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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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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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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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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.

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St Vincent’s Hospice Strictly Come Prancing 2017

The annual St Vincent’s Hospice Strictly Come Prancing event will this year be held for the first time at The Crowne Plaza Glasgow. The hugely popular event, which is one of the highlights of the Hospice event calendar, is based on the popular television series Strictly Come Dancing.

Eleven ‘twinkle toed’ couples, many of whom have never danced before, have been volunteering  their time each week since January to rehearse in preparation for their dance on the evening infront of our judging panel and 400 hospice supporters.  One of these couples will be crowned Strictly Come Prancing Champions 2017!  This year, we are delighted to announce that Jake Quickenden from X-Factor and I’m A Celebrity fame will join us as a guest judge.

Louise Strachan, Hospice Fundraiser said, “This is a great fun filled fundraising evening which is one of the most popular events in our event calendar.  I am delighted that this year we have our celebrity guest, Jake Quickenden, who will lend his experience on the judging panel and will also perform on the night.  We are so grateful to the dancers for giving up their time to rehearse and fundraise, as we are to Lisa Marie McLaughlin and Gordon Elliot our choreographers and Peter Ferguson an ambassador of the Hospice who always host a great show!”

The event, now in its 6th year, is sponsored by Mactaggart & Mickel Ltd.  We have a limited number of tables left for this evening which takes place on Friday, 17th March.  If you would like to join us on the night, please contact our fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk

All the funds raised on the evening will go directly to St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood and help to provide care for people in the Renfrewshire area affected by a life-limiting illness.

 

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Kilbarchan AAC set for new £2.1m facility

One of Scotland’s largest and most successful athletics clubs, Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club (AAC), are set to build a £2.1m state-of-the-art indoor facility designed to increase participation in sport and support the achievement of sporting excellence.

Councillors will this week be asked to approve the allocation of £500,000- in two tranches of £250,000- to support the proposed development which will provide facilities for over 525 male and female athletes as well as the Renfrewshire community.

Plans have been developed, with the support of Scottish Athletics and Sport Scotland, to build an indoor athletics training centre adjacent to the outdoor track and field facilities at Linwood’s On-X sports centre.

The proposed indoor training centre would provide the club with:

-60m running track;

-Horizontal and vertical jumps;

-Pole vault;

-Indoor throws cage- including javelin;

-Club room;

-Strength and conditioning area

Scottish Athletics have identified the proposal as an important project within the National Facilities Strategy- which aims to provide athletics with numerous top class facilities throughout the country that will continue to maximise participation and increase standards of performance in all disciplines.

The successful completion of the development would significantly enhance the quality of the athletic training facilities available within Renfrewshire and support the continued development and success of Kilbarchan AAC.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, said: “Kilbarchan AAC are a credit to Renfrewshire and provide a fantastic platform for athletes to develop onto the elite stage.

“However, they also extremely inclusive and ensure that athletes of all ages are able to participate in the sport of their choice.

“This new facility would be a tremendous addition to Renfrewshire as we look to advance sporting opportunities for our communities and support the achievement of sporting excellence.”

Kilbarchan AAC are in the Premier Division of the Scottish Athletics league structure and its members include Olympians Callum and Derek Hawkins who represented Great Britain in the marathon at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Councillors will consider the proposals at the full Council meeting on Thursday 23 February.

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Volunteering to make a difference

A DRIVE to encourage more people to volunteer in their spare time has been launched by a Paisley charity this week. Kibble will be hosting a Volunteer Open Day on Monday 27th February to let people know about the opportunities available for those who want to make a difference in their community.

Volunteers of all ages and experience are being sought to help deliver the charitable programmes delivered at The Experience go karting arena in Hillington Park.  Roles include karting assistance, music & drama, photography, arts & crafts, social media and much more.

Last year over 23 million adults in the UK volunteered their time for charities. Recent studies have shown that volunteering can increase mental and physical wellbeing as well as reducing social isolation.1

Kibble are asking for a commitment of a minimum of 4 hours per week in return for full training in new skills, expenses and a bite to eat, and the chance to make a difference in their local community.

Chief Executive of Kibble Graham Bell said:

“We know people volunteer for a whole number of reasons, whether it is to enhance their CV, to meet new people, or to give something back to the community. With our new charity programmes, volunteering with us can do all of this and more.

“The Experience is such an exciting venue that we want to make it accessible for as many charity and community groups as possible. With the help of volunteering, we are dedicated to removing barriers and providing opportunities for all.”

The Volunteer Open Day is being held on Monday 27th February, 12-2pm and 5-7pm where food will be provided to this in attendance. For more details email enquiries@theexperience.org.uk or call 0141 883 4005.

Case Studies

These case studies are real examples of people who have already been volunteering with Kibble:

Audrey Sutherland, 21, Glasgow

When Audrey first heard about the chance to gain work experience that would help her degree studies, her lecturer told her to go for it. Now, it has opened the door to fulfilling a dream of becoming a graphic designer.

“I was at University completing an art related course which only involved me being there 3 days a week, so I decided to look for a volunteer opportunity that related to my course and gave me something useful to do with my time.

