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Hot fashions to beat winter chill

THE coats, hats and scarves are flying off the fashion rails as fast as the leaves are falling off the trees this autumn.

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And that can only mean one thing – it’s time to find out about the latest trends for the coming season at the unique intu Braehead fashion garden, this weekend.

The shopping centre is holding a free Autumn Winter Fashion Event in the central atrium, which has been transformed into a unique interactive garden, featuring the latest fashions that will be setting the trend in the coming months.
There are lots of outfits and accessories from the fashion stores at intu Braehead to browse, as well as beauty products to try and demonstrations to see.

Fashion stylists and top make-up experts will be on hand to give out one-to-one advice on what’s hot and what’s not this winter.

Shoppers can also take an unusual selfie or two in the Fashion Garden’s Magic Mirror. And one person who posts their selfie on social media with #intuawfashion will win a £200 intu Gift Card.
The intu Braehead Autumn Winter Fashion Event began yesterday (Friday) and continues today, Saturday September 23 and tomorrow between noon and 4pm.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’re quickly heading towards autumn and winter and that means it’s time for the girls – and boys – to update their wardrobe for the new season.
“Anyone in the slightest doubt what they should be wearing this autumn and winter should come along and get some free expert advice from our stylists.”

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Ambitious plans unveiled to reshape Renfrewshire

Renfrew Town Hall taken by Natalie Murie

Plans to create a thriving Renfrewshire are set to be considered by councillors next week.

Thriving Places, Connected Communities is the new Council Plan being presented next week, which sets out the local authority’s vision and strategic objectives for Renfrewshire over the next five years.

Renfrew Town Hall taken by Natalie Murie

Renfrewshire has a population of 176,000 people and has a proud cultural heritage, including Scotland’s second highest concentration of listed buildings.

The area generates more than one-third of Scotland’s manufacturing exports, with highly qualified employees and jobs up by 9,000 in the last three years.

The area also faces significant challenges, with one in five Renfrewshire children living in poverty and life chances in some communities blighted by poor health and wellbeing.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This plan sets out our ambitions as a local authority to deliver for everyone in Renfrewshire.

“Renfrewshire is a place of outstanding natural beauty, steeped in cultural heritage, with thriving business and economic activity. By listening to our communities and working together with our partners we can reshape Renfrewshire, our economy and our future.

“It is only by working together that we can give people a sense of pride in the place where they live. We want to remove the barriers to opportunities, building strong, safe and resilient communities, and make the most of what the area has to offer.

“This is a fantastic, yet challenging time for Renfrewshire and many people in our communities are affected by poverty, poor health and unemployment. These are unacceptable inequalities and we will address them by working differently, making decisions which ensure growth and investment reaches our most disadvantaged.

“Like many public services, we face significant financial challenges, a changing society and changing needs of local people, communities and businesses. It is vital that this plan is ambitious and flexible, enabling us to respond to the challenges and embrace the opportunities that will help us deliver the high-quality services local people and businesses rely on.”

Renfrewshire Council is the 10th largest local authority in Scotland, with 7900 staff and a £380million budget. It delivers a diverse range of services, from educating more than 27,000 children to managing more than 12,200 Council homes.

Councillors will consider the plan at the Council meeting on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

They will also discuss the details of Renfrewshire’s Community Plan, the new ten-year plan developed jointly by key public, private and third sector organisations including the Council.

Councillor Nicolson added: “Renfrewshire’s Community Plan marks a shared responsibility between the Council and its many partners to get things right for Renfrewshire people.

“Developing these two plans in parallel provides us with a real opportunity to agree on the collective outcomes we will all focus on going forward and create a ‘golden thread’ running through each one, together delivering a thriving Renfrewshire.”

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New partnership programme launches in Renfrewshire to keep young drivers safe on the road

Young drivers at Renfrewshire Council are set to improve their skills behind the wheel as Police Scotland launched a new partnership programme in Renfrewshire.

More than 40 driving instructors and learners attended a launch event at the Gleniffer Hotel which outlined the benefits of the programme through presentations by Police Scotland and the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain.

The new driver scheme aims to provide young drivers with the skills and knowledge needed to lower the risk of a collision for inexperienced drivers.

The scheme will link with the Council’s Modern Apprenticeship programme and young drivers will have the opportunity to attend workshops designed to improve their hazard perception.

The course will use case studies to identify the missed hazards which ultimately caused a collision, recognise why they were missed and provide the solutions to ensure that drivers will not make the same mistakes.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “This new programme will be a fantastic resource for our Modern Apprentices to take advantage of and will prepare them for life on the roads, both in their own vehicles and when using the council fleet.

“It is important that young drivers are able to deal with the hazards which may present themselves on the roads and the course allows the risks to be addressed in the classroom before facing them in reality.

