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Nomination deadline looms for Provost’s Community Awards

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is urging people not miss out as the nomination deadline for the Provost’s Community Awards approaches.

The awards, which are into their third decade, aim to give civic recognition to those who work or live in Renfrewshire and are making a difference to their community.

This year, nominations can be made in six categories, including a new Arts and Culture award which has been created to find the hidden, or not so hidden, gems who light up Renfrewshire’s cultural scene.

Five other awards, Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year, give the opportunity for local people to give recognition to their colleagues, friends and family for the work they do in their community.

Provost Cameron said: “We’ve had a fantastic number of entries already but we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to make their nominations.

“I meet so many inspiring groups and people in my role as Provost so I know the talent and dedication is out there, but I need the local community to nominate them.

“If a person, or a group, is making a real difference to your life or is making your local area a better place, then please put them forward and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 December.

This year, Employer of the Year is sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire and encourages nominations for employers who have provided a positive working environment for their staff.

Mark Ferguson, Branch Secretary, said: “We represent 52 employers in the local area and we’re delighted to sponsor the Employer of the Year Award.

“This award recognises employers who value their workforce and contribute to both the local economy and community in Renfrewshire.

“If your employer has gone above and beyond the call of duty, then make sure you nominate them before the deadline.”.

Sponsored by Glasgow Airport, the Community Volunteer award recognises those who give their time and effort for nothing more than the knowledge that they are making a difference to their community.

Craig Martin, Head of HR, said: “Glasgow Airport are proud to serve Renfrewshire. We have strong connections with our local community through our staff and customers, therefore we are delighted to sponsor this award and recognise individuals who are making a real difference in their local area.”

The Community Group award is sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre and celebrates the organisations in Renfrewshire that have a positive effect on their communities

Perennial award sponsor Acre Industrial will present the Sporting Achievement award to the person, team or group who have represented Renfrewshire to a high standard this year in the sporting arena.

Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison, who has been a part of each of the Community Awards since its inception, donates the Carers Award which recognises anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award.

Nominations can be completed online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards

Printed nomination forms are available at Council offices.

The winners in each category will be invited to a special ceremony which will be held in March 2017

For further enquiries contact: provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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The spirit of St Andrew

Call for people in Renfrewshire to perform an act of kindness.

People in Renfrewshire are being asked to do a good deed on St Andrew’s Day to celebrate Scotland’s history, culture and the nation’s shared values.

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The #BeLikeStAndrew campaign marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – which opens with St Andrew’s Day, followed by Hogmanay, and then Burns Night.

Charity partners Princes Trust Scotland, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, Crisis Scotland, have joined the Scottish Rugby Union and Stoats to back the campaign.

Scotland’s Winter Festivals will see dozens of events and activities taking place across the country highlighting the best of music, arts and entertainment.

Launching the initiative in Edinburgh, Minister for International Development and Europe Alasdair Allan said:

“Our patron saint, St Andrew, was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need.

“Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for people across Scotland to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others within their community.”

Chief Executive of Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland Jane-Claire Judson said:

“Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland could not exist without the kindness and goodwill of the people in Scotland who donate their time, pre-loved possessions, and hard earned money to the charity.“

“It can mean the difference between a life saved yet stalled and a life lived to the fullest, helping people to shape their future and live the lives they want to lead.”

Helen Keenan, head of volunteers and secondments at Princes Trust Scotland said:

“As part of the campaign we are encouraging people to become e-mentors with The Princes Trust. It is a great way to show kindness and to help make Scotland a more inclusive society just like St Andrew might do if he were around today.”

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More information about Scotland’s Winter Festivals. More information about #BeLikeStAndrew

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Fun in the snow at indoor winter wonderland

Snow wonder these two youngsters have smiles on their faces, as they’ve just discovered an indoor winter wonderland.


Owen Macdonald, eight and five-year-old Ava Gordon, from Paisley had a great time playing in the fake snow and throwing snowballs in the amazing winter scene created inside the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

The free event featuring snow for kids to play in, a ball pit full of plastic snow balls to have fun with, two giant Santa’s sleighs for families to have their pictures taken in and a giant moose called Chris who tells everyone how he makes it to the North Pole to help Rudolph and Co on Christmas Eve.

The winter wonderland spectacular is now open at 10am every day from now until January 6.
Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’ve had hundreds of youngsters – and some people who are not so young – having a fabulous time playing in our fake snow and throwing snowballs at each other.

“And it’s wonderful to see the look of awe on children’s faces, as they watch and listen to Chris Moose tell his amazing story about helping Santa at the North Pole.”

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Light up a life this Christmas

Hundreds of people in the local community are dedicating lights on the St. Vincent’s Hospice Christmas tree in memory of someone special.

Light up a Life this Christmas

St. Vincent’s Hospice are inviting members of the public to sponsor a light on their Christmas tree in memory of someone special this Christmas to help support their services for people with life limiting conditions.
The Hospice will light up the tree as part of their Light Up a Life event which takes place on Sunday 26 November at 5pm with carol singing, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.

Commenting on the event, Kate Lennon, Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Light Up a Life is a very special time for everyone at the Hospice and people all across Renfrewshire. Even if you have never used our services, it offers an opportunity to remember loved ones and come together with people who have had a similar experience to share stories, celebrate their lives and make a positive difference as we light up our tree to welcome in the festive season.

“Every single penny raised from Light Up a Life makes a huge difference to the services we are able to offer our patients and families affected by life limiting conditions throughout our community. Whether this is caring for them in our Inpatient Unit, our Day Hospice or in people’s own homes, all of this is only possible with your support. Please, join us on Sunday 26 November, and light up a life this Christmas.”

To sponsor a light, visit: http://lightupalife.svh.co.uk/lightupalife or call 01505 705 635.
The event will be held in the courtyard of St. Vincent’s Hospice on Midton Road Howwood. Parking will be available at Corseford School with a shuttle service running from 4.15pm to and from the event. Blue badge parking is available at the Hospice.

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Renfrew lights up for Christmas

The heart of Renfrew will come alive this weekend for the Christmas Lights Switch-On with a host of free family activities topped by a sensational fireworks finale.

The event comes as Paisley bids to be named UK City of Culture 2021 and is itself part of the area’s Winter Events programme.

Saturday’s fun starts at Renfrew Town Hall at noon with Big Top children’s drop in craft workshops.

The sessions are free to attend and run until 4pm, with face painters and a balloon modeller.

Little ones will be delighted by performances by Ipdip Theatre – ‘Ssh, Elves are very shy’.

The free interactive show runs all afternoon from 12.30pm and is perfect for children aged eight and under. Spaces are limited and can be booked through Eventbrite.

Children desperate to share their Christmas lists with Santa can visit his grotto on High Street from 12pm, while his reindeer helpers will also be there to meet boys and girls.

Kirklandneuk Primary School Choir will add to the festive atmosphere while Renfrew Burgh Band will also entertain the crowds with a 30 minute performance from 3pm.

A funfair will add to the excitement from 12 noon to 6pm, situated in Charles Avenue car park.

Helping to build up to the big switch on will be Gus from Pulse FM, and Paisley’s Got Talent winner Hollie Robinson and the Rockus Community Choir are among the other performers on the live outside stage.

At 5pm the Christmas lights will be switched on by Provost Lorraine Cameron and will be followed by a dazzling fireworks display, which will light up the skies above the town.

Provost Cameron, who will be joined for the switch on by lucky competition winner Erin Murrayaged 9 from Arkleston Primary School, who designed a winning Christmas card, said: “The Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-On is always great fun and a lovely way to mark the start of the festive season.

“I always enjoy meeting local people at these events, especially our younger residents. It looks set to be a magical day.”

