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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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Barrowland Ballet & Macroberts Arts Centre present Poggle – a dance theatre piece for children

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**CATS Award nominee 2015: Best Music and Children’s Shows
A funny, intimate and delightful dance theatre piece which takes young children on a visual and musical journey of discovery
For children aged 6 month – 4 years

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Scottish Tour: 4 May – 4 June 2016

“This production goes a wonderfully imaginative extra mile in its mix of bouncy dance theatre, cunningly versatile design, live music and audience participation.” **** The Herald

Featuring rhythmical text, this interactive performance envelopes children in an imaginatively changing world. They can enjoy the visual, physical and musical energy of the show, identify with the emotions of the characters and even explore the set at the end. The performance is inspired by  Barrowland Ballet Artistic Director Natasha Gilmore’s personal experiences with her own children in terms of what they find funny and how they behave and move.

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Poggle is the story of Vince. He wants to explore the forest, but is too scared to go on his own until he meets Poggle, a friendly creature, who takes him on an adventure where he discovers the forest and the magical musical tree. With live music, clapping rhythms and bubble popping throughout, children will enjoy a sense of discovery and accomplishment throughout this show as they interact with the characters.

Natasha Gilmore, Barrowland Ballet, Artistic Director of Barrowland Ballet and director of Poggle, said: “Poggle was inspired by my young children as I watched the way they explored and played in the world around them. The joy of discovery and accomplishment when new skills are found and obstacles overcome and the wonderment children find in the simplest things, like mud.”

Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies and is based in the East End of Glasgow. The company name reflects its unique mix of popular culture and high art. Its name, taken from Glasgow’s famous Ballroom, also shares its belief that dance is for everybody. The company repertoire is built around the artistic work of choreographer, Natasha Gilmore. The work is inspired by her personal experiences and its challenging themes are delivered with wit and humour. The insightful observations of human behaviour and relationships enable audiences to identify with the stories in a multitude of ways, as they resonate with their own experiences. Recent productions, Tiger and Tiger Tale (7+) have toured to great success with Tiger Tale performing at Imaginate and both Tiger and Tiger Tale were part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2014 and toured internationally in 2015. Barrowland Ballet believes dance theatre should be available for everyone and creates professional productions and participatory projects for and with a variety of people. The most recent work was The River, a Festival 2014 event which took place along the banks of the Clyde with a 150 strong cast of dancers, singers and musicians.

Macrobert arts centre is the arts centre for Stirling and the Forth Valley and a cultural hub for Scotland. With a vision to promote and develop participation in and enjoyment of the arts macrobert offers a huge variety of activities with over 400 live performances – drama, comedy, opera, dance, music, musical theatre and art exhibitions – alongside a varied Creative Learning programme throughout the year.The venue is also a producer, co-producer and instigator of new work for young audiences. www.macrobert.org

Twitter: @barrowlballet | #poggle | www.barrowlandballet.co.uk | www.facebook.com/Barrowland-Ballet-112636408818824/

Age guidance: 6 months – 4 year olds | Running time: 30 minutes plus playtime at the end

 

Touring dates 

Wed 4 May

Paisley Arts Centre, Witherspoon St, Paisley PA1 1UR

11am & 2pm

£3

0300 3001210

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

 

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PACE Theatre Company

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PACE Theatre group are the Renfrewshire Community Champions “see section here

Since being formed by David Wallace in 1988 PACE has grown to become one of the largest youth theatre companies in the UK, creating countless opportunities for local youths with a dramatic flair and putting on shows that have thrilled the public year after year.

Based in Paisley, PACE has worked with over 250,000 young people since its inception, including over 20,000 who have become members of PACE Youth Theatre. PACE runs over 1,750 youth theatre workshops every year and its productions perform annually to audiences of over 200,000.

There’s four sides to PACE:

PACE Theatre Company
PACE Youth Theatre
PACE Casting
PACE Media Productions

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PACE are renowned for producing spectacular theatrical productions, in particular their much-loved and anticipated annual pantomime that they’ve put on every festive period since 1988 (see below for more details of this year’s show).
They’re also responsible for numerous other professional productions such as the Slab Boys Trilogy, commissioned and written original work and created several spectacular large-scale performances, including ‘Cradlesong’ for Renfrew’s 600 year anniversary.

PACE Youth Theatre

PACE Youth Theatre has become the largest and most successful youth theatre in the UK. Over 2000 young people attend their weekly workshops in drama, music and dance. As well as teaching performance skills, these workshops increase the confidence, communications skills and self expression of the participants. They’re a lot of fun, too. Past members include James McAvoy, Paulo Nutini and David Sneddon.
Workshops are run by fully trained full time staff and members also receive additional benefits such free casting agency representation for TV & Film work and discounts for events at ‘Fest!’ – their popular school holiday performing arts festival.