“This training will ensure that all young drivers who have access to the council fleet will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to drive the vehicles safely and appropriately as they carry out their role within the organisation.”

Since the scheme was launched in February 2017, more than 1000 drivers have taken part in workshops with Police Scotland to enhance their hazard perception skills when behind the wheel.

Superintendent Nichola Burns, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division, said “Working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council is a fantastic way for us to reach out to new drivers through their modern apprentice programme.

“It allows us to promote road safety by discussing opinions and driving styles, and highlighting the dangers of peer pressure and bravado whilst in control of a vehicle.

“Working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council allows us to improve road safety by delivering the right messages to the right audience and at the most appropriate time.  We hope our presentations will change attitudes and behaviours.”

The Council will make the course available to all its modern apprentices, with an initial focus on those who will have access to the Council fleet.

All employees currently have to undergo a pre-assessment check before being allowed access to a council vehicle and the training will expand on this to ensure all necessary precautions are in place.

Constable Craig Beaver of Police Scotland’s Road Policing Department, said: “We will be delivering the New Driver Scheme to all apprentices within Renfrewshire Council over the next few months.

“Our resource is impactive, informative, and puts the hazard perception skills which new drivers have acquired into a real life context.”

If you are a new driver, or an employer of new drivers and feel you may benefit from this free opportunity, please get in touch via newdriverscheme@scotland.pnn.police.uk

For more information on the scheme visit: http://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/new-driver-scheme.

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Operational activity underway as part of Team Up to Clean Up campaign

The fruits of a £250,000 investment in the cleanliness of Renfrewshire’s streets will soon be visible as an enhanced programme of operational activity gets underway.

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign sees an additional investment in gully cleaning, road sweeping, litter picking and a refresh of the roads infrastructure to improve the standard of Renfrewshire’s environment.

Residents can expect to see an enhanced programme of gully maintenance on the roads which will complement existing activity and allow gullies to be examined, and where appropriate, drained and cleaned.

There will also be an increase in the road sweeping provision across the area with employment of two new drivers meaning Renfrewshire’s residential communities will now be swept every two months.

New dedicated litter pickers have been employed to complement existing street cleaning activity and will work to clear litter from their area whilst also addressing any other cleanliness issues they come across on their route.

The Rapid Response Team, who undertake patrols of Renfrewshire and tackle reports of fly tipping, fly posting and similar activity, will be boosted with additional employees.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “This campaign will make our streets cleaner, brighter and a more attractive place to live and work.

“Cleaning gullies, sweeping roads, picking up litter will all make an immediate difference to the perception of our area which is why we have chosen to make this investment.

“The increased programme of activity will ensure that the community can see tangible benefits in their area, which we hope they will then take pride in.

“We want this campaign to spark a sense of civic pride across Renfrewshire and we want the community to work with us by taking part in community clean ups, cleaning up after their dogs, reporting an fly tipping and addressing their recycling habits.

“If we all ‘Team Up to Clean Up’ then we will make Renfrewshire a better place to live, work, visit and invest in.”

The campaign also looks to motivate the community to become involved and invoke a sense of civic pride across Renfrewshire.

A number of engagement sessions have taken place to discover what those who live and work in Renfrewshire believe are the main issues affecting the environment, what can be done to change this and how best to get the community involved.

Two further evening sessions are scheduled for Wednesday 27 September at Park Mains High School in Erskine and Thursday 28 September at Renfrewshire House, Paisley.

To confirm your attendance, please contact 0300 300 1375.

Further information on the campaign can be found at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup

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Further Engagement Sessions Announced for Team Up to Clean Up

Renfrewshire Council will be holding another round of local engagement sessions for the upcoming Team Up to Clean Up Campaign, which sees an extra investment of £250,000 devoted to cleaning up our streets and improving our local environment.
Renfrewshire Council want to make sure the views of local communities are heard within the campaign and celebrate and empower local community groups already active around Renfrewshire. A number of engagement sessions have already taken place to discover what local people believe are the main issues affecting the environment in their area and what can be done to change this.
The upcoming sessions that have been scheduled will be on Wednesday the 27th September at Park Mains High School and Thursday the 28th September at Renfrewshire House, Paisley. To book a place at one of the sessions Renfrewshire Council have asked you to call 0300 300 1375.
Councillor Natalie Don, deputy convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board, has encouraged local residents to get involved by attending the sessions.
Councillor Don said
“This campaign will see the council step up their efforts in a bid to make our streets cleaner and improve our local environment but we want to hear what is important to local people in their own areas.”
“If you have an opinion on the main issues affecting your area, how they could be improved and how we can change behaviours to ensure that this campaign has a long lasting effect, I would encourage you to attend one of these sessions and make sure your voice is heard.”
“I would also encourage local community groups to attend the sessions and give their opinions on how the council  can help the activities that they already carry out. There are many fantastic community groups in Renfrewshire and we want to celebrate and empower the work they already do voluntarily, to improve our local areas.”
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of the Infrastructure, Land and Environment board, also highlighted the importance of the sessions for local people.
Councillor McEwan stated,
“To make sure your concerns about street cleaning in your area are addressed come along. Let’s work together to put a pride back into all areas of Renfrewshire.”
“Your views are what we need to take this campaign forward and help us to change a culture that has been allowed to develop into a situation that has seen Renfrewshire in second bottom position for street cleaning in Scotland’
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Renfrew Ferry – MSP Comments on ferry withdrawal due to safety concerns

