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St Vincent’s Hospice Strictly Come Prancing 2017

The annual St Vincent’s Hospice Strictly Come Prancing event will this year be held for the first time at The Crowne Plaza Glasgow. The hugely popular event, which is one of the highlights of the Hospice event calendar, is based on the popular television series Strictly Come Dancing.

Eleven ‘twinkle toed’ couples, many of whom have never danced before, have been volunteering  their time each week since January to rehearse in preparation for their dance on the evening infront of our judging panel and 400 hospice supporters.  One of these couples will be crowned Strictly Come Prancing Champions 2017!  This year, we are delighted to announce that Jake Quickenden from X-Factor and I’m A Celebrity fame will join us as a guest judge.

Louise Strachan, Hospice Fundraiser said, “This is a great fun filled fundraising evening which is one of the most popular events in our event calendar.  I am delighted that this year we have our celebrity guest, Jake Quickenden, who will lend his experience on the judging panel and will also perform on the night.  We are so grateful to the dancers for giving up their time to rehearse and fundraise, as we are to Lisa Marie McLaughlin and Gordon Elliot our choreographers and Peter Ferguson an ambassador of the Hospice who always host a great show!”

The event, now in its 6th year, is sponsored by Mactaggart & Mickel Ltd.  We have a limited number of tables left for this evening which takes place on Friday, 17th March.  If you would like to join us on the night, please contact our fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk

All the funds raised on the evening will go directly to St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood and help to provide care for people in the Renfrewshire area affected by a life-limiting illness.

 

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Kilbarchan AAC set for new £2.1m facility

One of Scotland’s largest and most successful athletics clubs, Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club (AAC), are set to build a £2.1m state-of-the-art indoor facility designed to increase participation in sport and support the achievement of sporting excellence.

Councillors will this week be asked to approve the allocation of £500,000- in two tranches of £250,000- to support the proposed development which will provide facilities for over 525 male and female athletes as well as the Renfrewshire community.

Plans have been developed, with the support of Scottish Athletics and Sport Scotland, to build an indoor athletics training centre adjacent to the outdoor track and field facilities at Linwood’s On-X sports centre.

The proposed indoor training centre would provide the club with:

-60m running track;

-Horizontal and vertical jumps;

-Pole vault;

-Indoor throws cage- including javelin;

-Club room;

-Strength and conditioning area

Scottish Athletics have identified the proposal as an important project within the National Facilities Strategy- which aims to provide athletics with numerous top class facilities throughout the country that will continue to maximise participation and increase standards of performance in all disciplines.

The successful completion of the development would significantly enhance the quality of the athletic training facilities available within Renfrewshire and support the continued development and success of Kilbarchan AAC.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, said: “Kilbarchan AAC are a credit to Renfrewshire and provide a fantastic platform for athletes to develop onto the elite stage.

“However, they also extremely inclusive and ensure that athletes of all ages are able to participate in the sport of their choice.

“This new facility would be a tremendous addition to Renfrewshire as we look to advance sporting opportunities for our communities and support the achievement of sporting excellence.”

Kilbarchan AAC are in the Premier Division of the Scottish Athletics league structure and its members include Olympians Callum and Derek Hawkins who represented Great Britain in the marathon at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Councillors will consider the proposals at the full Council meeting on Thursday 23 February.

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Volunteering to make a difference

A DRIVE to encourage more people to volunteer in their spare time has been launched by a Paisley charity this week. Kibble will be hosting a Volunteer Open Day on Monday 27th February to let people know about the opportunities available for those who want to make a difference in their community.

Volunteers of all ages and experience are being sought to help deliver the charitable programmes delivered at The Experience go karting arena in Hillington Park.  Roles include karting assistance, music & drama, photography, arts & crafts, social media and much more.

Last year over 23 million adults in the UK volunteered their time for charities. Recent studies have shown that volunteering can increase mental and physical wellbeing as well as reducing social isolation.1

Kibble are asking for a commitment of a minimum of 4 hours per week in return for full training in new skills, expenses and a bite to eat, and the chance to make a difference in their local community.