PACE Media Productions

PACE Media Productions was formed to provide a different medium for the dramatic work produced by PACE Theatre Company. It has produced educational dramas for clients such as Drinkwise, Scotland Against Drugs, Scottish Executive, NHS 24, West Dumbartonshire Council, and many others.

PACE Casting

This casting agency was set up to represent PACE’s youth theatre members in TV, film and advertising productions. It provides licensing and chaperoning services to production companies as well as audition facilities, and also produces an annual casting directory book, with over 1,000 professional photos and CV details, distributed to all major UK production companies.

PACE Pantomime – Tickets Selling Fast!

If you see anything this December make sure you see PACE Theatre Company’s 23rd Annual Pantomime – Aladdin. Starring David Wallace – the ‘Doyenne of Dames’ – and Alan Orr, along with a whole host of hilarious characters, fantastic original music, and the liveliest, most energetic chorus of young actors – this is one night out that you won’t want to miss!
Aladdin runs from Friday 26 November to Friday 31 December.

Box Office: 0141 887 1010
Group Bookings: 0845 130 5218
Online booking: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

PACE Website: www.pacetheatre.com

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Renfrewshire CVS to Help Deliver Digital TV Switchover

It has been officially announced that Renfrewshire CVS is to mobilise an army of charities and volunteers to help residents make the switch to digital TV in Renfrewshire.

Starting in November, Renfrewshire CVS will work with other charities and voluntary groups to prepare people for the switchover, which starts in Renfrewshire on 8th June. The appointment has been made on behalf of Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the switchover.

Renfrewshire CVS will mobilise local charities across Renfrewshire to hold events and presentations, giving advice on how to switch over to digital TV. Charity staff and volunteers will be invited to attend free briefing sessions to understand the process and learn about the Switchover Help Scheme. Thousands of people are expected to benefit from the advice and support given at these events.

Renfrewshire CVS is a local organisation that provides support to voluntary organisations, charities and community groups in the area to help them to achieve their aims and empower others. Their extensive networks, membership and partners make them ideally placed to take part in a programme of this type.

Janis McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Renfrewshire CVS, said: “Switching to digital TV will be straightforward for many people, but some others will need help, practical advice or reassurance.

“We look forward to working with our fellow charities to provide that support in Renfrewshire and help prepare the local community for switchover. We will also encourage those who are eligible to apply for the Switchover Help Scheme.”

Local charities can apply for free briefing places, and for funding through a Small Grants Scheme set up to encourage extra events locally. Materials developed to help run events and explain switchover will also be provided.

Russell Keene, Digital UK’s Regional Manager in Scotland, welcomed the announcement saying “the outreach work planned to reach into the community is essential and will help to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of digital TV when switchover arrives”.

Digital UK will soon be holding road shows across the central belt to provide further face-to-face advice for anyone who needs it.

The Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, has also been set up to make it easier for older and disabled people to switch to digital TV. It is writing to eligible people in the area. People are eligible for the scheme if they are aged 75 years or more, have lived in a care home for six months or more, get (or could get) certain disability benefits, or are registered blind or partially sighted.

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The Happening

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Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF
Tuesday 16th November 2010
9.30am – 4pm

Social enterprise Trade Fair The Happening will offer something for
everyone. For those involved or interested in social enterprise there’s the
opportunity to learn something new at a series of workshops, make new
contacts, discover more business opportunities, visit other companies and
see how they operate or simply relax and socialise with like-minded others
while browsing the stalls at the Trade Fair to make a start on your Xmas
shopping.

Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) are organising this
special event to celebrate the existence of social enterprises – companies
that put people before profit. They hope it will become an annual tradition
and bring people from across Scotland to learn more about social
enterprise, share knowledge, network with other social entrepreneurs and
sell their goods at a trade fair that will be open to the general public.

Janis McDonald, Chief Executive of RCVS: “In light of these tough
financial times, RCVS view this as an important event which will be of
great importance for Social Enterprise businesses. Social Enterprises
reinvest profits in local communities and we aim to achieve an increased
recognition amongst local people of the social benefits and cost efficiency
of the immense work done by this sector. RCVS is proud of the sector it
represents and is delighted to showcase the good work being done by hosting
The Happening 2010.”

Stalls at the Trade Fair are going quickly, with many seeing it as a great
opportunity to tap into the beginning of the festive shopping season.
Scottish Huntington’s will be selling their Christmas cards, for example,
while the Sunshine Gallery from Paisley Shopping Centre will be offering
artwork to members of the public who come in looking for something a little
different.