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has expressed his deep concern that the vessel used to operate the Renfrew ferry service has been withdrawn due to safety concerns.

The service has been out of operation for the past week. This followed a similar situation in July, when the service was suddenly out of operation for a number of weeks leaving passengers stranded at either side.

The private operator of the service was uncontactable and no explanation for the lack of service forthcoming. Mr Mackay wrote to the company in July seeking answers and reassurances the issues encountered would not happen again. To date no response has been received.

In a letter to Mr Mackay Transport Scotland have confirmed that following enquires with the port authority and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have indicated that following an inspection on 12 September “the vessel was found to be in a poor state of repair with a number of serious deficiencies noted.”

SPT removed the direct public sector ferry service the Renfrew Rose and Yoker Swan in 2010, a withdrawal then opposed by Derek Mackay.

 

Derek Mackay said:

“It is deeply concerning that the vessel has been withdrawn due to safety concerns.

“I was always worried that when SPT pulled their support for a directly run public sector ferry service that the route would suffer and be at risk, and now my warning may come to pass.

“This is the second time in a matter of months that the ferry has been taken out of operation without any reasonable notice from the private operator or explanation as to why. There has been complete silence, and now we know why.

“This is now a matter of public safety and if the vessel is in the condition it is believed to be in then the port authorities have done the right thing in taking action.

“There is serious safety concerns over this vessel, and the private owners ability to operate the service. These issues need to be addressed urgently.

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SNP MP ENCOURAGES FRESHERS TO JOIN ELECTORAL REGISTER

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has extended a warm welcome to all Freshers who have started their courses at either the University of the West of Scotland or at West College Scotland.

As classes begin, Gavin Newlands MP is also reminding those students to remember to sign up to the electoral register to make sure that they are entitled to vote.

 

While youth turnout was at its highest in this year’s General Election since 1992, and the gap between the number of older voters and younger voters decreased, young people are still noticeably less likely to vote and millions are still missing from the electoral register.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MSP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:
“I extend a warm welcome to all those students who have moved to study in Paisley. Renfrewshire is a fantastic place to live and I hope you enjoy your stay here whilst you are studying.

 

“Many of the students will be moving away from home for the first time and they should remember to register to allow them to vote. Registering to vote online takes a couple of minutes and it is important that the thousands of freshers who may have moved address to begin their studies this year make sure they are registered to vote.

“Decisions are being taken every day that will affect young people, not least on Brexit-related issues, jobs or indeed tuition fees.

“In Scotland, the SNP has legislated to grant 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote, however at Westminster, the Tories are reluctant to extend the franchise to them, despite the SNP’s repeated calls to allow 16 and 17 year olds to have a say in general elections.

“My advice to anyone given the opportunity to register to vote, is to take it with both hands.”

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Influential women of Paisley to be celebrated as part of exhibition in twin town of Furth

Influential women from across Paisley and Renfrewshire have gathered to celebrate their heritage with a special visitor from Paisley’s sister town of Fürth.

Michaela Schneider, who is a member of the Women’s Museum in the German city, visited the town last week to find out more about the history of powerful women from Paisley.

The museum plans to include information on Paisley’s broad cultural diversity and feminine history in its latest exhibition which focuses on Fürth and its twin locations in France, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia and Scotland.

The exhibition will look at the ‘feminine side’ of Fürth and its twin cities, and will bring to life the stories of strong women, past and present.

Paisley has been twinned with Fürth since 1969 and also has further twin town links with Gladsaxe in Denmark.

During her visit, Michaela attended a special dinner at Paisley Town Hall to meet influential figures in culture, art, music, sport, business and politics from across Renfrewshire.

Among those attending the dinner were former Provost of Renfrewshire Anne Hall, director of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 Jean Cameron, president of the Old Paisley Society Cath Mitchell, InCube Renfrewshire designer Dominika Zurawska, artist Caroline Gormley, Diane Mitchell of the Diane Mitchell Music School and local musicians Carol Laula, Linzi Clark and Lisa Kowalski.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who welcomed Michaela Schneider and guests at the event, said: “I was delighted to welcome Michaela to Paisley and celebrate the efforts of outstanding women in the Renfrewshire area.

