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Shine The Light Miss January

Introducing, Miss January; In Partnership with Paisley.org.uk and Pinnacle Training.

Mary McCorkindale

Mary is fondly known to family and friends as Dancing Queen; with an insatiable desire to dance, laugh and have fun.

Mary was nominated by her family, not because of her killer dance moves, but because of her undeniable strength and fortitude.

Mary was a foster parent to a large number of children along with her late husband Peter McCorkindale.
As well as fostering, Mary raised a large family of 6 children; late Colin, Paul, Ian, Lorraine, Shona and Peter. Amazingly, she also held down several jobs during this period and ran the well remembered Lonend Diner.

Mary recently fought and beat throat cancer; with lifestyle changes, Mary received the all clear.
Mary’s fortitude is also evident as the survivor of a severe house fire. She lost all belongings, and if not for trusty feline Kitty giving the warning, possibly a lot more. Thanks to local firefighters and Mary’s shouts for help, Mary was rescued and started life afresh.

In recent years, Mary tragically lost her oldest son. When Colin passed away, it was as if life had ended for Mary also.
It was only her undeniable strength and the love of her children that kept her moving forward. However, Mary was dealt another blow when her husband Peter passed away, and shortly after, her grandson, young Colin, son to Colin senior also.

For many this would have been the undoing but, armed with a fishing rod and a pack of sarnies, Mary sought refuge in fishing. At 78 years old, and 4ft 9 inches tall, Mary is a keen fisherwoman, and often puts seasoned (and often oversure fishermen!) to shame. She has the touch; the fishies can’t resist!

Mary is famous for not only for her dance moves, fishing skills and strength; she also makes the best pancakes in Paisley!
She was also recognised in the Paisley Daily Express for her artwork.

Mary is a proud woman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. It is evident she has a family who are incredibly proud of her, her spirit, and her legend.

Dance on dancing queen, a worthy Miss January! 👏🍾🎉🎶

And remember; if you have a family member or friend deserving of recognition, they could be our next Miss or Mr February!

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New figures give Renfrewshire a boost as Recycle Week gets underway

Renfrewshire Council has joined organisations across Scotland in supporting Recycle Week as new figures give a boost to the area’s green credentials.

The annual UK-wide campaign takes place from 25 September to 1 October and aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling.

The Council is utilising Recycle Week to highlight the benefits of recycling and to promote the ways in which every person they can do their bit.

Recent figures issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that Renfrewshire Council is making significant progress with the Council performing above the national average, recycling 48.5% of its waste.

Waste submitted to landfill is also significantly below the national average of 42.3%, with only 24.2% of waste unable to be recycled or diverted from landfill – placing Renfrewshire 3rd of 32 local authorities.

Renfrewshire is one of five local authorities to participate in the Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project which will begin in December 2019.

The project will divert residual waste from landfill and produce a refuse derived fuel, ensuring the Council complies with the Scottish Government landfill ban on biodegradable municipal waste by January 2021.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “These new figures are extremely positive and reflect the Council’s commitment to increasing the amount of waste recycled in Renfrewshire.

“We want to encourage our communities to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible to decrease the amount of waste which ends up in landfill.

“It is important that recycling takes place wherever possible as this can play a major part in having a positive effect on our environment.

“We’re happy to support Recycle Week as it ties into our aims to improve Renfrewshire’s environment, highlighted through our Team Up to Clean Up campaign.”

Over the course of the week, Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from all over the country to become waste warriors by recycling as much as they can.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland said: “Recycle Week is the perfect opportunity for us to get as many people as possible from across the country recycling more and we are grateful to Renfrewshire Council for joining us in spreading the word.

“Recycling in Scotland has vastly improved over the past few years but we still have some way to go to meet the Scottish Government’s target of recycling 70% of our waste by 2025. It is a target that can absolutely be achieved if every one of us makes that extra effort to ensure we are recycling as much as we possibly can.”

To sign up to Recycle Week please visit: www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/recycleweek2017

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup

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paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates are gearing up for a successful defence of their SNL title and are inviting players and volunteers to come forward and join the organisation.

paisley pirates

Coach Ian Turley said, “I’m really looking forward to the start of training in a few weeks, on 22 August, as this won’t only give our new member of the coaching set up, Adam Walker, the opportunity to get to know the players, it’ll also give us the chance to look at the guys who played for us before, and, hopefully, there will be a few players from around the ice rinks wanting to come along and impress us enough to be offered a team slot. It’s a very critical period for us as we’d like to get a lot of hard work and preparation under our belts before the serious stuff starts.”

“It’s always nice to get a few new faces in as it freshens up the dressing room a bit, and it showed last season when we got young players like Dean Hamilton and Euan McLaughlin to join up with us. The enthusiasm of the youngsters always rubs off on the more established players so I’m hoping that the early practices will throw up at least a couple of new faces able to join the ranks and make a difference. The standard of the SNL has risen markedly in the seven years I’ve been involved with the Pirates and there’s no reason to suggest the new season will be anything different in that respect.”