Chief Executive of Kibble Graham Bell said:

“We know people volunteer for a whole number of reasons, whether it is to enhance their CV, to meet new people, or to give something back to the community. With our new charity programmes, volunteering with us can do all of this and more.

“The Experience is such an exciting venue that we want to make it accessible for as many charity and community groups as possible. With the help of volunteering, we are dedicated to removing barriers and providing opportunities for all.”

The Volunteer Open Day is being held on Monday 27th February, 12-2pm and 5-7pm where food will be provided to this in attendance. For more details email enquiries@theexperience.org.uk or call 0141 883 4005.

Case Studies

These case studies are real examples of people who have already been volunteering with Kibble:

Audrey Sutherland, 21, Glasgow

When Audrey first heard about the chance to gain work experience that would help her degree studies, her lecturer told her to go for it. Now, it has opened the door to fulfilling a dream of becoming a graphic designer.

“I was at University completing an art related course which only involved me being there 3 days a week, so I decided to look for a volunteer opportunity that related to my course and gave me something useful to do with my time.

“I got in contact with Project Scotland and they told me about a volunteer opportunity at The Experience with Kibble. I wanted to gain practical skills in a role that related to my University course and volunteering at The Experience allowed me to gain this while being able to help out.”

“The best part about volunteering for me was definitely the amount that I learned from it. Because my role involved using the skills I had gained through college and university I didn’t expect it to be so informative but learning and doing are completely different and I found that I got a much better understanding of what my future in the design industry would involve.

“I would definitely recommend volunteering with Kibble to others. My travel was covered and I was given lunch every day, all it cost me was my time and I gained more than enough back from the opportunity.”

Hannah Jeffrey, 24, Newton Mearns

Hannah wanted the chance to learn more about working with young people. The Kids Clubs at The Experience were the perfect opportunity.

“I first heard about the chance of volunteering through someone who had also volunteered at Kibble and had said it was a great experience. l was studying psychology at Strathclyde University and l was keen to get involved in more volunteer work and help others.

“Through Kibble, l was placed at The Experience in Hillington Park. The best parts about being a volunteer is that you are helping others, making a difference, meeting lots of new people and gaining new skills – for example l volunteered in the Tuesday Children’s club at the experience, which involved helping in all the different activities. Through this l gained and enhanced my skills such as my creativity and confidence.

“I was offered great support as a volunteer – l felt valued, appreciated and part of the team, which motivates you even more. l felt it was important to be placed in a volunteer role that interested me so that you can fully contribute. There are quite a few volunteer options at the experience so there is something suitable for everyone.”

 

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Paisley Pirates are the new SNL champions

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DUNDEE TIGERS   0             PAISLEY PIRATES   6

Paisley Pirates are the new SNL champions after overwhelming Dundee Tigers 6-0 in their final league game to win the title. While Aberdeen could equal Pirates’ points total if they were to win all of their remaining games, Pirates have a better head to head against the Lynx, and thus the title comes back to Paisley after a four-year break.

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In a very nervy opening period, neither team was able to create much in front of the net, Tigers finding Graeme Meechan and the rest of the defence equal to the task of keeping them out, while Pirates appeared to be fully aware of what was at stake and played at an unusual tempo, with passes going astray and the lines failing to show their usual fluency going forward, as a result of which several chances went a begging. Balfour in the home goal had a relatively straightforward opening period, and thus neither side were able to grab the vital opening counter after 20 minutes.

