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Gavin Newlands MP joins campaign to save lives

Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive. It’s time to take action.

As part of European Restart a Heart Day, Gavin Newlands MP visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show his support.

The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single week. Oliver was winning a swimming race at school.

In 2012 footballer Fabrice Muamba was shocked 16 times by a lifesaving defibrillator in front of the nation.

Early access to a defibrillator is vital. For every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10%.

Signing up to become a Defibrillator Champion for Renfrewshire, local MP Gavin Newlands, said:

“I am proud to become a lifesaving Defibrillator Champion for my local area. It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved. The Oliver King Foundation spoke to me about their desire that every school has access to lifesaving defibrillators.

“It was interesting to hear from the Foundation about how many lives have been saved, including a caretaker at a school who had only received the defibrillator two weeks earlier. I will be delighted to work as a Defibrillator Champion, as saving lives is a legacy that we can all be proud of.”

Jake Morrison, Chief Executive of The Oliver King Foundation said:

“We are delighted that Gavin Newlands MP has signed up as a Defibrillator Champion. It is important that we spread awareness of the vital need for this equipment in our communities. Our Members of Parliament have a great platform and connection in their constituencies to spread this message.

We look forward to working with Gavin and saving lives for years to come.”

Mark King, father of 12-year-old Oliver King who died from a sudden cardiac arrest said:

“5 years ago when my son Oliver passed away from this hidden heart condition, we didn’t know that his legacy would reach this far. We are determined to save as many young lives as possible, so that no other family has to suffer a similar loss to that of ours.”

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

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Following on from Paisley Pirates’ memorable League winning performance at Dundee last Saturday, beating the local Tigers 6-0 to clinch the SNL title for only the third time over a 24 year period, the club has continued to receive congratulatory messages not just from the local community, but from icons associated with the club since its inception in 1946.

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Secretary Jackie Turley explained, “We often receive queries about or from former players now staying abroad, particularly from Canada, usually looking for information about someone they played with, but this week, since we beat the Tigers, in amongst the hundreds of congratulatory messages we’ve received, two we’ve received via one of our volunteers have given us particular pleasure.”

“One was from Bill Brennan, who along with his brother Ally were absolute icons in Paisley when the sport, and the Pirates, were at their peak in the period just after the Second World War right through until the early 60’a. Bill sent us a message saying it was nice to see the Pirates still leading the field, which meant a lot, as Bill was without doubt a major player in the sport over a long period of time.”

“Similarly, in the last day or so, the same volunteer received a lovely message from Mike Bettens, Pirates’ captain for a number of seasons after the Pirates returned to the Lagoon in th 1992/93 season, saying how much the news of our League title had brought back so many memories of some great times playing for the club. Mike was the captain of the team in that year when they won the League title in their return to the sport after an absence of some 25 years, and is still remembered by an awful lot of ice hockey fans in this area.”

“We are always reminding people just how iconic a club this is, and we like to think that these messages, from two absolute giants of the sport in this area, illustrates that fact. Bill played for and coached the club more than 50 years ago but still follows them, while Mike Bettens was one of the team’s first major stars when the sport returned to Paisley nearly 25 years ago and clearly retains his love of the club. That’s something to be proud of, and we certainly are!”

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Arts centre’s 30th anniversary celebrations – and all that jazz!

THEY just can’t stop the music at Paisley Arts Centre.  As part of Paisley Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary celebrations, free jazz music gigs are being staged in the café bar after three shows in the main auditorium.

jazz singer Evelyn Laurie who will be doing a series of free gigs at Paisley Arts Centre cafe-bar


Jazz singer, Evelyn Laurie will perform along with guitarist, Frank Bolam from 9.30pm until 11pm after concerts by Breabach, on Saturday, March 4; Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive, on Friday, March 31 and Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, on Friday, April 21.

A series of events is being planned to mark the Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary. As part of marking the occasion, Renfrewshire Leisure – which runs the venue – are asking people to send them their memories and experiences of the Arts Centre over the years.

