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PACE Theatre Company

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PACE Theatre group are the Renfrewshire Community Champions “see section here

Since being formed by David Wallace in 1988 PACE has grown to become one of the largest youth theatre companies in the UK, creating countless opportunities for local youths with a dramatic flair and putting on shows that have thrilled the public year after year.

Based in Paisley, PACE has worked with over 250,000 young people since its inception, including over 20,000 who have become members of PACE Youth Theatre. PACE runs over 1,750 youth theatre workshops every year and its productions perform annually to audiences of over 200,000.

There’s four sides to PACE:

PACE Theatre Company
PACE Youth Theatre
PACE Casting
PACE Media Productions

PACE Theatre Company

PACE are renowned for producing spectacular theatrical productions, in particular their much-loved and anticipated annual pantomime that they’ve put on every festive period since 1988 (see below for more details of this year’s show).
They’re also responsible for numerous other professional productions such as the Slab Boys Trilogy, commissioned and written original work and created several spectacular large-scale performances, including ‘Cradlesong’ for Renfrew’s 600 year anniversary.

PACE Youth Theatre

PACE Youth Theatre has become the largest and most successful youth theatre in the UK. Over 2000 young people attend their weekly workshops in drama, music and dance. As well as teaching performance skills, these workshops increase the confidence, communications skills and self expression of the participants. They’re a lot of fun, too. Past members include James McAvoy, Paulo Nutini and David Sneddon.
Workshops are run by fully trained full time staff and members also receive additional benefits such free casting agency representation for TV & Film work and discounts for events at ‘Fest!’ – their popular school holiday performing arts festival.

PACE Media Productions

PACE Media Productions was formed to provide a different medium for the dramatic work produced by PACE Theatre Company. It has produced educational dramas for clients such as Drinkwise, Scotland Against Drugs, Scottish Executive, NHS 24, West Dumbartonshire Council, and many others.

PACE Casting

This casting agency was set up to represent PACE’s youth theatre members in TV, film and advertising productions. It provides licensing and chaperoning services to production companies as well as audition facilities, and also produces an annual casting directory book, with over 1,000 professional photos and CV details, distributed to all major UK production companies.

PACE Pantomime – Tickets Selling Fast!

If you see anything this December make sure you see PACE Theatre Company’s 23rd Annual Pantomime – Aladdin. Starring David Wallace – the ‘Doyenne of Dames’ – and Alan Orr, along with a whole host of hilarious characters, fantastic original music, and the liveliest, most energetic chorus of young actors – this is one night out that you won’t want to miss!
Aladdin runs from Friday 26 November to Friday 31 December.

Box Office: 0141 887 1010
Group Bookings: 0845 130 5218
Online booking: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

PACE Website: www.pacetheatre.com

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Renfrewshire CVS to Help Deliver Digital TV Switchover

It has been officially announced that Renfrewshire CVS is to mobilise an army of charities and volunteers to help residents make the switch to digital TV in Renfrewshire.

Starting in November, Renfrewshire CVS will work with other charities and voluntary groups to prepare people for the switchover, which starts in Renfrewshire on 8th June. The appointment has been made on behalf of Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the switchover.

Renfrewshire CVS will mobilise local charities across Renfrewshire to hold events and presentations, giving advice on how to switch over to digital TV. Charity staff and volunteers will be invited to attend free briefing sessions to understand the process and learn about the Switchover Help Scheme. Thousands of people are expected to benefit from the advice and support given at these events.

Renfrewshire CVS is a local organisation that provides support to voluntary organisations, charities and community groups in the area to help them to achieve their aims and empower others. Their extensive networks, membership and partners make them ideally placed to take part in a programme of this type.

Janis McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Renfrewshire CVS, said: “Switching to digital TV will be straightforward for many people, but some others will need help, practical advice or reassurance.

“We look forward to working with our fellow charities to provide that support in Renfrewshire and help prepare the local community for switchover. We will also encourage those who are eligible to apply for the Switchover Help Scheme.”

Local charities can apply for free briefing places, and for funding through a Small Grants Scheme set up to encourage extra events locally. Materials developed to help run events and explain switchover will also be provided.

Russell Keene, Digital UK’s Regional Manager in Scotland, welcomed the announcement saying “the outreach work planned to reach into the community is essential and will help to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of digital TV when switchover arrives”.

Digital UK will soon be holding road shows across the central belt to provide further face-to-face advice for anyone who needs it.

The Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, has also been set up to make it easier for older and disabled people to switch to digital TV. It is writing to eligible people in the area. People are eligible for the scheme if they are aged 75 years or more, have lived in a care home for six months or more, get (or could get) certain disability benefits, or are registered blind or partially sighted.

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The Happening

The Happening
Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF
Tuesday 16th November 2010
9.30am – 4pm

Social enterprise Trade Fair The Happening will offer something for
everyone. For those involved or interested in social enterprise there’s the
opportunity to learn something new at a series of workshops, make new
contacts, discover more business opportunities, visit other companies and
see how they operate or simply relax and socialise with like-minded others
while browsing the stalls at the Trade Fair to make a start on your Xmas
shopping.

Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) are organising this
special event to celebrate the existence of social enterprises – companies
that put people before profit. They hope it will become an annual tradition
and bring people from across Scotland to learn more about social
enterprise, share knowledge, network with other social entrepreneurs and
sell their goods at a trade fair that will be open to the general public.

Janis McDonald, Chief Executive of RCVS: “In light of these tough
financial times, RCVS view this as an important event which will be of
great importance for Social Enterprise businesses. Social Enterprises
reinvest profits in local communities and we aim to achieve an increased
recognition amongst local people of the social benefits and cost efficiency
of the immense work done by this sector. RCVS is proud of the sector it
represents and is delighted to showcase the good work being done by hosting
The Happening 2010.”

Stalls at the Trade Fair are going quickly, with many seeing it as a great
opportunity to tap into the beginning of the festive shopping season.
Scottish Huntington’s will be selling their Christmas cards, for example,
while the Sunshine Gallery from Paisley Shopping Centre will be offering
artwork to members of the public who come in looking for something a little
different.

All charity and voluntary groups are welcome to book a stall at the Trade
Fair, which will be open to the general public, and take advantage of this
great opportunity to sell your wares to a large audience of Christmas
shoppers. Anyone wishing to book a stall is advised to book quickly as
space is running out.

A series of workshops will be running throughout the day for delegates and
stallholders to attend, covering such topics as starting up and developing
a social enterprise, advice on obtaining funding and contract
opportunities.

Delegates and stallholders will also have the opportunity to visit social
enterprises in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, finding out more about
how they operate and the services they deliver.

Everyone is welcome to take part in The Happening. Anyone who purchases a
ticket for The Happening will be given full access to the trade fair,
workshops and trips to local social enterprises.

The trade fair will be open to the general public. Any charity, voluntary
group or social enterprise in Scotland is welcome to book a stall at it.

RCVS is in the process of arranging hotel discounts and other special
offers for delegates and stall holders.

Anyone interested in The Happening should contact RCVS on 0141 587 2487 or
info@rcvsweb.co.uk for further information.

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Funding Information Session for Older Adult Groups and Organisations

Funding Information Session for Older Adult Groups and Organisations
Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley
22nd October 2010
11.30 – 12.30


This free event is open to anyone looking for Lottery funding to support their work with older adults. Whether it’s to keep their work going or to develop a new organisation to support older adults, this information session will provide valuable help.

Ruth Cooper, the External Funding Manager for Renfrewshire Council, will be running the session, which has been organised by Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) and Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS).

Staff members from ROAR and RCVS will also provide follow up support for anyone needing help with their application for Lottery funding.

Samantha Drysdale, ROAR’s Admin & Communication Officer: “If you need help with funding an older adult group or organisation then this is the event for you! Come along receive the advice you need and the follow up support provided by RCVS, ROAR and Ruth Cooper, Renfrewshire Council’s External Funding Manager.”

Anyone who would like to book a place should contact Samantha on 0141 889 7481 or roar@rcvsweb.co.uk.

More information on the award-winning ROAR can be found on their new website: www.roar-renfrewshire.org.

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Jog On

Jog On

Hot on the heels of the success of the Paisley 10k, Jogging Buddies is looking for new members.

Jogging Buddies is Renfrewshire’s very own jogging network. It is part of the national jogscotland programme and aims to encourage people to gradually increase their activity levels to help improve their health and well being.

Joggers of all abilities are welcome to join any of the Jogging Buddies venues. If you have never jogged before don’t despair! Jogging Buddies will be organising new beginners walk/jog classes at all its venues on the week commencing 20th September.

