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New approach aims to give Renfrewshire children ‘best start’ in life

New approach aims to give Renfrewshire children ‘best start’ in life

Children and families in Renfrewshire are set to benefit from a new £6.8million

family-centred approach aimed at giving disadvantaged children the best start in life.

Renfrewshire’s Early Years strategy will boost the life chances of children by improving early education and supporting their families on a range of issues which have a direct impact on the youngsters’ ability to learn and develop their potential.

That could involve helping the child’s parents to find employment, obtain advice on finance or debt problems, or tackle health problems.

Other measures will include social work and health visitor support, additional support before and after the school day involving breakfast clubs and wraparound care.

There will be also increased access to early years’ teachers who will have a focus on improving learning and teaching, particularly in the transition from nursery to primary school.

Two pilot programmes will be developed later this year with bases in Ferguslie and Linwood. Those will be supported by outreach programmes for parents across Renfrewshire.

The focus of both will be on children of nursery school age and in the first three years of primary school.

Another part of the programme will target families with older children who are living in deprivation.

“There’s increasing realisation that children’s chances of maximising their personal and educational attainment are directly affected by their family’s circumstances,” said Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board.

“What the council  developing a partnership approach to make available help and support to families from a range of public and voluntary agencies so that their children can get the best start in life.

“We want to make that practical assistance easily accessible to parents so that they can improve their family’s circumstances which will in turn remove or lessen the social, economic or health issues which are limiting their children’s chances.

“Far too many families in Renfrewshire experience deprivation – with all the problems that brings for them and their communities.  Almost a fifth of Renfrewshire children live in poverty. It affects us all if future generations are locked into another cycle of disadvantage and missed opportunities.”

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of the council’s Education Policy Board, said:  “The Early Years strategy is further evidence of Renfrewshire Council’s commitment to education.  In our recent budget we protected the education service.

“We are the first council in Scotland to introduce free meals in holiday periods for those who qualify for free meals in nursery or the early years of primary school.

“Now, even in these very difficult financial times, the council is investing £4.2m towards the total £6.8m cost of this new approach to provide disadvantaged children and families with the support they need and deserve.”

Renfrewshire Council’s Early Years strategy will be in place as children start the new school year in August.

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AgeFest returns to get older generation out and about

AgeFest returns to get older generation out and about

Older people in Renfrewshire who are young at heart are being encouraged to come along to the area’s AgeFest series of events.

The three-day council-run event is designed to celebrate the positive aspects of growing older and promote good health and wellbeing.

The fun kicks off with an ‘active ageing’ event in the Lagoon Leisure Centre on Wednesday 20 March (11am).

An intergenerational AgeFest Games will see groups of older people team up with pupils from Paisley Grammar to take on some sporting challenges.

The centre will also host a variety of information stalls and the launch of a new ‘Guide to Health and Wellbeing in Later Life’.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, will be launching the new guide.

He said: “AgeFest has been a hugely popular event in recent years and I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s activities first-hand.

“There can be a tendency to think things like fitness classes are just for younger people but that’s not the case.

“There is plenty on offer for older people in Renfrewshire and it is really important we provide them with the opportunity to get involved.

“As well as the physical health boost of taking part in activities, it is good fun and has enormous social and mental wellbeing benefits.”

Another ‘active ageing’ event will take place in Renfrew Town Hall on Friday 22 March (2pm) which will also feature entertainment from Glasgow Senior Citizen’s Orchestra and Inverclyde’s WOOPI Choir.

St Peter’s Church Hall in Glenburn will host an ‘open day’ for the Thursday Club of 21 March (12.30pm) with the promise of gentle exercise, a quiz and a raffle.

The same afternoon, AgeFest Variety Programmes in Elderslie Village Hall (1.30pm) and McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch (1.30pm) will provide a mixture of music, memories and patter.

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Discover the superhero behind the mask at our Spring Creative Camp

Discover the superhero behind the mask at our Spring Creative Camp! Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ award winning Outreach Team are set to assemble like the Avengers to bring you a 4 day programme of activities at Paisley Museum.