People should email PAC30@renfrewshire.gov.uk with stories they’d like to share.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “Paisley Arts Centre does exactly what is says on the tin – it’s the centre of much of the arts and culture that’s been going on in Paisley for the past 30 years.
“It’s only right that in the year Paisley is bidding to be City of Culture 2021 we should celebrate a venue that’s played an important part in the culture of our town.
“Having a jazz singer perform following some of the music events in the main auditorium gives people added value and extends their enjoyment from their visit to Paisley Arts Centre.”

To book tickets for Breabach, Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive and Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra performances, at Paisley Arts Centre, log on to or www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts   or call 0300 300 1210.

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Bookmakers launch project to tackle hidden addiction of problem gambling among young people

A new project aimed at tackling the ‘hidden addiction’ of problem gambling among young people has been launched by the trade body for bookmakers in Scotland.

 

The Association of British Bookmakers in Scotland (ABB Scotland) will fund the six month project, working in partnership with Paisley based charity RCA Trust to deliver education and counselling support for 2,500 young people across the West of Scotland.

Schools in Clydebank, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Rutherglen will be invited to take part in the project.

Problem gambling among young people has been described by academics and charities as a hidden addiction, with recent studies suggesting that 2% of 12-15 year olds in England and Wales are considered ‘problem’ or ‘at risk’ gamblers. The 2015 Scottish Health Survey found that 0.8% of 16-24 year olds are problem gamblers, compared to an overall rate of 0.7% across all age groups.

The outreach project is the latest in a series of responsible gambling measures introduced by the ABB, including a nationwide multi-operator self exclusion scheme – initially piloted in Glasgow – that allows gamblers to exclude themselves from all betting shops in their area, a Scotland wide Gamble Aware campaign, and confidential drop in sessions for customers in the West of Scotland concerned about their gambling spend.

ABB Scotland spokesman Donald Morrison said: “As with adults, the vast majority of young people gamble for fun and only bet what they can afford. However, the number of problem or at risk young gamblers is a matter of concern, particularly as evidence shows that young people who gamble are more likely to become problem gamblers as adults. It is important therefore that problems are identified at an early age and the necessary support is offered.

“Betting shops are out of bounds for young people under 18. Nevertheless, we believe it is right that we take the lead in promoting responsible gambling and highlighting the dangers associated with problem gambling. We are particularly pleased to be partnering with RCA Trust, an experienced and respected charity with a proven track record in providing educational, counselling and addiction support for young people.”

Andrew Todd, Manager of RCA Trust, said “We are happy to be partnering with the ABB to deliver education and information on safe and responsible gambling. This will allow young people and their parents to have access to specialist care pathways if difficulties arise.

West of Scotland MSPs Neil Bibby and Maurice Golden are backing the initiative.

Mr Bibby said: “While the vast majority of people who gamble do so responsibly, we cannot ignore the problem of gambling addiction in any age group. The industry has a responsibility to communities like Paisley where it operates and so it is reassuring to see bookmakers taking steps to raise awareness about problem gambling in schools and making sure that more counselling and support is available for young people in Paisley with experience of this addiction.”

Maurice Golden added: ““I am pleased to support ABB Scotland’s new outreach in the West of Scotland. In some cases, gambling can become a serious problem, that’s why it should be welcomed that the industry is playing its part in promoting sensible and responsible gambling, particularly amongst young people.”

For confidential help and advice on problem gambling, call GamCare on 0808 802 0133 or RCA Trust on 0141 887 0880.

 

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Climate Challenge Funding for Renfrewshire Projects

The Scottish Government has announced the £10 Million Climate Challenge Funding…and our friends at LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) are one of the 113 organisations to benefit.

The Climate Challenge Fund encourages communities across Scotland to take action on climate change and so help enable our transition to more sustainable, low carbon lifestyles.  The Fund supports projects which lead to realistic and measurable carbon reduction and/or increase communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate change, are community led and leave a long standing legacy of low carbon behaviour.  Project themes include energy efficiency advice to households, improvements to community-owned properties, greener travel, waste reduction and recycling, and local seasonal food-growing.

You can see a list of all the projects in Scotland by clicking here.

 

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FREE function hire at 42 New Street

FREE function hire at 42 New  Street, including FREE DJ – are you looking to have a birthday, wedding, engagement, christening, hen night etc then get in touch.

For more information give us a call on Call 07493 674559.

