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My Credit Union Renfrewshire

Have you ever wondered what a credit union is? My Credit Union Renfrewshire will answer all your questions.



We are delighted to announce the launch of a new website, outdoor advertising and radio campaign that will raise awareness of credit unions in Renfrewshire and answer the common question ‘What is a credit union’. To celebrate the launch, we are extending an invitation to the public and press to an event that will take place on Thursday 20th October (International Credit Union day) in the Piazza centre Paisley at 11am.


www.mycreditunionrenfrewshire.co.uk has been designed to promote the benefits of Credit Unions to the people of Renfrewshire. The fresh, easy-to-use website signposts people to credit unions throughout Renfrewshire, lists all their services and highlights the many benefits of saving and borrowing affordably. A key aim is to raise public awareness of credit unions generally and to help people enjoy the benefits of sound money management.

The website is funded by Renfrewshire Council who have committed up to £500,000 of funding to support credit union development in Renfrewshire as a key strand of their Tackling Poverty strategy. This substantial investment has been used in a variety of initiatives to tackle the rise in high cost lending and to provide access to a wider range of ethical and affordable financial products for the Renfrewshire community.

Gleniffer Credit Union, Johnstone Credit Union, Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union, Scotwest Credit Union and White Cart Credit Union have collaborated on the development of the website to ensure that the Renfrewshire community can make an informed choice on the best credit union for their needs. Paula Ferrier, the Marketing Officer overseeing the website development said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for credit unions in Renfrewshire, to have a campaign that promotes good value financial products and services and the many free benefits that are available. Credit unions are not for profit, member-owned financial cooperatives, so they can’t always compete with the massive marketing budgets that banks and high-cost lenders can deploy. In some ways, credit unions are a well-kept secret! However, more and more people are discovering how much better off they are by joining a credit union, and with over a million members across the UK, mycreditunionrenfrewshire will help open credit union doors to even more people in Renfrewshire.”

To mark the launch of this vibrant new website and to celebrate International Credit Union Day, representatives from all five credit unions will be in the Piazza Centre, Paisley on Thursday 20th October from 11am to 1pm to chat and answer any questions about joining a credit union. Additionally, Councillor Mike Holmesdeputy leader of Renfrewshire Council, and several third sector agencies will be present to help raise awareness of credit unions and help mark the occasion.

There will be lots of credit union freebies being handed out – so call into the Piazza Centre and let Renfrewshire credit unions help you to make the most out of life and your money!

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Retiring Headteachers thanked for their service

Seven headteachers from across Renfrewshire with more than 230 years’ experience celebrated their retirement this week.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services thanked them for their service during the informal ceremony which was also attended by Provost Lorraine Cameron and Peter MacLeod, Director of Children’s Services and Chief Social Work Officer.

The headteachers who were thanked for their service were:

Moira Monaghan – Bushes Primary School

David Nicholls – Gleniffer High School

Marie Ward – St Fillan’s Primary School

Hazel McMillan – Thorn Primary School

Carol Vallance – Bridge of Weir Primary School

Susan Carlton – Wallace Primary School

Eileen Young – Linwood High School

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Award winner wants sporting heroes nominations

A WINNER in last year’s Renfrewshire Sports Awards is urging people to nominate their unsung sporting heroes.

Jamie Arthur getting his award last year

Jamie Arthur, 24, is an Active Schools Coordinator and won the 2016 Disability Coach of the Year Award for his work with young people with disabilities.

Nominations for this year’s awards, covering a host of categories, close on Friday, June 30.

Award categories are Community Coach of the Year; Development Coach of the Year; Young Coach of the Year and Disability Coach of the Year.

There are also awards for Technical Official of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Event Volunteer of the Year. And for school sport there is an Honour Our Sport Award.

Jamie, who went to Johnstone High School, said: “It was a great feeling just to be nominated by someone who had looked at the categories and thought I was good enough to be considered for an award.
“I’d been nominated two years in a row which was a great honour, but to win the award last year felt amazing as it was great recognition for all the hard work I had done.”

He added: “The sport awards are a great concept, as the night is filled with coaches, volunteers and officials from all aspects of life together under the one roof. It’s great to see so many people who share the same passion in life as yourself.
“I’m all for local sport, and as an Active Schools coach and coordinator I think the impact and influence of local sport clubs and teams is extremely valuable as they provide great avenues for children to pursue a life in sport.”

Log on to www.renfrewshiresportsawards.com to make a nomination.

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Pupils graduate as good sports

DOZENS of secondary school pupils have shown they’re a class act when it comes to learning about sport and leisure.

A total of 57 Fifth and Sixth Year students have graduated from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education.
This initiative, run by Renfrewshire Leisure, gives the students training for leisure and sports coaching awards and qualifications that could help them find work when they leave school, college or university.

Each pupil taking part has completed a minimum of 12 after-school sports workshops, a training weekend, First Aid and Child Protection instruction and has helped organise and run sporting events throughout the year.

