During Mental Health Awareness Week, Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, met with Renfrew YMCA to discuss the vital work they do in the local community and the role they play in supporting young people with mental health issues.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is centred around stress and the fact that two thirds of individuals experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes. In addition, mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 people children and young people.

Renfrew YMCA run activities to promote a healthy lifestyle by organising awareness sessions on a range of subjects including mental health. They provide a safe environment for young people to discuss issues in an open and honest manner. They also work with young people to break down barriers in the community and build positive relationships with other community members, supporting them to reach their full potential.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Mental Health problems affect around 1 in 10 of our children and young people and it’s clear that we all need to devote greater attention on this issue to help people who are experiencing poor mental health. It is alarming that 70% of children and young people who have experienced mental health problems have not had the appropriate early intervention. It is therefore extremely important that those affected have the correct support available as emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical health.

“Organisations such as Renfrew YMCA can play an important part in helping those young people who suffer from poor mental health. They regularly engage with young people and are in a fantastic position to positively help those young people who have mental health problems. The Renfrew YMCA already support young people through physical activity, involvement in community activities or offering a safe space. All these activities are key in helping to improve a person’s mental health”

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Sewing2gether is an inclusive organisation that seeks to provide life enhancing opportunities
for those who would be positively impacted from participating in their workshops. Thanks to
some generous funding from Santander, Sewing2gether is now able to offer a new FREE
weekly Sewing Workshop in Paisley.

This class is to support and teach those with English as a second language, or non-English
speakers; predominantly those who are new to the UK and would appreciate the opportunity
to engage with others in similar situations.

So much of modern activity doesn’t have a physical end result. Sewing can make you any
number of items from homeware, clothes, toys and gifts. Sewing is a visual experience so
verbal communication is secondary as we use step by step demonstrations and can
incorporate multi language flash cards.

Sewing2gether specialises in textile upcycling using unwanted or discarded fabric, saving it,
transforming it, giving it a renewed purpose and uncovering the value that was there all
along, taking something that was labelled as damaged goods, rubbish, useless, unwanted,
unloved and hopeless, and giving it a new lease of life with all it's amazing flaws!

 Learn to use a sewing machine
 Practice your sewing skills
 Make things for yourself and your family
 Take home a finished item every week
 Produce extra items to sell at craft events
 Repair damaged clothes

We begin on May 16th 2018 and will meet every Wednesday at 9.30am. Hot drinks and a
light lunch will also provided. Bus fares may also be reimbursed.

Mossvale Community Church, Mossvale Hall, 60 Greenock Road, Paisley PA3 2LE
By bus take the McGills 747 from Paisley Town Centre to Gockston Road.

If you work, support or live near individuals you think would be suitable to attend please
enquire about referrals by calling 0776 385 5072.

4,000 of world’s best pipers and drummers en route to Paisley

Thousands of people will gather to watch the world’s best pipe bands descend on Paisley next week – and they’ll be able to travel in style.

The British Pipe Band Championships – one of the biggest in the piping calendar – will see more than 4,000 pipers and drummers take over the St James Playing Fields for the free all-day event on Saturday 19 May, which includes a programme of family entertainment.



Event organisers Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association have teamed up with McGill’s to lay on a fleet of shuttle buses to ferry the army of spectators to and from the event – which runs from 10am to 6pm – free of charge.

And to give residents a flavour of the day, McGill’s took piper Alan McGeoch of the Johnstone Pipe Band – who will compete in the elite-level Grade One contest – on an open-top bus tour of Paisley town centre.

He was joined by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron – the chieftain of the event – and by dancers from the Christine Aitken Academy of Dance as he played for lunchtime commuters.

The championships will see almost 130 bands compete for some of world piping’s most prestigious titles, from the length and breadth of the UK, with international representation from Denmark and Ireland.

Free entertainment on offer includes an international food village and bar, funfair, street traders and Highland dancing competition. Renfrewshire Leisure staff will offer the chance to try out different sports, with activities run by Paisley Rugby Club, and Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff team.

McGill’s will run the shuttle buses from Paisley Gilmour St station, West College Scotland and St Mirren’s Paisley 2021 Stadium, with the latter two offering free event parking.

Visitors should note there will be no public parking at the event. Other transport options include getting the train to Paisley St James station, which is a short walk from the event site, or a McGill’s bus to Paisley town centre, and transferring to the free shuttle.

The event is in Paisley for the third year in a row – and is confirmed for a further three years, as part of the expanded programme of events planned via the legacy of the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Last year’s event saw 12,000 visitors and generated almost £300,000 for the local economy.

Other Renfrewshire interest on the day will come from the KIlbarchan Pipe Band and the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band, who are supported via the council’s investment in free music tuition in local schools.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We are delighted to be once again hosting this great event, and welcoming our friends at the RSPBA, and thousands of the world’s best pipers back to Paisley.

“Hosting major events like this is helps to build on Paisley’s now-established reputation as a key destination on Scotland’s events map.

“Our historic town centre has many businesses who will be ready to welcome the thousands of visitors to Paisley with open arms and I hope as many of them as possible of will take advantage of the free shuttle bus service and enjoy a day or evening out here.”

Ian Embelton, chief executive of the RSPBA, added: “The British Championship is the first of our annual calendar of majors and most of the world’s top bands are going to be there.

“Paisley offers a central location with excellent transport links to and from the town and event site – and hopefully next Saturday will see a big crowd come down to enjoy a day of top-class piping.”

Rachel Stewart, Marketing at McGill’s said: “As a local company, we were thrilled to get involved and provide a free shuttle bus for attendees to travel easily to the event.

“For those travelling from further afield, we have a range of services that serve Paisley town centre, allowing customers to board their free shuttle bus at Gilmour Street. We’ll be attending on the day too – pop by to take part in some competitions or pick up a McGill’s goody bag.”

For more information on the championships and other Paisley events, visit www.paisley.is

‘Since fostering, our family has grown in love, knowledge and laughter’ – Fosterplus inviting people to find out about a career fostering

As part of ‘Foster Care Fortnight’, a well-established fostering agency based in Paisley is calling on people to consider foster care as a career, with around 7,000 new foster families needed across the UK in the next 12 months according to research by the Fostering Network.

Fosterplus is holding the two dedicated open days at its office on Renfrew Road on 15 & 22 May, 10am – 7pm to give people the opportunity to gain information on fostering.

‘Foster Care Fortnight’ is the Fostering Network’s annual campaign that aims to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. The fortnight takes place from 14 to 27 May this year.

Geoff Armstrong, Registered Manager for Fosterplus said:

“In celebration of Foster Care Fortnight, we’re hosting two open days at our Paisley office to help people take their first steps into fostering.

“People can come along and meet our friendly team, who will be talking about the role of a foster carer and what this rewarding career has to offer.”

“We also try to dispel some of the myths behind fostering. Being a foster parent is different now than it was 10 years ago. The process is not as difficult as people often think it might be and we support them all the way.”

Suzanne, an experienced carer with Fosterplus, told us: “Since fostering, our family has grown in love, knowledge and laughter. The help we get from Fosterplus and how people pull together is something to be proud of.”

Another Fosterplus carer Carole added: “I am proud to foster because I know, no matter what, we have given children a chance.”

If you would like to find out more about these events, or fostering in general, call 0800 369 8511 or visit www.fosterplus.co.uk/paisley-events

Its the eagerly awaited get together that Paisley Pirates fans always look forward to and once again Priorscroft Bowling Club, a stones throw from the Pirates former home rink at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley was the venue.

A mixture of players, back room staff, match night volunteers and fans gathered to pay homage to all those that helped contribute to campaign that saw the reigning SNL Champions miss out on regaining their title, agonisingly so, on goal difference. They were also narrowly defeated in the Scottish Cup Final as well as being end of season play off semi finalists. Pirates coach Ian Turley was far from downbeat about his teams fine season and time and again during the evenings proceedings gave great credit to his young teams efforts. He said:

“My fellow coach Adam Walker and I were under no illusions that we were very much involved in a transitional season. A rebuilding period, if you like. We lost quite a few of last seasons roster for one reason and another and with a limited pool of players to choose from, we went about shaping a squad that would buy into the Paisley Pirates way. We wanted players that were going to commit to our training regime, that were willing to listen and learn and wanted to win. We weren’t setting unattainable targets but we did expect our players to have a pride in their performance, week in week out”

Coach Turley went on:

“At the Paisley Pirates we pride ourselves, while being an amateur club, in running our operation on as professional a basis as possible. There are aspects to our operation that  many of our rivals do not have. From our ticketing staff, stewards, tuck shop and first aiders, to our off ice crew of goal judges, penalty bench staff, score sheet and time keepers and our match night announcer, its an operation we pride ourselves in. We also with the help of our videographer George Monaghan have unrivalled match footage as well as post match interviews which are often as not online via PiratesTV on You Tube within a couple of hours of the match ending. All these things we hope, go some way to attracting new players and new fans. They see what is on offer and like what they see. As for the season just past, Adam and I have been delighted with what we have achieved. To have come so close in the chase for the league title and to lose out on goal difference, while hard to take, has exceeded our expectations. We saw the disappointment on our players faces after the 6-6 draw with Dundee Comets but that speaks volumes for our players attitude as much as anything.  We want the boys to go away this summer, enjoy their break and come back with the will and desire to do even better”

Pirates management while acknowledging their players efforts also wanted the chance to thank their army of volunteers for their contributions to the season. Before the players awards were announced, each individual volunteer was presented with a memento by way of a thank you from the club. To a man, woman and child, the volunteers were clearly delighted with the clubs acknowledgement of their efforts. And so it was onto the main business of the night….

It was down to Marie Cadenhead of the supporters club to kick things off with the Jim Liddell Supporters Club Player of the Year award. Up stepped the tallest man in the room, Richard Thorp to collect that particular award to loud applause from his teammates and his many fans. Clearly a popular choice.

It was then Coach Ian Turley’s turn to take over the microphone. After presenting each and every player with an award for their season-long efforts, he then went on to announce the 5 remaining categories. In no particular order they were:


Players player of the year: Michael Dobson

MVP for the season: Martyn Guy

Most improved player: Ryan Sarginson

Award for effort and attitude: Dean Hamilton

Difference maker: Captain Christopher Turley

There was also a special award for “volunteer of the season” which went to Pirates official videographer George Monaghan. An award, it must be said, which was very popular amongst all those present.

Lastly, it was also time to acknowledge the eight year contribution to the Pirates cause by the retiring Calum Blair who was leaving to train as an airline pilot. With his proud parents looking on, he was presented with a framed collage of photos from his time as a Pirate as well as a game jersey to keep. As the likeable big lad stood up to make a speech a few fans started to sing the theme from the “Dambusters” Clearly some of the older Pirates fans had come out for the night….

As always, finally, all that was left was for the players to pose for photos, sign jerseys and photos  and talk at length to their many many admirers. Something that has become a well known trait of every player in the Pirates organisation down the years. The management and coaches didn’t have to cajole the players into doing it. Clearly these young men look upon it as a pleasure and one small way to repay the faith shown in Captain Chris Turley and his team mates by their adoring fans. Season 2018/19? Bring it on…….


Come and see our new and modern offices at Mirren Business Centres in Paisley!

Next week we are creating new office space at Mirren Court One on the first floor. The refurbishment works include the creation of four new small offices from 145 sqft.
The new suites will be re-carpeted and freshly decorated and ready for occupation at the end of May 2018!

SHOPPERS are being let into the secret of how to be the height of fashion this summer.

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They’re being invited backstage to the free Spring and Summer Fashion event being held at intu Braehead shopping centre, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 4 to 6 between noon and 5pm. Clyde 1 presenter Cassi will be hosting the event on Saturday and Sunday.

Fashion and beauty experts will be on hand to reveal the latest spring and summer trends with workshops featuring fashion, beauty, fitness, well-being and homeware.

A backstage theatre-style set has been created in the central atrium with a fashion model on hand to show off the best of the new summer outfits.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “When summer comes along it’s a great chance to bring some sunshine and colour into your wardrobe.

“Our fashion event is an ideal opportunity to find out the latest tends and what everyone will be wearing this summer.”

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Dog owners descended on Robertson Park in Renfrew at the weekend to show their support for Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign and its aim to rid the area of dog fouling.

More than 50 people brought along their pride and joy to take part in the event which saw a mass dog walk take place to promote responsible dog ownership.

Renfrew Council Responsible Dog Owners Event at Robertson Park 8.4.18

Local organisation, the Phoenix Flyers, put on a fantastic display of dog agility which saw pets fly through tunnels, up and down see-saws and over jumps as our four-legged friends showcased their talents.

Those in attendance were also given the opportunity to sign up to Renfrewshire’s Responsible Dog Ownership pledge which outlines their commitment to looking after their pet and taking responsibility for everything that comes with being an owner.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I was delighted to see such a fantastic turnout as people put their support behind our Team Up to Clean Up campaign and denounce their fellow dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets.

“We are working hard to remove dog fouling from our streets to ensure they are cleaner, more attractive areas to live and it is so important that people recognise that it is their responsibility to carry a bag with them and be ready to pick up after their dog.

“Events like this aim to show that it is a minority of dog owners in Renfrewshire that are irresponsible and we are striving to change their behaviour and make a real difference to our local environment.”

As part of the dog fouling campaign, streets throughout Renfrewshire with an identified problem are also being targeted with luminous spray paint, street stencilling, informative posters and increased warden activity.

The new approach aims to shock those who are failing to pick up after their dog into thinking twice the next time they take their dog for a walk in the local area and be aware of the potential £80 fine should they be caught.

To sign up to the pledge, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/responsibledogowner.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup