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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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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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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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Scottish netball stars are going for gold in the Commonwealth Games cheered on by brave Amy who beat cancer

SCOTTISH netball stars are going for gold in the Commonwealth Games cheered on by one of their bravest fans.

Nine-year-old Amy Reid who lost a kidney to cancer was treated to a VIP tour of the Emirates Arena Stadium in Glasgow by the Scottish Thistles national netball team. The players who will begin the 10,000 mile trip to Australia on Friday (March 23) to compete at Gold Coast 2018 gave Amy a signed netball, tshirt, pen and free tickets to an upcoming UWS Sirens game (Scotland’s semi-pro franchise for whom most of the Thistles play) where she has also been invited to be the Captain’s mascot on their return from the Commonwealth Games. The visit was organised to boost awareness of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events this spring which raise millions of pounds to fund crucial research. Every hour, four people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland*. Now, to help beat cancer sooner, members of Netball Scotland have pledged to pull on their trainers and take part in Race for Life Glasgow on May 20 at Glasgow Green and are urging other women and girls across Scotland to sign up too.

Amy who is 4ft 7in chatted to netball stars including the tallest member of the Scottish Thistles, goalkeeper Ella Gibbons, 23, who is 6ft 3in, as well as team captain, Claire Brownie. In February they were part of the team which saw Scotland qualify for the 2019 World Cup. At the Commonweatlh Games on the Gold Coast which starts on April 4, they are in pool B so will take on 2014 silver medallists New Zealand. They’ll also play England, Wales, Malawi and Uganda.

Claire, 29, said: “We were all moved and inspired by Amy’s courage and bravery.

“Amy will be the team’s lucky charm in Australia. It’s great to have the chance to meet Amy and tell her a bit more about netball. It’s a really important part of our job to inspire girls to get active and be into sport. All you need is for kids to dream but for that to happen, they need to see what’s possible. We’re so excited and proud to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games. When we’re out there it will be brilliant to know that people back home like Amy are cheering us on.”

Amy of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, who endured a life saving stem cell transplant knows exactly how tough it can be going through cancer. Her family have raised vital funds for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the 5K at Race for Life Glasgow every year since Amy was diagnosed with the disease in September 2012. This year, as Amy takes her place on the start line along with her mum Laura, 39, and sister Sophie, two, she’ll also be cheered on by her dad Robert, 41, and brother, Gary, 19.

Amy’s proud mum, Laura said: “Amy really is our superhero.

“Amy has kept us strong through it all. At the time we couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. We thought Amy was never going to get through this. It was frightening. Now looking at her, I can’t believe she was ever so ill. Her recovery has been amazing.

“Amy did her first Race for Life 5K event while still going through treatment for cancer and it’s been a really important part of our lives ever since. If Amy’s story can help other families going through cancer right now then we’ll have made a difference.

“We’d like to thank all the Scottish Thistles who helped give Amy such a special day. Amy really likes sport now. She loves swimming, cricket and football at school. When we watch the Commonwealth Games on tv we’ll be looking out for the netball girls and saying, ‘We’ve met them.’ It’s great to see Amy being so active again and enjoying life.”

Amy was only three when she first became ill with a high temperature just hours after her mum and dad’s wedding day on September 21 2012. The family were set to jet off on holiday to Spain after the marriage at St James Chapel, Coatbridge. Instead they ended up at Wishaw General Hospital and then Yorkhill Children’s Hospital after Amy’s condition deteriorated. Scans showed a tumour on Amy’s left kidney was stopping it from working properly. Amy was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour and endured a six hour operation to remove the kidney.

Amy’s mum, Laura said: “As I took Amy down to the operating theatre I was trying to stop myself crying to keep Amy calm so she would be okay.

“I knew Amy was getting the best care possible but seeing your child like that is so difficult. If I could have taken Amy’s place then I would have. I paced around outside until she came out of surgery and I knew she was fine. Now she tells everyone that the scar where they took her kidney out is a big snake.”

Amy started on chemotherapy but it was a hammerblow when tests revealed there was also a tumour on her lung. It meant a second operation to remove the tumour followed by a year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Amy lost her hair and became a regular at the Schiehallion ward at Yorkhill.

By October 2013, doctors explained that Amy’s best chance of survival was a stem cell transplant, to help her body make new healthy blood cells after her own had been destroyed by the disease. It meant two weeks in an isolation ward to reduce the risk of infection. By Christmas that year the family got the best present of all when doctors explained the cancer had gone. Amy who is now a primary five pupil at St Timothy’s Primary school in Coatbridge is loving life.

