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Health and Social Care Partnership on the right track in Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership (RHSCP) are making significant progress on improving residents’ health and social services, a new report has indicated.

The Care Inspectorate looked into two specific areas of RHSCP’s performance – improving health and social care services and how strategic planning has impacted on the lives of adults and their carers – and found that they performed well in both areas.

Leadership of the new organisation was highly commended for quality, effectiveness and the work to develop a positive workplace culture.

The report also indicated significant confidence in the integration of health and social care services in the area and noted the organisation’s progress.

Dr Donny Lyons, Chair of RHSCP Integration Joint Board (IJB), said: “Since bringing health and adult social care services together in Renfrewshire, we’ve been clear that residents are at the heart of what we do and what we want to achieve. Their needs are central to how we are shaping our services as we work on integrating services across the area.

“Renfrewshire has an aging population, so we are making sure we have the right support available for people now and in the future.  We want to ensure carers feel supported and that residents are in-the-know about looking after their own future health and wellbeing.”

“It is great news that we are progressing well in our journey, but we also know we can improve and we will be taking forward the key recommendations of the report.”

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, Vice Chair of RHSCP IJB, commented: “We are one of the first partnerships to be audited and this highly-positive report reflects the hard work of both front-line staff and senior leaders to ensure that people living in Renfrewshire have high-quality services.”

David Leese, RHSCP Chief Officer, added: “We have made good progress in joining up health and adult social care services in Renfrewshire and I am delighted for our staff, who work so hard to support local people and deliver our services, that we have this positive feedback and recognition.

“The report recognises our strengths and also shows key recommendations that will support us as we continue our journey to integrate services and improve our ways of working for the benefit of local people who need our support in their day-to-day lives.”

For more information about RHSCP, visit www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot.

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National environmental charity backs Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean

National charity Keep Scotland Beautiful have showcased their support for Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean this weekend, which aims to see a community clean up take place in every area in Renfrewshire.

The event, part of Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign, is set to bring out hundreds of volunteers as they take part in litter picks to make a difference to their local environment.

School pupils, community volunteers, police, councillors and more will take part on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April at clean ups across the area with the support of Renfrewshire Council.

Derek Robertson, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “We’re extremely grateful to all the volunteers across Scotland for taking part in clean ups during April and May, and would urge everyone to get involved in Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean on 20-22 April.

“Through our Clean up Scotland campaign we support thousands of people each year to improve the places they care about by removing litter and fly tipping. We are delighted that Renfrewshire Council is showing a real commitment to make Renfrewshire cleaner and greener – and know that each one of us can make a huge difference collectively if we clean up together.”

Communities across Renfrewshire are being encouraged to host their own clean up in an area in need of attention and the Renfrewshire Warden’s Service will provide them with litter pickers, bibs, gloves and bags to carry it out, as well as removing the collected rubbish at the end of the event.

If volunteers aren’t able to host their own, they are being supported to attend any of the other clean ups arranged across the weekend and meet like-mind individuals taking part.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted to have the support of a national organisation such as Keep Scotland Beautiful and it shows the strength of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign as it continues to grow.

“Our Big Spring Clean is our most ambitious set of events since we launched the campaign but we’re determined to grasp the enthusiasm of the local community to make a difference to their local area.

“We are working hard to support local volunteers to carry out litter picks while also carrying out our enhanced programme of work to clear drains, sweep roads and refresh signage, as well as expanding our environmental teams.

“We’ve shown our commitment to the campaign through our £2.5million investment and we will continue to work alongside the community to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, brighter, more attractive place to live.”

For more information on the event visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bigspringclean and on the campaign www.renfrewshre.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

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Millions to be invested in Renfrewshire’s roads network

The largest ever single year investment in Renfrewshire’s roads is set to be delivered in 2018/19 as part of an extensive programme of roads resurfacing.

Pothole repair with Councillor McEwan at Barrhill Rd, Erskine. 12.4.18.

£7.2million has been committed from Renfrewshire Council’s budget to improve routes across Renfrewshire’s as part of the continuing physical and economic regeneration of the area.

The programme for 2018/19 will include the resurfacing and improvement of a number of high profile strategic routes and also a large number of busy rural and residential streets.

It will focus on carriageway resurfacing, including patching and surface dressing, as well as addressing drainage improvements, footway resurfacing and crash and safety barrier installation.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We recognise that a key concern for the Renfrewshire community is the quality and safety of our roads network which is why a significant investment has been made to make improvements.

“This is the largest ever single year investment made by this Council in our roads infrastructure and shows a clear commitment to increasing the quality and usability of the network for road users.

“There are areas within Renfrewshire which are in urgent need of repair and we will prioritise those roads in what will be a comprehensive programme of upgrades.

“While all roads cannot be repaired overnight, the investment we are making will ensure that the community begin to see tangible improvements immediately and a continual progress in the quality of our roads throughout the year.”

