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Renfrewshire S1s to become super savers with iSave launch

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Renfrewshire S1s to become super savers with iSave launch

Every S1 pupil in Renfrewshire is being given the chance to open a Credit Union account – complete with a £10 deposit from the council – as part of an overall drive to curb the rise of payday lenders.

Pupils set to start high school in August have recently been given applications to join the iSave credit union initiative, with the hope that as many as possible get their forms in before the end of term.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Mark Macmillan, said: “Application forms for our iSave Credit Union Initiative are now with our P7 pupils and their parents to sign and return to us. I’d urge as many as possible to get their forms back secondary school before the end of term to make sure we can get the accounts with the £10 opened in time for August.

“We want to encourage young people to take a responsible approach to money issues and this initiative is a worthwhile investment to equip pupils with the right skills and attitudes to deal with finances and that will hopefully stay with them into adulthood.

“Credit unions have such an important role to play in our community by encouraging saving and ensuring access to affordable credit rates. Getting young people involved with credit unions can mean that later in life, they have a reasonable and dependable alternative to payday lenders if they need to borrow money.”

The credit union accounts will be opened in August and pupils will receive their account details in the post during the summer holidays. Once they start high school, they will learn more about the benefits of saving and budgeting through financial education.

Councillor Macmillan added: “We have a track record of taking practical steps to curb the rise in payday lenders and reduce the negative impact they have on communities. We have banned access to their websites from our PCs, we will not allow them to lease council premises, and we have written to UK Government to urge that councils be given powers to regulate payday loan companies.

“I’m delighted that we’re building on this by launching our iSave initiative to open credit union accounts for our S1 pupils every summer from 2014.”

Three Credit Unions are working with the council so set up iSave: Johnstone Credit Union, Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union and ScotWest. Every secondary school has been matched with one of these.

Parents and pupils looking for more information about iSave should visit or call 0141 618 2527.

Attached photograph shows, from left: Councillor Mark Macmillan, Council Leader; T-Jay Robertson and Demi Martin (both P7 at Brediland Primary School); and Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Education Convener.

T-Jay and Demi have recently been given their iSave application forms and are also involved in the Brediland Primary School Credit Union.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Brediland Primary Car Boot Sale and Craft Fair

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The annual Brediland Primary Car Boot Sale and Craft Fair will be held on Saturday 9th of June .

Cars will have access from 12.15 and will cost £7.00.

Doors will be open to the public from 1pm – 4pm.

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Renfrewshire School Pupils ‘Trial’ Criminal Justice Project

Pupils from a Renfrewshire primary school have been getting familiar with the long arm of the law thanks to an educational criminal justice project.

The ‘Bringing Learning to Life’ event saw the P6 pupils from Brediland Primary School, in Paisley, work with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Court Service to learn all about the justice system.

The first part of the event took place at the school itself with a crime being acted out in front of the school, police being called and pupils having to give witness statements with the help of officers and staff from the Procurator Fiscal’s Service.

Criminal Justice partners then explained to pupils about the different roles of the Crown, the Defence, the Sheriff and the Jury, after which they were split into groups and each assigned one of these roles themselves.

Each group then had to analyse the case and their own roles within it, before having to take part in a mock trial at Paisley Sheriff Court based on the ‘crime’ they had witnessed earlier. The trial was presided over by a real Sheriff and Sheriff Clerk, with members of the Procurators Fiscal’s Service leading both the defence and prosecution with the help of pupils acting as junior counsel.

District Procurator Fiscal at Paisley, Kenny Donnelly, said: “Once again, we are delighted to be taking part in this project, which is aimed at teaching young people about the criminal justice system.
“The role-play exercises they undertake really do engage their analytical, observation, team-building and communication skills.
“It is always a pleasure to see how much the children enjoy the day, and perhaps some of them may be inspired to work in the criminal justice system themselves in the future.”

The aim of the project was to give young people an understanding of the different roles of the criminal justice partners and develop their analytical, observational, team-building and communication skills.
Inspector Joe Thomson, Safer Communities, Paisley Police Office, said: “It’s a great opportunity for the police to engage with these young people and provide them with an insight into the criminal justice system. This project is very much hands on and allows the young people to gain an understanding of the role that the police have when dealing with acts of criminality. The young participants are shown how to take statements, carry out enquiries and report offenders to our colleagues at the Crown Office. This exciting day was planned to ensure that the pupils have fun whilst learning important life skills.”
The project was run as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Marie Claire Temple, head teacher of Brediland Primary, said: “In collaboration with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), we have organised a very exciting mini project for Primary six, entitled Bringing Learning to Life. The project has been planned in line with Curriculum for Excellence; the aim of the project is to provide opportunities for our children to learn through a variety of experiences, within contexts, out with the confines of the school or classroom.  It is through this kind of excellent partnership work that we are able to provide our pupils with high quality learning experiences, designed to equip our children with essential sustainable skills for life and work.”