Cancer Research UK Race for Life organisers are appealing for women and girls to stride out to beat cancer sooner this spring with Scotland’s first Race for Life 5K of the year kicking off in Stirling and South Queensferry on May 13, closely followed by 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy 5K events across the country, everywhere from Glasgow to Aberdeen, Fife to Falkirk, Dundee to Irvine. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, half marathon and hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding crucial research.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We are very grateful to Netball Scotland and to Amy’s family for their support

“By signing up to Race for Life, women across Scotland can make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists and doctors find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

“Race for Life is a hugely moving experience – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as people come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived or support those going through treatment. By joining like-minded ladies committed to the cause, women can unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.

“Every day, 87 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland. That’s why we need women across Scotland to sign up to Race for Life this January and join mothers, daughters, sisters and friends at the start line when events kick off this summer.

“Money raised through Race for Life is helping to drive research to help beat over 200 different types of cancer – that’s why every step, every person and every penny raised counts.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend more than £34 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive the disease.


To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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Safety first is the goal for Renfrewshire pupils

Almost 2,000 primary six pupils have taken part in a series of safety workshops designed to keep Renfrewshire children safe.

The annual Safe Kids events, organised by the Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership and hosted by St Mirren Football Club, has delivered safety messages to more than 20,000 young people since it was first introduced more than a decade ago.

Pupils from every school in Renfrewshire were invited to take part a wide range of workshops, from littering, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour to fire safety, drugs and alcohol awareness and emergency situations.

The workshops took place in and around the Paisley 2021 Stadium, including the dressing rooms and hospitality suite, with pupils taking their seat in the stand before being split into their groups for the day.

Kids were also tasked to create their own posters detailing what being safe means to them and five winners were selected by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

The winners, and their families, were invited to a special VIP day at the Paisley 2021 Stadium and were joined by pupils from Bargarren, St John Bosco, Glencoats and Barsail Primary.

The five winners were:

Momina Ali – Newmains Primary, Renfrew

Gracie Boyd – Ralston Primary, Paisley

Evie Crawford – Lochfield Primary, Paisley

Jemma Johnston – St Anthony’s Primary, Johnstone

Summer Coyle – Rashielea Primary, Erskine

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Safe Kids is a fantastic project which is ensuring our children have the correct information and skills to stay safe in a variety of situations.

“More than 20,000 pupils have had the opportunity to learn from a variety of our community partners and this will allow them to be fully informed to deal with issues both in and out of school.

”The workshops are delivered in a fun and engaging manner which means the young people involved can enjoy the day while still taking in the serious messaging behind the activities.”

Safe Kids events took place on 7-8 March, 13-16 March and will conclude between 19-22 March.

The workshops were delivered by a range of partners including Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Team, Renfrewshire Council’s Wardens, Renfrewshire Council’s Civil Contingencies Service, Renfrewshire Council’s RADAR (Drugs and Alcohol), Police Scotland, British Transport Police, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Who Cares Scotland and Street Stuff.

Prizes for the winners, including discounted passes, bags and tickets, were kindly donated by Flip Out, Joma Sport and St Mirren.

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£500k investment in Paisley 2021 cultural legacy

Paisley 2021

Plans to build a lasting legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 are taking a major step forward – with a £500,000 investment to develop the area’s creative sector being revealed.

The town’s bid for the title was part of a wider plan to transform the fortunes of Paisley and Renfrewshire by harnessing the power of the area’s globally-significant cultural and heritage story.

The partners behind the bid are now working on a detailed legacy plan to make sure Paisley’s journey continues and deliver on the vision of the bid over the next decade.

One of the key strands of that is in growing the area’s independent cultural sector – and the half-million-pound investment unveiled today by Renfrewshire Council – using money set aside to fund the 2021 year had the town won the title – aims to do that. It comes in two parts:

– £360,000 for a new Organisational Development Fund to grow the independent creative sector locally over the next three years.

By giving existing groups certainty over budgets it is hoped they could expand to a level where they could apply for and get national funding and become sustainable at that level. Detailed criteria and application process have yet to be developed, but the fund is due to run from 2019 until 2022.

– a £140,000 top-up for the existing Culture Heritage and Events Fund, allowing it to run until 2021. The fund ran alongside the bid with the aims of increasing cultural participation, showcasing the town’s story, and allowing local talent to work with organisations of national stature.

