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Paisley.org.uk, Paisley leading community focused website founded by Brian McGuire has announced its full support and backing of Paisley Community Trust’s proposed plans for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre for the Town.
As part of a series of early stage discussions, first draft designs of the Trust’s proposed Performing Arts and Film Theatre have been shared with key stakeholders

in the Town. The plans, created by award winning architects Stallan Brand, outline the Trust’s proposals for a new state of the art community facility featuring a flexible main theatre, secondary studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, several unique cinema spaces as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

 

Paisley Community Trust carried out a comprehensive feasibility study into the project and identified an overwhelming market demand for such a facility in the town. At present a number of sites have been shortlisted with a preferred option emerging.

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Final plans are set to be publicly unveiled in September 2017. “We were delighted to be approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their plans for the newly proposed Cinema and Theatre for the town. What can we say, we were blown away with what we saw! The designs look amazing. Having been a massive supporter of the town and with close relationships to the communities, we have a fairly good idea of what people are looking for and what the town needs. The Trust’s plans are exactly what the town needs. It will put Paisley back on the cultural map, not just locally but nationally. It will attract people and communities back into use the town.

You’ll be able to take part in a variety of classes or to catch a movie or a show. There is no doubt this will provide the transformation the town needs. Community groups, Council and Paisley Buddies need to get behind the Trust’s vision. We’re in!”

Brian McGuire, Founder, Paisley.org.uk

“Paisley.org.uk is without doubt one of the key websites for Paisley. They work closely with the town, businesses and community.

They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the town needs. We were nervous in showing them because we really respect their knowledge, however we shouldn’t have been. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Their backing and support confirms the need in the town for what we are planning. We’ve agreed that Paisley.org.uk will be one of our key partners in engaging and discussing with the town’s communities. We’re delighted to share a teaser image for Paisley.org.uk to exclusively publish with more news to come!”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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

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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.

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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!

Briand new British Independent film Edie, starring Sheila Hancock releasing in U.K cinemas May 25th!  The uplifting film focuses on the sublime natural beauty of the Scottish landscape has to offer.

The film is being shown in the Showcase Cinema Paisley – https://www.showcasecinemas.co.uk/film-info/edie#46vFBizdePxHOI78.97

As an Independent feature film showcasing the best of the British landscape we really want to get people interested and excited about the film so that British cinema can be truly celebrated and given the credit it deserves. It would be an honour if you could write a small article or create an event on your website, just to help us spread the word and reach as many people as possible before the upcoming release.

Below is a brief synopsis and link to the trailer and I’ve also attached some photos and the press pack to give you some more information that may be useful:



Sheila Hancock is at her sublime best as Edie, an elderly woman who, in the aftermath of the death of her controlling husband, decides to fulfil a long-held dream of climbing a Scottish mountain. Against her daughter’s wishes, she heads to Scotland and employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to help her get the right equipment and train her for the gruelling climb. As the pair talk, bicker and have fun, they reveal more about their lives to each other, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

Trailer at:

Education and Children’s Services convener Jim Paterson met with foster carers at a special event to mark Foster Care Fortnight, which runs until this Sunday.

The Council is bidding to have 100 people in the vital role, an increase of almost a fifth from 81.

There is also a specific drive to attract carers who can look after teenagers or older children as well as those who can care for children with disabilities or learning needs to support them to reach their full potential.

Councillor Paterson said: “It’s been great to meet our foster carers and hear about the wonderful work they do, as well as the challenges they face. One thing that has struck me is how supported they feel by our specialist team.

“We want to send out a message to anyone who thinks foster caring may be for them that you will be supported on every step of the way.

“You could transform the life of a child or young person.  We are especially keen to attract people who could offer a home to older children or teenagers who need the best help and support possible to ensure they reach their full potential.

“Some of them will have had challenging starts to their young lives but with the right help and guidance they could thrive.

“We also need people who think they could make a difference to a child or young person who has a a disability or special needs.”

Una Daly, 62 and her husband Tom have looked after children of all ages since she became a foster carer when she took early retirement from nursing six years ago.

Former ward sister Una, said: “All ages bring their joys and challenges and older children may be coming from backgrounds of families with difficulties and can have a fear of the future.

“Our job is to build real, firm strings of attachment to them. Through being very firm – and laying out boundaries – it gives them a security you love them enough to make sure they feel safe.

“I would say to anyone thinking about fostering ‘Just pick up the phone.’ If you proceed, you will be supported all along the way.

“It’s great to see a child blossom by giving them a loving home and let them see what family life can be like without so much worry and fewer difficulties . We just wish we had done it years ago.”

If you are over 21, have a spare room and are in good health, you can apply to help make a difference to a child’s life.

Children and young people of all ages need carers who will help them feel wanted, valued and safe.

As a foster carer, you can be in work or unemployed, be single, married, or in a same sex or heterosexual relationship, and can own or rent the property you live in.

You will be supported on every step of the journey with advice, specialist training and peer support and will also receive a generous allowance.

Anyone interested in more detail can call the team at Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1199 or email at childrenandfamilies@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Renfrewshire has been awarded an additional £4.6million from the Scottish Government to boost attainment for all pupils across the area as part of the Attainment Challenge.


