brands have created 20 jobs in their joint stores, based in a retail unit in the upper mall, across from Marks and Spencer.


The Simply Be store caters for women’s fashions in sizes 12 to 32 and Jacamo is popular with men, as they stock the latest ranges of clothing from small size to 5XL.

Regional centre director, with responsibility for intu Braehead, Peter Beagley said:
“This is yet another great addition to our already wide variety of fashion stores at intu Braehead and I’ve no doubt both these brands will be very popular with shoppers.

“It’s also good that we are creating new jobs at intu Braehead.
“And we’re not yet finished with new stores opening before Christmas, as we have the MAC Cosmetics store also opening in the lower mall at the end of this month.

“We aim to provide as much choice as possible for our shoppers and with the opening of these new stores, we’re certainly doing that.”

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Skating is child¹s play for parents and toddlers

LEARNING to skate is now child’s play thanks to a new initiative that encourages parents and toddlers to get on the ice together.

Family Coaching Lessons have started up again at intu Braehead Ice Rink
Pictured Ella Ferguson age 4 with Skating Coach Ashley Mitchell and Mum Nicola Ferguson age 27
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The Arena at intu Braehead has just launched Wee Ones Wednesday, where children and their parents or carers get exclusive access to the ice rink for some fun and instruction from qualified coaches. The sessions take place every Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm and are aimed at encouraging children between the ages of two and five years of age to try skating along with an adult.

As well as the children getting help from experienced skating coaches, the grown ups will also be given hints and tips on how to skate and move around the ice.
And there will be plastic balls, cones and a multi-coloured parachute that will be used for fun and games on the ice.

Ice skates are available to hire as part of the £8.50p cost of an adult and toddler taking to the ice for the Wee Ones Wednesday session.

Lauren Little, arena operations manager and an accomplished competitive figure skater said: “You’re never too young to get your skates on.

“Taking to the ice at an early age helps to build a child’s confidence and develop their coordination and motor skills.

“We aim to make these sessions lots of fun for both the toddler and the adult who has come on the ice with them. And everyone will feel comfortable on the ice as there won’t be other more experienced skaters whizzing round the ice at the same time.” Lauren added: “And who knows if one of the toddlers coming along to our Wee Ones Wednesday sessions will end up skating for Britain in the Winter Olympics, featuring in one of the Disney on Ice shows we have at intu Braehead, or even appearing on TV in a future series of Dancing on Ice!”

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Paisley to host British Pipe Band Championships for another three years up until 2021

Pipe bands from around the globe will be heading back to Paisley after the town won its bid to host the British Pipe Band Championships for another three years up until 2021.

Paisley had already hosted the event in 2016 and 2017, and is due to do so again in 2018.

The announcement sees the winning partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) which runs the event, extended by another three years to cover 2019 to 2021 – meaning it will feature as part of the town’s UK City of Culture programme, should it win the title.

The news comes just weeks before a decision on the winner of the UK City of Culture 2021 will be announced, where Paisley is shortlisted along with Coventry, Sunderland, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea.

Next year’s event will be held on 19 May at St James Playing Fields and is set to attract thousands of competitors.

This year’s event saw Paisley welcome musicians from as far as Canada and Denmark as the top pipe bands in the world aimed to be crowned British champions.

The free event saw an estimated 19,000 visitors deliver a £290,000 boost to the local economy.

More than 4,000 pipers and drummers are assessed by RSPBA judges across 11 different categories in one of the biggest events in world piping.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This is a truly international event which attracts huge numbers of visitors to the area, in turn bringing an economic boost to local businesses.

“We’re delighted that it’s been such a success that Paisley will continue to host it up until 2021.

“As we get closer to a decision by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the UK City of Culture 2021 title, an event of this scale demonstrates how Paisley is  now recognised as an established venue for major events.”

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA, said: “Our time in Paisley has been really successful so far and has proved a great partnership, which we are delighted to continue.

“Paisley is very well received as a venue and we’re looking forward to returning – and hopefully becoming part of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 year.”

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Mackay Urges University Applicants not to miss Deadline Don’t leave applications until the last minute

Derek Mackay, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, is urging students from across Renfrewshire who are applying to attend University next summer to ensure they do not miss the January deadline for applications.

Applications for the majority of courses should arrive at UCAS by Monday 15th January at 6pm.

 

Applications must be made at http://www.ucas.com/

 

Mr Mackay said:

 

“Although the deadline may seem a bit away, it would be very easy to get caught up in the upheaval that Christmas brings and forget about your application.

 

“It would be very unfortunate for anyone to miss out on their number one choice, not to mention wasting years of hard work, because they rushed their application at the last minute or even worse, missed the deadline.

 

“I therefore would urge any student in the area who is planning on applying to attend University next summer to ensure they get working on their application soon and submit it in good time.”