Taking place during the schools’ Easter Holidays, this year’s Creative Camp is all about Superheroes, battling against baddies and unmasking your inner hero self. Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts and crafts, the four-day camp will be packed with fun filled, interactive activities designed to develop superpowers and inspire children to stand up for what they believe in.
Plus, participants can seek further inspiration from masked crusader Zorro as they attend Visible Fictions’ fantastic children’s theatre show, ‘The Mark of Zorro’ on Thursday 4 April at Paisley Arts Centre. On the last day, children will have the chance to show off their superhero themed creations to parents, friends and families at a special guest showing at Paisley Museum, 2 – 3pm.
Our Spring Creative Camp: Behind the Mask will take place from Tues 2 – Fri 5 April10am – 3pm at Paisley Museum. Each place costs £31 per child, per week (£23.50 concession for those in receipt of full working tax credit). Price includes a free ticket to see ‘The Mark of Zorro’. Suitable for ages 8 – 14, maximum of 25 places available.
To book call our Box Office on 0141 887 1010. For further information on our Spring Creative Camps, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.
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New textile recycling service to be introduced

New textile recycling service to be introduced

Renfrewshire residents who wish to recycle their old clothes are being invited to take advantage of a new free on-demand collection scheme

The council is introducing the new improved service – which also include shoes – from Monday March 18.

Residents can arrange for the bags of textiles to be collected from their homes, or from an agreed place.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Many residents already recycle their textiles and shoes in their blue bins, which we are grateful for.

“Due to changes in the way recycling is processed, we will no longer be able to accept textiles in blue bins after 17 March, which is why the new service is being introduced.

“This way, residents can still recycle textiles and shoes, but will have more room in their blue bins for other recyclable material such as paper, glass and plastic.

“This improvement will also help the area work towards the target set by the Scottish Government for Renfrewshire to be recycling 50% of its waste in 2013.”

The council has arranged for a leaflet to be distributed to all households with details of the new service.

Items will be collected by staff from the council’s contractor, European Recycling Ltd, who will carry cards identifying them as working on behalf of the council.

To book an uplift, call the Greener Renfrewshire helpline on 0300 300 0300 and choose the option for ‘texting recycling collection’.

Or, you can book it online at www.renfrewshire.gov./recycling

Please make sure all items are dry, shoes are tied in pairs, and there is a knot in the top of the bag to ensure items are kept dry.

We can accept clothes, shoes, curtains, bed linen, blankets, handbags and belts. Please note we cannot accept pillows, duvets or cushions.

As an alternative, residents can also take their textiles to any one of 17 recycling banks across the area.

These are at the following locations – Sainsburys (Braehead); Livery Walk car park, (Bridge of Weir); shopping centre car park (Crosslee); Barrhill Road, and Morrisons (both Erskine); Miller Street recycling centre and Morrisons (both Johnstone); Middleton Road recycling centre, Linwood Sports Centre and Asda (all Linwood); Annex Centre (Lochwinnoch); Anchor Mills Morrisons, Underwood Road recycling centre, and Leitchland Road recycling centre (all Paisley); Haining Road recycling centre, Co-op and Tesco (all Renfrew).

Further textile bank sites will be introduced in the near future and these will be added to the list on the council website when they come into use.

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Quest4Talent Heats

Quest4Talent Tuesdays Winners: Vocal section

(16-25yo section)

  • Jemma Stevenson,
  • Emily Cochrane
  • Decaln McLeish

(12-15yo section)

  • Summer Bain & Emily Middlemas (duet)
  • Emily Middlemas (solo)
  • Ashleigh Burns
  • Hannah Leggat
  • Gaby Humphries

*Mondays winners to follow

Paisley Photographs taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk


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Gilmour Street Commitment from Transport Minister to Paisley’s MSP

Gilmour Street Commitment from Transport Minister to Paisley’s MSP

Timetable changes to trains from Glasgow to Ayr, passing through Paisley have been looked at again by the Transport Minister after George Adam intervened. Enhanced services introduced by Transport Scotland to improve the number of passengers moving between Glasgow and Ayrshire meant some trains would no longer stop at Paisley Gilmour Street. After talking to Keith Brown, the Transport Minister, George pointed out that Paisley, Scotland’s biggest town would miss out after these changes. This week George received assurances that services will be reintroduced before May of next year.

Speaking on the news, George said:

This is good news for Paisley. From May this year the weekend services that were changed will revert back to stopping at Gilmour Street and the Minister has reassured me that Transport Scotland is working right now with First ScotRail to solve this issue.‘It would seem that some of the administrators involved in this decision just took their eye off the ball. No way should Paisley have been removed from the list of stops. I must say when I talked to the Transport Minister he understood straight away and worked with Transport Scotland and First ScotRail to explain to them the error of their ways.

‘I have now been assured that the enhanced services will be in place before May next year across the board. Working constructively with others always seems to me to be a better way to work that belligerent shouting from the sidelines.‘I will be keeping up to date with future developments and will make sure every Buddie is kept informed.’

Text taken from http://www.paisleysmsp.org/gilmour-street-commitment-from-transport-minister-to-paisleys-msp/

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Renfrewshire welcomes UK wide Chamber network

Renfrewshire welcomes UK wide Chamber network

Renfrewshire Chamber recently welcomed Chief Exec’s from across the accredited Chamber network for their 1st Chief Exec’ Residential of 2013 held at Mar Hall in early March.

This is the 1st time the high profile group have met in Renfrewshire and the pleasant weather ensured the visitors saw the area at its best. With CEOs from as far afield as Plymouth and Inverness, the coming together gives the Chambers from across the network the opportunity to share ideas and best practice and discuss future opportunities. Items discussed included policy, the international Chamber network, affiliation, and the potential business impact of Independence.

Commenting on the successful event Renfrewshire Chamber CEO Bob Davidson said “…it was a pleasure hosting fellow Chief Exec’s from around the whole of the UK right here in Renfrewshire, Mar Hall was a wonderful venue. Our President Tom Johnston gave the welcome speech at the dinner focusing on how the chamber has grown and developed and the work we are doing in areas such as with young people, and Renfrewshire as a place to do business with examples of some of the great companies based here.”


About Renfrewshire Chamber: Est. in 1964, based at Glasgow Airport in Paisley and with just under 600 members. It is the area’s main business organisation and holds dozens of events every year providing members with the opportunity to network & learn. In addition the well-connected Chamber provides members with a range of products, services and marketing channels designed to help them grow & prosper. For more info on the Chamber please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

Mar Hall

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Quest4Talent Last chance to enter

Quest4Talent Competition.

There is still time to enter the competition for the following categories.

Wednesday night at David Lloyd 6th March

Catagories: Bands

Bands can turn up on the night 5.30 for a sound check. Register upon arrival. 7pm start

Call Diane for more details: 07896689816

Monday 11th March at the Wynd in Paisley

2 categories:

>Scottish traditional (gaelic / scots song, instrumental incl accordian, bagpipes, clarsach etc… open to solo, groups, folk rock etc

>Chiors / Glee clubs

Sound check at 5.30 / 7pm start. Call Diane for more details 07896689816

Find out more http://www.quest4talent.org.uk/

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Recruits seal the deal in car challenge

Recruits seal the deal in car challenge

Renfrewshire young Recruits showed they can strike deals on wheels during their latest challenge – by helping to sell a car!

The teenagers on the popular council-run youth employment programme took to the showroom of the Phoenix car group in Linwood as part of a business task.

There, they were asked to plan and design a programme of marketing material for Hyundai and Honda vehicles at the busy dealership.

Phoenix sales staff also posed as customers to test the Recruits’ selling skills. But while there they had the chance to practice on a real customer, who ended up buying a Hyundai i20.

The Recruit is loosely based on TV favourite The Apprentice, and sees young people compete in a series of challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Currently, there are two programmes running, one for 16 to 17-year-olds and one for unemployed people aged between 18 and 24.

Colin McGeoch, group training manager at Phoenix car group, said: “We had a very enjoyable day and were delighted to have them here. The Recruit is a very worthwhile project.

“The Recruits were welcomed to Phoenix by John McGuire, our managing director, who told them a bit about the company, before they were given a tour.

“We set them a team challenge to suggest ways we could create more footfall to our showrooms, and picked a winning team at the end.

“We asked them to come up with ideas for radio and press adverts and got to see their reaction when our marketing team brought their creations to life.”

As well as the Phoenix car group task, the teenagers on the first programme have visited Steel Engineering, St Mirren and Renfrewshire Leisure, among others, and received training in first aid and interview techniques.

The Phoenix car group have been long-time supporters of The Recruit, and also take part in a challenge every summer with youngsters on Inverclyde Council’s version of the programme.

The winter version of The Recruit will conclude with a finale event at Renfrew’s Glynhill Hotel later in March.

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Enjoy puppetry and fairytales at Paisley Arts Centre

Enjoy puppetry and fairytales when Each Peach Pear Plum arrives at Paisley Arts Centre.

“Tom Thumb’s in the cupboard, Mother Hubbard’s on the stairs, Where are the three bears?”

Adapted from the book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum is a game of ‘I spy’ for small children and their families. With a little help from songs and music, this production features children’s favourite nursery rhyme characters brought to life by a range of wonderful puppets, all on their way to Mother Hubbard’s for some plum pie.

Each Peach Pear Plum is presented by Edinburgh based Puppet Lab. Since it was founded in 1984, the Puppet Lab has been introducing children and adults to puppetry through its beautifully crafted and imaginative productions, including Funnybones which was a huge hit with audiences when it visited Paisley in spring 2012.

There will be two performances of Each Peach Pear Plum on Tues 26 March, 10.30am & 1.30pm at Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets cost £3. To book call the Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or go online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on Each Peach Pear Plum, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.