In the middle period, play continued along similar lines until the 26th minute when Tigers’ McLeod had to leave the ice after taking a puck to the face, and the stoppage while the ice was cleaned appeared to invigorate the visitors, as they were ahead within seconds, Hadyn Bain skating down the left wing and passing to Liam Riddell who wasted no time in firing home to give his team the vital opener. The release of tension in the visitors’ ranks was palpable and with half a minute the lead was doubled as Blair took a pass from Johnston and fairly rattled it into the roof of the net, much to the delight of the large travelling Pirates’ support. The free flowing movement which had been noticeably absent earlier in the game had by this time returned to Pirates’ play and while their momentum was temporarily slowed as Crute took a minor for Elbows at the halfway point, parity in numbers brought a third goal for them as Wilson fed Orr who put the puck beyond Balfour without hesitation. The visitors were rampant now and it was no surprise when, with just over a minute remaining in a fine session for the visitors, Orr returned the compliment by passing to Wilson who picked his spot to make it 4-0 at the second interval.

With the game now virtually out of sight Pirates were on the powerplay in 43 minutes and Wilson and Orr combined to give Jordan space to fire a bullet home and make it five. The visitors were in complete control and even when Blair took a triple minor in the 49th minute, giving the hosts a 6 minute powerplay, the latter were unable to take advantage, and, indeed, Pirates scored shorthanded in the 52nd minute as Connor Spiers rifled a shot home from the blue line for 6-0, his first goal for the club. When Hassan took a minor for tripping, Pirates played a full two minutes with 3 skaters against five, and while there were a few near misses they comfortably held out and, indeed, once back to full strength may have added to their total, but with the clock counting down, and the fans singing from the stands, it was time for the celebrations to begin.

Scorers: Wilson (1+3), Orr (1+2), Riddell, Blair, Jordan & Spiers (all 1+0), Bain, Johnston, Miller & Thorp (all 0+1)

Man of the Match: David Orr

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Soccersixes Community Football Leagues starting in Paisley

A number of new community 6aside football leagues are starting in Paisley midweek nights at various locations between 8:00pm and 10:00pm and are sure to be popular with local residents.  Soccersixes are the UK’s leading provider of small sided FA affiliated football leagues so the popularity of this new football leagues will be very high.


The leagues will be located at Castlehead High School, St Andrews Academy and Gleniffer High School which are affiliated and each game is officiated by qualified officials.  Soccersixes also provide all the equipment so teams only need to worry about who’s going to play in their team each week.  A flexible squad system is also used so teams can use as many players as they wish in their squad.  Most squads will be made up of players that are friends, family and work colleagues.

Everyone is welcome, whatever standard, whatever age as long as they are over 16 they qualify to play in the Soccersixes.  Soccersixes do however request that team captains/managers are over 18.

Teams can also track their own stats including goal scorers and assists on the Soccersixes website.
We are also looking for a local business to possibly sponsor the league in way of providing a prize for the winning team to add to the prize package already in place. This sponsor will have their business name attached to the division plus will have an option to supply an image to be uploaded to the website.

For more information or to get involved as a team or sponsor in the Soccersixes leagues contact Adam on 07983 812135 or register your team on the all new Soccersixes website www.soccersixes.net

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Young Scot Awards tour rolls into Paisley

The Young Scot Awards bus visited Paisley Abbey today to urge locals to nominate their young heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards and to support Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley locals were out in force to cast their nominations and were entertained by a dance troop featuring HNC Dance students from West College Scotland.

The bus tour, sponsored by Scottish CityLink, continues its journey around Scotland for the fifth year running to encourage people across the country to nominate their local heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2017.

Now in its twelfth year, the Awards celebrate the contributions and work of young people age 11 – 26 across 12 categories including health, community, the arts and diversity. From hundreds of entries, three finalists will be chosen in each of the 12 categories. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on 27 April 2017.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “We’ve already received hundreds of inspirational nominations and I know there are hundreds more out there. It’s fantastic to have support from Paisley to celebrate the inspirational achievements of young people.  We want everyone across Scotland to get nominating so we can give young scots the praise they deserve!”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said: “It was great to see Young Scot bring their bus to Paisley Abbey – the organisation are already on board as supporters of the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and their support is much appreciated.

“The Awards help celebrate inspiring achievements and I would encourage everybody in Renfrewshire to check out the Young Scot Award categories and consider who could be nominated – we know Renfrewshire’s young people have some fascinating stories to tell and it would be great to see some local winners”.