He continued, “We’re also looking to expand our army of off-ice volunteers to do the million and one jobs which need to be done on match nights. We’re proud of the fact that we’re regarded as a well run organisation and there’s good reasons for that-we work very hard at being the best we can be, and we have a lot of folk helping us too! Like I say, we’re wanting to further increase our volunteer numbers as there’s a lot of unseen jobs go into putting on a professional show.”

“The message is the same for anyone wanting to join our on-ice team, or our off-ice squad. Get in touch with us at paisleypirates@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you with all the details you need to become one of the Pirates’ family. It really couldn’t be simpler and we’ll look forward to hearing from you!”

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Paisley charity on the lookout for volunteers

scottish huntington's disease

Paisley’s national charity, Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), is on the lookout for volunteers.

scottish huntington's disease

The charity which, supports families living with the degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD), needs help in running its eBay shop.

Based on the town’s Linwood Road, but working with families across the country, the charity is specifically looking for someone with retail experience, with knowledge of online selling. Expenses would be paid.

‘We are looking to build up our eBay shop but don’t have the resources at the moment, so we need help. Any local people who have access to a car and who might be interested in helping out should get in touch’ said SHA Fundraising Manager, Dougie Peddie.

‘The volunteer would help us collect and catalogue donated goods and sell them online, so a good working knowledge of computers is essential.’

SHA supports families living with the condition through a team of HD specialists, a national youth service and financial wellbeing service.

HD is an incurable genetic neurological condition that usually starts between the ages of 30 and 50 years. It causes three main groups of symptoms: changes to thinking processes – a type of early onset dementia, loss of muscle control and involuntary movements which lead to loss of speech and swallow and mental illness. As it progresses those affected will need 24 hour care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk developing the disease. There is no cure.

There are around 1100 people in Scotland living with HD and a further 5000 potentially at risk.

Anyone interested should contact Dougie on 0141 848 0308 or email dougie.peddie@hdscotland.org

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Chivas Brothers’ employees volunteering with Quarriers Village

Employees from the Chivas Brothers site in Paisley joined forces with employees from Dumbarton to support Quarriers Village, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities for vulnerable children, adults and their families. The teams were tasked with improving facilities by decorating communal spaces, developing a sensory garden for residents and building a brick BBQ.

Below are some images that were taken on the day.

Chivas Responsiball Day – Quarriers Village 1.6.17


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Help is at hand from intu Braehead volunteers

BIG-HEARTED staff at intu Braehead have offered to put in some hard labour to help charities, community groups and schools.

Staff from intu Braehead previously helped create a garden at Todholm Primary School, in Paisley. From left, pupils, Mirin Gray and Zara Neil with intu Braehead general manager, Gary Turnbull

With generous donations from the centre’s management to pay for materials and with the expertise of tradesmen at Cardwell Nurseries, the staff will volunteer to work on projects that would benefit the local community.

Now the team behind the intu Volunteers Project is asking for people to submit their requests for help with tasks like landscaping, gardening, painting and decorating and repairs to damaged property.

The volunteering work is part of intu’s company-wide initiative encouraging staff to take time from their work schedule to help support charity, or community work.

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “In the past our intu volunteers project has created gardens, raised beds for growing vegetables and a sheltered outdoor classroom.

“The projects we choose would be completed in a day and we’re asking for charities, community groups and even schools to contact us with their ideas of tasks we can undertake.

“And of course, it won’t cost them a penny.”

Drew Gallagher, managing director of Cardwell Nurseries, who are based in Gourock, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for groups, who might not have a lot of funds, to have important work carried out that can make a difference to their community.

“We have many years of experience in carrying out this kind of landscaping and building work and we’re happy to share our expertise along with the intu Braehead staff providing the hard graft.”

Anyone wishing to apply for work or projects to be carried out should email braehead.community@intu.co.uk or call Lydia on 0141 885 1441.

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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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Volunteers sought to help get Renfrewshire online

Renfrewshire Council are looking to recruit a team of volunteers to support the delivery of the recently launched Digital Strategy and help people and local organisations get online.

A tablet class in action

The Digital Renfrewshire Strategy – sets out a vision and approach to tackling digital exclusion in the area.

It aims to ensure everybody has the opportunity to reach their digital potential so they can benefit from the health, learning, economic, social, and cultural opportunities that being online can bring.

Lauren Gilmour, Renfrewshire Council’s Digital Volunteer Co-ordinator, is appealing for people with digital skills who would like to help people across Renfrewshire reach their digital potential and help bridge the digital divide.

“Around 26,000 people in Renfrewshire lack basic digital skills. We have a Digital Strategy that aims to close the digital divide in Renfrewshire and we want to tap into the skills of local people to help support digital participation and offer people a positive volunteering experience”

Volunteers are needed for several different projects including tablet classes for older adults- hosted in partnership with Roar: Connections for Life – and take place at University of the West of Scotland every Tuesday from 3–5pm and at Underwood Lane every Thursday from 10am–12noon. If you know your way about a tablet or smartphone you could support these classes.