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The funding was announced by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, today for ‘challenge authorities’ and is targeted at improving reading, writing, maths, and health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire first became a challenge authority in June 2016 and since then has seen improvements made in pupils’ reading age scores across primary three to seven.

Data gathered also indicates that the gap between the most and least deprived pupils has been reducing in listening, talking, reading and writing, and numeracy measurements.

Education and Children’s Services Convener for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “Renfrewshire is ambitious for all its children to reach their full potential and we have been working hard to reduce the poverty-related attainment gap while also raising attainment for all.

“Having the next round of Attainment Challenge funding means we can continue with our education programmes to improve literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing of all children, no matter their background or start in life.

“We know the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach is making a recognised difference to children’s reading skills and we are building upon existing work in maths to better support children as they learn counting and numbers. We have already seen more than 1000 teachers and support staff undertake enhanced professional learning and we will continue to support teachers to further their skills and experience in learning and teaching.

“One of the areas we are now working on is the impact of children’s learning as they move from primary to secondary schools. We now have 10 transition teachers in place and almost 250 teachers and support staff have taken part in professional learning so they can better support children and young people. Around 80 per cent of teachers said that transition support had positively impacted on pupil engagement in school.

“We’ve also been working with parents and families through the Parents in Partnership programme to support their confidence in family learning at home and feeling confident approaching their child’s school to talk directly with teachers. We’ve seen an impact on pupil attendance figures particularly for pupils whose parents took part in the programme.

“We will continue to deliver high-quality, evidence-based interventions and initiatives that have been proven to make a difference to pupils and their families as we develop the best possible teaching environment in our schools.”

School leavers in Renfrewshire continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with the latest figures showing 92.8% of youngsters in Renfrewshire going into further or higher education, employment or training three months after leaving school.

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The total across Scotland has risen from 93.3% last year to 93.7% this year – showing that even more young people are finding fulfilling opportunities after leaving school.

In Renfrewshire, the percentage of people going on to positive destinations has gone from 92.2% last year to 92.8% this year – and increased from 88.1% since 2011/12.

Of those in positive destinations, 45% are at University and 23% are at college, while 21% are in employment and 3% are in training.

Commenting on the latest stats, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“The Scottish Government continues to make education its priority this parliament – and these figures reflect just how important SNP action on education is for our young people.

“Being able to go on to a positive destination after leaving school – whether that is college, university, work or training – is a great boost for young people across Renfrewshire, improving their self-confidence and setting them up to make positive contributions to our communities as adults.

“That more young people across Renfrewshire are going on to positive destinations this year than previously – up from 88.1% to 92.8% over the last six years – is fantastic news for our local community.

“Our young people need fulfilling work, study or training after leaving school to help ensure they don’t get left behind – and these positive figures for Renfrewshire and across Scotland show that they are benefitting from exactly that.”

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Although Scotland is famous for its beautiful and dramatic landscape, the country is also filled with
wonderful buildings and visitors to Scotland will be spoiled for choice when deciding where to visit.
From castles and Victorian manors to country houses and contemporary museums, Scotland has a huge
number of great attractions waiting to be explored. Read on to discover five must-see places in
Scotland.

Braemar Castle
Braemar Castle is a stunning 17 th century fortress situated within Cairngorms National Park in Braemar,
Aberdeenshire. This castle has turrets, curtain wall and dungeon. The grand rooms with furniture inside
the castle include morning rooms, dining rooms, Victorian bathrooms and games rooms where visitors
can imagine old games being played long before the invention of modern online games such as those at
https://onlinebingo.co.uk. With steep stone staircases and a lovely courtyard this castle has a wonderful
atmosphere.

Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart is a 19 th century manor house located on the Isle of Bute. This house showcases stunning
Victorian gothic architecture and sits within 300 acres of grounds and gardens. This property costs £3.50
to visit and can make a memorable day out for families with a picnic area and adventure play area in the
gardens and a gallery, shop and restaurant.

St Andrews Cathedral
Situated in St Andrews, Fife, this ruined cathedral was the largest to have ever been built in Scotland.
Built in 1158, this medieval cathedral had a central tower and six turrets, and after a fire destroyed the
building it was restored in 1440. It fell into decline and has been abandoned since 1561, however since
the 19 th early century St Andrews Cathedral has been tended and cared for so that it can be visited and
admired today.

Kelburn Castle
Kelburn Castle in Ayrshire is a stunning sight as it has been decorated by graffiti artists who were invited
by the Earl of Glasgow to create a bright design for the exterior walls. The castle features breathtaking
gardens and 3500 acres of grounds plus a 7 feet high wall that circles the main estate. The Kelburn Glen
nearby is host to wild flowers, waterfalls and woodlands.

VA Dundee
Opening in September 2018, the V&A Dundee is one to watch for modern design enthusiasts. This
exciting new design museum is the first of its kind in Scotland and will be free to enter. Located opposite
the Dundee railway station and situated on the waterfront, this striking building was designed by

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. It has the look of an ocean liner about it with staggered, diagonal sides
making a bold statement.