Young Scot is urging people to nominate at youngscotawards.com before the voting closes on 27 February 2017.

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S3 pupils asked to help shape Paisley 2021 bid

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School pupils from across Renfrewshire were asked to help shape Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 ambitions by submitting their own ideas for the bid.

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The Higher Expectations Event hosted by the University of the West of Scotland saw 120 S3 pupils split into five-person teams and asked to discuss what ‘culture’ means to them.

They were also challenged to produce an idea to be included in the Paisley 2021 bid programme and which involves local pupils.

Five prizes of £250 were awarded to the teams from Trinity High, Paisley Grammar, Castlehead, St Andrew’s Academy and Park Mains.

The Park Mains team of Kyle Burns, Callum Munro, Elise Roxburgh, Maya Little and Hannah Stirling were declared the overall winners for their idea to help brighten up Paisley High Street by placing a series of murals on shopfronts.

Each of the five sponsors provided a judge for the panel – Steven Thomson (Paisley 2021 bid team), Bob Grant (Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce), Bob Davidson (Developing the Young Workforce West), Gordon Hunt (UWS) and Vicky Gemmell (Skills Development Scotland).

Renfrewshire Council’s education convener, Councillor Jacqueline Henry, said: “We were delighted to work with UWS and other local organisations for this event.

“The Paisley 2021 bid ultimately aims to create a better future for Renfrewshire and the young people of the area are the ones who that will impact on most – so it is only right they be asked what they want to see from Paisley’s bid.

“One of the key things we want to put across is that culture is for everybody, and we want our young people to know the benefits it brings are theirs to enjoy if they want them.”

This event was part of a wider initiative run by UWS to engage S3 pupils who show academic potential to help them maximise their talent and consider higher education as an option later in life.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “As proud and proactive supporters of the Paisley 2021 bid, we were delighted to run another event on our Paisley campus to promote the town for the UK City of Culture 2021 title.

“The University regularly works with schools to help raise aspirations and awareness of future possibilities.

“We are actively involved in the Children’s University and recently launched our Wee University which provides the opportunity for early years staff and students to work with local nursery aged children.”

More information on the 2021 bid can be found at paisley2021.co.uk and on the university at uws.ac.uk

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Councillors approve ambitious plans to transform Ferguslie Park

Communities will have the chance to shape an ambitious regeneration programme for Ferguslie Park.

Artist impressions of Ferguslie Park Regional Centre for Sport (NB – This is NOT a final design, but is merely an illustration of how a centre could look)

Members of the Renfrewshire Council Leadership Board approved proposals for major investment in the area, which are focussed around the development of a Regional Centre for Sport and delivery of high quality homes.

The proposals have been shaped by community consultation undertaken by the council in summer 2016, which indicated strong support for the sports facility and targeted housing investment.

The state-of-the-art sports facility will create a focus for local communities and generate opportunities for jobs, health improvement and activities for young people, as well as attracting visitors from across Renfrewshire.

It is expected to include a range of indoor and outdoor pitches for football, rugby and hockey as well as a specialist sports clinic, conditioning suite and associated changing facilities.

Initial proposals in relation to the sports facility, which is estimated to involve investment in the region of £14 million, have been developed in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland and St Mirren FC.

Proposals for housing investment relate to the Tannahill Road and Tannahill Crescent area of Ferguslie Park. These involve investing in existing stock, the demolition of low demand and vacant properties and developing a small number of new affordable homes.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Renfrewshire Council’s convener of housing, said: “The regeneration of Ferguslie Park is a priority for the council and I’m delighted the board has approved these proposals.

“We are determined that regeneration is led by the local community and our plans reflect the outcomes of our community consultation in summer 2016.”

He continued: “Most residents told us they want to stay in the area, with many people speaking positively about good local facilities, a community spirit and closeness to their neighbours, family and friends.