Help is also needed to help run CoderDojo coding clubs for young people in various locations across Renfrewshire. Volunteers don’t need an in-depth knowledge of coding – just an interest in helping young people to solve problems. Resources will be provided to get volunteers up to speed.

Lauren added: “We can match anyone with suitable digital skills with an organisation or project that need help with boosting their digital skills.

“Volunteering isn’t only a way to give back to your community– it’s a way to boost your CV, gain skills and improve your confidence. Volunteers will be supported with a dedicated contact and the opportunity to train to become a digital champion.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, said: “We’re committed to removing the barriers to digital participation in order to face the issue of digital exclusion head on.

“With thousands of people in Renfrewshire without basic digital skills, it is important that we give everyone the tools to get online and take advantage of the benefits this provides.

“Our Digital Strategy- combined with initiatives such as our £1m investment in free public wifi in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew town centres- will begin to address and improve these figures.”

If you would like to become a digital volunteer or want to find out any information about digital volunteers, please contact Lauren Gilmour on lgilmour@engagerenfrewshire.com or 0141 887 7707. You can also tweet Lauren on @lauren_gilmour1.

If you live in Renfrewshire and are interested in joining one of the tablet classes please contact Roar: Connections for Life on 0141 889 7481.

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For most of us, Christmas is a time when families gather and special times are had with loved ones. But for many Christmas can be a lonely time, much like any other day for those with little or no company.


Contact the Elderly, a charity which offers tea, cake and most importantly, company, to older people is currently looking for more guests to join their groups that help alleviate loneliness amongst the older generation in Renfrewshire.

The charity provides tea parties which take place once a month on a Sunday afternoon and are an opportunity for those aged 75 and over who live alone to get out of the house and socialise.

A vast network of more than 1300 volunteers currently help 1000 people across Scotland through 112 parties taking place throughout the country from the Borders to the Highlands.

A volunteer driver collects one or two guests and joins them at the party before returning them safely home. A volunteer host welcomes a group of six to eight people into their home once a year, laying on afternoon tea and a warm atmosphere.

Morna O’ May, Head of Service – Scotland, for Contact the Elderly said:

“Our presence has grown significantly in recent years but we are always aware there are so many more people we could be supporting and volunteers we could potentially be working with.

“Our tea parties in towns and cities throughout Scotland, including those running locally, make such a difference to older people who live alone and we cannot thank our volunteers enough. Without them the charity wouldn’t be possible.”

The charity recently launched the ‘Be Our Guest’ campaign encouraging people to help identify those in their local community who would enjoy the tea parties.

Morna continues:

“It is incredibly difficult for someone who is older, and often isolated, to reach out and ask for help. We work with agencies throughout Scotland to help us identify who might benefit from our services but we know there are more and are encouraging those to help us reach out to people in their community who would benefit from the chance to enjoy a bit of a blether over a tasty afternoon tea”.

When asked about their experience at the monthly tea parties guests comments were only ever positive. One said:

“It is such a relief for me to come here today.  I feel as if I’ve been swimming and struggling to get to the surface but now it’s easy to swim!”

A volunteer added:

“It is such a pleasure to be around the guests who are all lovely and still motivated to get out and meet other people. They were all very inspirational.”

To find out more about Contact the Elderly and volunteering contact morna.o’may@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.  To refer a potential older guest call Freephone 0800 716 543, visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk or email guest@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.

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20 years at the helm of Paisley.org.uk

Brian McGuire

My Name is Brian McGuire today marks 20 years of me doing the Paisley website, what do I get from it… One word Pride and pride for all the volunteers who have set out to help do what I have set out to do, without them it would be nothing. I don’t ask for riches I don’t ask for fame, although there are others out there who attempt a poor copy of what I have set out to do. I shall name no names.

Brian McGuire

What have I set out to do… Well promote Paisley in a Positive Light i.e #PositivePaisley

When I first started no one knew what was going on in the town, no one cared, the town was a shambles as far as organisation was concerned.

Now Look, it’s amazing the place tonight was buzzing there is a real sense of optimism. I would like to think by setting up www.paisley.org.uk I was in some way responsible for changing perceptions and I am not wrong. I hopefully have made people sit up and notice that their town should be something to be proud of not something to ignore. The council through its successive administrations certainly has started to really get its act together.

I help all sorts of organisations, all quietly I never shout from the rooftop unlike some pretenders who are out for themselves.

I love the town I grew up in and live and work in. Paisley 2021 is an amazing thing which I hope succeeds.

Paisley has cultural, historical and the people who live in the town just make it come alive. I shall continue to do what I do, I will overcome the barriers in our way and Paisley will be great again.. I thank all the visitors to the number of websites and of course the sponsors without such I couldn’t do what I do. The Future is Bright…. Thank you… 20 Years is a long time… here’s to the next 20….