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Fifth annual service to remember suicide victims

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Fifth annual service to remember suicide victims.

The fifth annual service to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide in Renfrewshire will be held on Tuesday 21 January.

The ceremony will take place at council HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, where there is a memorial tree for victims of suicide.

The event is being organised by the Renfrewshire support group, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), and will be attended by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall.

The service will be led by Reverend Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey and Father John Tormey of St Mirin’s Cathedral.

Provost Hall said: “This annual event is a worthy cause which we are happy to be able to support. I would like to extend the invite to any local people who wish to join us on the day.

“Suicide can affect people of all ages and backgrounds and there are various groups which can offer help. This occasion offers support to those who have lost loved ones and, crucially, highlights the help that is in place to prevent suicide.

“Talking about problems can save lives and there are plenty of people and organisations where individuals or their families and friends can talk and get help.”

Friends and relatives should meet from 3.15pm on Tuesday 21 January in the marriage suite to collect a commemorative purple heart on which they can write a message for their loved one.

At 3.45pm, there will be a procession to the tree, where the Provost will lay a wreath and light the tree, after which visitors can place purple hearts on the tree.

Afterwards, all attending are invited to join the Provost for refreshments in Paisley Abbey.

The event is being supported by Choose Life, the national strategy to prevent suicide in Scotland.

Anyone wanting more information on the Renfrewshire meetings of SOBS, can call Choose Life’s Young Person’s Resource Worker Lisa Jane Aitken on 0141 849 2200, or email elizabeth.aitken@renfrewshire.gov.uk

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

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Linwood High School: Lessons From Auschwitz

Linwood High School shot for The Holmes Partnership.

Linwood High School: Lessons From Auschwitz

27 January marked international Holocaust Memorial Day. Across the globe, people are asked to remember and stand by those who were forced to live through these experiences of Holocaust, to honour those communities which were destroyed in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Linwood High School shot for The Holmes Partnership.Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. On HMD we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today.

As part of this ongoing learning process, students from across Renfrewshire annually participate in the Lessons from Auschwitz programme, which allows students and their teachers the opportunity to visit the former concentration camp and learn about its significance in order to then pass on the lessons in their schools and communities.

Following their visit, Fiona Lawrie and Sarah Cooper, who both attend Linwood High, have created an evocative mural containing powerful images from the former concentration camp, in Poland.

The pupils visited the site, which is now a museum in honour of victims of the Holocaust in November 2011.

John McColl, head of religious studies at Linwood High, is full of praise for the work produced by Fiona, 17, and 18-year-old Sarah.

He said: “What they have produced is a large piece highlighting the shared humanity which runs between the people who suffered during the Holocaust and themselves.”

The work has previously been displayed at St Mungo’s Museum, in Glasgow and the Scottish Parliament.

It is now being displayed at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries as part of the annual Inspired Exhibition, which showcases creative work by young people from across Renfrewshire and will be officially opened by Councillor Henry.

In praise of the young people’s work, Cllr Henry remarked:

“Inspired by their journey to Aushwitz, these young people have created a thought provoking piece of work which challenges us to reflect on the holocaust atrocities and the devastating effects it had on the various communities. This is something which has to be remember to help us move forward and to learn from the events of the past.”

For further information on Inspired or any of our future exhibitions and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Bereaved relatives gather for suicide memorial

suicide memorial tree, purple hearts

Bereaved relatives gather for suicide memorial

Renfrewshire residents who have lost loved ones to suicide gathered in Paisley for a special service.

The event was organised by the local support group of Survivors of Bereavement through Suicide (SOBS), and was attended by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall.

Those attending the annual event met at council HQ in Cotton Street for a short service led by Reverend Alan Birss and Father Stephen Baillie

They then proceeded outside the building, to a special tree which was planted four years ago as a memorial for suicide victims.

The Provost laid a wreath and lit the tree, after which visitors had the chance to place purple hearts with messages written on them on its branches in memory of their loved ones.

Provost Hall – who welcomed guests to a reception in Paisley Abbey after the event – said: “Hearing the stories of people who have been affected by suicide really brings home the extent to which it affects the lives of those who are left behind.

“Events like this help raise awareness of the issue, and make sure anybody struggling to cope is aware they aren’t alone and help is out there.”

Moira Buchanan, 39, began attending SOBS meetings after her sister Mary took her life two years ago.

She said: “When it happens, you go through so many different feelings all at once. As individuals we have different experiences.

“When I first went along to the SOBS meetings, I found it quite incredible. You can talk in privacy and share your stories.”

The event was supported by Choose Life, the national strategy to prevent suicide in Scotland.

Local Choose Life co-ordinator Rosemary Mullan added: “Every day, two people in Scotland die from suicide, but talking about it can save lives.

“If you are worried someone is suicidal, ask them – it could make the difference. And if you feel suicidal, talk to someone you trust or call a helpline.”

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

For more information on the Renfrewshire meetings of SOBS, call 0141 849 2200, or email rosemary.mullan@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Glen Cinema Memorial

As the last day of the old year draws near, it’s time for us to gather at the Cenotaph at 10.30am, near Paisley Cross to honour and remember those that lost their lives in the Glen Cinema Disaster on Hogmanay in 1929.

During the cowboy film ‘The Dude Desperado’ a canister of nitrate film made contact with the live terminal of a battery and began to smoulder, the resulting smoke gave the wrong impression that the cinema was on fire, panic ensued and 71 young children died and 40 were injured in the crush that followed.

On Saturday the 31st December the few remaining survivors of the tragedy along with the Paisley Development Trust, Bishop Tartaglia, Reverend Birss and representatives from the council and the community of Paisley will gather to pay our respects to those that lost their lives that fateful day.

Please join us.

Paisley Development Trust.

find out more http://www.glencinema.co.uk/

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Video Glen Cinema Memorial

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Video from the Glen Cinema Memorial on the 31st December 2009 at Paisley Cenotaph, organised by the Paisley Development Trust, for more information on the Glen Cinema please check out the website www.glencinema.co.uk

video taken by Brian McGuire, check out our gallery for images.

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