It has supported more than 80 projects to date with highlights including teenage animator Morgan Spence’s Lego animation about the town, local dance group Right2Dance bringing Sir Matthew Bourne’s Re:Bourne company here for a week-long residency, and local music charity Loud ‘n’ Proud’s Bungalow Bar musical on how a small Paisley venue hosted the biggest names in the UK punk scene

The funding announcement comes within days of the launch of a new destination brand and website – Paisley is – designed to promote the area as a great place to live, invest and visit.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure – whose Cultural Services team will administer both funds – said: “The Paisley 2021 bid has already changed Paisley for the better – it raised our profile, made people aware of our untold story, and brought a sense of self-confidence back to a town which needed that boost.

“And it’s important people know that journey will continue. It may not be the turbocharged journey we would have had if we’d won – but the bid focused the area behind a very clear vision for the area’s future, which we will still deliver on.

“That vision was to grow a new dimension to the local economy through creative industry, ensure the area is recognised for its cultural excellence, transform Paisley’s image, lift communities out of poverty, and make our town centres vibrant destinations.

“Over the next few years we and our partners will deliver all of the above – and the investment announced today feeds into those aims.

“By helping the local creative sector grow through this funding, we equip them to stage more events, festivals and projects which showcase what the area has to offer and bring people here, with all the benefits that brings to the local economy.

“At the same time, we know culture has a positive impact on well-being and life chances – which is why we are putting that at the heart of everything we do from now on.

“By helping local groups create more opportunities for people to access those benefits it supports the wider work across the area around health and education and to tackle poverty.

“The investment in cultural capacity is just one of several parts of the 2021 legacy – we already have a confirmed £100m+ investment in town centre venues and infrastructure, have just announced £5m of additional budget to grow our major events and festivals programme, and have more support on the way to develop the area as a hub for creative industry.

“All those benefits that will be felt throughout all of Renfrewshire – not just Paisley – and with the new Paisley Is… brand signposting to all the events and local culture which makes us a great destination there’s loads going on to feel excited by.”

For more information on what Paisley has to offer, visit www.paisley.is

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2021 thank you event to look ahead to Paisley’s bright future

Plans to secure a exciting future for Paisley will be laid out at a celebration event aimed at highlighting the benefits of bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 and how the town plans to continue to harness the power of culture to transform its fortunes.

The ‘Our Journey Continues’ event, which will take place on Thursday 29 March at Paisley Town Hall from 12.00 – 1.30pm, will examine the key benefits of the town’s bid including helping to raise the town’s profile, raising ambitions for the area, developing a deeper understanding of the excellent work taking place in the community.

The town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 changed the town for the better, and the momentum it generated will continue and this will be discussed in more detail at the event.

In addition to celebrating the work which has already taken place it will also reveal more about the future opportunities. This includes investing in cultural venues and outdoor spaces such as Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre and St James Playing Fields, developing the creative economy and enhancing our cultural events and festivals programme and continuing to build on the support from the community. This investment demonstrates how Renfrewshire continues to buck the trend in terms of cultural investment.

Furthermore it will show that the council and its place partners are still committed to achieving the step changes outlined in the bid – to grow a new dimension to the economy, transform the town’s image, lift Paisley’s communities out of poverty, be recognised for cultural excellence and transform the town into a vibrant cultural centre.

The event will see partners and local community groups come together to find out more about future plans and members of the public are encouraged to come along to learn what will happen next for the town.

Chair of the Paisley Partnership Board, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “The Our Journey Continues event is not only a celebration of the excellent work which has already taken place through the bidding process but is a great opportunity for us all to look ahead to the exciting plans for the future.”

This event precedes the Future Forward: Culture in Renfrewshire collaborative discussion which will ask attendees what directions culture in Renfrewshire should take, and what successes people would like to build on.  The event will be held in Paisley Town Hall from 2-4pm.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services, Morag Macpherson, said: “The thank you event is a great introduction to the Culture in Renfrewshire discussion which will allow everyone to have their say on what the priorities for culture in Renfrewshire should be in the years to come.

“I’m sure the plans unveiled through Our Journey Continues, and the ideas and ambitions which people come along with, will create a really rich inspirational mix. We will discuss how we best focus our aspirations and collectively create a really exciting cultural environment over the next few years.”

There will also be another Future Forward session on Tues 17 April 6-8pm, places can be booked here.

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Gin 71 is just the tonic for Paisley Food and Drink Festival

The award-winning bar chain, Gin 71, will be at Paisley Food and Drink Festival allowing visitors to sample the very best artisan gins.