The students, who received their graduation certificates at a ceremony in front of family and friends at Renfrew Town Hall, also had to complete 100 hours of volunteering during the year’s course.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “All our graduates have come on leaps and bounds during their time on the course and we’ve seen their confidence build and their skills developed as sports coaches and event organisers.

“They themselves and their families should be proud of what they achieved.
“The course may have come to an end, but for the students what they have learned is just the start of achieving something special in their lives.”

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Paisley’s Got Talent – will you be our winner this summer?

We all know that Buddies are a talented bunch but do you have what it takes to win the Paisley First crown this summer? 

As part of our Saturday schedule of free entertainment in the town centre during the school holidays, we are launching a talent competition to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield! 

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley so whatever your talent, you need to be in it to win it!

Entry forms are available online now at www.paisleyfirst.com 

Entries can be made by individuals or groups and can include comedians, singers, dancers, magicians and anything else you believe is a special talent you want to share! 

The first heat will be taking place on Saturday 15th July at 1.30pm in the town’s County Square with further heats taking place on Saturday 29th July and Saturday 12th August 2017. 

The Grand Final will be on Saturday 26th August 2017 with cash prizes to be won! 

To take part, you must be a resident of Renfrewshire and not part of a professional act. 

Participants under the age of sixteen will need a parent or guardian’s written permission to take part. 

First prize will be £1,000.00 cash with all finalists receiving £250.00! 

The competition is just one of a number of events in Paisley this summer as part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017! 

Children’s entertainers, live music and story-telling will be taking place every Saturday from 8th July until 26th August from 10.30am until 5pm.

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New St Fergus Primary School opens its doors

Pupils at St Fergus Primary School are making themselves at home in their newly completed school, built as part of the Renfrewshire Council’s multi-million pound schools investment programme.

Convener, Cllr Jim Paterson, Depute Convener, Cllr Lorraine Cameron, Headteacher Mhairi McDonald with pupils from the school and Chief Inspector Martin Gallahher and Constable Craig Geddes from Police Scotland

Children and teachers are enjoying their new surroundings in the £4 million single storey building which accommodates 175 pupils and features a mix of flexible teaching spaces, independent learning areas and opportunities for outdoor learning formal and informal teaching spaces along with opportunities for outdoor learning.

The new school includes features aimed at maximising the children’s levels of engagement such as a bespoke library space with recessed seating and a playground performance space with canopy, picnic benches, eco growing area, climbing wall, wobble board, spiral climbing net and an all-weather sports pitch.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convene of Education and Children’s Services, visited the school this week and received a tour of the building from some of the pupils alongside Headteacher Mhairi McDonald.

Councillor Paterson, said: “It was great to visit the pupils and teachers from St Fergus Primary School and see how much they are enjoying their new school.

“The new school will help support the future of our children and young people by providing the best possible environment for them to learn and keep them engaged. It was clear from my visit that the children are excited and enthused to learn in their new school.”

Headteacher Ms Mhairi McDonald, said: “Our children, staff and parents are delighted to be in our new building. The children have had great input into the design including the colours and the playground.

“The learning environment is fantastic, bright and airy with lots of natural light and has great opportunities for collaborative and active learning both indoors and outdoors.”

St Fergus’ was also presented with the Secure by Design Awards by Chief Inspector Martin Gallagher, KA (Paisley) area commander and Constable Craig Geddes, Architectural Liaison Officer from Police Scotland during the visit. Secured by Design (SBD) is a national police initiative that aims to reduce the opportunity for crime in our built environment.  This award shows that by working in partnership with the police the school has met approved security standards that have been developed to address criminal acts such as anti-social behaviour, vandalism and break-ins. Under Police Scotland this is the first school in Renfrewshire to be awarded the SBD accreditation. This will ensure that the school children will have a safer learning environment as well as having a positive impact for police with a reduction in the crime.

The work at St Fergus’ Primary School is part of Renfrewshire Council’s extensive £52 million investment programme to improve local schools and promote learning and achievement by giving children the best possible learning environment.

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Gavin Newlands MP pledges to stand up to bullying

Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has highlighted ‘Stand Up to Bullying Day’ by pledging to continue raising awareness of the damaging effects that bullying can have on individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

Gavin Newlands MP holding the anti-bullying book produced by pupils of Gallowhill Primary School outside Westminster

Wednesday 21st June will be the second Stand Up to Bullying day organised by the Diana Award charity and supported by the Vodafone Foundation. Stand Up to Bullying Day is a campaign that focuses on tackling childhood bullying as well as bullying in the wider community.

Bullying is an issue which affects people from all walks of life and can happen at any point. Research confirms the long-lasting and damaging outcomes for the individual being bullied, including prolonged absenteeism from school and negative consequences on physical and mental health.  The reality is, bullying isn’t confined to the school gates and its victims aren’t limited to young people. It also exists at home, in our wider communities and online.

Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“We all have a role to play in helping to end bullying regardless of where it takes place. From the school playground to the workplace to online – bullying cannot be tolerated and must be stamped out. I recently bought an award winning anti-bullying book produced by pupils of Gallowhill Primary School, this is an excellent resource which informs us what we can do to help stamp out bullying.”

“Stand Up to Bullying Day is a campaign that not only focuses on childhood bullying but also aims to tackle intimidation in the wider community. This year the charity are asking local organisations and individuals to make a pledge about how they will help end bullying that too many people face on a daily basis.

“This is a vitally important campaign to me personally and I will renew my pledge to never be a bystander when I see someone being bullied. I would encourage everyone to play their part and stand up to bullying.”

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UK’s.biggest ball pit comes to intu Braehead

intu Braehead hosts spectacular summer party  

Free entertainment and activities including the UK’s biggest ball pool and summer beach area

Everyone’s invited to intu Braehead’s weekend-long summer celebration

intu Braehead will host two days of free activities and entertainment on Saturday and Sunday July 1 and 2, as it kicks off one of the area’s biggest summer celebrations.

Shoppers can have a ball at a special Summer Party as the country’s biggest ball pool for adults and kids, measuring nine metres square is being installed in the mall’s central atrium.

Close on 200,000 brightly-coloured balls will be in the pool for everyone to dive into and have free fun sessions.

And over in Soar at intu Braehead visitors can head down to a specially-created beach with lots of sand, giant deckchairs, buckets and spades and an inflatable slide for youngsters to enjoy.

Christine Macdonald, marketing manager at intu Braehead said: “This is a summer party like no other and we can’t wait to see the smiles on the faces of shoppers when they see what we have in store.

“Whether you’re visiting us to take part in fun activities like our giant ball pool, or heading for our beach area to simply enjoy a great day out with family and friends, everyone joining us for intu Braehead’s Summer Party is in for a real treat.”

Visit www.intu.co.uk/braehead for more details of what’s on and opening hours.

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Ferguslie community to come together to show there’s ‘No Substitute for Life’

The beautiful game is set to be utilised to raise awareness of mental health issues and remember those who have lost their lives to suicide.

2016 No Substitute for Life tournament

The annual No Substitute for Life football tournament held in Ferguslie, now in its sixth year, brings the community together to shine a light on the issue of the suicide- amongst young men and women especially.

Hundreds of footballers and supporters have turned out each year and similar numbers are expected again when the competition takes place on Sunday 25 June, beginning at 12pm.

The tournament will be held in Ferguslie Park Sports Centre and all those who attend will have the opportunity to place a heart on the memorial tree in remembrance of those they have lost before a commemorative balloon release marks the occasion.

There will also be face painting, fun activities and refreshments to keep everyone entertained as the players take to the field.

The event was first created by local Ferguslie resident Paul Cardona who wished to raise awareness of the issue after close friends were lost to suicide and is now organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Survival of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS).

A working group was created to bring the event to life and the success of the event led to the group winning Renfrewshire’s Chamber of Commerce Community Champion Award in 2013.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Mental health is an increasingly prevalent issue in today’s society and it is important that those who are dealing with these issues are aware that the support is there for them to access.

“The tournament is now into its sixth year and the response remains tremendous from the Ferguslie, and wider, community and it is important that we continue to provide the support to those who need it.

“Events such as this tournament are great ways of breaking down the barriers which are often faced, by young people especially, in discussing their feelings and I would encourage anyone who feels like this could benefit them to go along.”

The event provides an opportunity for those who have lost a loved one to suicide to remember them and also meet others who have faced similar heartbreak. .

The SOBS support group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at The Wynd Centre, Paisley from 7pm-8:30pm, and anyone affected by suicide is welcome to go along.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 116 123.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email rosemary.mullan@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Families set to descend on Barshaw Gala Day

Thousands are set to turn out to the annual Barshaw Gala Day for an afternoon packed full of exciting activities for all the family.

Barshaw Gala Day in 2016

Taking place on Saturday 24 June, from 12noon to 4pm, Barshaw Park will be a hive of activity as the local community joins together for one of its favourite days on the calendar.

A live stage hosted by Erskine Music and Media Studios will provide the soundtrack to the day and entertain the crowds as they take in the fantastic local music and dance groups aiming to showcase their talent.

A multitude of community and craft stalls will give the locals the chance to see the fantastic artists, designers, charities, volunteers and groups that the area has to offer.

There will be plenty for the kids to immerse themselves in too, including balloon modellers, magic shows, inflatables and free face painting on offer all afternoon.

There’s also a variety of children’s workshops including ‘Up in the Air’ kite-making, hula-hooping and special preview Sma’ Shot Day workshops- where children can design and make a prop that they can bring along to be a part of the Sma’ Shot parade.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Gala days are at the heart of our communities and I can’t wait to get along and be a part of it on Saturday.

“There’s a fantastic array of activities on offer so gather up the kids, your friends and your family and come along to join the thousands set to turn out for a brilliant day!”

The Gala Day takes place as part of a fantastic summer in Renfrewshire with the upcoming Sma’ Shot Day, Weave Festival and Paisley Pipe Band Championships just a few of the exciting events due to get underway.

For more information on what’s going on visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events, www.Paisley2021.co.uk/events or contactevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.