All charity and voluntary groups are welcome to book a stall at the Trade
Fair, which will be open to the general public, and take advantage of this
great opportunity to sell your wares to a large audience of Christmas
shoppers. Anyone wishing to book a stall is advised to book quickly as
space is running out.

A series of workshops will be running throughout the day for delegates and
stallholders to attend, covering such topics as starting up and developing
a social enterprise, advice on obtaining funding and contract
opportunities.

Delegates and stallholders will also have the opportunity to visit social
enterprises in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, finding out more about
how they operate and the services they deliver.

Everyone is welcome to take part in The Happening. Anyone who purchases a
ticket for The Happening will be given full access to the trade fair,
workshops and trips to local social enterprises.

The trade fair will be open to the general public. Any charity, voluntary
group or social enterprise in Scotland is welcome to book a stall at it.

RCVS is in the process of arranging hotel discounts and other special
offers for delegates and stall holders.

Anyone interested in The Happening should contact RCVS on 0141 587 2487 or
info@rcvsweb.co.uk for further information.

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Funding Information Session for Older Adult Groups and Organisations

Funding Information Session for Older Adult Groups and Organisations
Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley
22nd October 2010
11.30 – 12.30


This free event is open to anyone looking for Lottery funding to support their work with older adults. Whether it’s to keep their work going or to develop a new organisation to support older adults, this information session will provide valuable help.

Ruth Cooper, the External Funding Manager for Renfrewshire Council, will be running the session, which has been organised by Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) and Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS).

Staff members from ROAR and RCVS will also provide follow up support for anyone needing help with their application for Lottery funding.

Samantha Drysdale, ROAR’s Admin & Communication Officer: “If you need help with funding an older adult group or organisation then this is the event for you! Come along receive the advice you need and the follow up support provided by RCVS, ROAR and Ruth Cooper, Renfrewshire Council’s External Funding Manager.”

Anyone who would like to book a place should contact Samantha on 0141 889 7481 or roar@rcvsweb.co.uk.

More information on the award-winning ROAR can be found on their new website: www.roar-renfrewshire.org.

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Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Campaign scoops another award

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade campaign has been named runner up for a national award by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group was runner up for the Best Outreach and Networking Campaign in the Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 awards.

The awards, sponsored by the Co-operative Group, celebrate the achievements of Fairtrade campaigners and supporters during the annual two-week Fairtrade Fortnight campaign, this year held from 22nd February – 7th March 2010.
Fairtrade Fortnight is promoted by networks around the country including businesses, charities, trade unions, student groups, churches and other faith-based organisations. Thousands of people organized events all over the country to raise awareness of Fairtrade, and encourage people to swap to Fairtrade products, in keeping with the overall theme of Fairtrade Fortnight 2010: The Big Swap.

The judging panel were impressed with Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Fortnight events including a Fairtrade Tea Dance, Tea Party, roadshow and producer visits to schools as well as taking part in national events such as the COSLA conference. They also praised Renfrewshire’s
‘ I Swap’ campaign as an excellent resource for getting people to sign up to pledges to swap their regular shopping items for Fairtrade versions.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “This is a huge compliment to the volunteers who have made Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade campaign such a success. Without their dedication we would not be able to run such a range of events and initiatives which enable us to reach out to all aspects of our communities and beyond.

“Since Fairtrade Fortnight we’ve continued to spread the Fairtrade message by taking part in a wide range of events from running a schools World Fairtrade Day poster campaign, to handing out Fairtrade bananas to the 1500 runners in this year’s Paisley 10k, thanks to support from the Co-operative Group.

“We are all delighted with this award and will put the prize money to good use continuing our success with next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.”

The winners will be presented with prizes by Fairtrade Foundation Executive Director Harriet Lamb, at the national Fairtrade Supporter Conference at Kings College London on Saturday 9 October.
400 Fairtrade campaigners from around the UK will attend to share the latest Fairtrade news, hear from keynote speakers and pick up new skills to help promote Fairtrade in their local communities. For full details of the conference visit: www.fairtrade.org.uk/supporterconference2010.
Veronica Pasteur, competition judge and Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation said: ‘I wish we could award prizes to all the groups across the country who put on an amazing range of events and activities during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010. But these winners showcase some of the most creative, interesting, far-reaching and media-worthy actions that happened as part of the Big Swap and we hope that the funding they receive as part of their award will help them to greater things in Fairtrade Fortnight 2011! Huge congratulations to everyone involved: the winners and all the Fairtrade Town groups as well as schools, universities and faith groups who got involved in Fairtrade Fortnight. Together we reached more people than ever with the Fairtrade message, helping them to understand the impact of Fairtrade and make positive choices when they shop to ensure farmers and workers get a better deal..’