Residents should be aware that there will be a series of temporary road closures and parking restrictions in place until after the event.

For more details and information go to: http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/events

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Pupils across Renfrewshire shine a light on respect awareness campaign

Pupils in Renfrewshire are learning what respect means to them and their peers as primary and secondary schools joined in a national awareness campaign – “All Different, All Equal”.

Children and young people took part in a wide variety of activities focusing on respecting individual identity and that people can be different but also equal.

From lip syncing challenges at Johnstone High School to Happy Heroes at Kirklandnuek Primary School in Renfrew; all ages got involved in the week.

Open talks about respect and the use of banter took place at St Benedict’s High School, Linwood, while Houston Primary School pupils used respectme resources to talk about what respect means to people of different backgrounds.

The I Am Me Scotland Cine Bus dropped into St Anne’s Primary School, Erskine, with children from all year groups and the nursery getting on board, and pupils at Todholm Primary School, Paisley, got creative by making collaborative poems on what respect means to groups of pupils.

The award-winning MVP youth group at Paisley Grammar School led assemblies with S1-S3 year groups, talking about the importance of healthy relationships, while Trinity High School pupils in Renfrew explored respect with people of other faiths as part of Scottish Interfaith Week.

Gallowhill, Auchenlodment in Johnstone and Howwood primary schools encouraged pupils to discuss being a good friend, using social media safely, and consulting on respect in their school.

“The staff and pupils across the school have welcomed the opportunity, this week, to join in the national conversation on what respect means to them,” said Karen Parker, PT Pastoral Support at Trinity High School.

She added: “Achieving a culture at the heart of our school community that encourages respect, values opinions, celebrates difference and promotes positive relationships involves everyone playing their part. Giving everyone the chance to have their voice heard on this topic throughout this week has been a hugely positive experience for all.”

Lynne Hollywood, Headteacher at Johnstone High School, said: “This is a nationally important campaign that has had a great impact on schools across Renfrewshire. We are all doing a lot of work on positive peer relationships and school values such as respect and friendship.  The ‘all different, all equal’ campaign has allowed us to explore these issues in lessons and through fun events across the week.”

“Auchenlodment pupils have been focussing on Respect as a school value and what this means in how they live their lives,” said Gerry Carlton, Headteacher. He added: “They have participated in various activities and events throughout the week which encourages friendship, kindness and having a positive mindset.

“The pupils, parents and staff have worked together to create their new Respect Me policy which has a clear focus on prevention and support. The week has been a huge success with all members of the school community coming together to promote Respect.

“We are looking forward to seeing the impact that the week has had on the school and in the wider community of Johnstone Castle and beyond.”

Karen Logue, Headteacher at Kirklandneuk Primary School, is very proud of the confidence the Happy Heroes show in leading classes. She said: “Sharing is an important message about treating everyone with respect and supporting classmates.  We couldn’t do it better ourselves.”

Schools also took part in a national social media campaign and posted their activities on Twitter and Facebook using #respectmeans and #allequalalldifferent.

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Fashion first for intu Braehead mall

TWO new fashion chains open their first stores in the west of Scotland, at intu Braehead, today. (Friday, November 17)


Both the Simply Be and Jacamo brands have created 20 jobs in their joint stores, based in a retail unit in the upper mall, across from Marks and Spencer.


The Simply Be store caters for women’s fashions in sizes 12 to 32 and Jacamo is popular with men, as they stock the latest ranges of clothing from small size to 5XL.

Regional centre director, with responsibility for intu Braehead, Peter Beagley said:
“This is yet another great addition to our already wide variety of fashion stores at intu Braehead and I’ve no doubt both these brands will be very popular with shoppers.

“It’s also good that we are creating new jobs at intu Braehead.
“And we’re not yet finished with new stores opening before Christmas, as we have the MAC Cosmetics store also opening in the lower mall at the end of this month.

“We aim to provide as much choice as possible for our shoppers and with the opening of these new stores, we’re certainly doing that.”

