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Mackay Welcomes Young Carer Grant

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed a new Young Carer Grant – worth £300 a year.

Derek Mackay – SNP – Renfrewshire North and West
Pic – Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

 

The grant is part of a new package of support for young carers announced by the First Minister today.

 

The grant will be awarded to young carers aged 16 to 18 who do at least 16 hours of caring a week, but do not qualify for Carer’s Allowance. It will help to improve young carers’ quality of life, assisting them to take part in employment, social or leisure opportunities.

 

The full package of support will be delivered throughout the course of this parliament. It will also include adding more entitlements and rewards for 11-18-year-old young carers to the Young Scot National Entitlement Card – which gives non-cash benefits to young people. Young Scot will work with young carers groups to develop the scheme.

 

At a later date, everyone receiving the Young Carer Grant will also be given a pass for free bus travel. This is in response to concerns that some young carers feel isolated by their caring responsibilities, and can find it difficult to meet transport costs.

 

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

 

“This is welcome news for young carers across Renfrewshire.

“Young carers across Renfrewshire make an invaluable contribution to our community.

 

“The Scottish Government has always been committed to enhancing carers’ rights and providing them with the right support at the right time.

 

“The support announced today, including the Young Carer Grant, will give valuable extra help to this group of people.”

 

 Background:

 

For the purposes of the Young Carer Grant, a young carer is someone with caring responsibilities aged 16 to 17, or 18 and still at school.

Work to further help young carers through the Young Scot National Entitlement Card will start in April 2018 and the scheme will be rolled out from April 2019. This will be followed by the Young Carer Grant in autumn 2019. Following pilot studies to examine technical options, free bus travel will be implemented in 2020-2021.

Advice from the Young Carers Allowance working group was that the grant, alongside other measures, should help young carers improve their quality of life and take part in activity that is the norm for other young people. This might include contributing towards the cost of driving lessons, or leisure and respite activities.

Carer’s Allowance is awarded to all carers aged 16 and over who carry out at least 35 hours of caring a week.

Today’s announcement complements the commitment to increase Carer’s Allowance in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance. This will come into effect next summer and be backdated to April 2018, with further increases for families supporting more than one disabled child also planned.

The Carers Act 2016 will take effect on 1 April 2018 and includes more support for young carers. This includes the right to a young carer statement from the local authority – a document setting out the young carer’s circumstances and support needs.

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Gary shows you how to cook up a storm

FOOD fans will get a masterclass on cooking from a master chef, this weekend.


Gary Maclean was crowned King of the Kitchen when millions saw him on television winning the MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 title, last December.

Now Gary will be sharing some of the tips and skills that brought him gastronomic glory after he battled through seven weeks of culinary challenges.

He will be teaming up with Clyde 1 presenter, Cassi for the Soar at intu Braehead Totally Tasty free event held between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, in the central mall.

Gary will show the audience how to create four of his favourite dishes and Cassi will be hosting the event and asking Gary just how he manages to tantalise everyone’s tastebuds.

Totally Tasty isn’t just for the grown-ups, as there will be a kids’ cooking station, where talented little chefs can use their imagination to create their recipes of their own and there will also be arts and crafts to keep the youngsters amused.

Gary said: “You don’t need to be a MasterChef winner to cook fabulous food for your family and friends. Come along to Soar at intu Braehead and I’ll show you how to be a champ in the kitchen.”

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’ve all got our pots and pans at the ready and can’t wait for our cookery masterclass.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to meet Gary and pick up some great cookery tips and advice.

“And no doubt, there will be a queue of people wanting to get a taste of the dishes Gary prepares during our Totally Tasty event.”

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21st edition of Provost’s Community Awards launches in Renfrewshire

Local heroes across Renfrewshire are to be recognised as the Provost’s Community Awards open once again for nominations.

The awards are into their third decade and aim to give civic recognition to those who work or live in Renfrewshire, and are making a difference to their community.

Nominations can be made in six categories this year, an increase from five in previous years.

A new Arts and Culture award has been created which will seek out the hidden, or not so hidden, gems who light up Renfrewshire’s cultural scene.

Five other awards, Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year, give the opportunity for local people to give recognition to their colleagues, friends and family for the work they do in their community.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “This will be my first Community Awards in my role as Provost and I can’t wait to see the nominations coming in.

“Our area is full of inspiring community members who deserve to be recognised for the difference they make to the lives of those around them.

“There are a number of different categories to nominate in so don’t miss your chance and nominate the people or groups who you think deserve to win a Community Award.”

The Community Group award is sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre and celebrates the organisations in Renfrewshire that have a positive effect on their communities.

Sponsored by Glasgow Airport, the Community Volunteer award recognises those who give their time and effort for nothing more than the knowledge that they are making a difference to their community.

Perennial award sponsor Acre Industrial will present the Sporting Achievement award to the person, team or group who have represented Renfrewshire to a high standard this year in the sporting arena.

Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison, who has been a part of each of the Community Awards since its inception, donates the Carers Award which recognises anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour.

This year, Employer of the Year is sponsored by UNISON and encourages nominations for employers who have provided a positive working environment and have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their staff.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award.