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Jog On

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Hot on the heels of the success of the Paisley 10k, Jogging Buddies is looking for new members.

Jogging Buddies is Renfrewshire’s very own jogging network. It is part of the national jogscotland programme and aims to encourage people to gradually increase their activity levels to help improve their health and well being.

Joggers of all abilities are welcome to join any of the Jogging Buddies venues. If you have never jogged before don’t despair! Jogging Buddies will be organising new beginners walk/jog classes at all its venues on the week commencing 20th September.

Jogging Buddies venues:

Houston Village Hall, Monday 6.30pm
Renfrew Leisure Centre, Mondays 6.30pm
Lagoon Leisure Centre, Tuesdays 6.00pm
Glennifer High School. Tuesdays 6.30pm
McKillop Institute Lochwinnoch Wednesdays 6.30pm
Ralston Community Sports Centre Wednesdays 7.00pm
Elderslie Village Hall Thursdays 6.30pm
Erskine Sports Centre, Thursdays 6.30pm
Linwood Sports Centre, Saturdays 10.00am
Further information:
01505 810936

taken from the RCVS newsletter for more information on RCVS click here.

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The Happening 2010

The Happening 2010
Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF
Tuesday 16th November 2010
09.30am – 4pm

The Happening is a one day Social Enterprise Trade Fair which will provide the opportunity to buy and sell goods from Social Enterprises from all over the West of Scotland and network with other social entrepreneurs. There will also be the opportunity to attend workshops, visit local social enterprises and visit the cafe supplied by local social enterprises.

This fair is suitable for anyone interested in social enterprise, business and community life, including those working in Third Sector organisations, local authorities, chambers of commerce, public sector agencies and the private sector. A number of social enterprises drawn from across the West of Scotland will be exhibiting/trading goods.

For full event details please see the attached flier.

Further information:
Anne Keir
0141 587 2487
anne.keir@rcvsweb.co.uk

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Renfrewshire Doors Open Day 2010

This is an excellent opportunity to get out to buildings and parts of that building you normally can not access.. Also dont just go yourself, join up with others via the website and have a good old sociable day out..

Renfrewshire’s biggest entertainment complex, a hospice therapy unit and a hotel are joining more traditional choices such as churches and museums in a show of Renfrewshire’s heritage.

Xscape Braehead, Ash Tree hotel and the Accord Hospice therapy unit, both in Paisley, will all feature in Renfrewshire’s 17th Doors Open Day programme on the weekend of September 11/12.

Doors Open Day gives people free access to buildings or historic sites which aren’t always open or accessible to the general public. The event is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Department of Planning and Transport.

Sixty venues will be participating. On Saturday 11 September venues in Paisley, Bishopton, Inchinnan, Renfrew and Erskine will be open. On Sunday 12 September the venues in Johnstone, Elderslie, Renfrew and Erskine will be on show.

Once again Doors Open Day visitors in Paisley will have the opportunity of being transported between venues in style thanks to funeral directors J and W Goudie. The firm is again laying on a limousine shuttle.

This year’s programme also features the popular Renfrewshire Children’s Passport. Youngsters who have their passport stamped at five participating venues can claim a certificate and gift at Paisley Museum.

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall will be opening their doors for the annual national event. This year is the 29th anniversary of Doors Open Day and also the 29th Anniversary of children’s author Roald Dahl’s death. In celebration of Dahl’s fantastic stories, take a tour of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory using clever CGI technology at Paisley Town Hall; make your own ‘Witches’ hat at Paisley Arts Centre; and find escaped insects from James’ giant peach at Paisley Museum!

Archaeology again features prominently with excavations at Paisley Abbey. That will involve a further dig which should reveal more about the construction history of the Abbey Drain. There will also be an archaeological evaluation of site of the west range of the Abbey’s monastic cloister which was demolished in 1874.

“There’s something for everyone, whatever their age or interest, in this year’s Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme,” said Councillor Iain Nicholson, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board.

“One of the main ideas behind the Doors Open Day programme is to show people the continuing relevance of an area’s past. Nowhere is that more true than in Renfrewshire. We are proud of our heritage and Doors Open Day gives people the chances to visit free of charge iconic buildings and sites in towns and communities across Renfrewshire.”

The Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme and Children’s Passport will be available in the next few days from council offices, libraries, arts centres and museums, as well as Paisley tourist information centre, Paisley Abbey, India of Inchinnan, Braehead/Xscape.

Both programmes are available online on our Doors Open Day page.