The roads resurfacing programme will coincide with an enhanced schedule of pot hole repairs which will tackle the effects severe weather has had on Renfrewshire’s roads.

Immediate temporary repairs will be undertaken on pot holes which are causing a hazard on roads with the full repair then planned into a programme for completion.

Any excessive pot holes which have developed will be temporarily repaired and then undertaken as part of the larger roads resurfacing programme.

Councillor McEwan added: “We recognise there is a significant issue regarding pot holes which is affecting our roads due to the severe weather we faced this winter, with the freezing conditions causing the road surface to crack.

“This is an issue which has been seen nationally, even occurring on our motorways, and we have invested accordingly to ensure our teams can carry out the necessary repairs.

“We recognise the frustrations of road users and want to assure them that we are committed to providing a roads network which is fit for purpose and will work hard to address all problems across the area.”

The full programme of roads resurfacing works is being finalised with initial repairs already underway and more extensive resurfacing work set to begin shortly.

For more information on roads services in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/roads.

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Renfrewshire Chamber B2B 2018

Register Now for Renfrewshire Chamber’s annual B2B event “Business Matters in Renfrewshire”

 

Renfrewshire’s largest free business event returns to Paisley for the 8th consecutive year on Thursday 10th May at the Lagoon, Paisley.

“Business Matters in Renfrewshire –your local B2B event” is organised by Renfrewshire Chamber and is open to all members & non-members, business people, start-ups, senior school pupils and students.

 

With 50+ exhibitors and 6 seminars running throughout the day the event is sponsored by Paisley.is, the new destination brand for Paisley & Renfrewshire.

 

Seminar line-up:

 

  1. 10.15-11.00 “Paisley.is: how your business can benefit” with the Paisley.is team & Renfrewshire Council   
  2. 11.15-12.00 “Anti-Social Media” with NSDesign
  3. 12.15-13.00 “Start up in Renfrewshire!” with Business Gateway & Invest in Renfrewshire
  4. 13.15-14.00 “How to win business using LinkedIn” with fatBuzz
  5. 14.15-15.00 What you need to know about GDPR” with MacRoberts
  6. 15.15-16.00 “Leadership – hoping isn’t good enough” with bfpeople

 

Commenting on the event chief exec Bob Grant said “Renfrewshire’s largest free business event is an excellent way to engage with the wider business community. There is a varied and interesting line-up of six informative seminars for you to attend throughout the day so please register your free place now.  We are expecting 50 + exhibitors and where else do you get the opportunity to network with so many companies in one go? It’s a great use of time and I would encourage you and your colleagues to attend. The free informative seminars are an excellent way to learn new skills and refresh old ones. We look forward to welcoming you on the day.”

 

For more information and to register your place please visit the Chamber events page at www.renfrewshirechamber.com  The event is free to attend (there is a cost to exhibit).  

 

Hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

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Jobs at ReMode

REMODE PROJECT MANAGER

REMODE RENFREWSHIRE CIC
17HRS/PER/WEEK – £15,028/P/A
(£30,940 P/A F.T.E)

The Project Manager is accountable to the Project Creative Director for the structural operations involved in the day to day running of ReMode Renfrewshire CIC’s project programme and activities. 

  • Managing ReMode office systems and processes to ensure the successful delivery of core project activities and associated administration across all staff members to ensure the successful running of ReMode Renfrewshire CIC as an organisation.
  • Liaising with key funders and their monitoring officers.
  • Managing the funding streams appropriately.
  • Supporting the Project Creative Director to identify and develop new funding opportunities for ReMode project development and sustainability within the local communities, beyond the current funding period.
  • See job description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Download Full Project Manager Job Description pdf

Download Project Manager Job Application doc


REMODE ASSISTANT

REMODE RENFREWSHIRE CIC
£7904/P/A – 16HRS/PER/WEEK
(£17,290 F.T.E)

The assistant is accountable to Project Creative Director and will ensure the practical day to day running of the ReMode shops and ReMode Pop-ups including:

  • Receiving and recording garment donations.
  • Washing and preparing donated garments and materials for the shop and ReMode Pop-up events.
  • Keeping the ReMode shop, back shop and Make Space, clean, tidy and attractive.
  • Creative displaying of stock on rails, shelving and window displays.
  • Dealing with customers enquiries and drop-in visitors – always with respect and a high level of customer service in mind.
  • Support and assistance of volunteers while they are in the shop.
  • See job description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Download Full ReMode Assistant Job Description pdf

Download Project ReMode Assistant Application doc

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Disabled changing facilities at sports centres being upgraded

Changing facilities for people with disabilities are being upgraded at two sports and leisure centres.
Work has already started to create refurbished changing rooms at The Lagoon, in Paisley and Linwood’s ON-X sports centre.


Once completed in three weeks time, the facilities will meet the standards of the Changing Places Consortium – a UK organisation that campaigns for better toilets and changing facilities for people with profound learning or physical disabilities.