Jogging Buddies venues:

Houston Village Hall, Monday 6.30pm
Renfrew Leisure Centre, Mondays 6.30pm
Lagoon Leisure Centre, Tuesdays 6.00pm
Glennifer High School. Tuesdays 6.30pm
McKillop Institute Lochwinnoch Wednesdays 6.30pm
Ralston Community Sports Centre Wednesdays 7.00pm
Elderslie Village Hall Thursdays 6.30pm
Erskine Sports Centre, Thursdays 6.30pm
Linwood Sports Centre, Saturdays 10.00am
Further information:
01505 810936

taken from the RCVS newsletter for more information on RCVS click here.

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The Happening 2010

The Happening 2010
Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF
Tuesday 16th November 2010
09.30am – 4pm

The Happening is a one day Social Enterprise Trade Fair which will provide the opportunity to buy and sell goods from Social Enterprises from all over the West of Scotland and network with other social entrepreneurs. There will also be the opportunity to attend workshops, visit local social enterprises and visit the cafe supplied by local social enterprises.

This fair is suitable for anyone interested in social enterprise, business and community life, including those working in Third Sector organisations, local authorities, chambers of commerce, public sector agencies and the private sector. A number of social enterprises drawn from across the West of Scotland will be exhibiting/trading goods.

For full event details please see the attached flier.

Further information:
Anne Keir
0141 587 2487
anne.keir@rcvsweb.co.uk

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Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR)

The Community Champions for the month of September:

ROAR is a consortium of voluntary and social economy organisations, based in Renfrewshire, working together to offer low level care and befriending services for older adults.

The delivery model for the service is a Public Social Partnership (PSP). Our partners include Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Renfrewshire Community Health Initiative, Renfrewshire Seniors Forum and WRVS and Alzheimer’s Scotland who also provide the services for ROAR.

Older Adult Social Isolation

ROAR aim to combat the crisis of social isolation within over 55’s in Renfrewshire. Using measures to help prevent decreasing health by improving health and well being and providing somewhere which is safe and friendly for older adults to enjoy social activity. ROAR hope by putting in place these preventative measures they will help to increase self confidence, maximise independence and ultimately improve the quality of life for Renfrewshire’s older people.

What ROAR Offer

ROAR have a lot to offer, including a befriending service for both home visits and out in the community. They can also provide transport to and from appointments or out to one of our ROAR clubs where members can enjoy a 2 course meal for only £2.

At their clubs members also benefit from advice services provided by Citizens Advice Bureau and a health & well being programme that includes hand massages, gentle exercise and games days. ROAR also provide handy person services to help with small jobs around the house.

ROAR Volunteering

ROAR always welcome new volunteers to help in any of their services. If you are a compassionate, helpful individual who enjoys being involved with your local community, no matter what age or experience you have, they may have the right volunteering position for you.

There are positions within their clubs as organisers, or befriending opportunities out with the clubs. There are also opportunities for drivers to provide transport services to older adults. Or you could help with our handy persons services.

As volunteers you can develop new skills and gain experience. You can give as much or as little time as you want, enjoy being part of a team and most of all help make a small difference to someone’s life.

Contact Information:

ROAR
c/o Airlink Business Centre
24 Clark Street
Paisley
PA3 1RB

T: 0141 889 7481
F: 01418893974
E: roar@rcvsweb.co.uk

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Transforming and Empowering Renfrewshire

The Transforming and Empowering Renfrewshire Seminar Report from March 2010
is now available.

The Transforming and Empowering Renfrewshire Seminar took place to raise
awareness of the current opportunities and challenges facing the public
sector and local communities and start a dialogue on shaping the delivery
of future services. It also explored different ways the Third Sector and
communities can be supported to fulfil common goals and create new
opportunities for community empowerment.

The Report can be downloaded HERE.

http://rcvs.synthasite.com/resources/Trans&Emp_2010.pdf

Free Newsletters from Renfrewshire CVS

Our bi-monthly newsletter Connections is always packed with news, events,
profiles, funding sources and other such useful information. A free copy in
PDF format can be found here:

http://rcvs.synthasite.com/resources/Connections26.pdf

SE Connections is our social enterprise newsletter and an equally
invaluable source of news and opinion pieces, reflecting the ever-growing
numbers of SEs in the Renfrewshire area:

http://rcvs.synthasite.com/resources/SE_Connections8.pdf

Our goal at RCVS is to work in partnership with every voluntary group,
charity and social enterprise in the Renfrewshire area to build a better,
stronger future for the area. This email is our way of showing you some of
the ways we’re currently working towards this.