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Skating is child¹s play for parents and toddlers

LEARNING to skate is now child’s play thanks to a new initiative that encourages parents and toddlers to get on the ice together.

Family Coaching Lessons have started up again at intu Braehead Ice Rink
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The Arena at intu Braehead has just launched Wee Ones Wednesday, where children and their parents or carers get exclusive access to the ice rink for some fun and instruction from qualified coaches. The sessions take place every Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm and are aimed at encouraging children between the ages of two and five years of age to try skating along with an adult.

As well as the children getting help from experienced skating coaches, the grown ups will also be given hints and tips on how to skate and move around the ice.
And there will be plastic balls, cones and a multi-coloured parachute that will be used for fun and games on the ice.

Ice skates are available to hire as part of the £8.50p cost of an adult and toddler taking to the ice for the Wee Ones Wednesday session.

Lauren Little, arena operations manager and an accomplished competitive figure skater said: “You’re never too young to get your skates on.

“Taking to the ice at an early age helps to build a child’s confidence and develop their coordination and motor skills.

“We aim to make these sessions lots of fun for both the toddler and the adult who has come on the ice with them. And everyone will feel comfortable on the ice as there won’t be other more experienced skaters whizzing round the ice at the same time.” Lauren added: “And who knows if one of the toddlers coming along to our Wee Ones Wednesday sessions will end up skating for Britain in the Winter Olympics, featuring in one of the Disney on Ice shows we have at intu Braehead, or even appearing on TV in a future series of Dancing on Ice!”

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Festive Arts and Crafts Fair is going to be a cracker

SANTA and his elves are being a crafty lot this Christmas if a special event at Johnstone Town Hall this weekend is anything to go by.


The venue is hosting its first-ever Festive Arts and Crafts Fair, on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 between 11am and 4pm with free entry for everyone.

More than 30 stalls featuring all kinds of arts and crafts will be there, including handmade clocks, soya candles, embroidery, jewellery, papercraft, stained glass and unusual Christmas gifts and decorations.
And on Sunday there’s a free Festive Family Fun Day also being held with a Santa’s Grotto, bouncy castle, arts and crafts activities for kids, balloon modelling, treasure hunt for Santa’s missing elves, and decorating gingerbread men biscuits.

The events are being organised by Renfrewshire Leisure and its chief executive, Joyce McKellar says:
“This is a great way or all the family to get in the festive mood and grab themselves some unusual and handmade presents for Christmas.

“It’s the first time we’ve organised a Festive Arts and Crafts Fair and because of this Santa has promised to pay us a special visit.”

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Health and wellbeing event aiming for Brighter Futures

Renfrewshire residents are urged to head along to a fun-filled community event on health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) are holding their first-ever public event – Brighter Futures – in Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, on Thursday 16 November, 2-6pm.

From activities for kids to exercise taster sessions, the free-to-attend event is a chance for everyone to find out more about healthy lifestyles and services in the local area.

HSCP provides a wide range of community health and care services across Renfrewshire and letting the public know about the services they can access is the aim of the event.

David Leese, HSCP Chief Officer, said “The Brighter Futures event offers people a chance to come along, see what we do, find out about our services and activities and even take part in some exercise taster sessions.

“There will be messy play for children and a number of Heartstart demonstrations so that people can learn the basics of CPR, and we’ll also have digital information on all of the community groups that exist across Renfrewshire to support people to live well.

“We hope that all of this will help people to make the most of all the resources available to them, and possibly even consider a career in health and social care.”

Dr Donny Lyons, Chair of Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “Renfrewshire is a diverse area, with more than 170,000 people living here, who benefit from an integrated health and social care service. It’s been two years since HSCP brought those services together and we want to showcase those services in the community.

“I would urge everyone who wants to know more about local health and care services to come along and find out more at this event.”

For more information on Renfrewshire HSCP, visit www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot.