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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

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Renfrewshire households protected from cuts as Councillors vote to freeze council taxes and rents for coming year

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SNP Announce Candidates for Council Election

Gender Balanced Team Revealed

The SNP have today announced their Renfrewshire candidates for the up-coming local authority elections in May.


The team of 12 men and 12 women will be attempting to take control of Renfrewshire Council from the current Labour Administration.

SNP Group leader Cllr Kenny MacLaren said:

“We’ve got a strong team in place, a good mix of experience and new candidates to bring fresh ideas for the SNP taking control of Renfrewshire Council.

May 4th can be a fresh start for Renfrewshire, a new SNP administration will take Renfrewshire forward, working with the SNP Scottish Government to protect all Renfrewshire residents from Tory cuts.

“Labour has failed Renfrewshire, they’ve wasted money on closing and then re-opening civic amenity sites, while at the same time our recycling rates plummet.  They’ve wasted money on new LED streetlights which have brought a new dark age to Renfrewshire.  They have run out of ideas and have slashed core services like decent roads and a clean environment.  Renfrewshire can’t afford another Labour administration, only the SNP can deliver on the services that the people of Renfrewshire demand.”

SNP Party Chair and Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay added:

“Last year the SNP took action to address the inequality of women being under represented in politics. The mechanisms we introduced helped ensure more women came forward for selection.

“This has seen us end up with a gender balanced field of candidates here in Renfrewshire. This 50/50 split will rival any group of candidates, from any party, anywhere in Scotland. This is something which will only benefit Renfrewshire long term.

“The council chambers should represent their communities, and women, underrepresented in the past, should see their representation enhanced by this gender balanced field of candidates.”

Candidates as follows:

Ward 1 Renfrew North & Braehead

John Shaw
Lisa-Marie Hughes

Ward 2 Renfrew South & Gallowhill

Cllr Jim Paterson
Cllr Cathy McEwan

Ward 3 Paisley Northeast & Ralston

John Clark
Jennifer Adam-McGregor

Ward 4 Paisley Northwest

Cllr Mags MacLaren
Cllr Kenny MacLaren

Ward 5 Paisley East & Central

Cllr Will Mylet
John McNaughtan

Ward 6 Paisley Southeast

Janette Swanson
Cllr Marie McGurk

Ward 7 Paisley Southwest

Brian McGuire
Cllr Lorraine Cameron
Stephen Burns

Ward 8 Johnstone South & Elderslie

Andy Steel
Jacqueline Cameron

Ward 9 Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch

Graeme Stockton
Emma Rodden

Ward 10 Houston, Crosslee & Linwood

Robert Innes
Cllr Audrey Doig

Ward 11 Bishopton, Bridge of Weir & Langbank

Natalie Don

Ward 12 Erskine & Inchinnan

Cllr Iain Nicolson
Michelle Campbell

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Step Up for St Vincent’s Hospice – Sponsored Walk

Join us and Vinnie, our St Vincent’s Hospice Mascot, on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11.00am, for our first ever sponsored walk at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch.

Bring your friends and family and join Vinnie and fellow supporters on this leisurely 10k walk or our shorter family friendly 5k route which is suitable for all abilities.

After a fun warm-up, the walk will start at 11.00am and will be a great chance to catch up with friends, spend the day with the family or even just get out for a bit of exercise …all while supporting a great cause!

St Vincent’s Hospice is a charitable organisation at the heart of the Renfrewshire community, offering specialist care and services to all those affected by life-limiting illness.

To register please follow the link below to complete a registration form http://bit.ly/2izZvuC or go to www.svh.co.uk.  £10 entry fee for adults, under 16’s register for free.

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce cheque presentation

“Bob Grant, CEO Chamber of Commerce along with Tom Johnston, president of Chamber of Commerce came along to St Vincent’s Hospice today to donate £3,000 which has been raised at The Rocco Awards 2016 raffle.

cheque being presented by Bob Grant, CEO Chamber of Commerce along with Tom Johnston, president of Chamber of Commerce to Kate Lennon Chief Executive and Eunice Muir chairman of St Vincent’s hospice.

Each year, ROCCO support 2 Organisations which are based or operate in Renfrewshire. Eunice Muir, Chairman of St Vincent’s Hospice said “We would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for their continued support, we greatly appreciate all that they do for the Hospice.” Pictured presenting the cheque are Bob Grant and Tom Johnston from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Kate Lennon Chief Executive and Eunice Muir chairman of St Vincent’s hospice.”

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Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union Newsletter 2017

We are pleased to share with you our first newsletter of 2017, last year was very busy for us at RWCU we want to share with you some of the exciting things that we as a credit union are continuing to do for our members in Renfrewshire.

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