“The proposals for housing investment have been developed to reflect these views and enable local residents to remain in the area.

“The sports proposals have also been developed to include additional facilities and improve transport links to the area to reflect the views expressed”.

The plans will enable further consultation with the local community, local sports groups and all potential partners and funders on the detail of the regional sports facility and housing investment plans.

Councillor Williams explained: “The plans will give local people access to top class sporting facilities, high quality housing and have wider social and economic benefits.

“So far the local community have played a key role throughout the process and we are keen this continues.

“The consultation on the proposals is expected to start in early March and I would urge everyone to take part so that the final plans we ultimately take forward continue to reflect local people’s vision for their community.”

Renfrewshire Council’s regeneration of Paisley is part of a drive to give it a sustainable and prosperous future.

This will improve opportunities for local people and establish the area as a destination of choice for residents, businesses and visitors.

The Paisley 2021 bid to become UK City of Culture is already transforming people’s perceptions of the town, encouraging new arts events and activities, and making it a destination of choice for businesses and visitors alike.

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Renfrewshire households protected from cuts as Councillors vote to freeze council taxes and rents for coming year

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Paisley 2021 boosted by culture fund and music tuition investment

Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 ambitions are being boosted by two six-figure investments on cultural projects today agreed in Renfrewshire Council’s budget for 2017/8.

Councillor Macmillan with music students at St Catherine’s PS in Paisley.

A special budget meeting today saw councillors agree to pump an extra £500,000 into Renfrewshire’s existing Culture, Heritage and Events Fund – which aims to unlock the area’s creative potential ahead of the Paisley 2021 bid being submitted.

And homegrown talent will be further nurtured by £150,000 to remove all music tuition fees for every Renfrewshire school pupil for the next year.

The CHE Fund was set up in 2015 to build capacity among the local creative scene with an initial half-million-pound investment – meaning the money announced today doubles the total available through the fund over its lifetime to £1m.

To date, just under £350,000 of that has been allocated to 46 different projects across a wide range of art forms, with the latest tranche of awards confirmed earlier this week.

Completed highlights include teenage Kilbarchan film-maker Morgan Spence’s incredible Paisley-themed animation featuring Lego versions of famous Buddies including Paolo Nutini, Gerard Butler and David Tennant, now seen by an audience of millions around the globe.

The budget meeting also saw councillors agree Renfrewshire households will have no additional increases to council tax, aside from the nationwide rise already imposed by the Scottish Government for homes in bands E to H.

Residents will also see no increase in housing rents, adult social care charges and fees for leisure facilities.

Other headline investments include £6.7m for road maintenance (a record for a single year), £1.5m for anti-poverty initiatives and a £1m investment in community facilities.

A budget shortfall will see an overall reduction in spending of £16m, achieved through back-office and efficiency savings, with front-line services protected.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Growing cost pressures and increasing demands for services made this a very difficult budget to balance.

“But we’ve listened to what our communities told us and worked hard not to pass on the pressure of continued cuts to Renfrewshire households, many of whom are increasingly struggling to provide the basics for their families.

“Investment in cultural projects was one of our priorities because the economic and social benefits unleashed by a successful Paisley 2021 bid could utterly transform the outlook for Renfrewshire.

“To win the title, the area needs to demonstrate a thriving creative scene and proven ability to stage top-class programming – and the projects funded by the CHE Fund to date are already doing so.

“But the level of demand and quality of application so far has outstripped our expectations – this extra investment means Renfrewshire will continue to be open for business when it comes to attracting cultural entrepeneurship.

“Involvement in culture pays dividends in terms of people’s self-confidence and well-being, and by unlocking the potential of our young people – and making it easier for them to learn musical instruments in school is a great way to do that.

“We believe this and the other investments in the area’s infrastructure create a platform on which a healthier and more prosperous Renfrewshire can be built in future.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is taking place as part of a wider push to use the area’s unique heritage and cultural assets to transform its future.

The bid is due to be lodged by the end of April and more information is available at www.paisley2021.co.uk