Further information can be found on www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards

Printed nomination forms are available at Council offices and facilities.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 December.

The winners in each category will be invited to a special ceremony which will be held in March 2017

For further enquiries contact: provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Linwood Farm Pub Quiz in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice

Kind hearted staff at Linwood Farm Restaurant have pledged their support for local hospice care by hosting a number of different fundraising activities throughout the year, in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.

Adding to their ongoing fundraising efforts, Linwood Farm will now donate the £1 entry fee for their pub quiz night that takes place ever Tuesday evening at 9pm.



Linwood Farm General Manger, Pamela McLachlan “We are delighted to have this opportunity to get involved in the community and to support St Vincent’s Hospice.  We hope our customers will give generously and help us support this deserving charity”.  

 

 Why not help to support St Vincent’s Hospice and have some fun at the same time!

The Linwood Farm Quiz night takes place every Tuesday from 9.00pm and costs only £1.00 to play which is donated to St Vincent’s Hospice.

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Party nights doing it your way!

FANCY having Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé along to your Christmas party?

Well, thanks to Renfrewshire Leisure, you almost can, as they’ve organised two Christmas Party Nights, at Johnstone Town Hall featuring tribute acts of both these singing superstars.

The first is being held on Friday, December 15, and features a fantastic Frank Sinatra tribute act followed by music from the Big Band era.


The second festive event is the following night, with a Michael Bublé tribute act followed by a disco.
Everyone coming along will get a delicious three-course meal and a glass of bubbly.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We’re hoping everyone will get into the Christmas spirit with our fabulous Party Nights.

“It’s a great way to get together with friends and colleagues to celebrate the festive season with a great night of entertainment and fun. And the Michael Bublé night is particularly ideal for an office Christmas party.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com or call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 for more information and to book tickets at only £27 per person. And if you book before the end of this month, there will be a ten per cent discount.

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Gavin Newlands MP welcomes nuisance call action plan

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has welcomed a £50,000 fund announced by the SNP Scottish Government to install call-blocking technology for those most at risk from nuisance calls.

The fund is one element of a national Nuisance Calls Action Plan, launched to raise awareness and empower people to protect themselves from scam callers.

 

The plan will also develop a strategy for tackling scams in general, update the Business Pledge with a commitment to support vulnerable customers and develop best practice for organisations involved with the Scottish Government schemes to adhere to.

 

Gavin Newlands MP said:

 

“The SNP Government’s Action Plan contains a range of measures to raise awareness of nuisance calls, making it easier for people to identify them and take action to protect themselves. This Scottish Government fund that allows call-blocking technology to be installed  for those most at risk is one such measure.

 

“The Scottish Government is doing all it can to tackle the problem of nuisance calls but unfortunately, the power to regulate in this area lies with the UK Government. My SNP colleague Patricia Gibson MP, who has campaigned in Westminster on stopping nuisance calls, has written to the Secretary of State for Culture to call for them to make good their promises to act and add ‘belt and braces’ by allowing people to automatically opt out of unwanted calls.

 

“The UK Government previously agreed to legislate to make directors personally responsible for their company’s actions, should it be involved in making nuisance calls. For too long, fines or sanctions have been easily avoided by companies dissolving and resurfacing using a new moniker. The UK Government agreed that company directors would be held to account and could face personal fines of up to £500,000, should it be proven that their company acted unlawfully.

 

“Sadly, The Tory Government has reneged on these promises and kicked them into the long grass. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people are still plagued by nuisance calls every day. Such calls often target the elderly and the vulnerable and have the potential to be very harmful.”

 

Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Products and Services, added:

 

“Scots continue to receive more nuisance calls than the rest of the UK, and the SNP Government’s Action Plan will deliver positive changes to ensure people are no longer bombarded by these unwelcome calls, while we await action from the UK Government.

 

“Which? has long campaigned against this everyday menace that can intimidate and discourage people from answering their phones. We’re delighted to help people tackle these unwanted calls.”

 

Members of the public can pledge to support the Which? Nuisance calls campaign at: https://campaigns.which.co.uk/nuisance-calls-scotland/

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GLASGOW’S PASSENGER NUMBERS TOP A MILLION NOT ONCE, TWICE, BUT THRICE IN HISTORY-MAKING RECORD SUMMER

 

  • 7% increase on August 2016 passenger numbers
  • More than three million passengers during peak summer months

Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest August on record after more than 1,008,800 passengers travelled through its doors, representing a 7% increase on the same period last year.

 

This means that Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest ever summer as more than three million people passed through the terminal during the peak months of June, July and August. The airport also registered one million-plus passenger numbers for three consecutive summer months for the first time in its history.

 

EU scheduled services increased by 17% on the same period last year thanks to additional capacity and strong demand on a number of routes including Milan, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon and Valencia.

 

Long-haul routes were up 16% thanks to the continued popularity of Virgin’s Orlando route and Emirates’ twice-daily Dubai service, which surpassed the four million passenger milestone in August following its introduction in 2004.  