“I got in contact with Project Scotland and they told me about a volunteer opportunity at The Experience with Kibble. I wanted to gain practical skills in a role that related to my University course and volunteering at The Experience allowed me to gain this while being able to help out.”

“The best part about volunteering for me was definitely the amount that I learned from it. Because my role involved using the skills I had gained through college and university I didn’t expect it to be so informative but learning and doing are completely different and I found that I got a much better understanding of what my future in the design industry would involve.

“I would definitely recommend volunteering with Kibble to others. My travel was covered and I was given lunch every day, all it cost me was my time and I gained more than enough back from the opportunity.”

Hannah Jeffrey, 24, Newton Mearns

Hannah wanted the chance to learn more about working with young people. The Kids Clubs at The Experience were the perfect opportunity.

“I first heard about the chance of volunteering through someone who had also volunteered at Kibble and had said it was a great experience. l was studying psychology at Strathclyde University and l was keen to get involved in more volunteer work and help others.

“Through Kibble, l was placed at The Experience in Hillington Park. The best parts about being a volunteer is that you are helping others, making a difference, meeting lots of new people and gaining new skills – for example l volunteered in the Tuesday Children’s club at the experience, which involved helping in all the different activities. Through this l gained and enhanced my skills such as my creativity and confidence.

“I was offered great support as a volunteer – l felt valued, appreciated and part of the team, which motivates you even more. l felt it was important to be placed in a volunteer role that interested me so that you can fully contribute. There are quite a few volunteer options at the experience so there is something suitable for everyone.”

 

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Young Scot Awards tour rolls into Paisley

The Young Scot Awards bus visited Paisley Abbey today to urge locals to nominate their young heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards and to support Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley locals were out in force to cast their nominations and were entertained by a dance troop featuring HNC Dance students from West College Scotland.

The bus tour, sponsored by Scottish CityLink, continues its journey around Scotland for the fifth year running to encourage people across the country to nominate their local heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2017.

Now in its twelfth year, the Awards celebrate the contributions and work of young people age 11 – 26 across 12 categories including health, community, the arts and diversity. From hundreds of entries, three finalists will be chosen in each of the 12 categories. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on 27 April 2017.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “We’ve already received hundreds of inspirational nominations and I know there are hundreds more out there. It’s fantastic to have support from Paisley to celebrate the inspirational achievements of young people.  We want everyone across Scotland to get nominating so we can give young scots the praise they deserve!”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said: “It was great to see Young Scot bring their bus to Paisley Abbey – the organisation are already on board as supporters of the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and their support is much appreciated.

“The Awards help celebrate inspiring achievements and I would encourage everybody in Renfrewshire to check out the Young Scot Award categories and consider who could be nominated – we know Renfrewshire’s young people have some fascinating stories to tell and it would be great to see some local winners”.

Young Scot is urging people to nominate at youngscotawards.com before the voting closes on 27 February 2017.

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S3 pupils asked to help shape Paisley 2021 bid

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School pupils from across Renfrewshire were asked to help shape Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 ambitions by submitting their own ideas for the bid.

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The Higher Expectations Event hosted by the University of the West of Scotland saw 120 S3 pupils split into five-person teams and asked to discuss what ‘culture’ means to them.

They were also challenged to produce an idea to be included in the Paisley 2021 bid programme and which involves local pupils.

Five prizes of £250 were awarded to the teams from Trinity High, Paisley Grammar, Castlehead, St Andrew’s Academy and Park Mains.

The Park Mains team of Kyle Burns, Callum Munro, Elise Roxburgh, Maya Little and Hannah Stirling were declared the overall winners for their idea to help brighten up Paisley High Street by placing a series of murals on shopfronts.

Each of the five sponsors provided a judge for the panel – Steven Thomson (Paisley 2021 bid team), Bob Grant (Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce), Bob Davidson (Developing the Young Workforce West), Gordon Hunt (UWS) and Vicky Gemmell (Skills Development Scotland).

Renfrewshire Council’s education convener, Councillor Jacqueline Henry, said: “We were delighted to work with UWS and other local organisations for this event.

“The Paisley 2021 bid ultimately aims to create a better future for Renfrewshire and the young people of the area are the ones who that will impact on most – so it is only right they be asked what they want to see from Paisley’s bid.

“One of the key things we want to put across is that culture is for everybody, and we want our young people to know the benefits it brings are theirs to enjoy if they want them.”

This event was part of a wider initiative run by UWS to engage S3 pupils who show academic potential to help them maximise their talent and consider higher education as an option later in life.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “As proud and proactive supporters of the Paisley 2021 bid, we were delighted to run another event on our Paisley campus to promote the town for the UK City of Culture 2021 title.

“The University regularly works with schools to help raise aspirations and awareness of future possibilities.

“We are actively involved in the Children’s University and recently launched our Wee University which provides the opportunity for early years staff and students to work with local nursery aged children.”

More information on the 2021 bid can be found at paisley2021.co.uk and on the university at uws.ac.uk