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Please support RAMH

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It has been another energetic year for RAMH during which they have provided services for almost 5,000 people experiencing mental ill health; empowering people to move independently towards recovery. RAMH also received the highest grading of “excellent” by the Care Inspectorate for their housing support services, plus the Silver Investors In People award.

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RAMH works hard to deliver the very highest quality services on the tightest of budgets. That’s not always easy. Would you consider supporting RAMH with a gift of £2 per month during 2017, to help us maintain and develop services? You will be making support even more accessible, and more available, to more people.

One of our service users recently said “the RAMH singing group has brought me out of myself now, it’s given me back my confidence. Self management has been rediscovering myself in a way. It’s made me believe in myself again; without RAMH I wouldn’t be here today.”

For every £1 you donate, over 80p goes directly towards supporting local people with conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self harm and others. RAMH promises not to share your information with any other organisations, nor to raise money through telephone fundraising or street fundraising. To set up your donation visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/donate/makeDonationForCharityDisplay.action?charityId=1010168&frequencyType=M

or go to www.virginmoneygiving.com, search for RAMH and set up a monthly donation by clicking on the right hand side under Support Us.

If you can, please help RAMH by donating a small amount every month during 2017. If you prefer to make a single donation use the links above and select “single” on the drop down list. Your generosity will make a lasting impact in the lives of individuals.

THANK YOU for your kind and committed support!  www.ramh.org

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Vote for RAMH

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RAMH’s has been nominated for 2 cash awards and are asking everyone to vote for them!

Firstly the Singing For Wellbeing group has been nominated for an Aviva Community Fund award – and you can help by voting at https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-1743 and register to receive your 10 votes to get the group a crucial £5,000 in funding. We know that severe and enduring mental ill health impacts every part of a person’s life, and we also know that the crucial steps towards recovery include keeping connected, nurturing relationships and being creative. Please vote for Singing For Wellbeing in the Aviva Community Fund – this cash will make such a huge difference to the group.

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RAMH has also been nominated for a Tesco Bags of Help award and will receive either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000, depending on the public vote, for their Wellbeing Gardening Group. Voting takes place from October 31st – November 13th at Tesco in Linwood, Renfrew or Paisley. Please vote for RAMH during this fortnight so they can continue to offer creative and therapeutic support for people with severe and enduring mental ill health.

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Renfrewshire showcases its unique heritage buildings as doors open for the weekend

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Thousands of families and heritage lovers from across the West of Scotland visited Renfrewshire at the weekend for Doors Open Day.

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Popular heritage buildings – such as Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley Abbey and Sma’ Shot weavers’ cottages saw hundreds of visitors come through their doors.

Visitors took the opportunity to see inside Tannahill’s cottage – famous as the home of Paisley’s son Robert Tannahill – and watch as the only remaining fully operational bridge of its kind – the Inchinnan Bascule Bridge, designed by Sir William Arrol – lift up at Renfrew.

Paisley’s ambitions to be UK City of Culture 2021 featured in an exciting Yarn Storming inside Paisley Abbey as part of PaisleyMake – a design showcase supporting Paisley’s exceptional textile history and reconnecting the Paisley Pattern – the town’s global brand – back with the town.

History lovers popped into Johnstone to see the UK’s only museum in a supermarket – Johnstone History Museum sits inside Morrisons – and over to Paisley to visit Paisley Thread Mill Museum, which sits inside Mile End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and members of the public also took part in a charity zip slide to raise much needed funds for four Renfrewshire charities – Renfrewshire Carers Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

More than 50 buildings and locations took part in Doors Open Day in Renfrewshire, which is part of an exciting calendar of events for the area that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The area’s rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene, at the heart of local communities, is a key component of Paisley’s bid.

Provost Hall said: “Doors Open Day is always a fantastic event that many people enjoy and this year was no different. Renfrewshire has a wealth of heritage buildings and hidden gems and people love getting inside to see them.

“Paisley Abbey also featured three special workshops as part of PaisleyMake, with the public making corsages, origami and yarn storming the Paisley 2021 logo.

“Brave members of the public also joined me for a charity zip slide in East End Park, which will raise much-needed funds for my four chosen charities. I really enjoyed my first zip slide and it was great that it took place as part of Doors Open Day.

“Renfrewshire’s unique features also proved popular among visitors, with two new buildings – St Machar’s Ranfurly Church and Erskine Community Allotments – also opening their doors at the weekend.

“We are fortunate to have examples of brilliant architecture and innovative venues across the area. Renfrewshire should be proud of its heritage and cultural offering, and Doors Open Day does a wonderful job of showcasing why the Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is so strong.”

Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Brian and Danielle complete Arran Bike Hike challenge to raise funds for RAMH

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Paisley.org.uk‘s Brian McGuire and Danielle Caira have completed an Arran Bike & Hike challenge to help raise funds for a Paisley charity.

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Over two days they completed a 42-mile cycle from Brodick to Lochranza on Saturday, then on Sunday they took on a further 13-mile cycle on as well as hiking the Goatfell Hike.

That’s 55 miles of cycling in total and an 874 metre hike.

Both had been training before the big weekend arrived with Brian and Danielle cycling 20 miles every day to make sure they were fit for the challenge.

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Brian and Danielle are raising money for RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health), a charity based here in Paisley.

Brain took to Facebook after it was all completed to thank everyone for their support, he said: “Smashed it. Thanks for everyone who supported us on this epic journey… This is us at the top of Goatfell, Arran. After two days of cycling some of the toughest roads we’ve ever done.”

There is still time to sponsor Brian and Danielle by going to their Money Giving page: http://bit.ly/2c0fMpy.

To find out more about RAMH visit http://ramh.org.

 

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Choose Life campaign aims to save lives in support of Suicide Prevention Week

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If you can read between the lines, you can save lives. That’s the message Choose Life is sending out to people in Renfrewshire to mark Suicide Prevention Week (5–11 September).

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Memorial tree for those lost to suicide outside Renfrewshire House

Last year 21 people in Renfrewshire took their own lives, leaving a lasting impact on families, friends and communities.

Choose Life is tackling this through its ‘Read between the lines’ campaign, which calls on everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in people close to them.

The message is that if you’re worried about someone, such as a friend, family member or workmate, asking them directly about their feelings can help to save their life.

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Memorial bench in Johnstone

The campaign acknowledges that signs of suicide can be ambiguous, but encourages people to take all signs of distress seriously, even if the person seems to be living a normal life. It also aims to assure people that asking a person about what’s troubling them can make a positive difference.

The campaign targets men and women who are likely to be in greatest contact with people most at risk of suicide – men aged 30-59, since statistics show that around three-quarters of suicides have been men in every year since 1990.

Raising awareness of suicide prevention and giving the public information is a vital part of the Choose Life work. A host of activities are taking place in Renfrewshire during Suicide Prevention Week, including the launch of the ‘Time to Listen’ film which sees national support groups, local community groups and members of the community speaking about suicide and its effects.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Well-being Policy Board, said: “Suicide Prevention Week is a chance to highlight the part that suicide plays in people’s lives and educate people on the warning signs which they may notice in someone’s behaviour.

“Scotland’s suicide rate has been decreasing since 2002 with the latest figures showing that that they are at their lowest level since the 1970’s- but this is not enough.

“We must ensure that those who are dealing with suicidal thoughts are aware of the help that is on offer and make it as easy as possible for them to access these support channels.

“If we can show that there is always a better option, then these statistics should continue to fall year on year- until we achieve the ultimate goal of no one being lost to suicide.”

Lisa Aitken, Choose Life Co-ordinator, said: “You tend to know when someone close to you isn’t quite themselves. So if you notice any changes in their behaviour that worry you – even if the signs come and go – ask them about it.

“You’ll find that talking can help a person get clarity about what it is that’s troubling them, and often gives a sense of perspective. Starting a conversation is half the battle. You don’t need to have an answer to their problems – just be there for them, try to listen carefully without judging, and show that you care.”

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, Paisley from 7pm-8:30pm.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email elizabeth.aitken@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Take the leap and help support St Vincent’s

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager Lesley Miller

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is hosting a charity zip slide this September and she wants you to take part with her.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager Lesley Miller

Fundraisers will fly across East End Park in Paisley, going from 100ft to the ground in seconds, in order to raise money for four Renfrewshire charities- one of which is St Vincent’s Hospice.

When Stewart MacKay was discharged from hospital having been deemed too frail for a heart transplant he was at an all time low.

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Day Hospice attendee Stewart MacKay

“I had a hospital bed in the living room and wasn’t allowed to use the stairs. They didn’t even want me to transfer from my wheelchair- my chances of survival were rated low.”

Stewart was given the opportunity to visit St Vincent’s day hospice which provides people with palliative care needs the opportunity to access the services of the hospice.

It gives patients the chance to meet with others, as well as members of the hospice team, for peer support and also gives respite to family and carers.

“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have done anything. I wasn’t even sure I was going to go—but I’m glad I gave it a try. Susan and Sharon are cheery and I look forward to coming here.

“It’s not the end of the world coming to the hospice.  It’s all about getting you to do things, rather than giving up.”

It costs around £6,000 per day to provide all of St Vincent’s services and all care is provided at no cost to the patient or their families.

The funds raised by the zip slide will play a vital role in allowing them to continue to provide local hospice care in Renfrewshire.

Lesley Miller, St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager, said: “The zip slide is quite a challenge; you have to hold your nerve as you get lifted high into the air and then trust your life to the wire.  But it’s an exhilarating experience that you’ll never forget.

“And by raising as much sponsorship as you can, it’s a golden opportunity to reach out to help other people in your own community, here in Renfrewshire.”

Provost Hall said: “St Vincent’s provide a vital service within Renfrewshire and I’m proud to support them through my charity fundraising scheme.

“By taking part in the zip slide you will not only experience the exhilaration of the jump but the money raised will help St Vincent’s- and the other three charities- continue to provide quality services for those in Renfrewshire- such as Stewart.

”I would urge you to please sign up and fundraise for what will be an exciting and memorable day.”

The zip slide takes place on Saturday 3 September and forms part of Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day celebrations.

All the money raised from the event will be donated equally between St Vincent’s Hospice, ACCORD Hospice, Renfrewshire Carers Centre and Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH).

For more information and to sign up contact Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794 and  donna.gallagher-pt@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Brian and Danielle take on Arran Bike & Hike challenge to raise funds for RAMH

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Paisley.org.uk’s very own Brian McGuire and Danielle Caira are to get on their bikes by taking part in the 2016 Arran Bike & Hike challenge to help raise funds for Paisley charity RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health).

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Danielle Caira, Tony Fitzpatrick and Brian McGuire

They will be attempting  a 42-mile cycle from Brodick to Lochranza on Saturday 3rd September followed by a further 13-mile cycle on Sunday 4th September  plus Goatfell hike at 874m.

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l/r Brian McGuire, RAMH’s Chief Executive Stephen McLellan, Tony Fitzpatrick, Danielle Caira and Paisley Panda

You can read more on this story here.

Anyone wishing to sponsor them can do so by clicking here.  You will then be entered into a prize draw to win a signed St Mirren home football top or signed football.

 

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There are 3 challenge options available.  

Weekend Bike & Hike: Saturday – 42 mile clockwise island cycle from Brodick to Lochranza, with overnight stay. Sunday – 13 mile cycle plus Goatfell hike at 874m. £50 registration fee plus £300 minimum sponsorship.

Saturday Full Loop Bike: circumnavigate the beautiful isle of Arran – the full 52 miles in one day on a fully supported cycle including support vehicle. £30 (or £15 early bird) registration fee plus £120 minimum sponsorship.

Sunday Goatfell Hike: Conquer Goatfell at 874m, includes mountain guide, first aiders and front and rear walkers. £30 (or £15 early bird) registration fee plus £120 minimum sponsorship.

Every person registering for the RAMH Arran Bike and Hike will be given a free month’s membership and entered into a prize draw for 6 month’s free membership at Pro Life Fitness Centre. They also receive a free RAMH t-shirt.

All meals, transport and overnight accommodation are included, participants just need a bike & helmet and/or walking boots. Register NOW by contacting enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900

 

Pictures taken by Robert Moore for www,paisley.org.uk

 

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Piping event to bring European and World Champions to Paisley next week

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Paisley town centre will once again be filled with the skirl of pipes and beat of drums, when the Paisley Pipe Band Championships return next Saturday (23 July).

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Pipers and drummers from across Renfrewshire, Scotland and further afield, will be in the town to perform at the seventh annual Paisley Pipe Band Championships.

Thousands are expected to watch more than 20 bands as they parade from High Street to the main competition arena in County Square. Spectators will experience more than 40 performances during the day, with the March Past at 5.30pm.

The championships, organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) and Renfrewshire Council, have quickly come to be regarded as one of the most prestigious on the calendar. This year’s event is part of an exciting and expanding calendar of cultural events for Renfrewshire as part of the build-up to the Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Pipers from as far afield as Northumberland, Troon and Rothesay will go head-to-head with local bands from Johnstone and Kilbarchan. Johnstone Pipe Band will be one of the star attractions, winning World Championship titles in 2014 and 2015, and being the current Grade 4 European Champions.

The Scottish Power Pipe Band – twice Cowal Championships, Scottish Championships, All-Ireland Champions and runners-up in the World Championships, will also come into Paisley to compete in Grade 1.

The free event begins at 10.30am, when the bands will parade past shoppers and onlookers to the final tuning area at the Cenotaph. From there, they will then march to County Square to get the competition proper under way.

During the event, people will be able to submit their stories on what makes Paisley and Renfrewshire great as part of the What’s Our Story? consultation. People can also submit their stories online using #MyStoryMyTown or at www.whatsourstory.co.uk.