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Community Champions recognised by Scottish Parliament

Community Champions recognised by Scottish Parliament
Aug 16 2010 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express

A NEW project which aims to honour voluntary groups and charities working hard in our communities has been recognised by the Scottish Parliament.

Community Champions is a new section on the popular Paisley.org.uk website which highlights a different Renfrewshire organisation every month.

The section was the brainchild of Councillor Kenny MacLaren who spoke to the Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) and Paisley.org.uk about new ways of promoting local charities and voluntary groups.Now West of Scotland MSP Stuart McMillan has put a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising the initiative.

He said: “I would like to congratulate RCVS, Paisley.org.uk and Councillor MacLaren for working together to bring forward this new initiative.“This is an excellent idea to promote local organisations to a wider audience.“This collaborative approach will help to boost the profile of many local groups who don’t often get the recognition they deserve.“I was more than happy to lodge a motion in the Scottish Parliament in support of Paisley Community Champions, and I wish this project well in the future.

Brian McGuire, who runs Paisley.org.uk said he was honoured by the Scottish Parliament recognition.He added: “I am delighted for the groups that we are supporting. This is superb. To be written into Scottish History, albeit in a very small way, is really something, and I would like to thank all the MSPs who have supported the motion and also Councillor MacLaren for all his hard work.”Community Champions picks a different group to be their Champion of the Month.

A special profile is put online which highlights the good work the members have been doing and the services and opportunities the group offers.It can be found by logging on at www.paisley.org.uk/community Councillor Kenny MacLaren said community groups have been contacting him to put themselves forward as Community Champions.

He added: “The Community Champions project is an excellent example of people and groups coming together to find a solution to benefit all.“When I first raised this idea with Brian and RCVS I was delighted by the enthusiasm they showed.“This helped to drive forward a project that can be copied in other areas, and shows that Renfrewshire is leading the way.“Since its launch, I have been in touch with a few groups who have seen the press stories about this site and who are interested in putting themselves forward.

”Community Champions launched in July with a profile on Rainbow Turtle, which promotes Fairtrade across Renfrewshire.

This month’s Champion is the Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Any charity, voluntary group or social enterprise in Renfrewshire who’d like to be involved with Community Champions can contact Gordon Mclean at RCVS online at gordon.mclean@rcvsweb.co.uk or by calling 0141 587 2487.

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Community Champions for August are Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Renfrewshire Carers Centre provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers living in the Renfrewshire area. A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help.

It’s important to provide support for carers as taking on a caring role can mean facing a life of poverty, isolation, frustration, ill health and depression. Carers have to juggle their work life with their responsibilities as carers, with many having to lose income and job opportunities. This can in turn lead to them feeling isolated, ill and struggling to cope. Thus organisations like Renfrewshire Carers Centre play a vital role in combating these problems and making sure carers can continue to do their good work.

Here’s just a sample of the impressive range of services the Centre provides:

Information and Advice

The Centre offers carers information on a wide range of topics, such as carers’ rights, welfare benefits, housing issues, care assessments, accessible holidays and a lot more. Their website (www.renfrewshirecarers.com) is packed with info and they also offer one-to-one sessions with their staff, information leaflets and packs.

Support Groups

Support groups allow carers to talk to each other, sharing their knowledge and discussing the news and issues that affect them. These social occasions also combat the social isolation that many carers feel.

Training

A range of training courses is provided for free by Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Their aim is to create opportunities for carers to improve their ability and confidence in taking care of someone and in turn improving their quality of life.

Respite Service

The Centre’s home based respite service is free and provides trained, committed and reliable respite workers who will take over a carer’s responsibilities and give them an invaluable break.

Young Carers Project

Children and young people who care for a member of their family are offered support with concerns at home and school. The Project offers group work and one-to-one support for young carers and aims to give them the chance to have some fun an opportunity to meet other young people in similar situations.

Volunteering

They are always eager to recruit new volunteers who will be given the opportunity to help other people, access training courses, learn new skills, socialise with other volunteers, become involved in the community, have fun and make new friends.

Volunteers can provide one-to-one befriending, support carers/young people within a group setting, help with the Centre’s telephone help line, provide admin support in the office or raise awareness about the Centre and the services they provide.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Katie or Marie on 0141 887 3643.

Further information:

0141 887 3643
centre@renfrewshirecarers.co.uk
www.renfrewshirecarers.com

Check out our Community Champions Section here.