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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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Kids can cook up some fun at Paisley Food and Drink

Budding young cooking fans will be able to get some hands-on foodie fun experiences at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

Free cooking demonstrations will take place on Saturday 28 April at Abbey Close where kids can learn how to make their own calzone or whip up the perfect cupcake with Events Diva – the one stop shop for all things creative.

Paisley Food Festival

Future Heston Blumenthals can flex their creative muscles at the Sweet Science Workshops with Be Experimental where they will have the chance to make colour changing drinks, rainbows with skittles and create their own sweets to take away. They will also find out the answers to some of those age-old questions about sweets like ‘how are gummy sweets made?’, ‘how do you get those little holes in puff candy?’ and ‘why is sherbet so fizzy?’

In addition to the great workshops on offer every child’s favourite entertainer, Mr Bloom, will be at the event sharing his unique bundle of veggie stories, gardening games and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and parents alike.

Ben Faulks, who plays the role of Mr Bloom said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended the Paisley Food and Drink Festival before and it’s a great event that boasts a variety of different activities for the whole family to enjoy.

“I’m very much looking forward to making a return this year with my show, as well as getting the chance to sample some of the great activities on offer.”

There are even more fun activities to enjoy at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival such as face painting, live music and giant lawn games including twister, jenga and snakes and ladders.

The festival will take place over two days for the first time ever on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 of April when the very best of Scotland’s producers will showcase their wares to visitors in Paisley’s iconic Abbey Close.

Foodie fans can sample some taste sensations from the likes of Pitt Street Food Market, Babu Kitchen, Mighty Mexican, Linton and Co Coffee, Scozzese Pizza and Sharma Street Food and there will be a chance to part with your pennies and pounds at the popular arts and crafts market.

Smaller portion sizes will be available for children and a range of halal, gluten free, veggie and vegan options will be on offer. People will also be able to purchase some great produce from the Farmers’ Market and trader’s stalls.

The children’s workshops are free to attend but numbers are limited so interested parties are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment. To find out more and book a place please visit: www.paisley.is/kidsworkshops.

To find out all the latest information on this and other events happening in Renfrewshire please visit www.paisley.is.

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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

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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Ceilidh Trail

Fèis Phàislig will deliver their first ever Ceilidh Trail project this August. Discover what life is like as a touring traditional musician, performing a variety of concerts across 3 weeks this summer. If you are aged 16-25 and interested in a paid summer position, audition for us on Sunday 29th April in Paisley. Apply now at feisphaislig.com

Poster also attached!
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Local resilience group are at the HEART of their community

A dedicated team of volunteers are being praised for their hard work during the recent severe weather which kept their local area moving.

The Howwood Emergency Amateur Response Team (HEART) was formed to ensure the local area can continue to operate should an emergency situation occur.

During the recent severe weather, the volunteers cleared local roads of snow and gritted the affected areas as well as clearing and salting bus stops to ensure safe access for travellers.

The 25-strong group also cleared pathways in their own streets, ensured the area around the local primary school was free of snow and ice, and visited elderly residents throughout Howwood to ensure they were safe and well.

HEART volunteer, Joe Graham, said: “In 2012, Howwood Community Council first started developing its own Community Response group, referred to as HEART, and published its own Community Resilience Plan – delivering a copy of it to every household.

“Following a number of training events and responses to ‘real’ local emergencies we now have over 25 volunteers willing to assist in times of need.

“In addition to its very practical purposes Community Resilience helps put a pride back into local communities allowing residents to take ownership of the hardships facing them and to respond positively for the greater good of the community.

“You also get to know your neighbours better and it can be quite good fun too!”

Working alongside the Council’s Civil Contingencies Service, local communities are encouraged to undertake a variety of measures to ensure they are prepared for poor weather or other emergencies.

This includes preparing an emergency plan, clearing paths around their homes, checking in on any vulnerable neighbours and keeping an emergency kit in their car just in case.

This forms part of Renfrewshire Council’s #RenReady campaign which aims to provide the local community with the information and guidance they need to be resilient all year round.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, reimbursed the group with salt they has used from their own stock, and said: “This is a fantastic example of the local community coming together for the benefit of their fellow residents and I commend the dedication of everyone involved with the HEART group.

“Their hard work when faced with unprecedented bad weather recently made an enormous difference to the Howwood area and shows what can be achieved when the community comes together.