Paisley Food FestivalDarrel Douglas from the Rum Shack

Paisley’s popular Food and Drink Festival returns next month and for the first time ever will take place over two days from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 April when the very best of Scotland’s producers will showcase their wares to visitors in Paisley’s iconic Abbey Close. Visitors can experience drinks tasting sessions as well as a fantastic selection of street food vendors, interactive workshops, live music running alongside Scotland’s largest real ale festival.

Gin 71 will run two dedicated gin tasting sessions on Friday 27 April accommodating 50 people in each session and showcasing the very best Scottish craft gins with the perfect serves making it a great evening out.

On Saturday 28 April the bar will have their very own gin palace tent with an extensive array of more than 20 craft gins to sample including Arbikie, Gin Bothy and Isle of Harris.

Gin enthusiasts will also have the chance to speak to some of the gin producers at the bar’s free ‘Meet the Maker’ sessions to find out more about their product and the advice for the best way to sample their gins.

Managing Director of Gin 71, Paul Reynolds, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing Gin 71 to Paisley Food and Drink Festival to offer people the chance to sample some fantastic craft gins.

“Gin really is booming at the moment and through our tasting sessions, Meet the Maker opportunities and expert bar staff who will be at the festival we hope to highlight the great range of craft gins available and maybe even create some new gin fans.”

This news follows Gin 71’s recent expansion having opened its third Glasgow branch on the first floor of House of Fraser on Buchanan Street earlier this month. This follows the successful launch of their gin spa – the first spa of its kind in the UK.

Demand is expected to be high for the gin tasting sessions on Friday 27 April so interested parties are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the tasting session are £25 per person which covers samples of six of the finest artisan gins with Gin 71 expert staff insights on the perfect mixer and garnish. To find out more or to book a slot please visit: www.gin71.com/paisley.

To find out more about what’s on offer at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival please visit: www.paisley.is.

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Wedding Fayre at Johnstone Town Hall

For anyone starting to plan their big day, then Johnstone Town Hall’s first ever Wedding Fayre is the place to be. Join us on Sunday 8 April from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free.

This event will host a wide variety of local wedding suppliers, from photographers to kiltmakers and florists to candy carts. There will also be the opportunity to view a wedding set up in the main hall so that visitors can see just what this award-winning venue has to offer. Visitors will be able to experience the state-of-the-art technical facilities and have a look around the dedicated marriage suite. Free consultations will also be available with our wedding co-ordinators on the day.

Visitors to the Fayre will also receive a complimentary drink, a goody bag and a range of special offers and discounts.

Any businesses wishing to participate in the event should call Johnstone Town Hall on 0300 300 1210.

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Employability project with a difference welcomes new applications


A life changing employability programme is welcoming applications for its latest intake.


Project Search is designed for students with a learning disability or autism, who want to move into full time work.

There are 12 places available and the selected students will initially attend a summer school one day a week in July to prepare for the year ahead.

The programme is then delivered full time with Glasgow Clyde College at Renfrewshire Council over an academic year, from September 2018 to June 2019, with students working towards achieving a recognised qualification in employability.

Students will also gain more than 600 hours of practical work based learning and training through working in three different work placements within Renfrewshire Council.

A string of young people from previous courses have already landed jobs across Renfrewshire in a variety of roles including clerical assistant, catering and project assistant.

Colin McKenzie, the first graduate to get a job, said: “Project Search has given me confidence and skills and it has helped me to find a job. Our whole class had a brilliant year and we all felt that by the time we had completed the course we could move into work and make a contribution to the world.”

Every young person will work with a team that includes their family, college lecturer and job coach to create an employment goal to help them move to the world of work.

The experience and skills they get from their work placements will be vital for them in applying for jobs.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s great to see Project Search launch its fourth intake and create training and employment opportunities for young people.

“We look forward to welcoming a new group of trainees to the council and see them hopefully taking their first steps into the job market.”

Renfrewshire’s Project Search is a partnership between, Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow Clyde College and Invest in Renfrewshire.

It originated in Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital and has grown to over 400 sites internationally.

Applicants must be aged 17-26 years old, have a learning disability and/or autism and live within a Renfrewshire Postcode.

They must also want to find full time work on completion of the programme, be capable of  travelling independently and have excellent timekeeping and attendance.

An information evening on 21st March 2018 from 6.00pm-7.30pm at Tweedie Hall Linwood will provide more details about the course and application process.

To apply for the course, please contact michael.moran@renfrewshire.gov.uk.