“The exhibition in Fürth will go a long way to highlight the important work of women throughout Paisley’s history and their influence on society today.

“This event was a fantastic way to showcase the inspirational work and activity being carried out by women right here in Renfrewshire, whilst also building upon the strong relationship we have developed with Fürth.”

Michaela Schneider said: “The purpose of my visit was to get to know Paisley, introduce the Women’s Museum and to make connections for future collaborations between our museum and the town.

“Learning about Jane Arthur, the Mill Girls and Agnus Russell, to name just a few, and the businesswomen, politicians and creative minds I have met during my visit, I have found a town with an impressive spirit which has been inspired by these women.

“I have been moved by the unbelievable support and warm-hearted welcome, which was apparent even before I came over from Germany.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “Celebrating our international links is a key part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and it was fantastic to have Michaela visit from our twin town of Fürth.

“Paisley’s bid is also about highlighting the area’s cultural and historical figures – and the town’s rich history of strong women in the mills showcases just that.

“The town has raised women who have gone on to change the world and it is great that we will be able to mark this with our friends in Fürth.”

You can visit the International Women’s Museum website at www.frauenindereinenwelt.de

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Mackay Welcomes Young Carer Grant

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed a new Young Carer Grant – worth £300 a year.

Derek Mackay – SNP – Renfrewshire North and West
Pic – Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

 

The grant is part of a new package of support for young carers announced by the First Minister today.

 

The grant will be awarded to young carers aged 16 to 18 who do at least 16 hours of caring a week, but do not qualify for Carer’s Allowance. It will help to improve young carers’ quality of life, assisting them to take part in employment, social or leisure opportunities.

 

The full package of support will be delivered throughout the course of this parliament. It will also include adding more entitlements and rewards for 11-18-year-old young carers to the Young Scot National Entitlement Card – which gives non-cash benefits to young people. Young Scot will work with young carers groups to develop the scheme.

 

At a later date, everyone receiving the Young Carer Grant will also be given a pass for free bus travel. This is in response to concerns that some young carers feel isolated by their caring responsibilities, and can find it difficult to meet transport costs.

 

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

 

“This is welcome news for young carers across Renfrewshire.

“Young carers across Renfrewshire make an invaluable contribution to our community.

 

“The Scottish Government has always been committed to enhancing carers’ rights and providing them with the right support at the right time.

 

“The support announced today, including the Young Carer Grant, will give valuable extra help to this group of people.”

 

 Background:

 

For the purposes of the Young Carer Grant, a young carer is someone with caring responsibilities aged 16 to 17, or 18 and still at school.

Work to further help young carers through the Young Scot National Entitlement Card will start in April 2018 and the scheme will be rolled out from April 2019. This will be followed by the Young Carer Grant in autumn 2019. Following pilot studies to examine technical options, free bus travel will be implemented in 2020-2021.

Advice from the Young Carers Allowance working group was that the grant, alongside other measures, should help young carers improve their quality of life and take part in activity that is the norm for other young people. This might include contributing towards the cost of driving lessons, or leisure and respite activities.

Carer’s Allowance is awarded to all carers aged 16 and over who carry out at least 35 hours of caring a week.

Today’s announcement complements the commitment to increase Carer’s Allowance in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance. This will come into effect next summer and be backdated to April 2018, with further increases for families supporting more than one disabled child also planned.

The Carers Act 2016 will take effect on 1 April 2018 and includes more support for young carers. This includes the right to a young carer statement from the local authority – a document setting out the young carer’s circumstances and support needs.

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Gary shows you how to cook up a storm

FOOD fans will get a masterclass on cooking from a master chef, this weekend.


Gary Maclean was crowned King of the Kitchen when millions saw him on television winning the MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 title, last December.

Now Gary will be sharing some of the tips and skills that brought him gastronomic glory after he battled through seven weeks of culinary challenges.

He will be teaming up with Clyde 1 presenter, Cassi for the Soar at intu Braehead Totally Tasty free event held between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, in the central mall.

Gary will show the audience how to create four of his favourite dishes and Cassi will be hosting the event and asking Gary just how he manages to tantalise everyone’s tastebuds.

Totally Tasty isn’t just for the grown-ups, as there will be a kids’ cooking station, where talented little chefs can use their imagination to create their recipes of their own and there will also be arts and crafts to keep the youngsters amused.

Gary said: “You don’t need to be a MasterChef winner to cook fabulous food for your family and friends. Come along to Soar at intu Braehead and I’ll show you how to be a champ in the kitchen.”

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’ve all got our pots and pans at the ready and can’t wait for our cookery masterclass.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to meet Gary and pick up some great cookery tips and advice.

“And no doubt, there will be a queue of people wanting to get a taste of the dishes Gary prepares during our Totally Tasty event.”