Primary and secondary schools across Renfrewshire will receive £4,558,000 from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund in 2018/19 to help boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils.

Nine local authorities in Scotland and an additional 74 individual schools will share £50 million funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund for initiatives targeted at children living in communities affected by high levels of deprivation.

This brings the total Attainment Scotland Fund investment to £170 million this year – helping raise attainment in schools across the country.

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“The latest Scottish Government investment of £4,558,000 in Renfrewshire schools will help us significantly drive up standards in education and raise attainment in our schools.

“We want to ensure that every child in Scotland has the best possible start in life, no matter their background, and this investment will help us narrow the poverty-related attainment gap across Paisley.

“We now have hundreds more teachers in classrooms the length and breadth of Scotland as a direct result of the Attainment Scotland Fund – and the SNP Government’s £170 million investment this year will help us raise the bar higher still.”

Schools in Renfrewshire will receive over £4.5m in 2018/19 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, the Scottish Government announced today (Tuesday 22nd May 2018)

£50 million of dedicated funding will be provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2018/19 to help pupils living in communities affected by high levels of deprivation.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap. It prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in Scotland’s Primary and Secondary schools..

Renfrewshire is one of nine local authorities which have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge, for education initiatives and projects targeting Scotland’s most deprived children.

Commenting, Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:

“Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of the SNP in government.

“The Scottish Government are providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap – and schools in Renfrewshire will benefit to the tune of £4.5million this year through our Attainment Challenge. This is in addition to thePupil Equity Fund, which will see £4.2m going directly to head teachers in Renfrewshire this year.

“This latest round of funding will ensure that schools where the need is greatest have substantial additional funding for the coming year to improve literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.

“I’m delighted that schools in Renfrewshire are benefitting from this funding, which is targeted to improve the life chances of children and young people in Scotland.”

SCHOOL pupils are to receive a boost with thousands of pounds worth of new sports equipment being provided for local schools by Renfrewshire Leisure.


The new kit is being provided as part of Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools programme that provides hundreds of youngsters with extra-curricular sports sessions held in schools and sports centres.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “Encouraging young people to take part in sports activities is an important part of the work we, along with sportscotland do in Renfrewshire schools.

“The new sports equipment will make sure pupils have a wide variety of sporting activities to choose from.

Joyce explained that it’s not just pupils who benefit from the Active Schools programme in Renfrewshire. Volunteers helping run the programme are also given training in sport and leisure, gaining qualifications that mean they can apply for jobs in the sector.

“We’re delivering a high quality Active Schools programme to pupils in Renfrewshire with fully-trained staff. And with our volunteers receiving training and being able to gain qualifications, we’re also providing a pathway to employment for them.”

Paisley is the place to be this summer! Paisley First is bringing Jurassic Bricks – a free, interactive LEGO® Brick Dinosaur Trail to the town centre!

From Saturday 30th June until Sunday 12th August, there will be 15 large dinosaurs made out of Lego bricks on the trail plus two interactive play zones, a selfie zone and a find the Hidden Dinosaur Competition!

All of the dinosaurs will be situated within local businesses and everyone who completes the trail will have a chance to win prizes.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said:” This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer this summer. “We are sure families will come from far and wide to enjoy this great, free day out during the school holidays.

“And after hitting the shops and enjoying our Jurassic entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many cafes, restaurants and bars.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.”

Paisley First will also be running the Golden Ticket Competition once again this summer with a weekly draw offering visitors the chance to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers! Come to Paisley for a great family day out this summer!

For more details see www.paisleyfirst.com

West College Scotland’s Principal, Audrey Cumberford, is leaving the organisation to take up a similar role at Edinburgh College.

Ms Cumberford has been Principal and Chief Executive of the College since its formation five years ago, following the merger of Clydebank College, James Watt College (Inverclyde) and Paisley’s Reid Kerr College. Before merger, she had been Principal of Reid Kerr College.

In a message to all College staff, Keith McKellar, who is Chair of the Board of Management, said:

“I want to record our deepest thanks to Audrey for her outstanding leadership of our College.

“Audrey led us through a period of unprecedented change and significant turbulence in the sector.  In doing so, she built for the College a reputation as one of Scotland’s most dynamic and highly-regarded educational institutions.

“Whatever challenge Audrey faced over the past five years, she did so with integrity, honesty and openness.  These qualities are her hallmark. For me, her greatest achievement has been to ensure those same qualities now define the culture of the organisation which she led so well.”

Ms Cumberford, who is widely regarded as among the most influential and forward-thinking leaders in the sector, commented:

“Having worked at Reid Kerr and then West College Scotland for nearly twenty years, it will be a wrench for me to leave so many wonderful professionals and good friends. Together, we met many challenges and I want to thank them all for the support they have shown me throughout.

“I am confident the ambitious plans we have developed will allow the College to continue to enhance its reputation as a first-class provider of education and training, delivered in state-of-the-art facilities in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley.

“I am now looking forward to taking up my position at Edinburgh College, which is where I began my career in the sector in the 1990s.

“In the meantime, I wish everyone at West College Scotland the very best for the future.”

The Board of Management will now begin the process of appointing a new Principal.