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Public still firmly behind Renfrewshire’s City Deal projects

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There continues to be overwhelming support for major infrastructure projects that will secure Renfrewshire’s long-term economic future.

Renfrewshire Council held engagement events over seven months last year, including nine separate public exhibitions and numerous meetings with community councils.

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Almost 1,500 people took the chance to have their say and help shape proposals for the ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ and ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ projects, which are funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Surveys completed by people attending the latest events in December revealed local support for the proposals remains very strong.

A resounding 85 per cent were supportive of the ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ project, with eight per cent undecided and only seven per cent not supportive.

The ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ project received the support of 81 per cent of respondents, with 14 per cent undecided and only five per cent not supportive.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan is the Glasgow City Region Cabinet’s enterprise lead. He said: “We held these events because we believe it’s important local people and businesses are involved at every stage of the process.

“Over 1500 people have now taken the chance to speak face-to-face to the project teams, find out about progress and raise any concerns they might have.

“I’m delighted to say that feedback has been incredibly positive, with the vast majority of people agreeing these major infrastructure projects will benefit their communities and bring huge opportunities to Renfrewshire and across our wider Glasgow City Region.”

He continued: “These projects will attract investment, create jobs and help businesses thrive as well as giving people better access to facilities.

“There is no doubt they will be a tremendous boost for our communities and it’s very clear that people are strongly behind them.”

Wide-ranging engagement activities have been carried out to inform the public and encourage them to share their views.

Exhibitions held in May and December last year were publicised in advance in local newspapers and on the websites of Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow City councils, as well as on their respective social media channels.

Renfrewshire Council also distributed more than 5,000 flyers and posters were displayed in communities throughout the three authorities.

Almost 500 surveys gauging public opinion on the projects have now been completed, with the results showing the vast majority of respondents are supportive of the plans and positive about what they mean for the future.

Fully 88 per cent agreed the new ‘opening’ bridge across the Clyde and works associated with it will create jobs and help businesses expand.

A massive 84 per cent also agreed the project will improve their access to healthcare and education facilities, employment and public transport on the other side of the river.

An overwhelming 85 per cent said significant employment opportunities will be created by the development of sites for business next to Glasgow Airport and the accompanying realignment of Abottsinch Road.

The positive feedback was not confined to the opportunities for businesses and the prospect of better access to jobs and services for local people.

More than 90 per cent of respondents also agreed the new off-road cycle routes would encourage more people to get on their bikes.

Local people will have another opportunity to comment on and help shape these projects at events scheduled  to be held in May, ahead of an application for planning permission this summer.

The latest information on all of Renfrewshire’s City Deal projects can be found on the website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/citydeal

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Paisley Opera

Paisley Opera:  Opera for and with the people of Paisley, an idea born out of passion and a belief that opera can speak directly to all kinds of people.

What is Paisley Opera…?

Paisley Opera is an idea born out of passion and a belief that opera can speak directly to all kinds of people.

We want to create a company that the people of Paisley can be proud of. This means creating and staging opera in unpredictable and unusual places.  It means opening the doors and inviting people in to watch our work and to work with us. This means sharing a great art with great people. It’s a different way of making opera, one that we’ve put a lot of thought, experience and research into. We need you to come and be part of it.

Who are we….?

We are a group of highly experienced professional singers, musicians, stage directors and technicians who have in common a passion for keeping opera alive and about involving local people in the company as much as we can. Our artistic director, Simon Hannigan moved to Paisley in 2010 and instantly fell in love with the town becoming more and more convinced that Paisley is an ideal place for this long-planned project.

As Urban Opera, we put on our first performance in Paisley at the University of The West of Scotland in December 2015. Since then we have been planning on how best to make the company a real part of this great town.

We need YOU !

How can I get involved…?

Come and be a volunteer.  There are several ways you can help: We are starting a volunteer chorus in February of this year. This will be the core of the company. It’ll be supported by experienced professional singers who will be there to help and inspire us all as we sing some of the great choruses.

What experience do I need? None at all, lots or somewhere in between. In other words, anyone can join. There are no auditions for the voluntary chorus, so whether you have sung in choirs and would like to try something a bit different or haven’t sung since someone at school told you that you couldn’t, come and join us !