The new changing facilities for disabled people will have a height adjustable adult-size changing table, hoist, new sanitary fittings, supporting handrails and upgraded heating.

While the work at The Lagoon is ongoing, disabled people who want to visit a swimming pool are advised to use the ON-X, which has alternative changing facilities.

Renfrewshire Council is meeting the £29,000 cost of refurbishing both disabled changing areas in the two sports centres operated by Renfrewshire Leisure.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “Bringing the facilities up to Changing Places standard shows we’re committed to making sure no one is prevented from using the excellent sports and leisure facilities we have in Renfrewshire because of a disability.”

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Mass community dog walk sets tongues and tails wagging across Renfrewshire

Dog owners descended on Robertson Park in Renfrew at the weekend to show their support for Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign and its aim to rid the area of dog fouling.

More than 50 people brought along their pride and joy to take part in the event which saw a mass dog walk take place to promote responsible dog ownership.

Renfrew Council Responsible Dog Owners Event at Robertson Park 8.4.18

Local organisation, the Phoenix Flyers, put on a fantastic display of dog agility which saw pets fly through tunnels, up and down see-saws and over jumps as our four-legged friends showcased their talents.

Those in attendance were also given the opportunity to sign up to Renfrewshire’s Responsible Dog Ownership pledge which outlines their commitment to looking after their pet and taking responsibility for everything that comes with being an owner.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I was delighted to see such a fantastic turnout as people put their support behind our Team Up to Clean Up campaign and denounce their fellow dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets.

“We are working hard to remove dog fouling from our streets to ensure they are cleaner, more attractive areas to live and it is so important that people recognise that it is their responsibility to carry a bag with them and be ready to pick up after their dog.

“Events like this aim to show that it is a minority of dog owners in Renfrewshire that are irresponsible and we are striving to change their behaviour and make a real difference to our local environment.”

As part of the dog fouling campaign, streets throughout Renfrewshire with an identified problem are also being targeted with luminous spray paint, street stencilling, informative posters and increased warden activity.

The new approach aims to shock those who are failing to pick up after their dog into thinking twice the next time they take their dog for a walk in the local area and be aware of the potential £80 fine should they be caught.

To sign up to the pledge, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/responsibledogowner.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup

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SAAS Open for 2018 funding applications

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is encouraging students to submit their 2018/2019 funding applications now.

SAAS have now opened applications for 2018/2019 full and part time courses.

To ensure students have their funding in place for the start of their course all students should apply now, submitting their complete application along with all the required supporting evidence.

Visit www.saas.gov.uk now for more information and to access your SAAS Account.

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting students throughout their education.

“I would not want anyone to miss out on the funding and support they are entitled to. Therefore, all students should submit their applications as soon as possible.”

SAAS Chief Executive, Paul Lowe said:

“We are pleased to open funding applications for both part-time and full-time students on the same day.  Each year SAAS handles over a quarter of a million applications. I would encourage students to apply now to ensure they receive their funding in good time. Eligible students should

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LEGO® Friends House of Heart Tour comes to intu Braehead

This Spring, LEGO Friends invites children and their families to join them on the House of Heart Tour,
which will be travelling to 8 intu shopping centres across the UK in a quest to put more heart into the
world.


The FREE event which runs over select weekends from Saturday 24 th March – Saturday 12 th May
offers families the opportunity to take part in a series of fun missions inspired by the LEGO Friends.

EVENT INFORMATION – LEGO Friends House of Heart Tour
Location: intu Braehead central atrium
Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 09:30-18:30
Cost: FREE
Reminiscent of the LEGO Friends of Heartlake City, the LEGO Friends Heart Squad will be creating
inspirational content to inspire and encourage girls and boys to connect with each other and build
together in a series of missions that help add ‘more heart’ to the world.

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Bring a friend to the gym for free

A friend in need of a good workout in the gym is a friend indeed.

That’s the message from Renfrewshire Leisure as they prepare to offer their gym members the chance to bring a friend for free this weekend.

The amazing offer runs on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8 and gym members’ friends, partners, or family members can try out one of the fitness suites, fitness classes, or swimming pools at no charge.
The venues where you can bring a friend for free are – Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley; ON-X, in Linwood; Renfrew Sports Centre; Johnstone Community Sports Hub and Erskine Community Sports Centre.

The centres have organised extra fitness classes, gym tours and free fun activities for kids.
The gym membership team will also be on hand with exclusive offers that will only be available to purchase in person during the Bring a Friend Weekend. These include 50 per cent off your first 3 months of membership or £50 off any annual membership.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “Coming to the gym or taking part in a fitness class is not just about keeping fit. There’s a great social element to it when you can meet up with people.

“Our Bring a Friend for Free initiative is a great way to get your family or friends to come along and enjoy the benefits of the gym, fitness class or a swim in the pool.”
Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com for more information.