The campaign aims to capture the everyday moments and tales that make the area one of Britain’s most exciting and diverse to live in.

Chieftain of the event, Depute Provost John Caldwell, said: “Now in their seventh year, the Paisley Pipe Band Championships are always a great day out for the huge numbers who come to watch.

“The standard of piping is extremely high and we are proud to boast European and World Champions from Renfrewshire in the shape of Johnstone Pipe Band. I’m sure that home support can inspire them to another winning performance next week.

“The ever-growing events programme, which forms part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, has an important role to play in supporting local traders. These events bring big crowds into our towns and give local communities another reason to feel proud about living in Paisley and Renfrewshire.”

Earlier this year, Paisley hosted the British Pipe Band Championships for the first time of a three years run in the town. More than 15,000 turned out to St James Playing Fields for one of the biggest events in world piping.

The Paisley 2021 bid aims to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future by using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in Spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit  www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Bike & Hike update

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Local mental health charity RAMH are encouraging everyone to fill the last remaining places on their 2016 Arran Bike & Hike.

The event takes place on Saturday 3rd and/or Sunday 4th September.

RAMH’s own Chief Executive Stephen McLellan is getting on his bike for the challenge and said “the Arran Bike & Hike is a perfect way to support local mental health services whilst completing a demanding physical challenge.” 

 

Provost Hall & Smoothie BikeThere are 3 challenge options available.  

Weekend Bike & Hike: Saturday – 42 mile clockwise island cycle from Brodick to Lochranza, with overnight stay. Sunday – 13 mile cycle plus Goatfell hike at 874m. £50 registration fee plus £300 minimum sponsorship.

Saturday Full Loop Bike: circumnavigate the beautiful isle of Arran – the full 52 miles in one day on a fully supported cycle including support vehicle. £30 (or £15 early bird) registration fee plus £120 minimum sponsorship.

Sunday Goatfell Hike: Conquer Goatfell at 874m, includes mountain guide, first aiders and front and rear walkers. £30 (or £15 early bird) registration fee plus £120 minimum sponsorship.

Every person registering for the RAMH Arran Bike and Hike will be given a free month’s membership and entered into a prize draw for 6 month’s free membership at  Pro Life Fitness Centre. They also receive a free RAMH t-shirt.

All meals, transport and overnight accommodation are included, participants just need a bike & helmet and/or walking boots. Register NOW by contacting  enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900

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Sign up and help ACCORD continue to care for Renfrewshire

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent's Hospice, Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

ACCORD Hospice has joined forces with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall to ask you to sign up to her charity zip slide this September.

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent's Hospice, Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent’s Hospice, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

The Provost- and as many willing fundraisers as possible- will fly across East End Park in Paisley on Doors Open Day weekend to raise money for her charity fundraising scheme.

The money raised will go towards maintaining the extensive and vital service that ACCORD provides in Renfrewshire.

Kenneth Mathie, Accord Hospice Fundraising Manager, said: “Over 1000 members of our community receive care from ACCORD each year and every one of our patients has a unique story to tell.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

“We provide specialist palliative care to people in Renfrewshire who are living with a life limiting illness and all the money we fundraise goes towards helping our ACCORD nurses continue to make a difference in our patients lives.”

The charity are part of the Provost’s charity fundraising scheme which has so far raised over £25,000 through a series of challenges- including a wing-walk, a skydive and an abseil- for ACCORD and also St Vincent’s Hospice, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Kenneth added: “Our total running costs are in the region of £3million each year and almost two thirds of this has to be raised from our community.

“The Provost’s goodwill towards the Hospice has helped greatly to raise funds to help ensure the on-going stability of our service- along with an enhanced public awareness of what we do within Renfrewshire.

“Please sign up to take part as it will make a big difference to the lives of our patients in Renfrewshire.”

The event coincides with Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day which offers the general public the chance to step inside and explore Renfrewshire’s historic and beautiful buildings.

The zip slide will add to the buzz which surrounds the weekend each year and will provide an opportunity for those in the community to raise money for four local charities- while also utilising the day to take in Renfrewshire’s remarkable architecture.

Provost Hall said: “ACCORD provide our community with an important service at a very difficult time in the lives of the patients and their families.

“I am proud that they are one of my chosen charities during my term as Provost and I’m determined to raise as much as possible to help them continue to improve the lives of those who need it in Renfrewshire.

“I’m asking everyone to find the thrill seeker inside them, sign up and join me in taking the leap across East End Park on the 3rd of September this year.”

All the money raised will be split evenly between the two hospice’s ACCORD and St Vincent’s, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

There is a registration fee of £20 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

For more information and to sign up contact Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794 or donna.gallagher-pt@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Fundraisers can join the event on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest information via: https://www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil/events