But I can’t sing… We firmly believe that everyone, given the right help can sing. So if you’ve always thought you couldn’t but would like to try.. Come and join us. We’ll help you find your voice.

Do I need to read music? No. If you can read music, great, but there will be plenty of help available for learning your parts. Apart from rehearsals, we’ll be sending out sound files with your parts so that you can practice them at home.

Are there age restrictions ? We welcome anyone of 18 years to 98 and beyond ! In the future, we will be looking to involve under 18s, but we need to get the adult chorus up and running first.

Our Programme for this year:

Weekly rehearsals start Monday 27th February, so either find us and register online on our Facebook
page @paisleyoperaproject

Or just turn up on the night… you’ll be made very welcome!
Wallneuk North Parish Church Halls, Abercorn St, Paisley PA3 4AB

Free concert involving some great opera chorus tunes and some solo numbers on Friday 21st April. Venue will be revealed nearer the time.

Autumn 2017:  A specially-devised piece which will revolve around one of the great events in Paisley’s history… More information later.

The Future
After our first year we plan to put on full-scale productions in unusual venues with the chorus at the heart and using experienced professional principals.
Contact:
Email: paisleyopera@gmail.com
Facebook: @paisleyoperaproject
Phone: 07702 424528 (Simon Hannigan)

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Helen and James prove you’re never too old for romance

LOVED-UP pensioners Helen and James McLaren have been married for 56 years – but they’ve shown you’re never too old for romance.

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Helen, 75, wrote a message to her 80-year-old hubby, James on a cardboard leaf and hung it on a branch of the intu Braehead Love Tree, as part of the shopping and leisure destination’s Valentine’s celebrations.

Scores of people hung messages on the Love Tree and Helen’s was chosen to win a £500 holiday voucher, from Barrhead Travel.

Helen’s message to James read: “You’ve been my Valentine for 57 years.”

According to the romantic couple, who live in Erskine, Renfrewshire, it was love at first sight when they both met at a house party and James plucked up the courage to ask Helen if she would go to the cinema with him the following week.

One date followed the other and just over a year later James and Helen were married in July, 1960. Now, the couple have four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Helen said: “I saw the Love Tree in the shopping mall and on the spur of the moment I thought I would write a wee message for James.
“We’re quite romantic and have never missed sending each other a Valentine’s card since we started going out all those years ago. We just seem to get on with each other.”

James said: “I just love Helen’s attitude to life and when I first met her at my pal’s party, I had asked her out before the end of the night.”

And he joked about the secret of a long and successful marriage: “I just do what I’m told and a lot of hoovering at home!”

Helen is planning to spend the Barrhead Travel holiday voucher on a trip to Rome.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “James and Helen are such deserving winners we hope their trip to Rome is a romantic as they are.
“Cupid was certainly on target with his bow and arrow on the night they met.”

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NHS to close RAH Children’s Ward and move specialist services to Glasgow

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have voted to move specialist services from the Children’s Ward at the RAH in Paisley to Glasgow, effectively closing the ward.

Services that will continue to be provided on the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s include outpatient services, the specialist Community Paediatric service (PANDA), and emergency care via A&E.

NHSGGC Board members voted in favour of the proposal to deliver paediatric in-patient care for children from the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC).

The result of the vote will now be sent to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport for consideration.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde said that it is anticipated that around 8,006 episodes of care will transfer to the RHC while 12,063 will remain at the RAH.

The board members took into account views expressed during the 12 week consultation and acknowledged the range of clinical benefits of improving the acute and specialist services offered to children in the Clyde area before reaching their decision.

John Brown, chairman, NHSGGC, said: “Today we saw a detailed discussion on this service change following the conclusion of the consultation.

“Our staff carried out four consultation events and nine drop in sessions across the Clyde area to help patients and their families share their views with us and allow us to answer any questions they may have.

“The board has today recognised the overwhelming clinical support and decided that young patients from Clyde will now benefit from the same first class, state-of-the-art facilities as other children from across the West of Scotland who already attend the hospital.

“The RHC is one of the finest paediatric teaching hospitals in the UK and the largest in Scotland. The entire focus is around children and young people, with care provided in a child-friendly environment.”

It was also noted that four petitions, with approximately 6,600 signatures, were submitted on the service change to the board.