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Mhairi Black Praises Charitable Efforts by Local TSB

Local MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, Mhairi Black recently met with charity workers and employees at the local TSB on Paisley High Street. Mhairi was invited along to hear about the contribution the business makes to the local area, by supporting local charities.
The Paisley TSB recently raised £885 for local charity Brightest Star. The charity was founded in memory of Jack Kennedy who passed away suddenly due to a virus at the age of five. Brightest Star was set up by Jack’s mum Arlene to give support to parents suffering from bereavement. Brightest Star want to raise awareness of the lack of support available for grieving families, particularly for those impacted by sudden childhood deaths. Part of this support includes lifesaving first aid training and a special ambulance that can be used by families when children need to be transferred between hospitals.
Mhairi Black MP said
“It was good of the local TSB branch in Paisley to invite me along and show me the effort they are putting towards supporting local charities and causes.
“Brightest Star is a fantastic cause and I am happy to support this service in any way that I can.
“It is commendable that the charity is raising awareness and providing support for grieving parents and families in what will surely be an extremely difficult time.”
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Festive Arts and Crafts Fair is going to be a cracker

SANTA and his elves are being a crafty lot this Christmas if a special event at Johnstone Town Hall this weekend is anything to go by.


The venue is hosting its first-ever Festive Arts and Crafts Fair, on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 between 11am and 4pm with free entry for everyone.

More than 30 stalls featuring all kinds of arts and crafts will be there, including handmade clocks, soya candles, embroidery, jewellery, papercraft, stained glass and unusual Christmas gifts and decorations.
And on Sunday there’s a free Festive Family Fun Day also being held with a Santa’s Grotto, bouncy castle, arts and crafts activities for kids, balloon modelling, treasure hunt for Santa’s missing elves, and decorating gingerbread men biscuits.

The events are being organised by Renfrewshire Leisure and its chief executive, Joyce McKellar says:
“This is a great way or all the family to get in the festive mood and grab themselves some unusual and handmade presents for Christmas.

“It’s the first time we’ve organised a Festive Arts and Crafts Fair and because of this Santa has promised to pay us a special visit.”

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Health and wellbeing event aiming for Brighter Futures

Renfrewshire residents are urged to head along to a fun-filled community event on health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) are holding their first-ever public event – Brighter Futures – in Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, on Thursday 16 November, 2-6pm.

From activities for kids to exercise taster sessions, the free-to-attend event is a chance for everyone to find out more about healthy lifestyles and services in the local area.

HSCP provides a wide range of community health and care services across Renfrewshire and letting the public know about the services they can access is the aim of the event.

David Leese, HSCP Chief Officer, said “The Brighter Futures event offers people a chance to come along, see what we do, find out about our services and activities and even take part in some exercise taster sessions.

“There will be messy play for children and a number of Heartstart demonstrations so that people can learn the basics of CPR, and we’ll also have digital information on all of the community groups that exist across Renfrewshire to support people to live well.

“We hope that all of this will help people to make the most of all the resources available to them, and possibly even consider a career in health and social care.”

Dr Donny Lyons, Chair of Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “Renfrewshire is a diverse area, with more than 170,000 people living here, who benefit from an integrated health and social care service. It’s been two years since HSCP brought those services together and we want to showcase those services in the community.

“I would urge everyone who wants to know more about local health and care services to come along and find out more at this event.”

For more information on Renfrewshire HSCP, visit www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot.

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Thousands expected for Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Northern Irish rockers Ash will mark the start of Paisley’s festive season with a headline performance at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

Thousands are expected to head to the town centre on Saturday, November 18th to enjoy a host of free family fun, including the famous Reindeer Parade.

The switch on is the latest event in Paisley’s winter season, itself part of a wider programme in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will press the button to light up the town, assisted by lucky schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter’s Primary School.

Santa and his helpers will lead the procession down High Street at 1.30pm, before he opens his grotto at the Paisley Centre.

A performance from Children’s Classic Concert will provide a seasonal soundtrack from 2.30pm, with audience participation a must.

Twice-voted best music act at the Edinburgh Fringe, percussion superstars Owen and OIly, shake up your idea of classical music with a high-energy family concert.

Music headliners Ash will take to the Live Stage at 5.15pm for a performance before the town’s festive countdown officially starts with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm.

With 18 Top 40 singles including ‘The Girl from Mars’ and ‘Shining Light’ under their belt, the band, who first found fame as teenagers in the nineties, still know how to start a party.

Clyde 1 favourites, Callum Gallacher, Greigsy Grant Thomson, Amber, George Bowie and Cassi will be adding to the festive fun by spinning Christmas classics from the main stage.

At Paisley Abbey, festive shoppers can explore the Slug in a Bottle Christmas Market from 1pm, with over 30 stalls to search out the perfect gifts. Face painting and storytelling are among the family fun also on offer. An interactive snow globe in will be in Abbey Close for festive photo opportunities.

Revellers will find it hard to resist embracing the festive atmosphere and singing along with the merry Massaoke band as they play Christmas favourites with the words displayed on giant screens.

Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea, with a decision expected in December.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This year’s Christmas Lights Switch On is bigger and better than ever and will bring thousands of people into the town centre which is great for business.

“As we bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 it’s great to show that we can host events on this scale. A winning bid would mean Paisley town centre would be hosting big events similar to this one every weekend.”

Paisley is also gearing up to host a four week Christmas spectacular in the town from November 24th, with plans, subject to approvals, for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Continental style market.

Hosted by Paisley First, Winter Fest also include a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town, from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

For more information and timings on the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch on go to:http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/paisleys-winter-festival/paisley-christmas-lights/#whats-on-4826

The event means there will be a series of road closures around the town centre from 12.01am on Saturday morning, including parts of Gauze Street, St Mirren Street, Cotton Street, Lawn Street and Smithhills Street.

County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street and Abbey Close will close from 8am on Saturday morning until after the event.