 

International traffic grew by 12.4% with a number of transatlantic services to New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver reporting strong demand.

 

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Summer is our peak time of year as people head off on their holidays, but our August passenger numbers were also boosted considerably by a series of high-profile events including the World Pipe Band Championships and the TOTAL BWF World Championships, which attracted thousands of visitor and competitors to the city.

 

“The launch of Ryanair’s daily Frankfurt service has helped us make a strong start to September, while the introduction of the airline’s new Madrid and Krakow routes next month will further strengthen our European connectivity and offer our passengers an even greater destination choice.

 

“While Celtic’s UEFA Champions League group opponents may present an exciting challenge on the pitch, football fans attending home and away games against PSG, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht will also be well served by Glasgow Airport’s extensive range of European services.”

 

 

Terminal passengers % September 2016 to August 2017 %
(000s) Change Change
1,008,868 7.0% 9,806,547 7.2%

 

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JOIN A GLOBETROTTING TOUR OF DISNEY DESTINATIONS WHEN DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE COMES TO INTU BRAEHEAD ARENA

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they take audiences on a fun-filled tour of the imagination in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Journey to the most memorable Disney destinations with all of your favorite characters and get swept away by classic tales that have captivated the world. This ice spectacular visits intu Braehead Arena from September 22 to October 1.

You and your family will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell. You’ll also be whisked away to the wintery wonderland of the number-one-animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all.

The Arena will be filled with music and magic in every scene as you discover four unique landscapes filled with boisterous pirates, Caribbean beats and tender moments. With Academy Award®-winning musical scores brought to life by world-class skating, Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure is an experience your family will cherish forever.

“It’s an extraordinary show and a family vacation all rolled into one incredible night,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “You really get a sense you are traveling right alongside Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends.”

Log on to www.braehead-arena.co.uk for more information and ticket sales.

Passport to Adventure was created by a team of industry experts known for their ability to convey the movements and designs needed to bring each Disney destination to life:

  • Jerry Bilik (Director) – Creative team member for 30 Disney On Ice shows; arranged music for a number of television series, including Starsky and Hutch and Charlie’s Angels; music coordinator for The 31st Annual Emmy® Awards.
  • Patty Vincent (Director – Frozen section) – Directed numerous Feld Entertainment ice and stage shows including Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Magical Ice Festival and Dare to Dream; began her career at Feld Entertainment as a skater 31 years ago and has advanced in the company to become the Creative Director for all touring Disney On Ice productions. Additional credits include co-director of Playhouse Disney Live! and co-director of High School Musical Summer Celebration (stage show).

 

  • Cindy Stuart (Choreographer) –2016 Professional Skaters Association Choreographer of the Year Award winner and the 2014 Sonja Henie Award nominee; collaborated with Olympic Gold Medalist Robin Cousins on multiple projects; choreographed for US Champion Gracie Gold,  US Bronze Medalist Mirai Nagasu, World and Olympic Champions Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao and Olympic Champions Jamie Salé and David Pelletier; choreographer for several Disney On Ice productions, including Disney On Ice presents Frozen.

 

  • The Late Robert Smith (Production Designer) – Theater credits include the 2001 revival of Hair at the Wadsworth Theater; the world premiere of Bingo, an award-winning musical in Los Angeles and Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and Dorian. Film credits include Session Man (Academy Award® winner) and Contact (Academy Award® nominee).

 

  • The Late Arthur Boccia (Costume Designer) – Worked 14 seasons as a top assistant to the late Don Foote, designer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®; worked in film, television and on Broadway plays, including the Broadway revival of Pal Joey; designed costumes for 10 Disney On Ice productions.

 

  • Patrick Dierson (Lighting Designer) – Lighting credits include the MTV Video Music Awards and the world tour of Shakira; received an Emmy® Award nomination for his work on the post September 11th musical telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes.

 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce  

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #PassportToAdventure

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce   

Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

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ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THIS FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THIS FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

 

http://www.renfrewshirechamber.com/the-roccos/award-categories/

We look forward to receiving your entry this year – do let us know if you are looking for any support with entering this year and we will advise as best we can.

Submit your entries electronically directly to here – download forms on our website here

 

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Disability Committee Criticise Tory Austerity Cuts

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The UN committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities met with UK government officials over a two day period recently. The chair of the committee has slammed the welfare cuts to disabled people as a “human catastrophe”.
The austerity measures that have been implemented by the UK government since 2010 have had an impact on welfare benefits and since 2010 many people in receipt of disability benefits such as PIP, ESA and DLA have seen the standard of living they experience fall drastically. The committee have previously criticised the UK government for targeting disabled people with schemes such as the bedroom tax, the work programme and the benefit cap.
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Local MP Mhairi Black has praised the comments of the committee and said “this is yet another example that the austerity agenda the tories are inflicting on disabled people does not work”
“They target society’s most vulnerable with cut after cut while spending ridiculous amounts of money on things such as trident and repairing palaces, common sense would tell you that reducing disabled people’s standard of living is the wrong way for the UK treasury to balance the books”
“disabled people need support and the UK conservative government have proved they are incapable of providing it”