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Residents encouraged to get the ‘feel good’ feeling


Residents encouraged to get the ‘feel good’ feeling.

Renfrewshire residents are being encouraged to come along to a free event and get the ‘feel good’ feeling.

Feel Good Renfrewshire will take place in the Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, on Tuesday 25 March.

Residents can drop in anytime between 3pm and 6pm to find out about activities in their area and even try some out.

The event is being staged jointly by Active Communities, Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership and Renfrewshire Council.

Councillor Iain McMillan, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “Feel Good Renfrewshire will spread the message about all the things available to help your health and wellbeing, and this launch event is a great start.

“Singing, dancing, exercising, gardening – there as all things that make you feel good. Sometimes, you just need to know who else nearby is doing these things so you can get started.”

“Renfrewshire is packed full of clubs and groups for people of all ages, abilities and interests. There are also plenty of agencies in the public and voluntary sectors providing advice and support. This is an ideal opportunity for people to drop in at the Lagoon and find out for themselves.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Council Leader wants Renfrewshire to lead the way on tackling unemployment

Councillor Mark Macmillan

Council Leader wants Renfrewshire to lead the way on tackling unemployment

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader wants the area to lead the way on tackling youth unemployment and is urging partner organisations to do all they can to help.

The council has made a significant investment in its £8m Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which aims to reduce youth unemployment and boost the local economy.

Councillor Mark MacmillanNow, Councillor Mark Macmillan is asking the council’s public-sector partners to consider whether they can do more to help tackle the issue.

He said: “The rate of youth unemployment among young people is far higher than the average for all age groups, in both Renfrewshire and Scotland.

“The council is determined to avoid a ‘lost generation’ of young people who are frozen out of work – which is why we have made tackling youth unemployment a priority though Invest in Renfrewshire.

“The public sector has a crucial role to play in addressing youth unemployment, which is why we are formally asking our partners to buy in to our agenda of up-scaling what Renfrewshire’s public sector does to tackle this issue.

“We want Renfrewshire to lead the way when it comes to cutting unemployment among 18 – 24 year olds.”

A meeting of the Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership Board saw the council ask other public-sector agencies in the area to consider how well they use existing council or government programmes set up to help young people into work.

Partner agencies agreed to:

* Engage with the Invest programme and provide direct support to young people;

* Agree to host as many internships, work placements and workplace visits as possible;

* Set ambitious targets in providing job opportunities and report back on these.

Invest in Renfrewshire includes an employer recruitment incentive, which pays half the wage costs of a new employee at national minimum wage for up to nine months, with an extra £1,000 available to companies agreeing to pay the Living Wage of £7.50 an hour.

It also includes a graduate internship programme, which pays a subsidy of up to £5,000 to organisations taking on an unemployed graduate for a project-led position of up to 11 months.

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Renfrewshire Residents urged to express their view.

Residents urged to have their say at conference events

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to express their views on local issues at a series of community planning conferences being held this autumn.

Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership will host their tenth annual community planning conferences this September.

The theme of this year’s events is “Our Renfrewshire, Our Future” and is designed to bring public sector agencies and members of the public together in a discussion about how to improve the quality of life in the area.

Participants can choose from discussions on topics such as tackling crime and offending, improving health, improving Renfrewshire’s economy or simply ‘your local area’.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, who chairs the Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership, said: “Anyone who is interested in how public agencies, community and voluntary groups and the wider public can work together for a better Renfrewshire should definitely think about attending.

“We’ll explain what the council and our partners are doing to tackle the challenges of budget cuts, economic downturn and a changing society, and what our key priorities are in building a better Renfrewshire.

“But we also want your views on how we can improve our services, how we can work together better and how we can reach out to our communities more effectively.

“With question and answer sessions, open discussions and drop-in surveys, everyone should have the opportunity to put their point across.”

Daytime and evening conferences have been arranged. Conferences will take place on the following dates:
* Monday 12 September – Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew
* Wednesday 14 September – Johnstone Town Hall
* Tuesday 20 September – Paisley Town Hall
Bookings are being taken now on a first-come, first –served basis.

Places can be booked online at or by calling Renfrewshire Council on 0141 840 3349.