“Our frontline teams work 24 hours a day in advance of, and throughout, any bad weather to both grit and clear the roads as the work to keep emergency, school and bus routes clear in order to keep Renfrewshire moving.

“It is difficult for them to be able to reach all residential streets as well, so community spirit and initiatives such as this will allow local communities to continue to operate if severe weather arises.

“I would encourage all local communities to follow HEART’s lead, work closely together to identify how your local area would deal with an emergency and do your bit to help your family, your neighbours and other local residents.”

For more information on community resilience and how to prepare for emergencies, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ccs.

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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.

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Renfrewshire Young People in Care event

Dear Friends,

Only a few tickets are remaining for our Communities That Care “Listen & Learn” event on 18th April.

If you work with or for children and young people in Renfrewshire, are passionate about improving outcomes for young people in care and care leavers, or just wish to hear first hand from care experienced young people about what life is like in care in Renfrewshire, please join us for this free training session. Click on this link to register:

Wednesday 18th April, 10am – 12 noon, Johnstone Town Hall

We also have a second date planned if you are unable to join us in April. You will get the same input from either event, but you may prefer this ‘twilight’ session:


Thursday 7th June, 4pm – 6pm, Watermill Hotel, Paisley.

We hope you are able to join us. Please feel free to forward the invitation to colleagues, volunteers, connected business partners and community groups you work with.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes,

On behalf of the Renfrewshire Communities That Care Team

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Mhairi Black Backs Team Up to Clean Up

MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black has given her full support to Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign. The SNP MP, recently joined the Corseford Community Clean Up in their most recent litter pick, along side local Councillor for the area Andy Steel and Convenor of the Infastructure Land and Environment Board Councillor Cathy McEwan, to help tidy up the streets of Corseford.
Mhairi Black MP said
“It was a pleasure to join the Corseford Community Clean Up. I have been impressed by the Team Up to Clean Up campaign so far, it is refreshing to see local people gathering to make sure their area is looking tidy.
“Well done to all the local people in Corseford and across Renfrewshire who are engaging with the campaign and making Renfrewshire a cleaner place to live.”
Cllr Andy Steel added
“The clean ups in Corseford show Team Up to Clean Up in action – locals are taking a real pride in where they live, and by involving young people we will hopefully see a behavioural change in years to come that will benefit our environment.
“It has been fantastic to see the effort and community spirit that local people have put into the Corseford clean ups. The group have done an excellent job for the area.
“The SNP budget recently doubled the funding for the Team Up to Clean Up campaign so while it is fantastic to see the effort being put in by local communities, this investment will also allow Renfrewshire Council to step up their environmental efforts.”
The SNP administration’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign has been hugely successful so far, with Renfrewshire Council increasing their environmental efforts while the voluntary side of the campaign moves from strength to strength. Over 50 community clean ups have already taken place within Renfrewshire since the campaign started and the dedicated Facebook group continues to grow, with more people getting involved and interacting with each other. You can get involved by contacting Team Up to Clean Up on 0300 300 1375 or by emailing wardens.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk
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Kids get slimed at intu Braehead

Nickelodeon UK and intu Braehead team up to slime youngsters

DOZENS of lucky children got the chance to be drenched in slime at intu Braehead yesterday after the shopping centre teamed up with kids brand, Nickelodeon for a spectacular Slime Time event.  

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Hundreds of shoppers turned up to see the specially created ‘slime-ulator’, which is touring 13 intu shopping destinations the mall.

The free event also gave children the chance to doodle on a giant slime colouring wall, capture and share photos in a slime photo booth and customise their own slime.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “It was brilliant to see so many smiling faces in amongst all the slime at our fun, free and very messy experience.”

Orla Livingston, aged nine, from Renfrew was one of the first youngsters to be slimed. She said: “I was really excited waiting for the slime to drop on my head. I wasn’t expecting it to happen so quickly, but when it did drop it was really cold. It was great fun and I’d love to be able to do it again.

Daniel Franchi, aged ten, from Paisley was also slimed. He said: “I was just standing there and the slime came down so quickly. It felt really cold as it dripped all over me.”

Even though intu’s Slime Time is now over, parents still have the chance to win a VIP family ticket to Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST 2018 when it takes place later this year by visiting intu.co.uk/easter.

The event follows the success of previous years’ collaborations between Nickelodeon and intu which has seen the popular retail destination host experiences featuring SpongeBob SquarePants and PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall.